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Need to Know: 11 predictions for the 2017 Redskins offense

Need to Know: 11 predictions for the 2017 Redskins offense

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, July 14, 13 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 194 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 58 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 3
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 27
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 50

11 predictions for the Redskins’ offense

Yesterday I did one prediction for each of the Redskins’ 11 anticipated starters on defense. Now I do the same for the offense, with the same caveat that not all of the predictions are bold.

OT Trent Williams—He will make his sixth straight Pro Bowl but he will still fall short of All-Pro honors because he is not a Dallas Cowboy.

OT Morgan Moses—Fresh off his contract extension, Moses will be one of the two or three best right tackles in the game but he won’t make the Pro Bowl because they only select left tackles for that.

G Brandon Scherff—He will play every snap but one that he will miss for some random reason not related to injury or his play on the field.

G Shawn Lauvao—I hate to predict an injury for anyone but I’ll take the under on 10.5 games played for him this year.

C Spencer Long—For Long, another year of 100 percent accurate shotgun snaps.

WR Josh Doctson—This is perhaps the boldest prediction in this post—Doctson will catch 10 touchdown passes. He will be that good a red zone target.

WR Terrelle Pryor—Last year he got over 1,000 yards receiving with the disadvantage of playing with bad quarterbacks in Cleveland but the advantage of there being no other viable targets on the team. This year he’ll have a much better quarterback but Kirk Cousins will have plenty of guys to throw to. I’ll take under 1,000 yards but not by much.

WR Jamison Crowder—Crowder will post solid numbers across the board. My specific prediction is that he will score at least two touchdowns that don’t come on pass receptions (punt return, run from scrimmage, fumble recovery, etc.).

TE Jordan Reed—So, if Pryor doesn’t get 1,000 yards will Reed? If he plays in 13 games or more, yes. I don’t think he does but he still makes the Pro Bowl again.

RB Rob Kelley—After writing a couple of days ago that he could be as good a runner as David Johnson I suppose I need to come up with something bold here. But I can’t honestly say that he will match or top the 1,200 yards that Johnson racked up in 2016 because both Samaje Perine and Chris Thompson are going to get some carries. Still, I’ll put Kelley down for 1,050 yards and eight touchdowns.

QB Kirk Cousins—Up from last year: Completion percentage (67.0 in 2016), touchdown passes, (25), interceptions (12). Down from last year: Pass attempts (606), completions (406), passer rating (97.1).

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 16-30

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 16-30

At NBCSportsWashington.com, we projected the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) right after minicamp.

Now we are taking it one step further and ranking the 53 players we think will make the team.

The rankings are determined by who we think will have the most impact on the 2018 Redskins. No consideration was given for past performance or for what a particular player might do down the road. We’ll be revealing the rankings between now and the start of training camp. 

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2018 REDSKINS RANKINGS, PLAYERS 53-16>>

Today we are continuing to reveal the list of the players we ranked from 16-30.

Here are some of the players in our latest update:

—The team’s top draft pick (but not the second pick, who is in a higher-ranked group).  

—Two of the anticipated starting offensive linemen

—The team’s leading rusher from 2016

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2018 REDSKINS RANKINGS, PLAYERS 53-16>>

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10 Questions in 10 days: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

10 Questions in 10 days: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

With Redskins Training Camp set to begin July 26th, JP Finlay takes a look at 10 of the most pressing questions for the Burgundy and Gold before the team heads to Richmond. 

No. 10: Major questions at linebacker on Redskins depth chart 

No. 9: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?

No. 8: More investments on D-Line, but who goes where?

No. 7: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

No Redskins receiver broke the 1,000-yard mark in 2017, and bluntly, the receiver position did not unfold like the front office designed.

Terrelle Pryor proved a free agent flop, and while Josh Doctson flashed talent, the consistency did not follow. Jamison Crowder led Washington with 789 receiving yards while 34-year-old tight end Vernon Davis was the team's second-leading receiver. 

The Redskins need more at wideout in 2018, and the front office acted on it. 

The team signed Paul Richardson in free agency, and advanced statistics suggest he could make an impact right away. Richardson has vertical speed in a way the organization hasn't had since DeSean Jackson went to Tampa two seasons ago. 

Doctson could emerge as a true No. 1 WR, and Richardson's speed will help. Sources inside Redskins Park question if Doctson is the type of wideout that can beat cornerbacks off the line. Instead, the team believes Doctson is best when using his athleticism to go up and get balls. That skill set was best illustrated for Doctson in the end zone, where he grabbed six TDs last season. 

Crowder could again lead the Redskins in receiving yards. New QB Alex Smith likes to look to his inside receivers, and with defenses having to account for more speed on the field in Richardson, Crowder should get plenty of open looks. 

Ultimately, the question is if the Redskins will have a 1,000-yard receiver. The answer is an unknown, but the evidence suggests they won't.

No 1,000-yard wideout does not spell doom for Washington. In the last two seasons, eight of 12 NFC playoff teams had a receiver get into four digits. Among the teams that did not get that kind of production from one wide receiver: 2017 Philadelphia Eagles. Remember, that team won the Super Bowl. 

Further down the roster, Washington has contributors but unlikely a breakout star. Maurice Harris has great hands and Robert Davis has shown plenty of athleticism, but significant production would be a surprise. Rookie Trey Quinn could be a player that helps the 'Skins, particularly should Crowder get banged up this year like he did last year, but a 1,000-yard season for a 7th-round rookie seems pretty absurd. 

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