Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, July 5, 22 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.
The Redskins last played a game 185 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 67 days.
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 12
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 36
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 59
The top five offenses the Redskins will face in 2017
I’ve looked at the top individual skill players on offense (top five wide receivers, running backs, quarterbacks). Now let’s look at the sum of the parts, the top five offenses the Redskins will play this year as ranked by their 2016 DVOA.
Cowboys, 20.4% DVOA in 2016, ranked 3rd–I know that we all got tired of hearing about Zeke and Dak but they got the job done week in and week out. They did lose a couple of starting offensive lineman this offseason so perhaps they will take a step back this year but the running back, quarterback, and wide receiver Dez Bryant will be able to move the ball.
Saints, 15.9%, 6th–They are trying to be more than just the Drew Brees show as they added Adrian Peterson to 1,000-yard rusher Mark Ingram. We will see how much Peterson has left in the tank at age 32 after a season lost to injury in Minnesota.
Raiders, 12.2%, 7th–QB Derek Carr already has been handsomely paid for his part in this productivity as was G Gabe Jackson. WR Amari Cooper is eligible for an extension in 2018 and you have to think he’ll be looking for it.
Chiefs, 3.8%, 13th–This is just slightly better than an average offense and they have subtracted Jeremy Maclin. Andy Reid will be looking to get the ball into the hands of Tyreek Hill, who was sensational as a returner as a rookie last year but he had just a limited role on offense.
Seahawks, -2.7%, 17th– QB Russell Wilson had a rough year thanks in large part to perhaps the worst offensive line in the NFC. They ranked 25th in rushing yards; leading rusher Christine Michael didn’t even crack 500. They were so impressed that they cut him in November.
Best of the rest: Since the Seahawks are a below-average offense it follows that nobody else the Redskins play was very effective moving the ball last year. Looking at the rest of the division, the Eagles were 20th (-4.2%) and the Giants were 22nd (-6.4%). The team to watch out for in terms of significant improvement may be the Cardinals, who have too much talent with RB David Johnson and ageless WR Larry Fitzgerald to be underwater in DVOA.
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