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Redskins offense was historically inefficient in 2016

Redskins offense was historically inefficient in 2016

Anyone who watched the 2016 Redskins got the feeling that the offense wasn’t very efficient. The piled up enough yards to set a team record for a franchise that has had some pretty good offenses. But when it came to the “let the points soar” part of the team fight song, well, it wasn’t really there.  

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Here are what the numbers looked like in 2016. The Redskins were third in total offense with 6,454 yards. But they were in the middle of the pack, 12th, with the 383 points scored. They were one of only two teams in the top 10 in offense to score fewer than 400 points (Steelers, 399). The Falcons, who finished second in total yards, led the NFL with 540 points scored. That’s the equivalent of over 22 more touchdowns for a Falcons team that gained just 199 more yards than Washington. You don’t have to think real hard to figure out why one team had a bye in the playoffs while the other is sitting them out.

But the Redskins’ offensive inefficiency wasn’t just bad by 2016 standards; it was historically bad. In the history of the NFL only one other team has piled up more than 6,400 yards of offense and managed to push across fewer than 400 points was the 2012 Detroit Lions. Those Lions actually were a little less efficient, compiling more yards (6,540) and scoring fewer points (372).

If there was one game that epitomized the way the Redskins offense spun its wheels it was the game against the Bengals in London. They racked up 546 yards of offense and scored just 27 points. Since the 1970 merger teams have gained 546 yards or more and have scored 27 points or fewer 11 times. There have been over 11,000 games played since the merger so that has happened in about a tenth of a percent of them.

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Whether it's for Dwayne Haskins or one of their vet QBs, Redskins now must get offensive weapons

Whether it's for Dwayne Haskins or one of their vet QBs, Redskins now must get offensive weapons

In the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Redskins managed to acquire a quarterback and an edge rusher, thanks to a combination of patience and then aggressiveness. 

Now, with those two needs taken care of, there's another clear objective for Day 2 of the proceedings: Find a difference-making skill player.

Maybe even make it two.

Washington gave up their second-rounder to move up for Montez Sweat, which leaves them with the 76th overall selection and the 96th overall selection to work with on Friday. The franchise has had its fair share of problems capitalizing on mid-round picks recently, but perhaps this is where they finally hit again on what could be a key pair of prospects.

Regardless of whether Dwayne Haskins ends up seizing the starting job or Case Keenum or Colt McCoy is there in Week 1 instead, that QB is going to need talented targets.

Sure, Jordan Reed is a quality pass catcher, Paul Richardson could be a deep threat if healthy, and Chris Thompson is a terror out of the backfield. But those three all have injury issues, and the other skill guys on the roster currently instill next to no fear in opposing defenders' minds.

Fortunately for the Burgundy and Gold, plenty of receivers remain on the board. Options like Hakeem Butler, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Riley Ridley, Emanuel Hall and Parris Campbell, plus others, are all still available heading into Nashville's second night. It's a very deep class.

The same goes for tight end. Irv Smith, Jace Sternberger, Kahale Warring and more have yet to be snagged. 

In getting Haskins, the Redskins showed they're committed to trying to find a solution to their signal caller woes. Between him, Keenum and McCoy, the offense should be covered for both 2019 and beyond. The next step is to supply those players with more to work with.

Yes, they could look to address guard, or find a safety, or build depth at corner. None of those should be ruled out and all would be prudent decisions.

However, the offense needs an influx of youth, speed and game-changing ability. Friday, the Redskins will have the opportunity to add future pros with those qualities. It's up to them to take advantage of that opportunity.

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2019 NFL Draft: Best remaining players entering Day 2; Third round targets for Redskins

2019 NFL Draft: Best remaining players entering Day 2; Third round targets for Redskins

Good news: The Redskins ended the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft with quarterback Dwayne Haskins and edge rusher Montez Sweat.

Related news: The Redskins no longer own a second-round pick. 

Nobody is complaining.

The NFL world returns Friday for Day 2. Since Washington dealt the 46th overall selection to the Indianapolis Colts along with a 2020 second for Sweat, it won’t be on the clock without another trade until the first of two third-round choices.

Again, no angry mobs are forming. The Redskins addressed two key needs. Yes, they have several more remaining. The same applies to every team to varying degrees.

Here’s a look at the best players remaining and names to watch for Washington in the third.

Day 2 Best Available

Drew Lock, QB, Missouri – So much for Drew being a round one lock. He was the most polarizing of the top four passing prospects based on pre-draft conversations with league sources. Somebody (Raiders?) will jump on the upside early in the second. Lock finished with 72 touchdown passes to 21 interceptions over his final two seasons. 

Byron Murphy, CB, Washington/Greedy Williams, CB, LSU/ Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple – The cornerback run never happened with only Georgia’s DeAndre Baker hearing his name called Friday. Williams owns the most public hype of these three thanks to sub 4.4 40-time and strong cover skills, but his stock plummeted throughout draft season in part because of his limited interest in tackling. Don’t be surprised if he’s third off the board among this trio. 

Cody Ford, G, Oklahoma – Arguably, the most surprising slider based on the foundational aspect of offensive linemen and Ford’s mauling nature. One source told NBCSW pre-draft that the Vikings dropped Ford after their meeting. Perhaps other teams struggled to believe in the college tackle in the first. 

Jawaan Taylor, T, Florida -- Wild day for Taylor, who entered the draft a projected top 10 selection, but several injury and weight red flags popped up in recent days. Seeing as Jacksonville at 7 made for a popular mock selection, maybe the Jaguars circle back on Day 2.

A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi/D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi -- Two receivers went in the first round. Some are surely shocked the Adonis-like Metcalf fell, but there are concerns about his agility and limited production especially compared to his talented college teammate. He also is 6-foot-3 and runs a 4.33 40-time. Brown had 85 receptions last season. One scout told NBCSW he believes Brown is the better of the two. 

Erik McCoy, C, Texas A&M/Dalton Risner, T, Kansas State – Fine, neither went in the first, but these two versatile linemen remain immediate starters for their yet-to-be-determined NFL team. The athletic and powerful Risner, a three-year starter and 2018 All-American, could play three positions. 

Irv Smith, TE, Alabama – Smith rated just behind the two Iowa tight ends that went in the first. Going with the 6-foot-2 target is more of an upside play, but he did average 16 yards per catch during his junior season with the Crimson Tide. 

Jaylon Ferguson, DE, La. Tech – The pass rusher received some first-round buzz. Don’t be surprised if a team trades up for the edge rusher who had 17.5 sacks and 65 tackles last season. For now… 

Others: Juan Thornhill, CB, Virginia; Nassir Adderley, S, Delaware; J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford; Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State; Will Grier, QB, West Virginia; Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State; Dre'Mont Jones, DE/DT, Ohio State; Chase Winovich, DE, Michigan; Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina; Taylor Rapp, SS, Washington; Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State; David Long, CB, Michigan.

Third round

The Redskins enter Friday with the 77th and 97th selections and clear needs at wide receiver, free safety, left guard, tight end and inside linebacker.

Wide receiver: Riley Ridley, Georgia; Kelvin Harmon, NC State – Patience pays off and made easier considering the impressive Day 2 positional depth. Both Ridley and Harmon offer 6-foot-2 size, which the roster needs. Harmon, a three-year starter brings strong hands and a physical presence.

Tight end: Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M; Kahale Warring, San Diego State -- Several league sources believed the Redskins entered the draft focused on adding tight end help and not just mere depth. Head coach Jay Gruden said as much this off-season. Warring, a former basketball and water polo player visited Ashburn, pre-draft. The interest isn’t about the stats, but the tape. One scout cited the 6-foot-5 Warring as the player in this class he wanted on his team most regardless of round.

Guard: Conor McGovern, Penn State; Dru Samia, G, Oklahoma – Redskins senior VP of Player Personnel said Monday former Giants bust Ereck Flowers’ evolution from tackle to guard could earn him the starting spot next to Trent Williams. Legit hope or not, the Redskins must add more help somewhere in the draft. The 308-pound McGovern would immediately boost the run blocking.

Inside linebacker: Mack Wilson, Alabama; Bobby Okereke, Stanford – The Redskins have questions all over the place with this unit, including trusting Reuben Foster to make it through a season without incident. The other projected starter, Mason Foster, becomes a free agent in 2020. Wilson would provide the defense with a stout tackler – and yet another Alabama defender.

Safety: Deionte Thompson, Alabama; Amani Hooker, Iowa – Adding Landon Collins should change plenty in the secondary, but the defense lacks a true centerfielder. Injuries and late-season struggles dropped Thompson possibly into the third, but he would be a strong replacement option for fellow Crimson Tide safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. 

Others: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame; Sean Bunting, CB, Central Michigan; Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis; Oshane Ximines, DE, Old Dominion; Michael Jordan, C, Ohio State; Marvell Tell, USC

Not included: Any quarterback. You know why. 

Bonus: Here's a second-round mock plus third-round choices for the Redskins and Ravens.

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