Fans of teams in the NFC East reading this post should be watching the Washington Redskins with worry. Oh yeah, If you plan to be a Redskins fan in 2012, go ahead and reserve your spot now.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that Safety Brandon Meriweather has now joined the team, signing on for a two-year, six-million-dollar deal. The Redskins also re-signed Adam Carriker. The Defensive End had 33 tackles last season, stats that match up with Meriweather, who had 32.
It’s a start for the backfield.
This comes on the heels of the acquisition of Pierre Garcon and Joshua Morgan.
What’s the significance of those two pickups?
Josh Morgan is 6-1.
Pierre Garcon, 6 foot.
These two deals, in my opinion, are a great response to the media’s focus on the Redskins having short receivers:
- Jabar Gaffney, 6-2.
- “The Franchise” Fred Davis, tight end, 6 – 4.
- Santana Moss, 5- 10
- Donte’ Stallworth, 6 feet.
- Anthony Armstrong, 5 -11.
- Leonard Hankerson, 6-2.
- Chris Cooley, 6-3.
- Niles Paul, 6-1.
There’s no room to complain about how the Redskins are throwing to short receivers anymore. All that is needed is a quarterback that can throw to them.
And we cannot forget about the running backs. Consider Roy Helu, who ran for 640 yards last year, and Evan Royster who ran for 328. Not high numbers I know, but these guys can, with the right quarterback, break the 1,000 mark. Don’t forget Tim Hightower, who also had 321 yards rushing last season. These guys, as Mike Shanahan would put it, are, and can be playmakers.
You have to agree these moves wouldn’t be possible if the Redskins hadn’t secured that No.2 pick. No one would be looking at the Redskins right now without it. The No.6 pick guaranteed a better quarterback, not a marketable quarterback.
The acquisition of RG3 makes the Washington Redskins a team to watch, especially with a strong, supportive cast. If you don’t think so, sit down, grab your corn chips, and just wait for it.
It’s amazing to watch what happens in just a few days. Besides re-signing London Fletcher (a must) they need to look at the cornerbacks and the offensive line. They need to identify those needs and seal the deal.