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5 Washington Redskins Players Who Need to Perform Well 2013

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5 Washington Redskins Who Need to Produce

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After a 3-6 start in 2012, the Washington Redskins looked to be headed for a nice spot on the couch at home for the playoffs. However, rookie quarterback sensation Robert Griffin III had other ideas, leading the that same team to six wins in their last seven games.

I know what you're saying, the Redskins won their last seven games, not six. This is true, but Kirk Cousins came in for RGIII when his fellow rookie quarterback was injured and led them to a victory of his own.

While Cousins showed he can play some good football last season, he will once again be Griffin's backup, making for one of the best one-two quarterback situations on any depth chart in the NFL.

They finished 10-6 and made the playoffs, but one controversial decision was made by head coach Mike Shanahan that ultimately influenced the outcome of the season.

Shanahan decided to start RGIII instead of Cousins in the playoffs although it was obvious that the star rookie was not the same after he suffered an injury in week 14. Cousins filled in and led the Redskins to a win the game after, showing he was worthy of replacing RGIII. However, Shanahan didn't want to risk playing without his starter, and that caused a season-ending injury.

The head coach received much criticism for this decision, being called out for endangering the young athlete's career.

While the quarterbacks played great in 2012 for the Redskins, there were many players who didn't play as well as expected.

Here are five players that face a make-or-break season in 2013 for Washington.

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Brandon Meriweather

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Brandon Meriweather played in just one game last season for the Redskins, but his seven tackles and interception in that one game was a good sign. However, a knee injury forced him out the rest of the season. He seems injury prone -- something that no team wants to take a chance on. He's a talented safety, but he's only played 12 games in the past two seasons.

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Josh Morgan

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Josh Morgan looks like the No. 2 receiver going into the 2013 season. He had 48 catches for 510 yards in 2012 and will need to improve on those numbers if he wants to remain the No. 2 receiver. Good thing for him, he's young with lots of potential.

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Reed Doughty

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Reed Doughty had three really solid seasons from 2009-2011, but he fell off a bit last year and might need another good year to earn the Redskins' trust back. He is a pretty decent and consistent free safety, but needs to step up once again.

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Santana Moss

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From 2003-2010, Santana Moss was one of the most consistent receivers in the league. He had nearly 1,000 yards every season with 70+ catches on average. Moss needs to step up this season because he is no longer the No. 1 receiver that he is accustomed to being.

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Stephen Bowen

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Stephen Bowen suffered a bit of a statistical drop from 2011, but before that, he rarely had more than 20 tackles in a season. Could he be the guy who had 41 tackles and six sacks in 2011, or his he the guy that had no more than 22 tackles and three sacks with the Dallas Cowboys?