5 Irreplaceable Players For the Washington Redskins During the 2013 NFL Season
Five Players The Redskins Need in 2013
After selecting quarterback Robert Griffin III in the 2012 NFL Draft, the former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback guided the Redskins to an NFC East title and a postseason berth.
Even though RG3 was the name most often mentioned as the reason why the Redskins were so successful, he didn’t do it alone. He had just as a good a “supporting cast” as he did which allowed him to play as well as he did.
Last season, Washington had a number of important players miss substantial time due to injury. Safety Brandon Meriweather, linebacker Brian Orakpo and defensive end Adam Carriker all missed nearly the entire season. Any time you're missing three of your best defensive players, you're going to have a tough time winning ball games.
On offense, wide receiver Pierre Garçon missed much of the season due to a foot injury. While Santana Moss and Leonard Hankerson stepped up, not having a weapon like Garçon hindered their ability offensively.
After playing the first seven games of the season, tight end Fred Davis then injured his Achilles and missed the rest of the season. Before being injured, Davis was fast rising to the top of many NFL tight end lists, and many believe that he will eventually be considered in the top three for best tight ends in the NFL.
This season, the Redskins return nearly the same team as they did last season. Many believe that they will be better than last season and that having training camp away from their Ashburn, Virginia home will help them gel as a team which will only benefit their on-field performance.
There are five key players that the Washington Redskins absolutely need this season if they want to repeat the same success that they had last year. Without these five guys, it could be a long season for Redskins fans.
Brandon Meriweather - Safety
The Redskins desperately need a veteran presence like Brandon Meriweather in the secondary this season. While Reed Doughty has proven solid at free safety, strong safety is a definite hole in the secondary, and Meriweather is more than capable of filling that gap and playing well.
Fred Davis - Tight End
The Redskins' passing game was instantly hindered when Fred Davis went down with his injury half way through the 2012 season. Prior to him being injured, he led the team in receiving. Prior to his five game suspension 2011, he was leading the team in receiving, as well. Davis is a big target and a solid blocker. He greatly helps the offense in the running and passing game.
London Fletcher - Linebacker
Much like the offense, the defense needs a good quarterback to make sure that everyone knows their assignments and is in the right position. In today’s NFL, there may not be a better all-around middle linebacker than London Fletcher. He’s been a cornerstone of the Redskins defense since his arrival a few years ago.
Brian Orakpo - Linebacker
Since being drafted by the Redskins in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft, Brian Orakpo has been a huge difference maker on defense. It’s been quite sometime since the Redskins have had a force like him on the defensive line, and no matter who they’re up against, Orakpo always finds his way to the quarterback. The former Texas Longhorn is good for at least eight sacks a year, and the Redskins will need all of those this fall.
Robert Griffin III - Quarterback
Come on. Who’d you think was going to top this list? Robert Griffin III is the heart and soul of the Washington Redskins. As he goes, the Redskins go. I know that Kirk Cousins is a very reliable backup quarterback, but he’s no RG3. RG3’s versatility adds an extra dimension to the Redskins offense and he can turn a broken play into a touchdown by simply using his athleticism.