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The Washington Redskins’ 5 Biggest Breakout Candidates of 2014

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The Washington Redskins' 5 Biggest Breakout Candidates of 2014

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The D.C. football team has had quite a noisy offseason so far, and you will certainly not hear me complaining about former head coach Mike Shanahan getting the boot. They also added a high speed wide receiver talent, which you might have heard about lately. He might make an appearance on this list along with four other players on the team. Thanks for stopping by.

5. Ryan Kerrigan

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5. Ryan Kerrigan

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This one is a bit odd, because Kerrigan actually played quite well last season. This year he might be able to get some Pro Bowl consideration if they are able to win a few more games.

4. Robert Griffin III

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4. Robert Griffin III

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Having the knee brace off will make RGIII a better player, and he is my pick to win comeback player of the year in the league. Last season may have humbled Griffin a bit, but that will only serve to make him a better player in the future.

3. DeSean Jackson

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3. DeSean Jackson

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This is a pickup that is the epitome of high risk vs. high reward, but we will have to see if Jackson can put up similar numbers to last season. If the wide receiver can make that happen, then you will not hear Dan Snyder for opening his checkbook yet again.

2. Brian Orakpo

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2. Brian Orakpo

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Orakpo may not be thrilled that the Redskins slapped the franchise tag on him, but if he wants a longer contract now he will have to prove himself on the field. I think he is worthy of the task, and I have also noticed that players tend to reach their full potential in contract years.

1. Roy Helu Jr.

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1. Roy Helu Jr.

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Is it fair to say that this squad underachieved last season? I think so. Honestly, it would be hard for them to play worse next year, but as a DMV native I am also not ruling anything out. In the end, the D.C. football team should have a better record in this year's campaign, but they also will most likely miss the playoffs under a first year coach.