Finding offensive consistency has been a challenge for the Washington Redskins. They averaged around 20 points per game in 2013, which just isn’t good enough to win in the modern day NFL. Considering the Redskins’ perennially poor defense, along with their inconstant offense, and it’s no wonder why they finished 3-13 last season.
Washington has some talent at their offensive skill positions, even if that talent wasn’t evident at times. Quarterback Robert Griffin III, running back Alfred Morris and wide receiver Pierre Garcon have proven to be players who can get the job done when healthy and motivated. Tight end Jordan Reed and newly acquired wide receiver Andre Roberts also have the potential to become efficient targets for RG3. Reed will most likely be the starter at tight end, while Roberts could become a fine complimentary receiver out of the slot.
But the real combustion hopefully will come from newly acquired wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who signed a four-year contract to join the Redskins. When motivated, Jackson could be the most dangerous receiver in the NFL. Or he could be the latest big name bust to pass through Washington (Albert Haynesworth or Donovan McNabb anyone?). Jackson’s speed and big play ability inspires fear in opposing defenses, so it was a no brainer that the Redskins sign him.
I can also factor in the forgotten man in the offense, running back Roy Helu Jr. Morris is firmly entrenched as the starter, but Helu Jr. can provide relief when Morris needs to take a breather. Helu Jr. led the Redskins in rushing yards in 2011, proving his capability of shouldering the Redskins’ rushing load when necessary. Helu Jr. is also a good receiver out of the backfield, which makes him a viable third down back.
The only apparent Achilles heel on Washington’s offense is its offensive line. This unit was overwhelmed in 2013, as it allowed RG3 and reserve quarterback Kirk Cousins to get hit often. A repeat performance by Washington’s offensive line in 2014 will nullify RG3 and his reinforced passing game.
The Redskins signed free agent guard Shawn Lauvao, who hopefully will add toughness in an effort to solidify a unit whose only proven commodity is left tackle Trent Williams. If the Redskins can somehow use their limited 2014 draft selections on efficient offensive linemen, maybe they can field the NFL’s most dangerous offense.