5 Washington Redskins Facing Make-or-Break Seasons in 2014

5 Washington Redskins Facing Make-or-Break Seasons in 2014

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After nearly completing a championship run in his rookie season, Robert Griffin III and his Washington team will need a major turnaround in year three of Griffin’s career.
Last year saw a number of injuries and poor decisions ravage the team and its postseason prospects. If the Skins are to make it into playoff prominence, they will need these players to step up or step out.

5. Brian Orakpo

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5. Brian Orakpo

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When he is playing, Orakpo is one of the best young outside linebackers in the league. But his problem is staying on the field. Nothing is worse than to have your best talents sitting on the pine. Fans in Washington are growing restless with a defense reliant on Orakpo's services.

4. Jarvis Jenkins

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4. Jarvis Jenkins

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As a giant of a man, you would think Jenkins would be more of a factor on Sundays. Through two seasons, he has a combined 2.0 sacks and 47 tackles. Maybe the 3-4 scheme doesn’t fit him well, but the NFL usually replaces players before it does coaches.

3. Santana Moss

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3. Santana Moss

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Moss has had quite the career as he has amassed over 10,000 yards in his NFL career. However, the skills he used to garnish this achievement are diminishing. There are plenty of talented wideouts in the draft this year and Washington may be looking.

2. Jordan Reed

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2. Jordan Reed

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Reed was spectacular in the beginning of last season, he but disappeared in the latter stages. This is a tight end who is only 6-foot-2, barely taller than Griffin. If he doesn’t make improvements, Washington may look for a more prototypical tight end for its young QB.

1. E.J. Biggers

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1. E.J. Biggers

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The only competition Biggers has had is DeAngelo Hall since arriving to Washington. Biggers isn’t the best corner option on the market and could be looking for another job if he doesn’t produce this season for the Skins.


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    Jordan Reed”disappeared” the second half of the season because he was in IR.