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5 Storylines to Follow During Washington Redskins’ OTAs

5 Storylines to Follow During Washington Redskins' OTAs

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USA TODAY Sports- Geoff Burke

The Washington Redskins started Organized Team Activities on Tuesday, and it has been a good sign that they have not suffered any ACL tears like the Dallas Cowboys. The Skins might just be frontrunners to win the NFC East after Robert Griffin III ditching the knee brace, and it will be quite telling to see how the quarterback starts off this season. In the end, I would expect Jay Gruden to have far more success than his predecessor.

5. DeSean Jackson

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5. DeSean Jackson

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USA TODAY Sports- Geoff Burke

Jackson is Griffin's shiny new weapon in the offense, and it should be fun to watch those two work together. Chemistry issues notwithstanding, Jackson is a wide receiver with unique speed, and he should be a fantastic pairing with RGIII next season.

4. Phillip Thomas

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4. Phillip Thomas

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Can Thomas step up and help the secondary this season? If the young player can live up to his hype, then we could be looking at a rejuvenated Redskins' defense next year. I am sure that you would not hear any argument from the players on the offensive side of the ball.

3. Coach Jay Gruden

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3. Coach Jay Gruden

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Obviously, the relationship between the head coach and the quarterback is of the utmost importance, and it will be discussed endlessly over the coming season. John Gruden's brother has a tough job to do in DC, and forgive me if I do not give him my utmost confidence immediately. The initial signs from the players have been positive, but things go south quite quickly when the losses start piling up.

2. The Pass Rush

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2. The Pass Rush

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USA TODAY Sports- Geoff Burke

The defense will need to step up this season, and they probably know this. Ryan Kerrigan will have to get some pressure on the quarterback, because D'Angelo Hall can only hold the fort for so long. Some of their draft picks will have to contribute as well, because the Skins certainly had their struggles on this side of the ball last season.

1. Robert Griffin III

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1. Robert Griffin III

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USA TODAY Sports- Geoff Burke

Griffin will be without his knee brace this season, which should make all the difference in the world for the young signal caller. His coaches have said that he has tremendous "command of the huddle" so far, and I would expect that to continue throughout the year. If he is able to stay healthy, then he should be able to put together another Pro Bowl season.