With the signing of DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts this offseason, the Washington Redskins‘ receiving corps instantly went from being extremely thin behind Pierre Garcon to being one of the best and deepest groups in the league. The idea of having Leonard Hankerson and Santana Moss starting next to Garcon is dubious at best, but those guys suddenly look a lot better when they are competing to be the No. 4 receiver instead of the No. 2. When you add second-year TE Jordan Reed in with Garcon, Jackson and Roberts, the Redskins can potentially have four guys on the field at the same time that teams will have trouble matching up with one-on-one.
Add that to Alfred Morris, one of the best running backs in the league, and Robert Griffin III, who will be playing without his cumbersome brace this year, and just like that, the Redskins have the potential to be a top-five offense. There are still question marks on the offensive line, where it looks like the starting right tackle will either still be fan least-favorite Tyler Polumbus or third-round pick Morgan Moses. Because of the offensive line problems and the fact that the team went 3-13 last year, it might seem silly to talk about a potentially elite offense. But in 2012, with a healthy Griffin, a worse receiving corps and probably a worse offensive line, the Redskins did have an elite offense — they scored the second-most points in the NFC and the fourth-most in the NFL, behind the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints, all teams that have quarterbacks you may have heard of.
Many will attribute that offensive success to the scheme employed by Mike Shanahan, which defenses around the NFL learned to slow down much more effectively last year. But Jay Gruden was hired as the head coach because he can coach offense, and with a significantly more talented team, there is every reason to believe can get the team back to being one of the best offenses in the league. That type of offense, paired with a not terrible but below average defense, resulted in a 10-6 season in 2012. Nobody should be surprised if the same thing plays out in 2014.