By Brad Berreman @bradberreman24 on June 5, 2014
The Washington Redskins had a disappointing 2013 season, finishing 3-13 a year after winning the NFC East. New head coach Jay Gruden will lead a refurbished roster, and the Redskins may be able to quickly return to playoff contention this year.
Here is my list of the five most intriguing players on the Redskins' roster for the coming season.
Hatcher had a career-high 11 sacks last year, and earned the first Pro Bowl selection of his career as a defensive tackle in the Dallas Cowboys' 4-3 scheme. He'll become a defensive end in Washington's 3-4 base defense, and he'll hopefully provide a much-needed pass rusher on the interior.
After serving as Washington's No. 3 corner as a rookie last year, Amerson is penciled as the starter opposite DeAngelo Hall heading into his second season. He returned one of his two interceptions last year for a touchdown and is a ballhawk (12 interceptions as a sophomore at North Carolina State in 2012), so if Amerson can put it all together this year the Redskins' secondary should improve automatically.
Reed missed the final six games last season with a concussion, and he recently admitted he hid a concussion two weeks prior to the one that ended his rookie campaign. If he can stay on the field, and that's a big question with four concussions dating back to his college career at Florida, Reed has breakout potential this year.
Just how much Clark has left at age 34 is a big question, but he will bring much-needed leadership to the Redskins' secondary and he had at least 100 total tackles in each of the last three seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Jackson's tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles ended in controversy and his being released. He is coming off his best season in 2013 (82 receptions for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns) and will give the Redskins' offense a big-play spark.
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