By Tyler McMullen @Direct_Snap on June 11, 2014
The Washington Redskins are looking toward staying healthy this season to become a force within a NFC East division that is wide open right now. Washington has a ton of bright spots on their roster, but here are five projected starters who will struggle this season at one point or another.
Hall is one of the league's best ball hawks at the corner position, but he is so inconsistent that Washington fans never know which player to expect each game. Sometimes, Hall looks like an All-Pro corner locking down the opposing team's No. 1 receiver. Other times, he looks like he has ankle weights on and is lost out there. Expect more of the same from the former Virginia Tech corner this season.
Kerrigan, one of Washington's most reliable players, has been arguably the team's best player over his short tenure with the team. While Kerrigan is a dominant player defensively, OLB Brian Orakpo is the better player overall and is looking for a new deal. Orakpo certainly deserves a new deal, which makes you wonder why the team grabbed OLB Trent Murphy in May's NFL Draft. Murphy may steal some snaps from Kerrigan this season on passing downs.
Hatcher, Washington's big offseason acquisition from the division foe Dallas Cowboys, had a breakout season in 2013 registering 11 sacks. That's a fine number, but a breakout season at 31 as a defensive tackle may just be a product of the system. Toss in the fact that Hatcher had never surpassed 4.5 sacks in a single season (nine total seasons) up until 2013, and I'm not buying into his "breakout season".
Reed, who broke out last season for Washington, will look to build on a solid 2013 campaign this year with RGIII finally healthy and ready to go. Reed has a few talented and young tight ends behind him, but the group of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon will likely take some targets away from the young TE this season. Reed will still be a great player offensively for the team, but it's unlikely that he asserts himself as the top threat.
Garcon has really come into his own as the top target for Washington during his first two seasons with the squad. After putting up decent numbers in 2012, he broke out last season, reeling in 113 receptions for 1,346 yards and 5 touchdowns. Although he is the team's No. 1 receiver, Washington brought in WR DeSean Jackson this offseason, who will likely steal some of Garcon's deep balls that he has been known for. He's still the top dog, however.
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