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5 Early Predictions for the Washington Redskins’ 2014 Season

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5 Early Predictions for the Washington Redskins' 2014 Season

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The Washington Redskins are coming off a disappointing 2013 season in which they finished 3-13. This year, Washington has hired Jay Gruden to be the new head coach and added several difference-making players who will look to get the team back to the playoffs. Here are five bold predictions for the 2014 season.

5. Pass Defense Will Again Struggle

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5. Pass Defense Will Again Struggle

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Washington's pass defense was poor last season. The team ranked in the bottom-half of the NFL in passing yards allowed, completion percentage and touchdowns surrendered. This offseason, Washington added Tracy Porter and Ryan Clark in an effort to improve the broken secondary. Despite adding these veterans, Washington's secondary will again rank as one of the league's worst.

4. Ryan Kerrigan Will Lead Team in Sacks

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4. Ryan Kerrigan Will Lead Team in Sacks

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Washington has two dominant pass-rushers on defense in Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo. Last season, Orakpo led the team with ten sacks. This year, look for Kerrigan to emerge as the team's sack leader. Kerrigan recorded 8.5 sacks last season. He will finish with double-digit sack totals in 2014 and emerge as one of the NFL's premier pass-rushers.

3. Alfred Morris’ Rushing Numbers Will Drop Again

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3. Alfred Morris’ Rushing Numbers Will Drop Again

Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
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Alfred Morris took a step back statistically last season after putting together a remarkable rookie campaign. His rushing attempts, yards and touchdowns all dropped last year as Washington's entire offense regressed. Watch for the former sixth-round pick's numbers to continue to fall in 2014. Morris is still a quality back, but Washington has more depth at the position this season set to take away from his numbers.

2. DeSean Jackson Will Have Over 1,200 Yards Receiving

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2. DeSean Jackson Will Have Over 1,200 Yards Receiving

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Washington's biggest move this offseason was adding wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Jackson was released by the Eagles early in the offseason, reportedly due to concerns about his work ethic and off-field behavior. The signing gives Washington a game-changing wideout who can take the top off opposing defenses. 1,200 yards receiving is well within Jackson's reach.

1. Robert Griffin III Will Make the Pro Bowl

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1. Robert Griffin III Will Make the Pro Bowl

Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
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After taking the NFL by storm his rookie season, Robert Griffin III went through a sophomore slump in 2013. RGIII was bombarded with criticism throughout the year as Washington sputtered. With a new offensive system in place and more weapons to work with, Griffin III will recover from last year's disappointment and have a fantastic 2014 season. The team's record will improve and he will make the Pro Bowl.

Kevin Major is a Miami Heat writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @KevinMajor_Rant, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google