By Connor Fulton @ConnorFultonRS on June 28, 2014
After winning the NFC East in 2012, the Washington Redskins stumbled to a painful 3-13 campaign last season. For the Redskins to bounce back this year, there are certain players that they can’t afford to lose. Here are the five most irreplaceable players on the Redskins’ roster.
The Redskins like to keep around aging defensive players that are excellent leaders and mentors. After London Fletcher retired during the offseason, the team signed the 34-year-old Clark to fill his shoes as the minister of Washington’s defense. In addition to the intangibles, Clark still has some good football left in him.
No Redskins receiver caught more than 45 passes in 2013, except for Garcon, who pulled in 113 receptions. Although the Redskins picked up DeSean Jackson during the offseason, Garcon will still play a vital role in the passing offense, as he will take advantage of the attention defenses pay to Jackson better than any other receiver on the team.
The Redskins are incredibly excited about Reed, and for good reason. He fits the mold of the prototypical modern-day tight end, with excellent hands and athletic ability. Losing Reed for more than a few weeks would be a huge blow for an offense that isn’t very deep at the tight end position.
Not only can Orakpo create for himself—he is one of the premier pass rushers in the NFL—but his talents are a big help for his teammates. With Orakpo drawing double teams, Ryan Kerrigan is much more effective, and rookie Trent Murphy will have opportunities to make plays.
Robert Griffin III may have his ups and downs, but Morris is consistently good. He is one of the few “number one” running backs left in the league; in two seasons, Morris has racked up 2,888 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground. For the Redskins’ offense to achieve and sustain success in 2014, Morris must stay off the sidelines.
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