5 Bold Predictions for Washington Redskins 2014 Training Camp

5 Bold Predictions for Washington Redskins 2014 Training Camp

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Right now the Washington Redskins are in the middle of training camp. After winning the NFC East in 2012, Washington regressed in 2013, going 3-13 and 0-6 in the division. Predicting the that Redskins will simply be better in 2014 is easy, but here are 5 bold predictions for the season ahead.

5. Chris Baker Will Lead Defensive Line in Sacks

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5. Chris Baker Will Lead Defensive Line in Sacks

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The Redskins' defensive line racked up only 5.5 sacks in 2013. Because of injuries, Baker filled in for the final three games of the 2013 season. In that time he recorded 28 tackles, one sack and was third on the team with five hits on opposing QBs. He was rewarded with a three-year, $ 12 million contract for his efforts. Offensive lines will be game-planning for Hatcher and Orakpo, and Baker will be the beneficiary of one-on-one matchups.

4. WR DeSean Jackson Will Have a Better 2014 Than 2013

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4. WR DeSean Jackson Will Have a Better 2014 Than 2013

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This is saying something since he set a personal best with 1,332 receiving yards and tied a personal best with nine receiving TDs in 2013, but Jackson could actually be better in 2014. Yes, he has to compete for touches with Pierre Garcon, who had 1,346 receiving yards and 5 TDs in 2013, but Jackson didn’t seem happy in Philadelphia last year. This change of scenery could suit him well, and QB RG III will be throwing Jackson’s way a lot in 2014.

3. They Will Run More Read-Option Than They Are Letting On

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3. They Will Run More Read-Option Than They Are Letting On

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Reportedly Washington is planning to de-emphasize the read-option. In 2012, RG III ran the ball 43 items for 344 yards out of the zone read. In 2013, those numbers dipped to 37 times for 202 yards. He led all QBs in zone read runs both seasons. RG III can throw and he’ll have to do that well for the Redskins to be successful, but a large part of his strength is his legs. The Redskins will allow him to use his legs more than they’re letting on.

2. QB Robert Griffin III Will Return To His Rookie Form

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2. QB Robert Griffin III Will Return To His Rookie Form

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RG III had a great rookie season, throwing for 3,200 yards and 20 TDs with only five interceptions. In 2013 he threw for 3,203 yards, 16 TDs and his interceptions ballooned to 12. Part of this was not being on the same page as his previous head coach Mike Shanahan, who was fired this offseason. He was also coming off of knee surgery during the offseason. He’s now a season removed from all of that. Look for RG III to rebound in a big way in 2014.

1. Redskins Will Win the NFC East

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1. Redskins Will Win the NFC East

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In the last two seasons the Redskins have gone from first to worst. With the Shanahans gone, RG III a year removed from knee surgery, the addition of DeSean Jackson and the fact that the NFC East is a weak division, it is more than a possibility that the Redskins win the division.


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