The Washington Redskins were a dismal 3-13 during 2019 scoring just 266 points while allowing 435 points. Washington was an embarrassing 1-7 on its home field while the Redskins were just one better at 2-6 on the road. Ron Rivera was hired as the new Redskins head coach with the hope the defensive specialist can put Washington on a path to becoming a contender in the NFC East.The Redskins also hired Jack Del Rio as their new defensive coordinator.
On the offensive side of the ball the Washington Redskins are expected to start quarterback Dwayne Haskins but new head coach Rivera brought with him single caller Kyle Allen who filled in admirably last season for the Panthers after Cam Newton went down with an injury early. The Redskins picked up the option on veteran running back Adrian Peterson but he will be pushed by Derrius Guice who is not expected to be 100% to start the season but will be healthy within the first four games. At wide receiver, the Redskins will have Terry McLaurin, Steven Sims Jr. and Cody Latimer. while Adam Trautman is expected to start at tight end.
The offensive line will be anchored by Geron Christian Sr. at left tackle. Wes Martin will start at left guard while Chase Roullier returns as the starting center and Brandon Sheriff has been given the franchise tag and will be the starting right guard and Morgan Moses returns as the starting right tackle.
The Washington Redskins defense will be their strength. The Redskins drafted Chase Young out of Ohio State with their first pick in the draft and Young is expected to make an immediate impact. Ryan Kerrigan and Montez Sweat will anchor the defensive line while first round picks Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne will see plenty of action in the front four. Including the selection of Young in April, Washington's defensive line has five first-round picks.
The starting linebackers for the Redskins will be Jon Bostic at middle linebacker, Cole Holcomb on the strong side and Thomas Davis Sr. on the weak side. However, expect Ryan Anderson to challenge Holcomb on the strong side as the third year defensive standout became a key component late last season in the Redskins defense after four quarterback sacks, four forced fumbles and seven quarterback hits over the last six games. The Redskins secondary is expected to be made up of Aaron Colvin and Fabian Moreau at cornerbacks while free agent Landon Collins takes over at strong safety and Troy Apke will play free safety. Maurice Smith and Jeremy Reeves will see plenty of playing time in special package situations.
Washington is going through a transition. With a new head coach and new defensive coordinator as well as playing in a very competitive NFC East as both the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins are expected to reach the postseason, the Redskins will be hard pressed to win more than five games. Question remarks remain at quarterback while the defense is the strength but the linebackers and secondary need key additions before the opening kickoff. Washington will finish last in the NFC East with a record of 5-11