Like the rest of the teams in the NFC East division, the Washington Redskins are hoping to improve their record from 2015 and return this franchise to its former winning ways. They did manage a playoff berth in a weak division last season but were bounced early and will need to improve their on-field play to get farther in 2016. First on the agenda was to cut loose quarterback Robert Griffin III making Kirk Cousins the clear starter for the team. He will have a shiny new weapon in Josh Doctson who was drafted with their first round selection as the 22nd pick overall. The talented wide receiver will join veterans DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon and should fit well in Jay Gruden’s scheme. When healthy, tight end Jordan Reed adds another serious threat in this offense and is looking to build on a solid performance from last season. The biggest offseason move this Washington team made was to sign 28 year-old cornerback Josh Norman from the Carolina Panthers. Norman had a tremendous 2015 season and inked a five-year deal with the Redskins
worth $75 million with $50 million of it guaranteed. Safety/special teams whiz David Bruton left the Denver Broncos to sign a three-year deal with this team and should add some depth and quality to the defense or special teams, wherever they decide to use him. Another key addition defensively is second round selection Su’a Cravens who will play at safety and is potentially the most talented enforcer between the hash marks since Sean Taylor.
With the quarterback issues behind them and a more talented roster than they have had in the recent past, the Washington Redskins are in a good position to repeat atop the NFC East this season. Armed with some new playmakers via both free agency and the NFL draft, look for this squad to please fans and Washington Redskins ticket holders in 2016. Grab your foam fingers, some popcorn and your Washington Redskin tickets and head out to watch these guys play live this all season long.