Washington Redskins: Offensive Preview – A new lease on life

When you talk about the Washington Redskins, you think about the offense. How good can it be? Will they sign Kirk Cousins long-term? Can they run the ball? All of these are legit questions. Well heading into training camp, they hope to get these answers and more. Here is a preview of the Redskins offense for 2017.

The Washington Redskins have one of the best offenses in the game. Well at least through the air. Kirk Cousins finished the 2016 season as the fourth ranked QB in the league. However, 2017 will bring a completely new set of WRs into the fray.

Gone are veterans DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. Stepping in their place are Josh Doctson and Terrelle Pryor. Doctson was the 22nd pick in 2016. He spent a majority of the season on IR due to an Achilles injury. The Redskins acquired Pryor as a free agent this off-season. He comes over after leading the Cleveland Browns with 1007 yards in 2016. Will these two along with Jamison Crowder, Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis be enough for the air attack in 2017? Stay tuned.

The running game was less than stellar in 2016. They finished 20th in the league with just over 100 yards per game. That needs to change in 2017. Many believe that will. Returning is starting running back Rob Kelley. However, coming up fast through OTAs and Mini-Camp is Rookie Running Back Samaje Perine.

The Redskins selected Perine in the fourth round of the 2017 Draft. He has a great burst along with decent hands. He will be able to spell Kelley and may eventually take the reigns as the starting back.

If the Washington Redskins plan to challenge for the playoffs they are going to have to run the football. Especially if they do not get better on the defensive side of the ball. A good running game helps a bad defense.

The Redskins are a question mark in the NFC East and the NFC. If they can get some production from the run game and stay on the field with sustained drives they may have a successful season. However, this offense has struggled for two years in that department. Maybe the pass sets up the run in 2017.

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