For the Washington Redskins, a culture change was a necessity. Gone are the days of the owner meddling his way into coaches’ decisions. Gone is the signing of high-priced free agents. Finally, the locker room culture is a high priority. You must want to be a Redskin in order to play for the Washington Redskins and Ron Rivera.
There is also another noticeable change at Redskins Park. That is age on the roster. Gone are the aging veterans. While this team has some veterans, they are not as abundant as before. There is a definite youth movement in effect. Let us look.
The Offense (Current Depth Chart per Ourlads)
When you look at the offense of the Washington Redskins, you think youth. You see players like Dwayne Haskins, Terry McLaurin, Steve Sims, and Derrius Guice all in their 20s. In today’s game, this is what you need. While you need to have, a veteran sprinkled in there to keep the young bucks in line, they are restoring youth in the Nation’s Capital. Here is how the offense breaks down.
QB – Dwayne Haskins – 23
RB – Adrian Peterson – 35
WR – Terry McLaurin – 24
WR – Kelvin Harmon. – 23
TE – Jeremy Sprinkle – 25
TE – Richard Rodgers – 28
LT – Cornelius Lucas – 28
LG – Wes Schweitzer – 26
C – Chase Roullier – 26
RG – Brandon Scherff – 28
RT – Morgan Moses – 29
Average Starting Age = 27
This is projecting that this will be similar to what the Redskins will start on opening day. There could be some differences in the above. Such as Saahdiq Charles (20) or Geron Christian (23) starting at LT. Players like Antonio Gibson (21), Antonio Gandy-Golden (22), and Steven Sims Jr. (23) could also be in the lineup. However, it is not just the offense that is getting younger.
Defense (Current Depth Chart per Ourlads)
The defense of the Washington Redskins is also joining the movement. Again, while there are a few wily veterans sprinkled in with Ryan Kerrigan and Thomas Davis Sr., the age of the defense is relatively young.
DE – Montez Sweat – 23
DT – Jonathan Allen – 25
DT – Da’Ron Payne – 23
DE – Ryan Kerrigan – 31
OLB – Chase Young – 21
MLB – Thomas Davis Sr. – 37
OLB – Cole Holcomb – 23
CB – Kendall Fuller – 25
FS – Sean Davis – 26
SS – Landon Collins – 26
CB – Fabian Moreau – 26
Average Starting Age = 26
Again, this is just a possible projected starting lineup. Players such as Greg Stroman (24), Danny Johnson (24), Matt Ioannidis (26), Rueben Foster (26), Ryan Anderson (25), and other young studs could and should grace this roster.
Youth is a great thing to have. Although, you do need that veteran leadership sprinkled in. The staff of the Washington Redskins has done just that. It will be interesting to see how well this young collaboration of talent will perform in 2020. It is not to say that mistakes will be made, it is how they learn from them, however, that will be the key to their success. Needless to say, it is nice to see a change, for the good, in Washington.
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