Who’s going to be the signal caller in 2020?
Coming into the year, the Washington Redskins have a big quarterback situation. They drafted Dwayne Haskins and also have Case Keenum and Colt McCoy on their roster. There’s yet to be a quarterback they favor more than the other but the starting job will likely come down to either Haskins or Keenum. If they want to see what the rookie can do in real NFL action, Haskins will get the call. Otherwise, look for veteran Keenum to be the preferred option to start the year.
Coming to the Redskins via the 15th pick in the draft, Haskins brings is a great visionary QB and possesses the skills needed to be a potential franchise signal caller. However, he’s had relatively little experience at the position and will have to work on his decision making in the next level. Keenum presents the more experienced QB after being the Denver Broncos starter for all of last season. While he likely won’t be the starter for the future, I expect Keenum to begin the year as QB1 as Haskins learns from the sidelines.
What impact will Derrius Guice make for the Redskins?
Last year, the Redskins selected Darrius Guice in the 2nd Round of the 2018 Draft with hopes he would become their franchise running back. He suffered a torn ACL before the year even started and has been on the road to recovery ever since. This year, Washsington will slowly ease Guice back into the rotation but he might not be able to make the same impact they had hoped when they drafted him. Though Guice seems confident about his skills on the field, players might not be the same after an ACL injury and easing him back to game action may take some time.
While Guice may have the potential to still be a franchise back, Washington likely won’t roll him out as a feature back by any means. In 2018, Adrian Peterson was their lead back, piling up 1,042 yards and 7 TD’s. They’ll also get back a healthy season of Chris Thompson who figures to get touches in the crowded backfield. Guice will likely be part of this three-man committee and begin the season as the RB2 on the depth chart. He has the potential to be the main back but coming back from his injury, AP will get the majority of opportunities to begin the year.
Does Washington have a #1 threat at the wide receiver position?
Looking at Washington’s pass catching options, there aren’t too many options or threats on the field. Besides star tight end, Jordan Reed, the Skins lack a clear threat at the wide receiver position. They don’t have a clear threat but instead, a bunch of guys who could develop into big weapons for the offense. Among those most likely to fill the WR1 spot are Paul Richardson and Josh Doctson.
Never before a regular starter, Richardson will likely be given a starting spot and has the chance for a breakout year. Doctson is entering a contract year and will look to build upon his career year of 532 yards and a 56.4 catch percentage in 2018. While we can’t expect a 1,000 yard season from either of these receivers, Richardson and Doctson can potentially form a very solid core for the Redskins. Trey Quinn will also have an opportunity to impress in his rookie year but like their QB situation, the starting jobs may be given to the veterans to start the year.