2014 Depth Chart: Washington Redskins
[Chart last updated 7/1/14… see update notes from 7/1/14]
• So where do you slot a player like Robert Griffin III after his first two seasons in the league? His first was impressive, finishing the year as our ninth-highest-graded quarterback and looking like the sky was the limit as far as his potential was concerned. Then came the knee injury and a 2014 season where he finished 13th from the bottom at the position. Taking the injury into consideration, we’re going with the light green category, not as high as his 2012 season deserved, but higher than he would have gotten had 2013’s struggles not come with the injury asterisk.
• Though he was our highest-graded offensive tackle in 2013, it makes sense to hold off on labelling Trent Williams as elite before we see how he follows up his best season to date. It’s only been a year since he finished as our 19th player at the position, but make no mistake, if Williams plays like he did last season, he’s very much an elite player.
• It’s a similar story for right tackle Tyler Polombus, who had an excellent 2013 season but his play in the past makes me reluctant to go too high on him. An impressive season in pass protection masked some poor play as a run blocker so I’ve opted to balance it out with an average rating at this point.
1. Inside Linebacker
Perry Riley’s spot appears to be safe at inside linebacker for Washington, but who starts next to him? Right now Keenan Robinson appears to be the leader for the job, though he faces a battle with Darryl Sharpton and Akeem Jordan. Both Sharpton and Jordan are solid defenders against the run but haven’t really excelled against the pass in the past, something that will need to change if they are to be viable candidates as three-down linebackers.
After drafting him in May, Washington will be expecting rookie kicker Zach Hocker to compete with Kai Forbath for the team’s place kicker job in 2014. Known for having a strong leg in college, he should be able to push Forbath, who was accurate on 81.8% of his field goal attempts last season, including three misses from beyond 40 yards. If Forbath can get back to his 2012 form, when he was accurate on 94.4% of his field goal attempts and hit everything from 40 yards or longer, he should be able to hold off the challenge of the rookie.
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