As the 2019 Redskins roster comes into focus there are obvious strengths and weaknesses for their NFC East brethren to deal with.
The 2019 Redskins roster is more talented than last seasons group. As a GM, that's what you want. As a coach or a fan however what you want is your team to be better on game day. Let's take a look at the 2019 Washington Redskins roster construction and see if they got enough talent in the right places to get them out of the NFC East cellar.
2019 Redskins Roster Strengths
Front 7 - On defense, the Washington front 7 is just plain nasty. Having Kerrigan and Sweat in the same group gives the 'Skins the ability to apply pressure from all angles. The talent is heavy and that is even considering ILB Ruben Foster is done for the season.
Running Back - Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice both healthy on game day? Throw in all-purpose Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine and you have a DEEP group of running backs. No other team in the NFC East has the depth or versatility at RB the Redskins roster has.
Safety - Landon Collins signing did two things. It hurt the GMen and it gave the Redskins roster their best safety talent in years. The NFC East has the best stable of running back talent in the NFL. If you don't have a safety that can play close to the line and fill those running lanes you are in for many a long game day. Collins vs Saquon Barkley? Oh yea, I am buying that ticket.
Cornerback - Josh Norman can still cover. He isn't shut down but he's not chopped liver either. Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie round out the top of the group but rookie Jimmy Moreland continues to impress. Can't wait to see how he does once the pads come on as he has five interceptions so far in OTA's. And that is just in the media allowed sessions.
— Steven Van Over (@StevenVanOver) January 26, 2019
2019 Redskins Roster Issues
Offensive Line - LT Trent Williams is holding out in a contract dispute. Ereck Flowers was NOT the guy you wanted to sign away from the GMen. He is horrible on the edge and is now trying to find out if he can fit in at OG. Second-year veteran Geron Christian shredded his MCL late last season and doesn't look like he is ready to take the field anytime soon. The 'Skins have plenty of talent in their backfield but their OLine is a hot mess.
Quarterback - Case Keenum is ready. Colt McCoy is trying to get healthy and Dwayne Haskins is a rookie. The team doesn't want to throw Haskins to the wolves but no vet has stepped up yet. Hey, it's Washington and it's QB we're talking about. Of course it's messed up.
WR Corps - When you don't have a reliable QB it's damn difficult to build a strong WR room. Josh Doctson is their biggest talent and they declined to pick up his 5th-year option. What does that tell you? Exactly.
Tight End - Jordan Reed is talented. So is veteran Vernon Davis who still has his jets. Neither one can block their way out of a paper bag nor stay healthy. This position is a feast/famine smorgasbord on game day.
Yes. The 2019 Washington Reskins roster is more talented and yes, they should be better on game day. However, they still have critical holes in their roster makeup and another NFC East last-place finish is in the cards for 2019. That being said, they will not be an easy out and will pounce on any team that doesn't take them seriously.
What say you Sports Nation?
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