Here’s a look at the team preview for the Washington Redskins:

Washington Redskins

Coaching Staff: 

  • Head Coach– Jay Gruden
  • Offensive Coordinator– Matt Cavanaugh
  • Defensive Coordinator– Greg Manusky
  • Special Teams– Ben Kotwica

ODDS TO WIN:

  • NFC Championship- 35/1
  • Super Bowl- 80/1
  • Over/Under Win Totals- 7

Last 4 Season Win Totals:

  • 2014- 4
  • 2015- 9
  • 2016- 8
  • 2017- 7

Offense

Quarterbacks:

Alex Smith will be around a long time in Washington. Last year was his best season to date as the QB in Kansas City. He replaces Kirk Cousins who moved on. Smith threw five interceptions last year and will find Colt McCoy as the trusted backup this year.

Running Backs:

There are many changes that are needed here. They attempted to address that problem in the NFL draft with Derrius Guice for LSU. Curtis Thompson returns and is best used as a third down running back. Samaje Perine hopes to have a better second season as he needs help on consistency.

Receivers:

Paul Richardson has been signed from Seattle and it is hoped his speed will generate some offense. Jamison Crowder will be a slot receiver as he had 66 catches last year. Josh Doctson will be used near the red zone and Jordan Reed will get time on the field. If he has any gas left, 34 yr-old Vernon Davis hopes to contribute.

Offensive Linemen:

Several linemen that are counted on had offseason surgery and may not be ready when the season rolls in. What they can count on is Shawn Lauvao to fill the left guard spot and Pro Bowler Brandon Scherff will be at right guard. In the draft, Geron Christian from Louisville was taken and he may get a chance to play the guard spot.

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DEFENSE

Defensive Linemen:

This is a young squad that will need seasoning. Jonathan Allen should return from his injury to begin the season and Matt Ioannidis along with Anthony Lanier have been serviceable. Da’Ron Payne, from Alabama, was a first-round draft selection that is going to get some playing time right away.

Linebackers:

Zach Brown is back and more coverage is expected of him and Mason Foster returns from injury. Martrell Spaight is ready to play and Ryan Kerrigan along with Preston Smith are solid contributors.

Secondary:

In the fourth round of the NFL draft, the Redskins selected Montae Nicholson from Michigan State to play in the secondary. Josh Norman and Quinton Dunbar will be on the field as will Orlando Scandrick.

Special Teams:

Dustin Hopkins returns as the kicker as he was 14-for-17 field goals. Nick Sundberg is now entering his eighth season as the long snapper. Look for Greg Stroman to be the kick return specialist at the start of the season.

Schedule

Preseason Schedule:

August 9- Patriots   AWAY 7:30 PM

August 16- Jets       HOME   8 PM

August 24- Broncos  HOME  7:30 PM

August 30- Ravens  AWAY   7:30 PM

Regular Season Schedule:

(all games Eastern time)

September 9- Cardinals   AWAY 4:25 PM

September 16- Colts   HOME  1 PM

September 23- Packers  HOME  1 PM

September 30- BYE WEEK

October 8- Saints   AWAY   8:15 PM

October 14- Panthers   HOME  1 PM

October 21- Cowboys   HOME 4:25 PM

October 28- Giants   AWAY 1 PM

November 4- Falcons   HOME   1 PM

November 11- Buccaneers  AWAY  1 PM

November 18- Texans   HOME  1 PM

November 22- Cowboys  AWAY   4:30 PM

December 3- Eagles   AWAY     8:15 PM

December 9- Giants   HOME  1 PM

December 16- Jaguars   AWAY   1 PM

December 22/23- Titans   TBD

December 30- Eagles   HOME  1 PM

Other Information

Owner- Daniel M. Snyder

General Manager- Bruce Allen

Address- 21300 Redskin Park Drive, Ashburn, VA

Phone-703-726-7000

Website- www.redskins.com

Stadium- FedEx Field

Capacity- 82,000

Surface- Grass