Here's some offseason fodder. The folks at everyone's favorite polarizing NFL analytics site, Pro Football Focus, ranked the rosters of all 32 NFL teams and put the findings on ESPN Insider. Check out the entire ink if you desire, but here's what PFF had to say about the Washington Redskins
Note that to determine the rankings, PFF took the past two years of its own data and, "giving the 2015 season more weight, averaged out the grades for each roster. Then we added a closer evaluation for added context, which allowed us, for example, to reward teams that have an excellent quarterback situation but a relative hole along the defensive line when it came to run defense."
Ok, now, drumroll please. PFF rated the NFC East champion Redskins...
Starters who should be upgraded:OC Kory Lichtensteiger LB Perry Riley, LB Mason Foster
Washington landed one of the coups of the offseason when Norman unexpectedly became available in April. He adds a legitimate elite-level coverage player to a secondary that has shown ability, particular in the development ofBashaud Breeland. The Redskins' front seven has several good players, and overall this defense could be an impressive unit in 2016.
On offense,Kirk Cousinscemented himself as the starter at quarterback, and there is enough talent for this team to be very good. Rookie wideoutJosh Doctsonhas the ability to become an elite target, but he'll need time. The only major issue is in the middle of the offensive line, where Lichtensteiger was poor and banged up in 2015, causing major problems to the offense as a whole. The Redskins could move up this list rapidly if he can find his best form again, or if they can find an upgrade.
The Redskins already moved up compared to their PFF rankings in 2015 (27) and 2014 (26). That said, being in the bottom-third of all roster isn't that exciting -- but is it fair?
While you ponder, note the Eagles (5) and Cowboys (12) are ahead of the Redskins with the Giants (25) bringing up the NFC East rear.
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