End of the year on the High School level means handing out superlatives. With the Redskins putting a pin with their offseason activities, we're giving out various Burgundy and Gold superlatives based on the team reconvening in Richmond for the start of training camp on July 28.
Category: Most intriguing
Offense: Josh Doctson. First round picks automatically generate plenty of interest. The wide receiver out of Texas Christian University is no exception, but the patient Doctson now takes on a "mystery man" quality because a lingering Achilles injury kept him out of most practices including the five attended by media members. How does the 6-foot-2 target use his size? Does his 4.5 40-yard speed translate against NFL cornerbacks? Do the Redskins plan on deploying him often with the first-team or will Doctson take a true backseat to DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Jamison Crowder? We wouldn't have received a definitive answer to any of these questions based on Organized Team Activities and a two-day minicamp. The media might have at least received a hint if Doctson participated more than literally just a little.
Defense: Preston Smith. It shouldn't shock anybody if Ryan Kerrigan leads Washington in sacks for a third straight season. That is unless Junior Galette, who recorded 22 such takedowns over his final two campaigns with New Orleans before joining the Redskins, returns to form after missing all of last season with a torn Achilles. Yet even with those two veterans in the mix, it's the second-year edge rusher looking like the best bet for sacking success. That potential hot take is based on how Smith closed his rookie year (five of eight sacks over final three games) and impressed during pre-training camp practices.
“He has done great," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. "The most impressive thing with him is in the weight room. That’s what I wanted to see him grow and develop. He’s stronger, he’s bigger and looks a little quicker. That’s awesome. He is already a smart guy, knows the defense. Now he has the added strength and conditioning. He is going to be a force for us." Smith also might take over as Washington's sack king.
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