The Washington Redskins will open training camp in Richmond on July 27. Before that nearly three-week event kicks off, Breaking Burgundy will get in their reps for all things Burgundy and Gold. First up, Ben Standig and Chris Russell on which units are the best of the best on the Burgundy and Gold.
Ben Standig: Outside linebackers
With all due respect to the wide receivers and cornerbacks, they're playing for second place at this moment. Yes, the Redskins will often line up Junior Galette, Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan at defensive end in nickel packages, which likely becomes the prominent plan. Yes, we still haven't seen Galette on the field since his season-ending Achilles injury nearly one year ago. Heck, we've never actually seen him play for the Redskins at all. We are aware that sophomore's have slumps and Smith, who racked up five of his eight sacks over the last three regular season games. The depth behind this trio, mainly Houston Bates, is more about special teams.
So freaking what. The Redskins haven't such a potentially potent group of edge rushers, the kind that force opposing offenses to send double teams and have quarterbacks scanning the field for their whereabouts, in years. Will Galette or Smith or Kerrigan lead Washington in sacks? Who knows because any of them could. If defensive coordinator Joe Barry can plot and scheme way to get these pass rushing forces to work in sync, look out offenses and watch the Redskins' defensive rankings rise.
Chris Russell: quarterbacks
Chris Russell is a senior writer for Breaking Burgundy, longtime reporter on the Redskins beat and radio host for 1067 The Fan. Follow Chris on Twitter @russellmania621.
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