One on one: Biggest impact rookie

Another group of rookies join the roster this season, but which one will help the most in year one?

The Washington Redskins will open training camp in Richmond on July 28. Before that nearly three-week event kicks off, Breaking Burgundy will get in their reps for all things Burgundy and Gold. Next up, Chris Russell and Chuck Sapienza on which rookie will have the most impact this season.

Chris RussellThis one is easy in my eyes. Su'a Cravens will make the most noticeable year-one impact and might be starting next to Will Compton by mid-season. He has speed and so far has flashed the ability to do everything you would want. He has a nose for the football and might have a big impact in the Redskins upgraded pass rush attack. 

Chuck SapienzaThis seems like an easy answer for me because only one will start this season. Linebacker/Safety/chronic tweeter Su'a Cravens. While wide receiver Josh Doctson may be impactful especially in the Red Zone, I don’t see him starting this season. Cravens, on the other hand, fulfills a major need for Joe Barry’s defense. A playmaker that can line up anywhere on the field. I see him potentially as a rare four pick, four sack rookie. Only one rookie in NFL history has accomplished that feat, Brian Cushing in 2009 for Houston.

[Seeing as there's too much agreeing going on here, this one on one battle becomes a threesome...]

Ben Standig: While I'm totally down with the Cravens praise and would make him the Vegas favorite, let's not overlook that first round pick. Missing essentially all of the offseason workouts didn't help Josh Doctson's transition into the NFL and we'll need to see whether he's made a full recovery from his hip injury. There's also the scenario of several other impressive receiver threats in his path. But none of those other wide receiver targets can offer Kirk Cousins a true jump ball threat in the end zone. Will Doctson lead Washington in receptions? No. Could he top DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Jamison Crowder in touchdowns? Yes, I can see that. 

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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.

Chuck Sapienza is the Executive Producer of the Naval Academy radio network and the former VP/Programming for ESPN980. He was also a part of the Washington Redskins Radio Network from 2009 to 2015, serving as the networks Executive Producer. He can be reached at

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