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Fact or Fiction: Redskins offense will have dropoff in production

The Breaking Burgundy team gives their prediction on the Washington Redskins upcoming season.

In the first edition of fact or fiction, the Breaking Burgundy team addresses the following question: the Washington Redskins offense will have a big dropoff in production.

We know that Kirk Cousins will be without Sean McVay, DeSean Jackson, and Pierre Garcon, but does that mean the Burgundy and Gold will have a less potent offense? The Breaking Burgundy crew weighs in.

Neil Dalal

Assuming everyone stays healthy, I expect Washington's offense to not see a "big" dropoff in the offensive scoring product in 2017. Their running game should be improved with Robert Kelley and Samaje Perine instead of Matt Jones and theoretically a stronger offensive line with a healthier group and another year under guru Bill Callahan. I believe Terrelle Pryor could have a higher ceiling than Garcon and despite Jackson's elite speed, he was at time unreliable and it may be beneficial for Jamison Crowder and Jordan Reed to have more targets. Even though the unit was able to move the ball quite well last year, they struggled in the red zone and frankly, the only way from there is up. Fiction.

Jamual Forrest

The Redskins will not have a big dropoff in production this year, but it is important to acknowledge it will have a slight drop off. When you lose a hall of fame type of talent in Desean Jackson, and one of the grittiest and technical receivers in Pierre Garcon in one off-season, it’s illogical to think the elite yardage production will remain the same. However, I do think the Redskins will make up for the two losses by attempting to be more balanced offensively. I expect the running game to be more of a factor in this offense which prevents a big drop off from happening offensively. Fiction. 

Jacob Troxell

Although the Redskins lost both DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in the offseason, Terrelle Pryor should make up for most of their absence. Their second-ranked offense was not the Redskins' primary focus in the draft, with a fourth, fifth and two sixth round picks being offensive players. However, running back Samaje Perine (fourth round) is a powerful back that should be able to help out the 30th-ranked Redskins red zone offense if nothing else. The Redskins still have depth at the tight end and wide receiver position, but it will be difficult for them to again have a top two passing offense. Instead, with the skill sets they have, they should be able to have a more balanced offense in 2017. Their running game should be a top 15 one, instead of 21st in the NFL. Fiction.

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