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…The Redskins need to fix the interior of their offensive line, adding more strength whether at guard or center. Center Casey Rabach is appreciated by the coaches for his knowledge, but the problem is left guard Kory Lichtensteiger and right guard Will Montgomery both likely are better centers than guards. Too often one of the trio would get bumped off line or get moved deep in the pocket in protection. And that was evident in several games this season, including vs. the Giants. Yes, Derrick Dockery had the size, but not the footwork which is why he’ll be gone.
…Anthony Armstrong and Santana Moss both had excellent seasons. Armstrong is worth developing while Moss should be re-signed. But Washington still needs to find another big target at receiver. Roydell Williams is the only wideout with size, but he’s not that big and he’s not that good. Don’t hold your breath on Malcolm Kelly being that guy; he has a long ways to go to prove himself. The draft and free agency will provide better options. They don’t need a big star, they just need a quality player, if Moss returns.
…This offense gets receivers open. Moss wasn’t fooling when he was salivating at season’s start about what this scheme could do for him. What it did: 93 catches and 1,115 yards. He and tight end Chris Cooley caught a combined 170 of the team’s 349 receptions. So team’s knew where the Redskins wanted to go, but these two still got open. Often sending them in motion helped as did the emphasis on misdirection plays. It’s clear that this system will flourish if they find the right players.
…The running game is still an issue, though there’s guarded optimism because of Ryan Torain. He’s not fast, but he did run with more power during the season than he did in the preseason. He’s not a complete back but he could be part of a good rotation. But he still hasn’t proven he can stay healthy all season. Keiland Williams is a decent No. 3, but the Redskins will need to find another back capable of starting. Will Clinton Portis take a paycut? Regardless, we go back to what we said last year: a young back who provides energy would be a good find.
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