It's obvious with the arrival of the RG3 that there's LOTS to be excited about for Redskins fans for the future, but I just wanted to highlight the fact that there's more to feel good about than just RG3.
We have the remaining cap penalty and loss of our 2 first round picks constraining us next season, but there's are many reasons to believe we can still get better even without bringing in more players.
- We're 7-1 with Garcon in the line-up.
- We'll have Fred Davis back (I'm sure we'll be able to resign him) to add to our already explosive offense, and Roy Helu to give us great depth and another option for a change of pace back. In the meantime, Logan Paulsen has shown he can be a weapon in the passing game and isn't just a blocking TE. With Niles Paul, we'll be deep at TE (who would've thought Paulsen would be a bigger asset in the passing game than former WR Paul?)
- Our O-line, which has managed to gel by having all 5 starters start every game so far, has proven to be more solid than we thought it would be. Depth is still a question, but it's a lot easier to fill that out in the draft vs finding starters.
- Hankerson is starting to come on strong. He's been an asset in the blocking game, and now he's showing value in the passing game. I think he's on target to have a break-out season next year, and the 3rd year is when many WRs really start to shine.
- We now have 3 WRs in Hankerson, Garcon and Morgan that like to block and excel at it. When you throw in Moss and Robinson, we look to be very deep at WR.
- Morris, despite his hard running style and having a high number of carries, has proven to be durable (knock on wood).
- Kirk Cousins' start against the Browns proves 2 things: (1) We won't be toast if RG3 ever misses significant time (again, knock on wood) (2) Our offense doesn't need to rely on the pistol formation or read option stuff to be explosive. We have enough talent on offense to be successful in more traditional pro-style schemes.
- We'll have Orakpo back and we know that more consistent pressure will help out our secondary, and more sacks is always a great thing.
- Rob Jackson is starting to show that our depth at OLB will be solid and that he can be a force when he comes in on 3rd down situations even when not starting.
- We'll get back Adam Carriker and Merriweather (hopefully), who we know are difference-makers on our D.
- Crawford could prove to be a more consistent PR than Banks, and might be able to help out in the secondary if he keeps getting better.
- I'm assuming we'll bring Tanard Jackson back when we're able to, and he'll be a big upgrade at safety
- We'll have Minnifield and Bernstine back from injury, both of whom were showing some very good things before they went out. It might be wishful thinking, but maybe they'll be able to help out our secondary next year.
Overall, I think we're solid enough and set on offense for a few years that we can concentrate on upgrading the D with our higher picks while using the others for depth on both offense and defense. And while it might look like we have a lot of needs on D, we could get lucky and fill some of them with the guys we'll get back next year.