The Washington Redskins come into this season relatively healthy despite the season-ending ACL injury to rookie RB Derrius Guice, the teams second-round draft pick in the 2018 NFL draft. Losing a player who was primed to be featured plenty of times in the offense seems like a huge loss. Fortunately, the team was able to sign RB Adrian Peterson for the NFL minimum salary in a team-friendly contract.
Peterson was given a huge workload in the preseason and the same will be expected throughout the regular season. Peterson will handle most of the running while RB Chris Thompson will do most of his damage in the passing game which will feature the former Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith. Smith is more of a conservative QB who limits turnovers but will make big plays with his arm and his feet. Expect TE Jordan Reed to have a big year if he can stay healthy on the field. Alex Smith’s chemistry with Chiefs TE Travis Kelce should translate well in the Skins two-TE system with Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis.
The most intriguing aspect of this years’ team is the defense. This year makes consecutive seasons in which the Redskins drafted a top defensive player from Alabama. Rookie DT Daron Payne will team up with his former Crimson Tide teammate DE Jonathan Allen. D.J. Swearinger and Josh Norman will be the leaders of another young and aggressive secondary.
It will be essential for this years’ Redskins team to just be healthy and stay on the field. Finishing at 7-9 last season was somewhat a success with all of the injuries the team dealt with last season.
2018 NFL Season Prediction: 9-7 Record