Washington Redskins 2017: Thoughts on Week 1

Russell S. Baxter

Washington Redskins 2017: Thoughts on Week 1

By Shelby Lumpkin

Special to Pro Football Guru

How about some thoughts about the Washington Redskins’ 30-17 loss to the Eagles and the team in general?

As an organization, it has been headed in the right direction since the hiring of Bruce Allen in 2009. No matter how you feel about Scot McCloughan, the Redskins are in good hands. Head coach Jay Gruden has been getting everything he wants and needs for his system to be effective. They have Doug Williams in the front office. He’s not only a legend in Washington history but the second biggest figure in Grambling University’s history behind the legendary head coach Eddie Robinson.

So let’s deal with it fellow Washington fans. The Redskins drafted 10 players in April and nine of them made the 53-man roster. The team could use another wide receiver but the focus here this offseason was on defense. Unfortunately, it made second-year safety Su’a Cravens’ decision to ponder his future somewhat untimely. When Washington made its final cuts, the offensive side of the ball took the most hits. So when the Philadelphia Eagles saw Nate Sudfeld on the waiver wire they knew it could benefit them to sign him.

Back to the defense. It has improved with quality depth year in and year out. Meanwhile, the offensive line, under Bill Callahan, has gone from respectable to very deep at every position. The play from the line in Week 1 vs. the Eagles leads me to believe that there is unrest among the offensive line at the moment.

Still, this is a club that has its share of talent. The running back corps is respectable quality. There is plenty of depth and experience at wide receiver and tight end, so much so they were able to trade tight end Derek Carrier for a future picks. On defense, the secondary is in good hands with cornerback Josh Norman and safety D.J. Swearinger. The team is set at linebacker. And it’s all brought together under coordinator Greg Manusky.

So it’s one game and one loss. But the pieces are in place and there’s 15 contests to go. In the words of the iconic Bruno Mars, “don't believe me just watch.”

My name is Shelby Lumpkin. I’m an army veteran and an avid sports fan that played the game of football from pee-wee to high school. It's an honor to talk about this game that this country and now even the world enjoys. Follow me here on Twitter.


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