Redskins fans know all to well how badly it hurts to lose an impact player in the offseason. We saw it just last year, when our promising rookie Jarvis Jenkins was lost for the season after injuring his ACL. It makes us all feel a little sad when we watch Ryan Clark or Carlos Rogers make big plays for their new teams. This year, however, it seems like these things are happening to our future opponents instead of our beloved Redskins. I’m not one to applaud an injury to any opponent, but the Ravens are looking a little less scary now that Terrell Suggs is out indefinitely, and the Eagles offensive line is not even close to intimidating without Jason Peters. I will laugh at the Cowboys for not even trying to hold onto Laurent Robinson, their most productive receiver from last year, and they haven’t found anyone to replace him either. Does anyone fear Ogletree? Not likely.
Brandon Jacobs and Mario Manningham combined for more than a thousand yards and twelve touchdowns for the Giants last year, and Manningham had THE catch that led to their Super Bowl victory. Rookies Davis Wilson and Rueben Randle will probably be good eventually, but they most likely won’t be that productive their first year. Our first opponent, the New Orleans Saints, are going to be hard to figure out. Coach Sean Payton’s impact on that team is immeasurable, and they will have to rely on Drew Brees, who is extremely unhappy in a contract dispute, to rally the team. They could be a very uninspired group that we walk all over the first week, or they might come out swinging to prove that adversity won’t keep them down. It’s going to be very interesting to watch.