Redskins vs. Texans: Five Things to Watch for

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Aug 28, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Solomon Patton (86) runs the ball for a touchdown as Washington Redskins outside linebacker Adam Hayward (55) tackles during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. The Redskins won 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

4.  Improvement from the Redskins Special Teams

The Washington Redskins had one of the worst special teams in the NFL last season.  The coverage teams were atrocious as they not only gave up long returns on punts but on kickoffs as well.  Blocked punts and a lack of consistent touchbacks on kickoffs meant the Redskins always had a disadvantage in field position.

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However, this offseason the Redskins made a concerted effort to improve the special teams.  They hired Ben Kotwica from the New York Jets to be the new special teams coordinator.  They signed linebacker Adam Hayward who’s been the special teams enforcer with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to help improve kick coverage.

And they made kicker Kai Forbath have to compete for his job and had punter Tress Way do the same.  So the special teams should be improved over last season.  But seeing is believing.