Redskins vs Browns – Five Keys to the Game

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Aug 1, 2015; Richmond, VA, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder (80) catches the ball in front of cornerback DeShazor Everett (22) during afternoon practice as part of day three of training camp at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

4. Get a good performance from Special Teams

There was great optimism last season about the Washington Redskins special teams.  In 2013 they had the worst special teams in the league and when they hired new coordinator Ben Kotwica from the New York Jets, the thinking was the unit would show immediate improvement.

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However, the breakdowns in kick and punt coverage continued last season and so the Redskins added more players in the offseason that should help to improve the coverage teams and also help add more explosiveness in kick and punt returning as well.

The Redskins need their special teams to become and asset for them and a they need players competing hard there as a way to make the team.  Kicker Kai Forbath needs to show that he can stay healthy and become a threat again from long distance 50 plus.

Punter Tress Way had a very good 2014 season but needs to show that it wasn’t a fluke.  Hopefully rookie wide receiver Jamison Crowder will play and show what he can do as a punt returner and I’d like to see rookie running back Trey Williams get a shot too.

Update: Jamison Crowder won’t play against the Browns

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