Redskins have added speed this offseason; will it help?
By Marc Lande
This offseason, are the Redskins focused on improving the speed at some of their positions of concern? The evidence suggests…yes!
If having speed was all that matter to being a dominant football player, then Redskins fan favorites like the ever so popular Trung Candidate (4.44 40) of Spurrier’s 2003 Redskins would probably have erected his bust in Canton alongside many other favs.
Wasn’t it Gibbs 2.0’s first move to get rid of Trung and bring in Clinton Portis? And wasn’t Rivera’s first notable move to re-sign Adrian Peterson?
The truth is that every NFL team has speedsters with 40-yard times that are fearsome—a few steps behind Usain Bolt, but blazing, nonetheless. So, even though the Redskins appear to have many speedsters, so do most NFL teams.
Up and down the roster the Redskins have question marks. Do they have a second and third receiver? A safety opposite Collins? Cornerbacks outside of the slot? A third-down back? A middle linebacker? Players that can recover from recent ACL tears? A productive tight end? And that doesn’t even mention the development of Dwayne Haskins, Derrius Guice, and Terry McLaurin.
We’ll see if the speedsters can help the Redskins improve. But if the coaches coach them up, they could make a difference and impact the game for the team.