Five Redskins breakout candidates for the 2020 NFL season

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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – DECEMBER 01: Ryan Anderson #52 of the Washington Redskins after being ejected for a hit to the head during the third quarter during their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on December 01, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

5. LB Ryan Anderson

Coming in at No. 5 is Ryan Anderson.

Ahead of his fourth NFL season, Anderson’s name has popped up in trade rumors when it was reported numerous teams have inquired about the linebacker. So it’s possible him being on this list becomes pointless.

But let’s assume Washington holds on to the former national champion.

Anderson, a second-round pick, has been lackluster for the majority of his short NFL career. But in 2019, he achieved career highs in sacks with 4 and managed 30 solo tackles, which for a rotational piece that’s primarily a run stopper isn’t half bad. Unfortunately for Anderson, when you’re the 49th pick in the draft more than middling defensive numbers are expected.

In defense of the Alabama product, his numbers have been climbing each year. Add a healthy Ryan Kerrigan and Chase Young to the mix and Anderson has a real chance to take a huge step forward playing opposite those guys. Not to mention he will have his hand in the dirt with DC Jack Del Rio’s 4-3 scheme, so don’t be shocked if Anderson takes over a few games this season.

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