Washington Redskins Offseason Review

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 06: Alex Smith /

The Washington Redskins finally moved on from the Kirk Cousins era making the offseason move to add Alex Smith to the mix.

It’s going to be fun watching how the Washington Redskins decision to allow Kirk Cousins to leave via free agency plays out. They were able to land themselves a strong replacement in Alex Smith, but there’s about a 5-year age difference between the two.

With Smith in place, the Redskins worked to add some more playmakers to the offensive side of the ball. They landed Paul Richardson to bring some more explosiveness to their receiving corps.

Richardson showed promise while with the Seattle Seahawks, but saw injuries hurt his production. Washington is obviously hoping Richardson can stay healthy and give Smith a deep threat.

The running game should also get a major boost from rookie Derrius Guice. He’s a physical runner who also has the quickness to produce big plays.

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It wouldn’t be a shock if Guice exits training camp as the teams No. 1 running back replacing Rob Kelley. Chris Thompson figures to retain his role as the 3rd-down back, but Guice is a better receiver than given credit.

Rookie offensive lineman Geron Christian could also see early action. Most of his experience as come at tackle, but he has the versatility to move inside if needed.

Washington dealt with a ton of offensive line injuries last year which derailed their season. Christian will be counted on to fill in if a similar situation occurs. This may end up being one of the more underrated moves of the Redskins offseason.

The Redskins 1st round pick, Da’Ron Payne, is expected to make an immediate impact. He’s a physical presence along the defensive line and will be counted on to help stuff the run. The combination of Payne and Jonathan Allen should be formidable.

Veteran Orlando Scandrick was brought in to help the secondary, but should only be seen as a placeholder. The secondary may be the biggest weakness on the entire roster and could be exposed this season.