By D.J. Bland
As the 2018 NFL free agency period rapidly approaches, many believe the Washington Redskins need to be aggressive participants. The Burgundy and Gold have many areas of need and will look to add a few studs that can make an immediate impact on a team filled with young talent. Washington was unable to stay healthy throughout the 2017 season. Those injuries, although not to be used as an excuse for the 7-9 record, played a significant factor in the Redskins’ ability to develop continuity, especially on defense.
However, when looking at the Redskins roster, which position group is the strongest coming into free agency?
Believe it or not, but the Redskins’ secondary stands out as a strong point of this team. When examining some of the numbers in Washington’s pass defense, it tells a surprising story. In 2017 the defense finished the season third in opponent completion percentage (57.63%) and was No. 1 in the last three games of the regular season (44.86%). Greg Manusky’s defense also finished third in the NFL in opponent passing first-down percentage (55.73%).
Even with the departure of Kendall Fuller in the pending Alex Smith trade and the uncertainty of Bashaud Breeland’s future with the team, Washington has a lot of young talent that, when on the field, had a tremendous impact. Josh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, D.J. Swearinger and Deshazor Everett will be asked to bring along youngsters Fabian Moreau, Montae Nicholson and Joshua...