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3rd NFC East
Grade : C-
It’s hard to fault a team who had three injured quarterbacks in one season. That’s exactly what happened to the Redskins this year. By the last game of the season, the Skins were relying on Josh Jackson, who hadn’t played an NFL game for over 6 years. Starting quarterback Alex Smith suffered a gruesome leg fracture, creating yet another quarterback crisis in Washington. Smith had the Redskins in the playoff hunt at 6-3 before going down in week 11 against the Texans. The Skins went on to win just one of the remaining 7 games, knocking them out of contention for the postseason.
Adrian Peterson turned back the clock last season, registering his first 1,000+ yard rushing season since 2015. AP rushed for 1,042 yards (7th in NFL) and 7 TDs, including a monster game against the Giants in which he rushed for 149 yards and a TD. Even after the Redskins went through 3 different quarterbacks, Peterson was able to stay healthy and effective, proving to be the Skins most valuable offensive player.
In his 8th year in the NFL, Mason Foster was a tackle machine. Foster led the Redskins on defense, racking up 133 tackles. Foster is an old school run stopping middle linebacker in the middle of that 4-3 defense in Washington, a position he thrived at in 2018. Luckily, the Redskins have Foster under contract, with the backer planning on being a big part of the Washington defense again next season.
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2019-20 Season Outlook
The future looks murky for the Redskins, who will have to figure out who the starting quarterback will be going into the 2019 season. Alex Smith may not play again considering his age and the severity of his injury. The Skins will have to be active in the free agent market, where there happen to be a number of starting quarterbacks. Teddy Bridgewater may be a fit in Washington. Bridgewater won’t be resigning with the Saints, and would practically walk into the starting role for the Redskins. Nick Foles is another interesting option. The Eagles can’t pay both Wentz and Foles, with the ladder of the two expected to move on from Philly. Foles knows the Skins division well, and could choose to quarterback the Redskins next season.