Washington Projected Week 1 Offensive Starters

  • 2020 nfl
  • 2020 NFL Training Camp
  • Adrian Peterson
  • Antonio Gibson
  • Chase Young
  • Dwayne Haskins
  • Ron Rivera
  • Scott Turner
  • Terry McLaurin
By David Opperman September 4, 2020 0 Comment
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Washington Starting QB

Washington HC Ron Rivera has announced,  what was obvious, that Haskins will be the starting QB for the Washington Football Team. As Ron stated Dwayne has responded to every challenge made thus has earned the position. The transformation Haskins made this offseason is a mindset that shows commitment and a drive for success. The command he’s demonstrated of the offense, pocket presence and the eventual decisiveness of his throws solidified his role. As Washington enters the 2020 season Ron Rivera will now find out if Haskins is his foreseeable QB of the future.

RB: Adrian Peterson and Bryce Love

With the popular choice here being Antonio Gibson and his versatility, Love is arguably the best pure RB behind Peterson. Out of Stanford, prior to his injury, Love demonstrated the traits needed for an every-down running back. He’s an instinctive and patient runner who has shown much of his explosiveness return post-injury. Even though he doesn’t have Christian McCaffrey’s elite pass-catching traits Love has shown more than capable in camp.

Of course we see Gibson playing a role in the running game but I see Ron and Scott maximizing his versatility. While certainly having a high ceiling as a running back Gibson’s lack of experience shows, especially in pass protection. The true value in Gibson comes in the passing game, misdirection run plays, and the special teams. Gibson has the talent and tools to become our modern-day Brian Mitchell.

McLaurin Locked In But Who Else?

Entering camp Steven Sims Jr. was drawing great praise of promise as a potential breakout player. The chemistry he and Haskins had down the stretch was encouraging and from the slot position, he’ll look take the next step. What makes his presence more dangerous is the potential use of Gibson in the offense. The only concern, which may be nothing, is Sims Jr has had some issues with drops early on in camp.

While the Kelvin Harmon injury is terrible for him personally, the team will miss the player he was developing into. His ability to find the open space on the field and reliable hands will be hard to replace. Going into week 1 Dontrelle Inman will be counted on to fill the position opposite McLaurin. While only having 170 career receptions in his 7 year career, he’s proven to be a good route runner and possession receiver.

A wild card here is Antonio Gandy-Golden who has stood out in camp but just isn’t quite ready for this role. His catch radius and hands have been as advertised. He also shows surprising separation in his routes. AGG will surely have red zone packages early on in the year while Inman’s performance will dictate when (not if) we see AGG start.

Logan Thomas

The TE group is inexperienced and raises many concerns entering week one but Logan Thomas has certainly separated himself. In another article, I broke down what his traits can bring to this offense and if we may actually be sleeping on hos potential. Regardless of how you may see his contributions in this passing game, he does bring a capable pass-catching TE with solid run blocking skills. While the ceiling is debatable for sure, he’s demonstrated thus far shows why Ron brought him in.

Interior OL

Chase Roullier has been a stalwart at center especially as a 6th round pick entering his 4th season. The last 2 seasons he’s been steady and reliable so there’s no question who’s anchoring this unit. At RG Brandon Scherff is entering his 4th season and has played at a pro bowl level. The 3-time pro bowler was Washington’s highest-graded OL last year and appears to be fully recovered from shoulder surgery.

The LG spot is a bit cloudy with 2nd-year player Wes Martin leading the pack thus far. While Wes Schweitzer was brought in as competition, contract suggests potential starter, I give the edge to Wes Martin. Martin has shown good power holding his own against Jon Allen. Scherff has also been impressed with not only his strength but his overall understanding of the system so quick plus is more athletic then you think. The recent addition of Josh Garnett speaks more to lack of quality depth than towards Wes Martin’s position as the starting LG.

Offensive Tackles

Morgan Moses as RT is certainly not breaking news but he has come into camp down in weight and a different approach to his game. While we see videos of Chase Young rushing through him on many occasions, I think that will be a common theme in Young’s career. Moses biggest issues have always been penalties and health, even though yes he’d play through the pain. If he can return to form from a few years ago the right side should be our anchor in the running game.

Let’s talk about the camp surprise, my projected starting LT Geron Christian. The calf injury to Saahdig Charles hampering his growth and Cornelius Lucas struggling a bit at LT, Geron has taken the reigns. As he came into camp with improved upper body strength and better footwork, Geron has held his own rather well. Is he the answer to Trent’s absence? Most likely not but to get average play from Geron would be a blessing.

Final Thought

Entering week 1 I’m optimistic that Haskins and our RB core will be solid and dynamic for sure. Terry McLaurin should certainly take that next step but I am not sure a big jump is in store. That WR core is just so inexperienced, unproven and will quite possibly be over matched by quality secondaries. While the TE position worries some the most, the OL is the most concerning to me. Sure Geron Christian appears to have taken a positive leap but I am not sure it’s significant enough. This offense carries many explosive weapons plus many question marks thus tempering my overall expectations for this season.

Be sure to keep up with the guys on Washington Brawl PodCast as they continue their camp review.





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