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Need to Know: Free agency changes look of many of Redskins ’15 opponents

Mar 13, 2015, 6:29 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Friday, March 13, 48 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.

What have the 2015 opponents done in free agency?

The Redskins’ 2015 schedule won’t come out until next month but we know who they will play. Let’s take a look at how free agency will affect the some of the teams the Redskins will play in 2015.

Eagles—Chip Kelly is not done making moves but we do know that he’ll have a different starting quarterback (probably Sam Bradford), running back (DeMarco Murray), and No. 1 wide receiver (nobody knows) in the lineup. Crazy? Genius? Both? We’ll start to find out.

Giants—It’s easy to see Shane Vereen catching swing passes out of the backfield from Eli Manning and creating death by a thousand paper cuts. Well, until Manning throws it up for grabs and Odell Beckham Jr. comes down with it.

Falcons—I’m not sure if Leonard Hankerson will strike fear in the hearts of defenders but it will be interesting to see how he can do with a stable QB situation. Former Texans linebacker Brooks Reed will be interesting to watch as he tries to put pressure on the QB in Dan Quinn’s defensive scheme.

Saints—The Redskins always have trouble covering tight ends so the absence of Jimmy Graham will be welcome.

Rams—Nick Foles lit the Redskins secondary up pretty well in their meeting in Philly last year so we’ll see how he does with offensive weapons not quite as good as the Eagles have (or had, anyway).

Bills—They’ll only have to face him once this year and won’t have to do it again until 2019 if he stays with the Bills but they do have to go up against Shady McCoy this season. They have done a fairly good job of containing him but the focus frees up others on offense.

Patriots—They lost Darrelle Revis and they could lose Brandon Browner. But something tells me that as long as they have that guy named Brady behind center they’ll be just fine.

Dolphins—The interior of the Redskins’ line is not their strong point and there’s no question that Ndamukong Suh will be quite a load to handle.

Jets—The Redskins don’t get out of facing Revis Island; it’s now located at Met Life Stadium. They also brought back his ex-backfield mate Antonio Cromartie.


—It’s been 75 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 184 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 38; 2015 NFL Draft 48; Redskins training camp starts 139

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  1. skinsgame - Mar 13, 2015 at 6:43 AM

    As a Redskins fan, I couldn’t be happier with what Chip Kelly is doing in dismantling his team. I think he’s brilliant. Steve Spurrier type of brilliant.

  2. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 13, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    And our opponents will find Pot Roast in the middle of our D.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 13, 2015 at 10:12 AM

      P.S. I saw some people getting impatient with Scot McCloughan. Even after over a decade of the Skins making fools of themselves in free agency.

      I like what he’s doing. Getting good players on sensible terms.

      • ET - Mar 13, 2015 at 10:35 AM

        Agree, though I’d feel a lot more comfortable if he can lock up a competent safety or two in the short-term. The additions to the DL have been great. Really curious to see what the draft moves look like. And hopefully we pick up some UDFA gems as well.

      • ET - Mar 13, 2015 at 10:49 AM

        Chris Culliver added as a cornerback, 4 years at 32 million.


        Though I saw someone somewhere wondering if he’d be a good scheme fit for the Skins secondary.

  3. bangkokben - Mar 13, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    Every off season every team tries to improve especially within their respective divisions and this year ‘we’ are taking a measured approach – for finally. (We are actually starting in the trenches.) Meanwhile, the mad scientist in Philly is tinkering with an unbroken engine and each team in the AFC East that didn’t win the Super Bowl has collectively and aggressively sought to win the division in the 1st week of the new league year.

    I have been quite bullish on the ‘skins 2015 schedule especially due to the number of mediocre and sub-mediocre teams on it. In fact ‘we’ play only two 2014 playoff teams (New England and Dallas) and I have stated therefore that 6-10 would be a push considering how many chump teams we play this year and that in order for the ‘skins to really declare improvement they would have to go 7-9 and preferably 3-3 in the division. A high bar perhaps.

    Now, I’d like to review at this early stage our opponents off season and grade their improvements: ^, -, v.
    ^ indicating improved, – being no marked improvement, and v being worse than last year (for now).

    The Division
    Dallas v
    Philly v
    NYG ^

    The mediocres (won 7, 8, or 9 games last year)
    Buffalo ^
    Miami ^
    Carolina –
    New Orleans v

    In our league (lost 10 or more games last year)
    NYJ ^
    Chicago –
    Atlanta ^
    Tampa –
    St. Louis ^

    Although, we have improved by rebuilding the d-line, freeing cap space, and keeping our draft picks (knocking on wood); it appears that potential pick ’em games against the Jets, Falcons, and Rams have all swung decidedly toward the opposition. Therefore my high bar is utter craziness. Still, I’m sticking with it since we all know these games are played on the field and not on paper.

  4. red - Mar 13, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    I will say this i saw alot of murray and bradford at OU. They were dominant but OU qbs suck always have always will. Get them away from OU instant death. But ou has always had great oline and backs. We can smack philly around with their lineup now but if they get an another o line guy first round like scherrf that’s gonna be a huge nightmare for us. If you get bradford behind some mammoth guys he will light you up. Philly might not bet as bad as we think they are…

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 13, 2015 at 11:34 AM

      When Bradford is healthy, he is better than Foles (except for that one ridiculous year Foles had).

      But that’s the rub…he’s the most breakable QB in the league. Even with great protection, your QB takes some hits. There goes Bradford for the season, again.

      • bangkokben - Mar 13, 2015 at 1:33 PM

        Bradford has never had as good a season as Foles’ best or for that matter Griffin’s best. Yet, 9 out of 10 would take him over either despite Sam’s injuries. If suspect that if Bradford looked like Nick Foles, physically, and Foles looked like Sam Bradford that percentage would be quite different. I also suspect that if Griffin ‘stayed’ injured and did not return from the ankle injury – an injury that most don’t recover from that fast – Gruden could have traded him for a nice haul.

  5. goback2rfk - Mar 13, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    Chris Culliver Signing and Deal Grade: C+

    • st4hof - Mar 13, 2015 at 8:28 PM

      I have to disagree with you. Is Culliver top 5 at his position? No, and he’s not getting like he is either. He is right in the middle of the pack when it comes to salaries of #1 CBs. He earned his pay, and I think 8 million a year for a more then capable #1 is a good price. Add to that, he hasn’t even reached his potential yet his prime years are still ahead of him.

      • goback2rfk - Mar 14, 2015 at 12:53 AM

        That is if he does not go to jail for running someone over and then leaving the scene.
        I mean he is good dont get me wrong, glad to have him, definetely need the help at CB. I dont i really wanted Revis, guess im dreaming Archives

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