Sources tell Mike Garafolo: Redskins don't have the depth

Chris Lingebach
August 23, 2018 - 8:38 pm

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The Redskins are deep this year, deeper than they've been in many years. Even their depth chart looks deep.

That was the early narrative coming into training camp, with pundits and players alike providing deep analysis on the Redskins' depth.

A couple key injuries have given sudden pause, perfectly good reason to ponder the preponderance of evidence about said depth. Are the Redskins really deep?

"I think they could physically be a better team this year than they were last year and still be 7-9," Chad Dukes told NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. "Do you get that vibe too?"

"It's so funny you say that," Garafolo returned. "I had a conversation with somebody in the league who was talking about how, 'I don't know. They made a lot of changes down there, they switched up the quarterbacks, yet they just feel like the same team.' I said, What do you mean by that? 'You know, just kind of this middling team that really has no great direction about where they want to go going forward.

"I said, Let's not talk about feel. I said, Because that's kind of unfair. I mean, there are new faces, and there are new faces in the front office over the last two years that are trying to do things a certain way. I get what he was saying. I can hear that you get what he was saying."

"As far as a tangible thing, in talking to people around the league," Garafolo continued, "the question that I always ask this time of year – because this is a good way to spot the teams that are going to struggle, in my mind. I say, Okay, when you look at rosters, who are the thinner teams out there? And I've heard a lot about Indianapolis – people think that they're paper thin – Buffalo, another team like that. 

"You can go to any training camp this time of year and convince yourself, by looking at everybody's starters, that this team has a chance to compete. That's not the way it works in the NFL. You lose guys, and then all of a sudden your backups have to fill in, and that's when you're exposed as a team that maybe didn't have the right makeup. So somebody mentioned to me, they said, 'You know what? That team does not have the depth.'"

"They've got a really strong front line, if you go through their first ring," he said of the Redskins. "Particularly on the defensive side of the ball up front. But then once you get down, they really think that this is a thin team. And I think Doug Williams understands that, because he mentioned that when I was talking to him coming off his press conference the other day.

"I said, Alright, give me the overall assessment. He says, 'We have to stay healthy. We have to stay healthy.' So I think he understands that there's some work to be done on the second and third lines. If they have some injuries, they could have some major problems. I believe that."

Maybe the Redskins aren't as deep as we thought.

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