Grading the Redskins' offseason moves

Josh Luckenbaugh
May 29, 2019 - 12:16 pm

OTAs are underway at Redskins Park, meaning the majority of offseason business has concluded. But did the Redskins make enough improvements to the roster?

Grant & Danny handed out their offseason grades Wednesday, Grant Paulsen giving the Redskins a while Danny Rouhier scored it a B-. Here's what they thought about the Redskins' additions/subtractions at each position group.

Quarterback

Grant: "You've gone from the end of the year with Mark Sanchez and Josh Johnson to right now (Dwayne) Haskins and Case Keenum at the most important position on the field ... With Keenum in and Haskins in, you could make the case maybe they've made the biggest upgrade of anywhere."

Danny: "The thing they're not getting enough credit for was the Case Keenum trade. It cost them so little, and it was their insurance policy to not have to overbid for Josh Rosen, not have to overbid for Dwayne Haskins or Daniel Jones or whomever. Just let someone fall to them because they were perfectly willing, I really believe, to go into next season with that guy, him and Colt McCoy doing, if the right situation didn't come to them."

Running Back

Grant: "They're a lot better because Derrius Guice is healthy, and they drafted Bryce Love in the fourth round. They also re-signed Adrian Peterson. They could have let Peterson and it'd be a bunch of younger guys ... instead, they kept one veteran to run that room and be the safety net if Guice isn't 100-percent."

Danny: "That position group all of a sudden has some depth to it, it has some excitement to it. That's a good position group."

Wide Receiver/Tight End

Grant: "They have taken a pretty marked step back, and they didn't have any room to do so. They were already bad there, you lose Jamison Crowder, you lose Maurice Harris. ... The only guy you really added was Terry McLaurin into the starting-caliber mix. Kelvin Harmon has a chance to push."

Danny: "This is the one. This is the one where I go, why is there not more upset, alert, frustration, desperation to improve this position? They got worse at a spot they couldn't afford to get worse at." 

Offensive Line

Grant: "They took a very small step forward. I think what they did really well, their depth is a lot better. Ross Pierschbacher and Wes Martin ... those guys are better than the Zac Kerin, Casey Dunn, random scrapheap guys that were on the roster that no longer probably will be.  

Danny: "For the immediate moment, they took a small step back, but with some upside. Because you invest in guys like Martin, Pierschbacher, a reclamation project in (Ereck) Flowers. ... You took a little step back because you don't have (Ty Nsekhe), but there's a chance that there's more upside in that group."

Defensive Line

Grant: "You didn't have to do anything, it was already terrific. You did re-sign Matt Ioannidis, I think that was a smart move."

Linebacker

Grant: "You lose Preston Smith, you gain Montez Sweat on the outside. You got maybe better, certainly didn't fall back from a pass-rushing standpoint. You got worse stopping the run on the outside spot. At the inside spot, you've already lost Reuben Foster, Zach Brown is no longer here. So your inside linebacking group is probably Mason Foster or Shaun Dion Hamilton or Jon Bostic starting for one of those two guys? I would say you got worse at inside linebacker."

Danny: "I think you definitely did. Again, you've got upside there. You've got Cole Holcomb, who should've been a better prospect. I can't figure out what the wrinkle is with that guy. Highly productive college player that ran pretty fast. ... But balance-sheet wise, that's 100 tackles for a part-time player in Zach Brown last year that you've got to replace."

Cornerback

Grant: "Basically, you stayed the same. If you wanna say Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie ends up helping them, then they're better. I don't know that that's a lock. They're certainly not worse."

Safety

Grant: "Theoretically, you're a lot better. You go get Landon Collins, the issue being you lose (D.J.) Swearinger at the end of last season, so Collins will replace him. But you don't have another guy to play next to D.J. Swearinger. I guess Montae Nicholson is gonna be the first dude to get a crack at that."

Danny: "TBD. We'll see."

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