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Without the addition of free agent talent, improving on last season’s body of work will depend on fortuitous health and better play from certain positions.

Griffin’s health is vital, and his rehab results through three months have prompted optimism.

Getting two-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker Brian Orakpo back from the torn left pectoral muscle that cost him 14 games last season would be a big help. And if strong safety Brandon Meriweather (right knee ACL) and tight end Fred Davis (left Achilles) return and contribute as expected, that would be among the best-case scenarios.

Then there’s the possibility that younger players such as fourth-year inside linebacker Perry Riley and third-year tight end Niles Paul develop their skills and make a greater impact.

And the Redskins still could upgrade talent in next weekend’s draft. It would be surprising if they did not select a defensive back or two before the latest rounds.

Those are a lot of “ifs,” but every NFL team confronts such conditional statements this time of year. The Redskins face more because of the salary cap penalty, but working with last year’s established group is a sound Plan B. Familiarity means predictability, which is a good thing in a league without guarantees.