- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015


OPEN CAMP: July 29, Richmond, Virginia.

LAST YEAR: In Jay Gruden’s first season as NFL head coach, Redskins stayed right where they were: last in NFC East, spot they’ve resided in for six of past seven years. Quarterback Robert Griffin III got benched by Gruden, and publicly criticized, too, for what coach said were fundamental problems. With revolving door at QB - Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy also started games - offense was up and down, while defense couldn’t stop anyone.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: GM Scot McCloughan; OL coach Bill Callahan; QB coach Matt Cavanaugh; defensive coordinator Joe Barry; RT Brandon Scherff; DLs Terrance Knighton, Stephen Paea, Ricky Jean-Francois; CB Chris Culliver; S Dashon Goldson.

IMPORTANT LOSSES: LB Brian Orakpo; RB Roy Helu Jr.

CAMP NEEDS: Get Griffin going in right direction again. After taking league by storm and earning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2012, RG3 has taken several big steps backward, thanks in part to injuries and inconsistent play. Defense also needs to improve in significant way, especially secondary.

EXPECTATIONS: No one is expecting much from team that went 7-25 over last two years. Gruden and Griffin need to get on same page. Barry needs to work wonders with defense. Team needs to get better everywhere, with hope that most significant offseason change has nothing to do with who gets on field during games this season. Instead, it could be that there finally is an adult in charge of picking talent: new GM McCloughan.


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