By Michael Bloom
The Redskins and new coach Ron Rivera have lots of work ahead of them if they want to resuscitate this dorman franchise.
Luckily, they have some tools:
Projected cap space: $38.9 million
Players to target: CB Darqueze Dennard, WR Emmanuel Sanders, TE Greg Olsen (above)
Soon-to-be unrestricted free agents: G Brandon Scherff, RB Chris Thompson, G Ereck Flowers, T Donald Penn, LB Jon Bostic, QB Case Keenum, QB Colt McCoy
Potential cuts: CB Josh Norman (saves $12.5 million in 2020), TE Jordan Reed (saves $8.5 million in 2020)
Outside of Quinton Dunbar, there wasn’t a single Washington cornerback to produce a PFF grade above 60.0. That’s a problem.
The slot routinely got toasted in the nation’s capital — Washington ranked 29th in slot coverage grade and passer rating allowed to the slot (117.9). Darqueze Dennard, who was the seventh highest-graded slot corner and allowed the fewest yards per cover snap in the slot at 0.57, would for sure help that cause. Brandon Scherff should be of utmost priority for Washington entering free agency. He’s had some injuries the past few seasons, but his two-year PFF grade when on the field is the sixth best among right guards.