Continuing our team by team review of the NFL season it is time to take a look at the Washington Redskins.
Record : 4-12
Finish : 4th NFC East
Draft Picks :
Round 2 Pick 47 : Trent Murphy - Linebacker
Round 3 Pick 66 : Morgan Moses - Offensive Tackle
Round 3 Pick 78 : Spencer Long - Guard
Round 4 Pick 102 : Bashaud Breeland - Cornerback
Round 5 Pick 142 : Ryan Grant - Wide Receiver
Round 6 Pick 186 : Lache Seastrunk - Running Back
Round 7 Pick 217 : Ted Bolser - Tight End
Round 7 Pick 228 : Zach Hocker - Kicker
Draft Grade : B
The draft class didn't make any Odell Beckham Junior style headlines but there were plenty of performers who got lots of snaps and didn't look out of place. Trent Murphy was better than expected against the run and flashed his pass rush ability with sacks in back to back weeks against Tampa Bay and Minnesota. Whilst Moses and Breeland didn't look out of their depth when injury thrust them into the starting line up.
Best Player : Desean Jackson
Even in a shambolic Washington team Jackson's talent as a great deep threat shone through as he took his 56 receptions for six touchdowns, 1169 yards at an average of 20.9 yards per reception. Considering he spent the season with an out of form RGIII, Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy throwing him the ball that isn't half bad.
Worst Player : RGIII
Even considering that he spent much of the season injured, RGIII's season was a complete disaster. At times he looked like he had completely forgotten how to play football. Couple this with his 'it's never my fault' attitude and it is safe to say that 2014 is a year that RGIII will want to forget.
Season Grade : D
It is hard to find anything good in Washington's 4-12 season.
Hope for the future?
It has been three years since Washington made an ambitious trade to land Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Robert Griffin III and if the verdict on the deal isn't yet complete failure it is certainly fourth and long.
The short to medium term hopes of the franchise rest with the enigmatic player and anyone who says that they know how RGIII is going to react is either a fool or kidding themselves.
The only thing that can be said is that in a tough QB market Washington are going to struggle to either draft or sign a better option than RGIII. Consequently, the RGIII soap opera is going to continue for at least another year and it is in that soap opera that the script of Washington's future will be written.