3 Issues the Redskins Must Address to Get Back to the Postseason in Their First Year Under Ron Rivera in 2020

David Kaestle
Dwayne Haskins throws a pass against the New York Giants.
Dwayne Haskins throws a pass against the New York Giants. / Patrick McDermott/Getty Images
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The Washington Redskins had another disappointing year, finishing with a 3-13. After firing former head coach Jay Gruden during the season, the Redskins acted fast in finding their next guy, signing Ron Rivera soon after the end of the regular season.

Despite Rivera's successful pedigree and impressive resume, he will have a tough task turning around a team that doesn't have much to boast about. With holes all over the roster, Washington will have the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft and roughly $46 million in cap space to make improvements to this roster during the offseason.

With that in mind, lets take a look at three issues the Redskins need to address to turn things around and make the playoffs next season.

1. Add Skill Position Players

Terry McLaurin celebrates against the Detroit Lions.
Terry McLaurin celebrates against the Detroit Lions. / Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Terry McLaurin has already turned out to be a really solid wide receiver in Washington, but outside of him, the Redskins don't have much to write home about when it comes to skill position players. Dwayne Haskins struggled big time in his rookie year, but it's tough to put all the blame on him considering the lack of talent Washington surrounded him with. While someone like wide receiver Jerry Jeudy might not be the right pick at No. 2 overall, they could opt to hit the free agent market for players like A.J. Green, Robby Anderson or Devin Funchess. Running back has also been a questionable spot for them with no true bell cow option. Derrius Guice has been injured for the majority of his short career and Adrian Peterson isn't getting any younger, so it wouldn't be a shock to see them address that position in the middle rounds of the draft, especially if they don't have confidence in Bryce Love moving forward.

2. Improve Rush Defense

The Redskins' defense huddling during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Redskins' defense huddling during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles. / Will Newton/Getty Images

The Redskins ranked No. 31 in rushing yards allowed per game last season. While some of that can be attributed to opposing teams having more run-heavy game scripts while the Redskins were playing from behind, it cannot entirely be blamed on that. Improving their interior lineman and linebackers should be a top priority in shoring up that weakness. While they're sure to address this in part at the draft, free agents like Danny Trevathan, Kyle Van Noy and Corey Littleton could be viable targets for them to bring a veteran presence to that area of the defense.

3. Draft Chase Young

Chase young celebrates during the Big Ten Championship.
Chase young celebrates during the Big Ten Championship. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

While the Redskins' pass rush was one of their few strengths last season, ranking No. 8 in sack rate and No. 10 in sacks per game, Chase Young is considered by most to be the best player in the draft, as well as a generational talent from a pass rushing standpoint. You can never have enough guys when it comes to disrupting opposing QBs, and if Young turns into the player he's projected to be, he could quickly become the most dangerous part of the Redskins already talented pass rush. Basically, he's too good to pass up on at No. 2.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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