Every winning football franchise needs stability on their roster, and the Redskins have at least one area on offense in which they can feel confident going into the 2014 season. This isn't a perfect football team by any means, but it is important to recognize the positions Washington can rely on the most.
Some may consider the Redskins to have many positions of strength, but there are some that stand out more than others because of talent and depth. Picking the most stable position wasn't as easy as you may think, because the Redskins roster has improved as a whole over all the years of rebuilding. After a rigorous amount of analysis, the final product is here and ready for the limelight. Let's break this down so we can get an idea of who we can trust in 2014.
The entirety of the Redskins offense deserves a whole lot of excitement itself, but which position can be the most reliable? An argument can certainly be made for the Quarterback position. Washington has their future of the franchise in Robert Griffin III, but they also have a starting caliber signal caller backing him up by the name of Kirk Cousins. Both have proven that they have the ability to shred NFL defenses. While the Quarterback position has all the depth and talent in the world, it doesn't get the edge over the rest of the competition. Both RG3 and Captain Kirk had their chances to light a fire underneath the Redskins offense in 2013, but neither player could continue their stellar play from 2012. This unit must still prove its consistency.
Wide Receiver is another unit worth mentioning. With the recent acquisition of DeSean Jackson, it is possible that this unit could prove to be the most consistent on Washington's offense. Thus, improving the play of Robert Griffin III as well. This team already has Pierre Garcon, who broke the Redskins record for most receptions in franchise history during the disappointing 2013 season. Garcon's performance in 2013 shows that he can still play at a high level even when the rest of the team is doing poorly. Keep in mind that this was when the team didn't have receivers DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts on the roster. Now that these two have come to assist in the passing game, things could be even easier for Garcon. With all of these players mentioned, it is hard to discount them as the team's most stable position on offense, but injury could be a hindrance for this squad in 2014. Both Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson suffered injuries that put them out for quite a few games in 2012. Will they get bit by the injury bug again in 2014? Both of these players played a full season in 2013, so hopefully this trend continues throughout the coming season. There is no doubting the playmaking ability of this unit, but it must prove that it can be a reliable pass catching group for Quarterback Robert Griffin III before it can be declared the most stable.
Even though there are some very talented players on the aforementioned units, none of them are as reliable as the Running Backs. The main reason being the A-Train Alfred Morris. During his two years in the NFL, he has usurped the 1,000 yard mark both years. In 2012, Morris had the second most rushing yards in the NFL, only trailing behind near record breaking Adrian Peterson. This achievement is nothing short of spectacular, and it looks as though Alfred is just getting started. Above all, he has never suffered an injury other than a few stingers here and there. Roy Helu and Lache Seastrunk, the favorites to make the 53 man roster this year, also seem ready to make an impact. In 2011, Roy Helu had over 1,000 all purpose yards, and Lache Seastrunk has proven himself as one of the best Running Backs out of college football, running for over 1,000 yards for two consecutive seasons. The best thing about this group of guys is their eagerness to be active in the running and passing game. Washington already knows it has two guys it can count on with Alfred Morris and Roy Helu. Now that Lache Seastrunk is also in the mix, this makes for a dangerously talented group of players that could torment opposing defenses for years to come.
All of these squads have their strengths and weaknesses, but Running Back seems to be the most stable of all offensive positions on Washington's roster. However, all of these positions have the ability to contribute in enormous ways, and it could jettison Washington into contender status for years to come. If the Redskins offense can avoid setbacks such as injuries, this team is looking at a very successful 2014 campaign.