RICHMOND (WAVY) – It’s not much of a secret that Kirk Cousins and the offense carried the Washington Redskins to the NFC East title last season. The Redskins’ defensive backfield was absolutely dismantled by injuries, while the rushing defense was one of the worst in the NFL as far as yards allowed.
Both of those categories should be much improved this season. The defensive line will start with Chris Baker (from Hampton University), who had six sacks last season, and will be aided by a much stronger Trent Murphy (3.5 sacks a year ago), who is transitioning from outside linebacker to defensive end.
The linebacking corp definitely took a hit with the news that the team’s top pass rusher Junior Gallette will miss all of the 2016 season with a right achilles injury. The unit will still return leading sack man Ryan Kerrigan (9.5 sacks in 2015), while the defensive backfield will feature a healthy and improved Beshaud Breeland, a healthy DeAngelo Hall, who transitions from cornerback to safety, and newly-signed $75 million-man Josh Norman.
“It feels great knowing that half of the field is pretty much cut off,” said Baker. “I know he’s one of the best corners in the league and he’s also made Beshaud Breeland a lot better and made him a lot more hungry to show that he’s one of the best in this league. It’s awseome.”