5 New Redskins to Watch at Training Camp
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With training camp underway in Richmond, it’s time for Redskins fans to get ready for the upcoming NFL season.
Here are some new Redskins players to watch as the team inches closer to the 2014 season.
Honorable Mention) Zach Hocker
Worthy of mentioning, despite not making the list, is rookie kicker Zach Hocker, on whom the Redskins used a 7th-round draft pick (228th overall) to acquire. The Redskins already had a kicker in Kai Forbath — 35 of 40 field goal attempts (87.5%), 59 of 60 extra point attempts, through two seasons – easily identifying this a position battle, and one worthy of paying closer attention to the nearer the regular season approaches.
5) Trent Murphy
A linebacker from Stanford, Murphy was Washington’s first pick in the 2014 Draft and the 47th overall selection. He led the Football Bowl Subdivision with 15 sacks and earned All-Pac-12 first team honors during his senior season. The Redskins are hoping he can help bolster the team’s linebacker corps.
4) Andre Roberts
The former Arizona Cardinal will provide Robert Griffin III with the slot receiver he’s been without during his first two seasons, although it will be interesting to watch how Roberts’ role meshes with fellow newcomer DeSean Jackson. Roberts hauled in 182 passes for 2,123 yards and 11 touchdowns in four seasons with the Cardinals.
3) Ryan Clark
Clark returns to Washington — where he played two seasons — after spending the past eight years with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Entering his 13th NFL season, Clark is expected to bring a Super Bowl-winning mentality to the safety position, which has been one of the team’s weakest recently.
2) Jason Hatcher
Washington signed the versatile defensive end away from the rival Dallas Cowboys this past off-season for big bucks ($27.5 million over four years). Hatcher is coming off a career year in which he registered 11 sacks and two forced fumbles, but he’s entering training camp on the PUP list after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on June 20.
1) DeSean Jackson
The controversial wideout was cut by the Eagles and scooped up by their NFC East rivals to the south just a few days later. Jackson’s speed and down-field ability should pair nicely with fellow receiver Pierre Garcon, who is coming off a career year, and help RGIII rebound from a down sophomore season.