Washington Redskins Team Preview The Redskins had a season to forget last year, as they finished with the second worst record in the league. To add insult to injury, the second pick in the draft they should have received went to St. Louis as part of the RG3 deal. The good news for Washington is they were able to lure Browns' coach DJ Illmatic away from Cleveland. Illmatic made the Browns into one of the toughest defenses in the league, but his offense was often a train wreck. Illmatic hopes he can have much more success with a stud QB like RG3 at the helm. QuarterbacksDespite the terrible record, RG3 finished with a productive rookie season. He finished with over 3,000 yards and 22 TD's. The bad news was he had 23 interceptions and was sacked 61 times. Coach Illmatic hopes to use a strong running game to take some of the pressure of his young QB. The Redskins drafted rookie Cody Brown to serve as RG3's backup. Brown has a tremendous arm, but Skins' fans hope he doesn't see any action this year. Running BacksRoy Helu Jr will get his time to shine this year as the featured back. Helu has good size and speed and should get plenty of touches this year. Rookie HB Jamar Owens will see action as well. Owens had a big debut in preseason with 126 yards and 2 TD's. In order to help the running game, Washington signed free agent fullback David Johnson. Johnson will be asked to lead the way for this running attack and may occasionally get a carry. Wide Receivers and Tight Ends Washington hopes their core group of receivers will benefit from being in their second year together. Pierre Garcon and Santana Moss are big play receivers that can stretch the field. Washington hopes Leonard Hankerson will start to come into his own in his second year. Look out for rookie receiver Mykkele Gause. He has decent size and can fly down the field. TE Fred Davis is still one of the top receiving tight ends in the game, and will look to control the middle of the field. Offensive LineThe biggest question mark for the Redskins is their offensive line. Coach Illmatic wants to rely on the run, but is not sure how well his O-line will facilitate this. They were abysmal last year, so Washington made several off season signings. LT Trent Williams is the anchor of the line, but it remains to be seen how the rest of the pieces will fit. Defensive Line Washington made several free agent moves on the defensive line as well in order to improve their line and facilitate their move to a 4-3 defense. DE's Thaddeus Gibson and Junior Galette are young but extremely talented. DT's Barry Cofield and Brandon Deaderick will be asked to plug the middle and stuff the run. Linebackers The strength of the Redskins' defense is in their LB'ing corps. Washington may have the best young linebacker group in the league led by monster ROLB Brian Orakpo. MLB Perry Riley takes over for the retired London Fletcher. LOLB Ryan Kerrigan often gets overshadowed by Orakpo, but he is a great player in his own right. SecondaryThe secondary is led by CB's DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson. Both of these guys are excellent cover corners and should flourish in Illmatic's defensive system that helped Browns CB Joe Haden win defensive player of the year honors last year. Washington signed Sam Shields in the off season, and rookie CB Dilen Davis will be the teams dime corner. At safety, Washington has big hitting SS Brandon Meriweather and Tanard Jackson. Special Teams Coach Illmatic won several games last year with his special teams, and he could have an even better unit this year. KR/PR Brandon Banks flys down the field, and can turn the slightest seam into 6. Veteran K Shayne Graham will hold down the kicking duties, while second year punter Chas Henry will be the punter. After such a terrible season last year, the Redskins have nowhere to go but up. Washington's ultimate success will depend on the strength of their offensive line, but look for them to be a much improved unit this season.