Here is what you need to know on this Monday, June 2, 15 days before the start of minicamp.
Breakout players can either be relative unkowns who all of a sudden have a standout year or they can be solid performers who blossom to play at a Pro Bowl level. Here are five 2014 breakout candidates for the Redskins, some from both categories.
LB Ryan Kerrigan—He’s been an eight-sack per year player with a total of two pick sixes and 10 forced fumbles in his three seasons. If Jim Haslett’s scheme does turn out to be more aggressive than it was under Mike Shanahan it’s not hard to see Kerrigan posting double digit sacks with half a dozen forced fumbles and a few touchdowns. Last year only Tamba Hali of the Chiefs had 10 or more sacks, an interception and scored two or more touchdowns (he had three). That would be some pretty good company for Kerrigan.
TE Jordan Reed—This is not a difficult pick. Last year he was on pace to catch over 70 passes for 800 yards before his season ended early with a concussion. With a year under his belt, a likely improved QB pulling the trigger in a healthy and prepared Robert Griffin III, and a head coach who knows how to utilize the tight end position Reed could well surpass last year’s “on pace” numbers in 2014.
DL Chris Baker—It’s hard for a 3-4 defensive lineman to break out since if they’re doing their jobs you don’t hear much about them. But with his size and athletic ability, Baker could rack up some sacks and make his presence felt on the field.
CB David Amerson—If Baker and Kerrigan are having breakout seasons and getting to the quarterback, a lot of opponents’ passes could end up in the arms of Amerson. It’s unlikely that he’ll become a shutdown corner but his ballhawking ability could get him more than his share of interceptions. If he can get over half a dozen he could lead the league, an accomplishment that usually earns Pro Bowl consideration.
OT Trent Williams—He’s already pretty well regarded with Pro Bowl selections in each of the past two years. His reputation could grow this year if Jay Gruden’s offense employs a hybrid of power running and zone blocking. This will give Williams a chance to show off his versatility and possibly advance from Pro Bowl to All-Pro.
—It’s been 155 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 97 days until they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.
—Days until: Minicamp starts 15; Training camp 52; Redskins @ Eagles 111
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