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NFL's most improved team: Hail to the Redskins?

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NFL's most improved team: Hail to the Redskins?

When it comes to evaluating the Redskins heading into the 2012 season, outside perspective is not always a bad thing. No matter how objective we all claim to be, there is no doubt that any of us that visit this site on a regular basis are perhaps a tad too close when it comes to taking a passion-less look at the changes made this offseason.For those who truly looooove what the Ashburn brain trust have cobbled together, you have at least one national writer on your side.With the NFL draft and the bulk of free agency behind us, NFL.com askedits writers to select the team they believe improved the most this offseason. Jeff Darlingtons choice, well, based on my setup, I think you know.
"With RG3 and some other playmakers in tow, Washington thinking big in 2012
At a time when offseason grades are really nothing more than predictions of anticipated potential, it seems sensible enough to suggest any team that has added a possible franchise quarterback has the most to gain. That said, since the Redskins also are among the teams that added some real weapons to an otherwise stagnant offense, I'd say it's equally sensible to expect far more from this team in 2012.

"I still believe in the Shanahan system, particularly in the capabilities of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. With the right pieces to play with -- including dynamic QB Robert Griffin III -- the Redskins have put themselves in as advantageous a position as possible with their offseason activity."Fair enough Mr. Darlington, fair enough. Of the ten opinions offered, only the Greg Schiano-Vincent Jackson adding Tamps Bay Bucs received more than one vote (including one from Charley Casserly). Even with the Redskins struggles last season, no team cratered more down the stretch than the Bucs.And in case you were wondering, the Dallas Cowboys received some love as well.

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First Redskins player cracks top half of 2017 NFL Top 100 list

First Redskins player cracks top half of 2017 NFL Top 100 list

Watch a lot of football and few would argue Trent Williams is the best player on the Redskins. As a tackle, his position does not lend itself to many statistics, but listen to players inside and outside of the Redskins locker room and it's easy to understand just how good Williams is.

The proof came when Williams landed 47 on the NFL's Top 100 list, as voted by NFL players.

Named to the Pro Bowl the last five seasons, Williams missed four games due to suspension in 2016 but was rated as the best left tackle in football by Pro Football Focus. 

Williams joins Kirk Cousins, Jordan Reed and Josh Norman on the Top 100 list. Cousins landed 70th on the list, Reed at 65 and Norman at 59.

Last week, Jay Gruden explained that Williams was not present at Redskins OTAs but the head coach expected his tackle was working out on his own.

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Redskins Playbook: When to expect a new GM to replace Scot McCloughan?

Redskins Playbook: When to expect a new GM to replace Scot McCloughan?

The Redskins fired GM Scot McCloughan in early March when the 2017 NFL season technically began at the start of the free agency period. The move was made clumsily, at best, though the team was able to navigate free agency and the NFL Draft with much success.

With a few more weeks of team activities until the quietest period of the NFL calendar begins in mind-June, might the Redskins hire a new general manager?

Last week, team president Bruce Allen said the Redskins have spoken with more than 10 front office candidates and that Washington could make as many as three new hires. Allen did not provide a timeline for the moves.

Looking at the calendar, it would make sense for the Redskins to announce new hires around the conclusion of minicamp on June 15. The Redskins won't have another official team activity until training camp opens in late July in Richmond. It's also possible that new hires will be made during that quiet period, though for many, that month long period is about the only true remnant of the NFL offseason.

Don't expect a new outside hire to get the title of general manager. That seems much more likely to be an internal promotion, likely fro Eric Schaeffer, Alex Santos, Doug Williams or Scott Campbell. Washington will likely add to the front office, like Allen suggested.

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ROSTER BATTLES: Left guard | Tight end Nickel cornerback  | Inside linebacker | Running back