Washington Football Team True or False: May Editionby Mike Fanelli May 9, 2021 2 comments
We have hit the boring part of the year. The 2021 NFL Draft is in the rearview mirror, and the regular season is still four months away. After making the playoffs last season, Washington had the 19th pick in the draft. While many expected them to trade up for a quarterback, they stayed at pick 19 and selected Kentucky linebacker, Jamin Davis. As we wait for the regular season to roll around, several questions need answering. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
Will Washington Regret not Trading up for a Quarterback?
False. After the first three quarterbacks went off the board, Washington would have two options to consider: Justin Fields and Mac Jones. The Chicago Bears gave up a future first-round pick and two fourth-round picks to move up nine spots to select Fields. While they didn’t overpay, Washington had no shot at Fields. With the rest of the NFC East picking in the 10, 11, and 12 slots, Washington would have needed to move into the ninth pick to secure Fields. The price would have been much higher and not worth it. Instead, Washington plugged several holes and can readdress the quarterback position during the 2022 offseason.
Is Aaron Rodgers an Option for Washington in 2022?
False. Washington is a much more appealing situation than it was a year ago. However, they are more than a quarterback away from making a Super Bowl run. Furthermore, Rodgers has a no-trade clause in his contract. Reportedly, Denver and Las Vegas are the two teams Rodgers would accept a trade to. Even if Rodgers wanted to join Washington, any deal for the reigning MVP would likely include Chase Young and multiple first-round picks. At 37 years old, trading for Rodgers could hurt the team in the long run. However, it’s a moot point until the Green Bay Packers consider trading Rodgers.
Will Washington have a Top-10 Scoring Offense this Season?
False. In the offseason, Washington added Ryan Fitzpatrick and Curtis Samuel in free agency. Then, they selected Dyami Brown, John Bates, and Dax Milne during the draft. However, despite the upgrade at quarterback and the added weapons at wide receiver, Washington doesn’t have enough firepower to be considered a top-10 offense. Last season, Washington averaged 20.9 points per game, tied for seventh-fewest in the league. They will have a massive jump this season but won’t reach the top-10. However, a top-15 finish is well within expectations.
Three Players will have 100 or more Targets in 2021?
False. Last season, Washington had three players with over 100 targets. Terry McLaurin led the way with 134 targets, while J.D. McKissic and Logan Thomas had 110 each. After those three, Cam Sims finished fourth on the team with 48 targets. Overall, Washington threw the ball 573 times last year, finishing ninth-most in the league. McLaurin should lead the team in targets again this season. However, Samuel will likely finish second and should have over 100. After that, Thomas and McKissic will lose targets to Brown, Antonio Gibson, Adam Humphries, and others. While Washington won’t have three players with 100 or more targets again this season, expect them to have five players finish with 75 or more.