Originally written on Pro Football Spot  |  Last updated 11/19/14
The Redskins offense has had its challenges. So has the defense, which is on pace to become one of the worst statistically in the history of the NFL.The process of recovery from a knee injury to Robert Griffin III, and inconsistent play among by offensive line have hindered the once explosive offense of the Redskins. However, a lack of playmakers on the outside may be the biggest reason why teams are stacking the box and daring the Redskins to beat them through the air. The main concern is that the team has no true number two receiving threat to take away over-coverage from Pierre Garcon. Some hoped Leonard Hankerson could become that guy, and despite solid numbers early on he's still been inconsistent with route runnin, and beating press coverage at the line of scrimmage. Josh Morgan is a solid blocker and has some RAC abilities, but he's a third option at best. Moss has seen his best days come and go, and although he remains reliable he is far from the player he once was.Enter Jordan Reed.Reed has been consistently reliable when he is on the field. He seems to be a security blanket for RG3, and has the ability to make defenders miss in the open field. He cannot be covered one-on-one by a linebacker, and is too big and physical for a slot corner. So far in this young season, he has outplayed Fred Davis and is the obvious choice for the future at the position. His return from a leg injury should help a struggling offense this week against Dallas.Defensively, the Redskins have had trouble defending short-to-intermediate routes and tackling in space. The play of the safeties and linebackers has been horrible so far. With Merriweather finally healthy(fingers crossed) and rookie David Amerson coming into his own, the secondary is on its way to gaining some continuity. The defensive front, however, has been a rotating door.Career backup Kedric Golston has been forced to play far too many snaps due to the injury to Adam Carriker and the suspension of Jarvis Jenkins. Carriker may or may not return this season, and even if he does, he can't be expected to play at a high level. His place on the team may be in jeopardy moving forward. Jenkins however, who is slated to make his return to the starting lineup on Sunday, is a player who could make an immediate impact. Jarvis is young, strong and disruptive, and could provide a push inside against the Dallas offensive line.So far this season we have gotten very little from the play of our defensive line (with the exception of Cofield). Bowen has been non-existent, while Neild, Golston, and Baker have been about what we expected of them - backups. Collapsing the pocket and keeping the linebackers clean is what Jenkins does best. If he can come in early with little-to-no rust, and play like he's capable of playing, the entire defense should benefit from his presence.A 1-3 start to the season was certainly not something that Redskins fans expected, but thanks to a poor division, the Skins find themselves just one game out of first place in the NFC East. A win over Dallas on Sunday night may just be the stone that starts the avalanche to a successful turnaround. The return of Jordan Reed and Jarvis Jenkins could help get the momentum rolling.@PSUHomer
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