With the Redskins training camp coming up on July 26th, the question some fans have been asking is “who is poised to have a breakout season this year?”
So I asked myself the same question and came up with 6 players to have a breakout year.
1. Ryan Kerrigan
To me Kerrigan has it all…size, speed, the ability to shed blocks and be a great run stuffer. Ryan came is 3rd for the defensive rookie of the year in 2011 posting some outstanding numbers. He was in on 63 tackles (41 solo), 7.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 1 interception. Playing opposite of the “manbeast” Brian Orakpo, Kerrigan looks primed to have an awesome sophomore session.
NFL comparison: Brooks Reed (Houston Texans)
Prediction: 71 tackles (55 solo), 11 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 1 interception.2. Robert Griffin III
Dynamic! That’s what RG3 is…a wizard under center, Griff is sure to have a wonderful rookie campaign. There is a reason the Skins traded up to the number 2 spot to get this kid and we have all witnessed the confidence he has. Having the passing ability he possesses should do wonders for this club. At Baylor, Robert posted crazy stats in 2011… 4,293 passing yards, 37 touchdowns and just 6 interceptions. The Skins finally have what they so desperately have needed — a competent QB – and hopefully it will pay off in the end for the club.
NFL comparison: Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)
Prediction: 3,210 passing yards, 428 rushing yards, 25 touchdowns, 8 interceptions3. Santana Moss
The best thing to happen to Moss this year was the acquiring of Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan. With that being said, it gives the Skins the opportunity to move ‘Tana to the slot where he can make some killer YAC (yards after catch). Santana’s no spring chicken, but he came into the OTA’s much lighter than he played last year, hoping that can give him more explosiveness and the quick first step like he has had in the past. Last year, injuries rattled the fan favorite costing him a promising season. But I believe bringing him back was the right call and he’s ready to do damage in the slot.
NFL comparison: Santana Moss
Prediction: 894 receiving, 35 receptions and 8 touchdowns4. Perry Riley
Riley could be my number one breakout player of next year; this guy is a complete linebacker. Riley has a motor that never stops. Always first or second to the ball, Riley never gives up on the play and has a knack for always being at the right place at the right time. When the Skins drafted Perry Riley I was really excited, I knew how much of a game changer he can and will be. Perry is learning from one of the best linebackers to ever play the game in London Fletcher, and is poised to take over when Fletch decides to hang up the cleats. Riley’s numbers in 2011; 75 tackles (42 solo), 1 sack and 2 fumble recoveries. Perry beat out disgruntled linebacker Rocky McIntosh for the starting job last year and never looked back. Let’s hope he keeps on the same pace.
NFL comparison: Sean Lee (Dallas Cowboys)….uuuuggggghhh.
Prediction: 85 tackles (63 solo) 2 sacks and 1 forced fumble.5. Fred Davis
It’s hard to put “Smokey” on the list but the guy has too much upside to ignore. On pace to have one of the best seasons in Redskins Tight End history, Davis ran into trouble and we all know what happened after that. If Fred can stay out of court he can be one of the best tight ends to play next year, but must be fully committed to playing and staying with the team. Had awesome numbers before the suspension, netting 59 receptions, 796 yards (WOW) and 3 touchdowns. Let’s hope Booze Dog can stay on the field and move on from the past
NFL comparison: Vernon Davis (San Francisco 49ers)
Prediction: 78 receptions, 998 yards and 7 touchdowns.6. Brian Orakpo
(AP Photo/Rob Carr)
“Rack City” is already one of the glues to this defense and is ready to breakout and have an amazing 2012 campaign. Orakpo is steadily becoming one of the most premier pass rushing linebackers in the NFL. I put him number 3 behind Clay Matthews and DeMarcus Ware. He’s an absolute beast of a man and has both size and speed. “Rack” had some outstanding numbers in 2011, netting 59 tackles (34 solo), 9 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery. If Orakpo can stay heathly, he is due to have one of the best seasons in Redskins history for a linebacker.
NFL comparison: Clay Mathews (Green bay Packers)
Prediction: 70 tackles (30 solo), 12 sacks, 5 forced fumbles
Barring injury, these players are sure to have a wonderful season. As Redskins fans let’s hope some of
these numbers come true.
Honorable mentions -Roy Helu Jr.
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