Fred Davis was certainty a breakout player for the Washington Redskins a year ago; his receptions and yards almost tripled from the previous year—netting him 59 for 796, respectively. It doesn't look like he'll have the room to take the next step this year, but here are a few Redskins who might.
Roy Helu Jr. – For now, the starting role is Tim Hightower's to lose. And as long as Tim is healthy, he WILL be the third down back. That said, Roy Helu Jr. is the more explosive play-maker, who should complement Robert Griffin III in a similar manner as LeSean Mccoy does Michael Vick. By mid-season, he could have the starting gig–still mainly first and second downs–and I expect him to take off from there.
Ryan Kerrigan – After a solid rookie season, Kerrigan has the chance, now, to become the best player on the entire defense. Yes, better than Orakpo, Fletcher and everyone else. Look for double digit sacks and better consistency against both the run and pass; something he's mentioned heading into camp this year.
Robert Griffin III - In his first season, RGIII will come out of the gates as a leading candidate for Rookie of the Year. As a dual threat quarterback with plenty of tools around him, he'll have the opportunity to be successful immediately.
Jarvis Jenkins - A one man wrecking machine before his season long injury (torn ACL). He's said that he'll be ready for camp and most around the Park are believers. If he can come back, one hundred percent, the Redskins won't be towards the bottom of any D-line list next year.
There are a few big names left off—for good reasons of course. To have a breakout season, by my standards, a player should have to come from a below average season and then be a difference maker.
Fred Davis might be the biggest surprise (if I didn't ruin it in the beginning, which I did). But he shouldn't be; with all the competition around him, it will be an accomplishment to surpass last season's total. To "break-out," Davis would need to catch 80+ passes, for 900+ yards.
Leonard Hankerson missed the list for the same reason, plus an injury. The Redskins have a ton of weapons now. And nobody should expect Hankerson to catch over 70 passes after coming back from injury; especially when he's unlikely to start early in the season.
Perry Riley's chances were doomed from day one. There are just too many stars around him. He will play well all season, no doubt. But that doesn't define a "breakout" year.
A few people asked for Niles Paul. Again, 20-30 catches can't be deemed a breakout season. It would be wonderful to see a few surprises this year; maybe Barry Cofield, Josh Morgan, or a player from the secondary, can take it to the next level.
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