LAST SEASON: Washington closed with a seven-game winning streak to finish 10-6, capturing the NFC East for the first time since 1999. Coach Mike Shanahan enters his fourth season in the nation’s capital with an offense built around the rare skills of QB Robert Griffin III, who posted a passer rating of 102.4 as a rookie, throwing only five interceptions.
DEPARTURES: S Madieu Williams, T Jammal Brown
ADDITIONS: WR Donte Stallworth, LB Nick Barnett, CB E.J. Biggers
OUTLOOK: Griffin has apparently recovered from torn knee ligaments, and his smart decision-making fits in well in Shanahan’s offense, which also features Alfred Morris, who rushed for 1,613 yards and 13 TDs as a rookie. The defense will get a boost from the return of dynamic LB Brian Orakpo, who suffered a season-ending pectoral tear in Week 2. A young secondary, guided by ex-Bucs head coach Raheem Morris, is a potential weak spot, and the WR corps lacks star power.