NFL Franchise Exit Report: Washington Football Team

By: Little Italy (Publisher)

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Division: NFC East

2020 Finish: 14th

Record: (7-9)

2021 First RD Draft Pick: 19th

What went Right in 2020?

The Football Team winning the NFC East Division, and making the playoffs has to be the biggest thing that went right for the club in 2020. Secondly, rookie running back Antonio Gibson seizing the starting back role in this offense, and doing very well is another bright spot for this team. Entering 2020, many in the industry doubted Gibson’s ability as a running back on the pro level, as he only had 33 carries to his name on the collegian level. Prior to suffering an ankle injury at the end of the season, Gibson was well on his way to be a top ten fantasy back. Logan Thomas emerging as a top tight end to close the season was also a bright spot for this club. In addition, Terry McLaurin proving he can get it done with any no name quarterback, not named Alex Smith was encouraging to see. Lastly, the defensive unit for The Football Team is looking like a potential elite unit for years to come, with that ferocious front seven, which you know makes Head Coach Ron Rivera very happy.

What Needs to Improve in 2021?

Quarterback seems to be a very popular improvement for many teams thus far, but it is especially true for The Football Team. With 2020 opening day starter Haskins now in the Steel City and question marks with Alex Smith and Kyle Allen’s statuses with the club it is obvious this team is in dire need of a true starting caliber quarterback. No Taylor Heinicke is not the answer here despite his heroic showing in the Wild Card Round against the champion Bucs. An upgrade at QB would transform Terry McLaurin into a true league winner and legitimate top receiver for fantasy, and as an owner of his in dynasty leagues, I pray this happens. McLaurin needs a QB who can distribute the ball his way often and effectively to fully take that last big step into elite conversation. Next time I will dive into the Franchise Exit Report for the Chicago Bears.