Alex Smith takes over a team that won 7 games last season and he’ll need all of the team’s offensive weapons to remain healthy to improve on last year’s win total.
The team looked flat in their dress rehearsal against the Broncos over the weekend. However, they were without three big contributors in Chris Thompson, Jamison Crowder, and Jordan Reed. Thompson, who suffered a broken leg last season, appears to ready to go.
“Chris looks fantastic,” Gruden said, via ESPN.com. “He’s been great — his pass blocking and obviously his routes, and he’s hitting the hole. He looks great. He’s ready to go. Jordan is getting there. The more he works and more he runs … he had a great day today, just getting in and out of his cuts, getting a feel with [quarterback Alex Smith] and the different formations. He’s on pace to be ready.”
All three players are expected to be ready for week 1.
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Here’s a look at our projections for Washington:
- Win projection: 7.3 (Average on simulations)
- Postseason Odds: 31.2%
- Super Bowl Odds: 2.7%
Seven of Washington’s opponents this season made the playoffs in 2017. They start out in Arizona before getting the Colts in their home opener.
Without much depth in the secondary, matchups against Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, and Cam Newton could get ugly, especially if Smith is forced to play from behind. Add in tilts with the Falcons and Texans as well as two with the Eagles and it’s difficult to imagine Washington having enough firepower to reach eight wins if their skill players are forced to miss time.