My NFC East Roster Grades
Scoring System Summary - A+ = 10 D+ = 1 , All scores are added up then the average is found giving the score out of 10.
Overall Grade – B+ 7.3
Quarterback – B+
- Prescott finished the 2019 season with 4,902 yards, 30 touchdowns to 11 interceptions, 65.1% completion rate and 4th in QBR. While the Cowboys missed the play-off finishing 8-8, Dak crushed the idea that he is ‘dink and dunk’ quarterback proving that he can really air it out. He finished 3rd in completed air yards, 13th in 3rd-down completion percentage, 7th in on target throw percentage and Pro Football Focus ranked him as the 4th best deep passer along with completing 46.1% of his throw over 20 yards. Impressively, Prescott was able to do all this while his receivers ranked 2nd in drop percentage. Prescott also possesses great intangibles, he is great leader who leads by example on and off the field and a winner by nature, sitting at 40-24 for his career. Given his surrounding pieces I expect Dak to have a great year in 2020, challenge for the top 10 and earn himself a huge contract. The Cowboys brought in Andy Dalton this offseason to back up Dak and although Dalton has been criminally underrated throughout his career the hope is that he won’t even see the field in 2020.
Running Backs - A
- Ever since he entered the league Ezekiel Elliott has been widely viewed as either the best or second best running back. While the stats don’t exactly show a regression anyone who watched Zeke in 2019 could see it. He lost his home run hitting speed and short space quickness. While this may be down to his holdout in Cabo earlier in the offseason it could also be down to his huge usage rate so far in his career. To Zeke’s credit he is an incredibly high volume back who pounds teams into submission instead of exploding past them for big yardage, so with his play style I believe his durability is incredible valuable as despite his 1,169 carries since entering the league Zeke put up very good numbers and churned out positive yardage, hence, I would not be surprised to see him have a bounce back year in 2020, especially given the offense Dallas have around him. Tony Pollards talent and play is the reason Jerry Jones made the ‘Zeke Who?’ joke, Pollard averaged 5.3 yards per carry and totalled 455 yards in 2019. If Zeke does go down the Cowboys are in safe hands.
Wide Receivers - A
- I love Cooper but he is in my opinion the most overrated wide receiver in the NFL. First, Cooper is the perfect blend of size, speed and technical ability, Amari has the best footwork in the NFL in my opinion which is what makes him at times a truly elite receiver, he is an under used RedZone threat catching 5 touchdowns on 9 targets in 2019. Cooper has transformed life in Dallas and for Dak Prescott since his arrival. He really has all the athletic and technical skills and tools to be an all-time receiver. However, Cooper was incredibly inconsistent throughout 2019 and had 7 games in which he had less than 50 receiving yards. He was embarrassingly locked down by Stephon Gilmore in week 12 when he caught no balls. He was also shutdown in week 15 and 16 against the Rams and Eagles. He was held to 1 catch on 2 targets for 19 yards and 4 catches on 12 targets for 24 yards, respectively. Ultimately Cooper did not turn up when his team needed him most with Dallas’ season on the line. In 2019 Cooper caught 52 balls for 869 yards at Home but a mere 27 balls for 320 away. Cooper had 14 20-yard plus and 5 40-yard plus catches at home whereas he had 3 20-yard plus and 1 40-yard plus catches away. Amari has proven over the course of the 2019 season that he does not turn up at away games and given that he cannot be regarded in my opinion as an elite or true number one receiver despite being potentially the best route runner in the NFL. Michael Gallup is a great second option and had a breakout season in 2019 finishing with 1,107 yards and 6 touchdowns. He is a great deep threat averaging 16.8 yards per catch in 2019 as well. CeeDee Lamb fell in the 2020 draft to the 17thoverall pick where the Cowboys could not pass on him. Lamb has no holes in his game and despite being incredibly athletic and elusive with the ball in his hands, Lamb’s game isn’t just about his athletic ability. At 6ft 2 his elite-route running, great hands and ability to win contested catches makes him a number one receiver from the get-go. Together, Cooper, Gallup and Lamb make arguably the best receiving core in football and will give the Cowboys a truly legitimate passing game in 2020.
Tight Ends – C+
- Blake Jarwin was a potential breakout star in 2019 but Jason Witten’s re-emergence saw him lose snaps. Jarwin finished the year having started 7 games and totalled 365 yards. He still has that same potential and chemistry with Prescott that could him develop into a true receiving option at tight end.
Offensive Line - A
- The Cowboys have an elite offensive line with good starters all across the board. Tyron Smith is not as good as he used to be but he has played through injuries for numerous years now and still made 7 straight Pro Bowls and is a great pass blocker. La’el Collins lines up opposite Smith and has developed into a great right tackle, Collins is an athletic agile tackle who blocks for the run extremely well. In the interior Connor Williams and future Hall of famer Zach Martin line up at the guard positions. Williams has been a disappointment given his expectations when he was drafted but he is still an average young starter. Martin is one of the top 3 guards in football, he is a truly elite run and pass blocker and in 6 years in the NFL he has made 6 Pro Bowls and 4 First Team All-Pros. Biadasz will fight Looney for the starting center spot, Looney is an 8 year veteran and blocks the pass well but Biadasz will be ready to start right away as a rookie in the Cowboys O-line due to his incredible technique which led him to being named Consensus All-America in 2019 and could propel him to be a dependable starter for 10 years.
Corner Backs – B-
- Losing Byron Jones means the Cowboys don’t have a true lockdown corner but Awuzie could step up and fill that role in 2020. It’s rare to find a cornerback at 6ft 1 with a huge wingspan who possesses both speed and strength at the level rookie Trevon Diggs does. As a former wide receiver his ball skills and instincts are impeccable for a defensive back, which is something Dallas missed from their secondary in 2019. Lewis and Brown will fight for the 3rd spot but provide good depth regardless of who wins the contest.
Safeties - B
- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was a great pick up in the offseason he has been a good starting safety his whole career and has 13 interceptions in the last 4 years. Xavier Woods is a good cover safety and is still developing in front of our eyes. Together they could form a very good safety duo.
Edge Rushers – A
- Demarcus Lawrence leads the way for the Cowboys pass rushing unit and while his sack numbers fell in 2019 to only 5 his 14.5 and 10.5 in 2017 and 2018 prove his real talent. Despite fregressing as a pass rusher he was still an elite defender in 2019. Adding Everson Griffin was another great move by Dallas’ front office, Griffen is a 10 year veteran and a true edge defender, in 2019 he finished with 8 sacks and 11 tackles for loss and it was only 2017 when he finished the year with 13 sacks and 12 tackles for loss. Gregory, Smith and Anae all provide great depth for the Cowboys unit as rotational pass rushers.
Interior Defensive Line – B
- Losing Gerald McCoy was big for the Cowboys as he not only provided a veteran leadership but was a great run defender and interior rusher. Now Dallas will turn to Woods and Poe to start in the interior defensive line, both of whom are two down run stoppers. Rookie Neville Gallimore has the potential to be a freaky athlete rushing from the interior but given it is primarily potential he cannot be relied on yet. Hill didn’t play much as a rookie, but he really wasn’t great when he did.
Linebackers - A
- The Cowboys linebacker duo regressed a lot in 2019 but a lot of that can be accounted to injuries and defensive struggles as a whole. Vander Esch regressed a lot, but he was struggling with injuries all year long and now he’s healthy he can return to his great level of play that we saw from him as a rookie. Jaylon Smith was still a great run defender in 2019 but his coverage skills waned as the season progressed, likely due to the fact he had to cover for Vander Esch’s loss. However, Smith is an athletic freak and will rebound in 2020.
Overall Grade – B+ 6.7
Quarterback – A-
- Carson Wentz is in my opinion the most over criticised quarterback in the NFL, primarily due to his inability to stay on the field. While Wentz has undeniably missed games in each of the last 3 years, most importantly post-season games I disagree with the notion he is injury-prone and fragile but instead that he is wildly reckless, as when you look at each of his injuries there is a blatant trend, he is outside the pocket trying to escape rushers or make a play. These reckless plays are in my opinion easily fixed, the coaching staff and Wentz needed to do a better job at restricting the risks Wentz takes in the regular season. Had Wentz not been injured multiple times I believe the narrative on him would be drastically different and in fact place him just behind Mahomes and Jackson in terms of the future of the NFL. Additionally, I also believe it is worth noting as it often goes unmentioned that prior to his injury in Week 14 Wentz was the odds on favourite for NFL MVP with games against the Giants (finished 3-13), Raiders (finished 6-10) and the Cowboys (finished 9-7) which was an easier final three games than Brady’s which suggests its incredibly likely Wentz would have gone home with the award. Wentz’s success is by no means in the past either with a great year in 2019 in my opinion given the injuries at receiver. Wentz didn’t have a receiver with more than 500 yards in 2019 and numerous injuries to his starters of whom he had a repour with. Even with that Wentz ranked 9th in yards and 5th in touchdowns with 4,039 and 27. As well as 11th in QBR and 9th in 3rd down completion percentage at 45.1%. Drafting Jalen Hurts was an odd move in my view but if Peterson can find a way to integrate him into the offense via some trick plays Hurts could benefit the Eagles offense.
Running Backs - B
- Miles Sanders is a great prospect for Philadelphia, he had a productive 2019 and is a very well-rounded running back serving as a true 3-down back. There is no reason that he cannot grow into a great running back for the Eagles. Given Philadelphia’s running back options one can assume that Sanders will see a bell cow load in 2020 in both the run and passing game, if he can develop and continue to be productive, I could see him having north of 1,500 scrimmage yard season in 2020.
Wide Receivers - B
- The Eagles had a nice receiving corps when healthy and heading in 2020 they are. Alshon Jeffery will lead the group and whilst he has had some nice season, he is more of a number two receiver than a number one. DeSean Jackson has had some elite years in his 12-year career but since 2016 he has been the same guy, while he is an elite threat he doesn’t do anything else at a particularly high level. Rookie 1st round pick Jalen Raegor will miss the first 4 weeks of the season to injury but when he returns will invigorate this offense with his blazing speed and playmaking talent. Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward provide depth to the unit but if they have to start in 2020 it is a sign of bad things to come.
Tight Ends - A
- Not many teams can say they have two top 10 tight ends in the NFL but Philadelphia can. Zach Ertz has been one of the most consistently productive tight ends over the past 5 seasons, not once has he fallen below 800 receiving yards. Ertz does not have elite athletic ability and is not a threat after the catch but with the exception of Kelce he is the best route running tight end in the NFL, Ertz has great hands and runs his routes to precision allowing him to be an great safety blanket for quarterbacks as well as a number one receiver. His precise routes allowed him to form an unmatched chemistry with his quarterback Carson Wentz which played a huge part in Ertz breaking Jason Witten’s record of 110 catches in a single season in 2018 with 116. Ertz also leads the league amongst tight ends in contested catches since 2018 with 55 proving he has some of the best hands in the league. Dallas Goedert is so often overlooked when it comes to ranking the NFLs best tight ends simply due to playing second fiddle to and being overshadowed by Zach Ertz’s Pro Bowl accomplishments the past two seasons. However, over both seasons Goedert has proven that he is great tight end who would be the starter on the majority of NFL teams. Goedert is one of the most well-rounded tight ends in all of football, he provides mismatches as a receiver with his route running and after the catch ability at his size and frame whilst also being a great blocker.
Offensive Line – B+
- Losing Brando Brooks is such a huge loss for the Eagles, Brooks is a top 3 guard in the NFL and will leave a gaping hole in Philadelphia’s offensive line. Jason Kelce is still the best center in the league and Lane Johnson is still one of the best tackles in the NFL but the other three spots on the line are suspect. The Eagles also lost Dillard for the season to injury so Mailata will likely become the starter, he didn’t play as a rookie for a reason despite his 6ft 8 frame, Seumalo is a nice balanced starting guard but is far from great and Jason Peters could line up at guard or tackle this season but he is 38 and has shown a few signs of regression despite his nice season in 2019.
Corner Backs – A-
- The Eagles defensive back room has managed to go from arguably the worst to one of the best in a single offseason. Darius Slay is a lockdown corner and bringing him was a great move by the Eagles, in the last 3 seasons Slay has made 3 Pro Bowls, 1 first team All-Pro and totalled 13 interceptions and 56 passes defended, some top tier numbers and accolades. Robey-Coleman was an incredibly underrated pickup, but he is one of the leagues best slot corners and will allow Maddox, Jones and Williams to fight and rotate for the corner spot opposite Slay.
Safeties – B-
- Philadelphia has a four deep safety unit, but none are particularly great. McLeod is the unit’s best safety and since 2013 he has started every game he has played in; he is a good cover safety and a good starter. Mills has struggled with injuries for the last 2 years but had a nice 2017 season when he was last fully healthy. Parks has never been a true starter, but he is a great rotational piece to have and while rookie Wallace will get limited snaps, he has a high ceiling and is already a fan favourite.
Edge Rushers - B
- Like a lot of the Eagles roster they have a deep edge rotation. Brandon Graham leads the way as the bona fide leader of the unit with close to elite play year in and year out. Barnett will start alongside Graham and while he needs to develop as a rusher, he is already a great run defender. Sweat, Curry and Avery all add nice depth to the unit and can contribute on all downs if necessary.
Interior Defensive Line – A+
- The Eagles have arguably the best interior defensive line unit in the entire league. Fletcher Cox is the 3rd best defensive tackle in the NFL, he is elite against the run and as a rusher, Cox has made 5 straight Pro Bowls and has accumulated 35.5 sacks over the last 5 seasons. Whilst Cox doesn’t always show up on the box scores or make a tone of flash plays the Eagles rely on him in the big moments and opposing offenses fear him. Javon Hargrave was a great pick up, he is a great run stuffer and interior rusher so alongside Cox the pair will cause havoc. Malik Jackson was injured in 2019 but the 8-year veteran will be a great rotational guy to keep Hargrave and Cox fresh.
Linebackers – C-
- Linebacker is a glaring hole for the Eagles defense and I don’t see it improving through the season. They have 4 unproven linebackers none of which would likely start on the majority of other defenses. Riley like Edwards has shown some nice flashes but has played very limited snaps, whereas Taylor has played zero snaps, the rookie has great potential with his raw athleticism, but his inexperience shows on tape. Gerry is the only guy with experience and the Eagles will rely on him to become a good starter in 2020.
New York Giants
Overall Grade – B- 5.0
Quarterback – C
- ‘Danny Dimes’ shocked Giants and NFL fans both in 2019 after as very good rookie campaign for the shock 6th overall pick. Jones started 12 games after taking over from the now retired Giants legend Eli Manning. Despite finishing 3-9 in his 12 games as a starter Jones was playing without Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard and a healthy Saquon Barkley for a chunk of the season and still threw for 232.8 yards per game completing 61.9% of his passes with 24 touchdowns to 12 interceptions. However, Jones struggled all year with fumbles and led the league with 18, fortunately this is something easily worked on and should be better in 2020.
Running Backs - A
- Saquon is the most talented running back that we’ve seen in a long time. In 2019 Saquon Barkley suffered with a high ankle sprain, an injury that often takes between 6-8 weeks to recover from, however, Saquon forced his way back onto the field earlier than he was supposed and in fact only missed 3 games. Saquon has since admitted in an Instagram Live that it was “tough to deal with”. Even with a lingering injury and games missed Saquon was still able to put up solid numbers. Barkley partners his perfect speed and power combination with natural vision, elite balance, the ability to cut and juke like no other, as well as being able score from anywhere, he is a big play waiting to happen. He showed this by leading the NFL in rushes over 20 yards in the past 2 years, he also had 11 more total missed tackles forced than any other running back in 2018. Dion Lewis is a nice number two, the 7-year veteran is a Super Bowl champ as well as a good dual back so if Saquon gets nicked again Lewis could shoulder some of the load.
Wide Receivers – B-
- Shepard, Tate and Slayton is a nice receiving core but it lacks breakaway speed and physicality. Shepard is a good number two receiver but 66.5 yards per game is his best in his first 4 seasons. Golden Tate is a 10 year veteran and elite receiver with the ball in his hands but he equally is clearly not what he once was. Darius Slayton is in my opinion going to have a huge season in 2020, in 2019 he started 9 games and finished with 740 yards and 8 touchdowns, numbers and quality of play I expect him to build on moving into his 2nd year in the NFL.
Tight Ends – B+
- If Evan Engram could stay healthy I believe we would be looking at one of the NFL’s star tight ends, however, ever since being drafted in 2017 he has been an injury liability missing 14 out of 48 games and only starting 25 of those 34 games played some of which can be accounted for being banged up. Despite his injury trouble when on the field Engram has been a dangerous receiving weapon for the Giants, his 4.42 speed causes mismatches all over the field. Engram is also a good pass blocker which is rare in receiving tight ends of his skillset. If healthy in 2020 I believe he could be a big X-Factor in the Giants’ offense opening up the middle of the field.
Offensive Line - C
- Part of Jones’ fumble problem is undoubtedly partially down to the lack of protection up front. Jones will enter 2020 with rookies protecting him at either tackle spot, Andrew Thomas will start on the left and Matt Peart on the right. Thomas is a three-year starter and a technically sound tackle with day one starter ability. However, Peart could do with developing his strength and technical ability so that his great length and athleticism do not go to waste. Zeitler and Hernandez on the interior are both very good options with Zeitler being close to an elite starting guard. However, Pulley will start at center for the Giants and he is no more than an average starter.
Corner Backs – C+
- James Bradberry was a decent pick up this offseason, whilst he is currently overpaid in my view, he has the potential to blossom into a lockdown corner. After Bradberry the Giants options aren’t great, their second choice, Deandre Baker is currently on a charge for 4 counts of armed robbery, Baker didn’t live up to expectation in 2019 but he would have had the chance to develop in 2020. Ballentine and rookie Holmes will likely be the 2nd and 3rd choices instead and both lack NFL experience and starter level play.
Safeties – B-
- New York has the potential to have a great safety duo in the future but neither Love nor McKinney are going to be great starters yet in 2020. Peppers is a nice starting safety who came across in the OBJ trade. Peppers is a hard-hitting run defender who can cover well at times. Love had a nice rookie season when he played but didn’t see many snaps. McKinney was a great pick up in the 2020 draft, he is a versatile, smart and athletic safety, he can cover, play in the box and line up in the slot. New York fans and coaches are going to love him and hopefully he can develop into a franchise safety.
Edge Rushers - C
- The Giants edge rushing unit is quite simply abrupt of quality, they have a plethora of potential but nothing solid as of right now. They elected to bring back Golden who had 10 sacks in 2019 but apart from his 12.5 sacks in 2016 his career has not been anything to shout about. Golden like Carter and Ximines clearly has huge potential posting double figure sack numbers but he is not close to as good as his numbers indicate. Carter has a huge potential but is still yet to fill it and Ximines only started two games in 2019 despite some flashes of promise. Fackrell was brought in this free agency and will provide some nice rotational depth if they are in need of it.
Interior Defensive Line – B+
- You’ll be hard pressed to find many better two down units than the Giants interior defensive line, Williams and Tomlinson are both great run defender and Lawrence had a very good rookie season against the run as well. While Tomlinson will likely never be a good rusher, both Williams and Lawrence need to evolve their game so that they can be more of a three-down threat.
Linebackers – C+
- Blake Martinez was a decent pick up in free agency, he is durable having played 16 games in all of the last 3 seasons whilst accumulating 443 tackles. Martinez might be a good run defender but it’s safe to say his coverage skills are plain awful. Mayo is a decent run defender and Connelly had flashes of nice coverage play but as a whole the unit still needs some work.
Washington Football Team
Overall Grade – C+ 3.8
Quarterback – C-
- The Washington football team has a quarterback competition going on as we speak. It’s still very early for Dwayne Haskins and with a new Head Coach and offensive co-ordinater I still believe he has a bright future in Washington. Unfortunately for Haskins he did not have a head coach that wanted or believed in him in Jay Gruden and a front office who decided when he would start not the coaching staff. So, ultimately Haskins was thrown into the deep end not ready and without adequate preparation which was evident in his play. I believe Washington should continue to sit Haskins until they feel he is the undisputed starter. Hence, it falls the Kyle Allen or Alex Smith to be the starter. Smith has had an incredible heart-warming comeback story and even if he doesn’t play another down of football his presence in the quarterback room will do Haskins and Allen both wonders. Assuming Smith is not yet ready to play Allen would be my week one starter unless Haskins has made strides in the offseason. While Allen might not be a great quarterback or starting level, he is a decent stop gap while Washington waits for Smith to get healthy and Haskins to develop.
Running Backs – C+
- Although everyone thought Adrian Peterson was finished, he ran for 1,940 yards over the last 2 seasons and is a certain future hall of famer, however, age undoubtably will reach up to him and I think this year might be that year. Washington has two very capable backs behind Peterson in the depth chart who will push for more snaps. Both Gibson and Love have the potential to be the franchise back in Washington is they live up to expectations. Gibson has a very limited sample size but has a huge potential, he has the size, vision, burst and power to be a great runner as well as the ability to cause consistent mismatches with linebackers out the backfield. Bryce Love is primarily a runner and is undersized at 5ft 8 but he possesses blazing home run hitting speed and hits the gap with an explosive and elusive first step. His contact balance and vision are superb and if he can take the punches, he could be a great running back.
Wide Receivers – C+
- The receiving group at Washington is young and has huge potential but is not yet a good unit overall. Scary Terry had an incredible rookie season, he showed off his extremely raw athleticism burning defenses deep with his speed whilst also showing the ability to run an extensive route tree. Despite being a very elusive and shifty route runner, he is a non-factor after the catch. He was one of 8 NFL receivers who recorded fewer than 25% of their receiving yards after the catch but still managed to total more than 800 receiving yards. Once McLaurin evolves the after-catch part of his game there is no reason he cannot become an elite receiver. After McLaurin, Harmon, Sims Jr and rookie Gandy-Golden are going to be fighting for snaps. Harmon and Sims both showed flashes of their potential in 2019 but neither proved to be particularly reliable, between the two they started 10 games and while that will undoubtably be higher in 2020 their play will have to match that increase otherwise they won’t be starters for much longer. Gandy-Golden is an intriguing prospect with his speed and size but he still needs to work on his hands and route running before he can be a starter.
Tight Ends – C-
- Thomas and Sprinkle are combined one of the worst tight end units in all of football. Both Thomas and Sprinkle are below average tight ends, and neither are starter quality at this stage of their careers.
Offensive Line – C-
- With exception of Brandon Scherff who is a great well-balanced offensive guard the Washington offensive line is not very good. Roullier is a good pass blocker and a decent starting center and while Moses is a decent right tackle, he is not a great one. Christian Sr, Martin, Schweitzer and Lucas are all back up quality lineman, two of which will start in 2020. So, whoever is starting under center could face a lot of pressure.
Corner Backs - C
- Fuller, Darby and Moreau have the potential to be a very nice cornerback unit but whether they live up to that is up for questions. Fuller is one of the league’s best slot corners but in Kansas City he was used as a hybrid safety which saw his quality of play regress. While Fuller struggles on the outside he truly is one of the best in the inside. Darby has had injury struggles in recent years but when healthy he has the potential to be a great number two corner. Moreau had huge potential coming out of the draft due to his athleticism and elite speed but frankly he has never lived up to his expectations or even came close.
Safeties – C+
- Collins is a great run defender and covers well but since signing in Washington he hasn’t reached his New York heights. Between 2016-18 he made 3 Pro Bowls and a first team All-Pro but in 2019 he wasn’t as good. Sean Davis also had a nice year in 2018 but missed all but one game in 2019, if he can return back to his 2018 form Washington could have a nice safety duo.
Edge Rushers - B
- Chase Young and Montez Sweat has the potential to be an elite duo in the future and with Ryan Kerrigan providing a very high level of play and leadership the unit has incredible potential. Ryan Kerrigan is a 9-year veteran and over the last 5 years he has totalled 60 sacks, 74 tackles for loss and 92 quarterback hits, he is a great edge defender and a true leader. Montez Sweat is an athletic freak and had a nice rookie season finishing with 7 sacks and 8 tackles for loss, but he is still developing and will hope to build off his rookie year in his 2nd year. There was an argument for the Bengals to draft Chase Young number one overall this offseason thats how good he is, it’s more likely Young becomes a perennial Pro Bowler who consistently puts up double figure sacks than it is he doesn’t. At Ohio State in 2019 Young put up 16.5 sacks, 7 forced fumbles and 21 tackles for loss in 12 games. Overall, Young is simply an athletic monster at 6ft 5 and still growing with elite speed and power off the edge, who will cause havoc from the get-go in the NFL.
Interior Defensive Line – B+
- Payne, Allen and Ioannidis are a great three man rotational in the interior defensive line. Da’Ron Payne is a very good run defender but is primarily a two down guy due to his lack of pass rush ability. Jonathan Allen is a well-balanced interior lineman who has amassed 14 sacks over the past two years as well as stopped the run well. Matthew Ioannidis is one of the league’s best interior power rushers, he might not be the best run stopper but his 16 sacks over the last two seasons prove the havoc he can cause from the interior with his power rush moves.
Linebackers – C+
- Like a lot of Washington’s team their linebacker core has tones of potential heading into 2020, Davis Sr provides elite leadership having played 14 years in the NFL, he is not what he once was but is still very serviceable. Reuben Foster has had a plethora of off the field issues including a false domestic violence accusation since being drafted in 2017, however, Foster is now fully healthy and cleared to play, there was a reason he was drafted 31st overall and now he will get a chance to show it. A name to watch this season is Shaun Dion Hamilton, he didn’t play many snaps in 2019 but when he did he was elite in coverage allowing a 50% completion rate on 24 targets as well as a 52.8 passer rating when targeted. If Hamilton can continue this play, he will undoubtably become one of the league’s top tier cover linebackers.