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Junior Galette, Kirk Cousins among Redskins with plenty to cheap NFL jerseys prove

Every player enters the season with something to prove, whether they’re coming off a good or bad season, an injury (Shawn Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger and Perry Riley Jr.) or are entering a contract year (Chris Baker, DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon).

For an assignment the other day on who has cheap jerseys the most to prove on every team, I mentioned linebacker Junior Galette as having the most to prove for the Washington Redskins. But he’s not alone, and here are a few that stand out:


Galette: I put Galette at the top of the list, simply because he’s coming off an Achilles injury and did not get the sort of offers he was hoping for in free agency. So other teams, including the Redskins, had multiple concerns from his injury to his character. His talent? That will be fine provided the Achilles is OK -- and all the early accounts suggest he’s on the right path. That would be good news for Washington.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins: Were the last nine games the start of something or an aberration? Cousins probably has the most at stake; if he plays well again then he’s in line for $20 million per year. But I didn’t put him above Galette simply because with the linebacker there are multiple issues, including health. With Cousins, he must prove he can stay at this level in order to land a huge contract. That’s not easy, but there are no questions about health or character.

Cornerback Josh Norman: He spent the past four seasons in Carolina playing with one of the NFL’s best defenses and pass rushes. Can he be that good again if he’s not in the same situation? The Redskins' defense must improve, but a healthy Galette cheap NFL jerseys and the maturation of Preston Smith will help the pass rush. Norman was under consideration as defensive player of the year last season. He’s played well the last season-and-a-half, so you can easily argue last year was just another step in his ascension and not just a byproduct of everything around him. But a lot of eyes will be watching just to see.

Running back Matt Jones: He’s now the No. 1 running back with the departure of Alfred Morris. I wrote about Jones and the running backs Tuesday morning, but, in short, he must show he can be an every-down back for 16 games.

Safety DeAngelo Hall: He moved to safety midway through last season; that’s not easy. But the Redskins saw enough not to sign another free safety, and they expect him to play well after an offseason to further transition. But, at 32, he still has to show he can play at a certain level. His smarts will help a great deal. For Hall, it’s a matter of continuing to get used to taking different angles on run plays and being durable. He has the skill.


Tight end Jordan Reed: He’s coming off a terrific season and being paid accordingly. Now he just has to do it again. Really, I don’t see why he won’t (barring injury). Reed’s season was a result of his talent, not some fluke. The health part always is tricky, though he played in 14 games last season. His offseason training regimen helped him in 2015; he’s doing the same workouts this offseason.

Defensive end Baker: It’s a contract year, barring an extension being worked out before the season. That always means there’s something to prove. He’s coming off his best season; a repeat would mean more money.

Receivers Garcon/Jackson: See above. Both turn 30 this year -- Garcon in August and Jackson in December. With good seasons, both can get another good chunk cheap jerseys of change -- likely their last big contract.


Center Lichtensteiger: His pinched nerve cost him a lot of strength, which is never good when you’re already considered undersized. He has to prove he can still handle the physical demands of the job, especially because he will count $4.05 million against the cap.

Guard Lauvao: He’s also coming off an injury and multiple surgeries on both feet. Lauvao was playing well before getting hurt, but the Redskins have alternatives if his play slips: Spencer Long, who also will work cheap NFL jerseys at center, and Arie Kouandjio. The Redskins can absorb Lauvao’s $5 million cap hit, but if he’s not the clear-cut starter, will they?

Linebacker Riley Jr.: He missed the final seven games with a foot injury last season, allowing Mason Foster to show what he could do. But Foster is being paid like a backup ($1.1 million cap hit) and Riley is not ($5 million cap hit). They liked how Riley played alongside Will Compton; now he just needs to do it again. If he does, the Redskins have a solid starter and quality backup in Foster.


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