For the 27th straight Super Bowl Sunday, Redskins fans won’t be seeing their team play on the NFL’s biggest stage.
Instead, Washington supporters will be forced to watch Tom Brady — who’s acting like he’s the most underdoggiest underdog ever for some strange reason — and the Patriots battle it out against the Rams this weekend in Atlanta.
With that being said, ‘Skins fans should watch for plenty of reasons, with the primary one being that it’s the damn Super Bowl.
Another reason worth tuning in, though, is because New England and Los Angeles have some talented guys who’ll be free agents this offseason, guys whom Washington could look to add to their roster.
So, here are three such players you should monitor closely in Super Bowl LIII.
2017 Lamarcus Joyner was a fantastic safety for the Rams, intercepting three passes in 12 starts. He was slated to be a free agent then, too, but LA placed the franchise tag on him to keep him around for 2018.
Unfortunately, Joyner did regress a bit this year. He only had one pick in 15 starts and saw his number of passes defended drop from nine to just three.
However, the 28-year-old is still regarded as a “missile on the back end who is one of the soundest tackling safeties in the NFL” by Pro Football Focus. Also — hello — he’s a safety, which is a position the ‘Skins really need to address.
Now, he might be a little pricey for the Burgundy and Gold and, as you learned last year with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, just plugging a talented DB into the back-end of the defense doesn’t mean automatic success. But Joyner is a versatile option and could be worth paying up for.
Preston Smith could be in line for a boost in pay that the Redskins simply can’t match, which would put them in the market for a pass rusher. That’s where Trey Flowers may come into play.
The Patriots defensive end has played in at least 14 games in each of the past three campaigns and has posted 7, 6.5 and 7.5 sacks respectively in those campaigns. Those numbers aren’t enormous, but he’s just 25, plays all over Bill Belichick’s defense and is “one of the best values in this year’s free agency class,” per PFF.
Plus, it’s never a bad idea to take players from the Pats, right?
Quarterback rightfully received plenty of attention for all of its injury issues in 2018, but the Redskins’ guard situation was a total mess, too.
While Brandon Scherff will obviously slide back into his starting spot when he comes back from his torn pec, relying on Shawn Lauvao to be the starter at left guard again would be downright reckless. Rodger Saffold would be a nice choice to line up there, though.
The veteran lineman will be 31 by next year, but he’s missed just two contests in the last three seasons. His age and his position won’t lead to any crazy deals, meanwhile, so the ‘Skins could compete for his services.
To upset the Patriots, the Rams could use a strong effort from Todd Gurley and CJ Anderson. But pay attention to how many of their runs are created by Saffold, because he could be doing the same thing for Derrius Guice in 2019.
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