The Washington Football Team made a few upgrades earlier this offseason to round out the roster. However, Ron Rivera and his coaching staff still have a massive question mark at the quarterback position.
Washington signed veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick to a one-year deal in free agency, bringing on the 38-year-old to compete with Kyle Allen and Taylor Heinicke for the starting gig. At this point, Fitzpatrick seems to be the frontrunner, which gives Rivera a reliable veteran under center but not exactly a game-changer at the position.
Nevertheless, the Washington Football Team head coach sounds confident in his plan at quarterback because of the other players around him on offense.
“It’s interesting because styles are similar but the players are different, obviously. One of the positions we relied on so heavily was quarterback in Carolina, in terms of our entire offense,” Rivera said in his Tuesday press conference. “Here, we don’t necessarily have to rely on the quarterback because we do have good weapons around our QB position. So this will be a little bit different for me as I study it and watch our guys. It’s good to see the type of personnel that we have. I thought we improved — we improved at receiver, we improved at tight end, we improved at running back.
“Again, one of the goals you want to do when you talk about your offense every year is you want to protect your quarterback and you want to have playmakers around him. And I feel this year, it’s a different group of guys but I feel we’re in better position than we were last year.”
Washington signed Curtis Samuel in free agency, setting up a talented pass-catching group of Samuel, Terry McLaurin and tight end Logan Thomas. Along with Antonio Gibson in the backfield and a reliable offensive line, the Football Team has an offense capable of competing in the NFC East.
Rivera and Washington went 7-9 last year but eked out the division title. Seven wins probably won't get the job done in 2021, but with the current roster, the Football Team should expect to win more games this year.