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With the majority of the offseason NFL moves finished, let’s take a look at where the Redskins stack up in the division and if they truly improved their standing.

Quarterback:

1) Eagles — Carson Wentz/Nick Foles

2) Redskins — Alex Smith

3) Cowboys — Dak Prescott

4) Giants — Eli Manning

The Eagles are in the best shape with two quarterbacks who could start almost anywhere in the NFL. With the veteran Alex Smith in place, the Redskins check in number two ahead of Dak Prescott who may struggle without Dez Bryant and maybe Jason Witten. Eli Manning may have the best pedigree, but he’s fallen off a cliff production-wise.

Running Back:

1) Cowboys — Ezekiel Elliott, Rod Smith, Bo Scarbrough

2) Eagles — Jay Ajayi, Corey Clement, Darren Sproles

3) Giants — Saquon Barkley, Jonathan Stewart, Paul Perkins

4) Redskins — Rob Kelley, Darius Guice, Samaje Perine

Ezekiel Elliott is the best back in the division and Barkley may be the second best, but he’s still a rookie behind a mediocre to awful offensive line. The Eagles group is very small but very dynamic. I’m not convinced the Redskins have a lead back either but they’d love Guice to be that guy.

Wide Receiver/Tight End:

1) Giants — Odell Beckham Jr, Sterling Shepard, Cody Latimer, Evan Engram (TE)

2) Eagles — Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, Mike Wallace, Zach Ertz (TE)

3) Redskins — Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder, Paul Richardson, Jordan Reed (TE)

4) Cowboys — Allen Hurns, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Rico Gathers (TE)

The Giants win here with ODB and an improving Evan Engram. Shepard is not a bad second receiver either. The Eagles trio is very good as Jeffery did a lot of production hurt last year. I moved the Skins ahead of the Cowboys because I think Crowder is better then Beasley and Doctson can be better then Hurns if used properly. Reed and Vernon Davis beat Dallas’ TE’s too.

Offensive Line:

1) Eagles — Jason Peters, Stefen Wisniewski, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson

2) Cowboys — Tyron Smith, La’el Collins, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, Cameron Fleming

3) Redskins — Trent Williams, Arie Kouandijo, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses

4) Giants — Nate Solder, Will Hernandez, Brett Jones, John Jerry, Ereck Flowers

The Eagles offensive line is widely considered among the best in the league while Dallas is up there as well. Washington’s front five is pretty good, but I don’t trust Kouandijo so maybe we see Ty Nsekhe move to guard to replace him. The Giants are getting better but are still a train wreck.

Defensive Line:

1) Eagles — Michael Bennett, Tim Jernigan, Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham

2) Cowboys — Demarcus Lawrence, Maliek Collins, David Irving, Tyrone Crawford

3) Redskins — Jonathan Allen, Da’Ron Payne, Stacy McGee/Matt Ionnadis

4) Giants — Kareem Martin, Damon Harrison, Dalvin Tomlinson/Kerry Wynn

The Eagles are by far the best and deepest group especially since I didn’t even list Haloti Ngata either. The Cowboys group is rapidly improving and the Redskins have a ton of potential. The Giants finished last by virtue of someone having to be there.

Linebackers:

1) Redskins — Mason Foster, Preston Smith, Zach Brown, Ryan Kerrigan

2) Eagles — Mychal Kendricks, Jordan Hicks, Nigel Bradham

3) Cowboys — Leighton Vander Esch, Jaylon Smith, Sean Lee

4) Giants — Olivier Vernon, Alec Ogletree, BJ Goodson, Derrick Mathews

The Redskins have the best group of linebackers especially if Preston Smith continues to play well. The Eagles group is good, but not deep while the Cowboys LBs are solid but injury prone. Once again, the Giants finish in last by virtue of someone having to be there.

Secondary:

1) Eagles — Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby, Rodney McLeod, Malcolm Jenkins

2) Redskins — Josh Norman, Orlando Scandrick, Montae Nicholson, DJ Swearinger

3) Giants — Landon Collins, Darian Thompson, Janoris Jenkins, Eli Apple

4) Cowboys — Jourdan Lewis, Byron Jones, Xavier Woods, Chidobe Awuzie

The Eagles have the best safety pairing in football while their corners are shaky. Washington’s corners are pretty good although Scandrick isn’t that great. The Giants have decent CBs and safeties while Dallas has a young group that should improve

Special Teams:

1) Redskins — Dustin Hopkins, Tress Way

2) Cowboys — Dan Bailey, Chris Jones

3) Giants — Riley Dixon, Aldrick Rosas

4) Eagles — Cameron Johnston, Jake Elliott

Skins win here because both kicker and punter are solid. Dan Bailey is the best kicker in the division while I like Riley Dixon at punter.

Overall

1) Eagles (4/3/0/1) — The Eagles still have the best talent in the division but that doesn’t mean anything if they have a Super Bowl hangover.

2) Redskins (2/2/3/1) — Washington’s talent matches up in certain places here. The key will be if their offensive weapons will scare anyone.

3) Cowboys (1/3/2/2) — The Cowboys don’t match up in certain areas and their offense is no longer scary besides Zeke.

4) Giants (1/0/3/4) — The Giants have work to be done and it starts with retooling their lines and finding Eli’s eventual replacement.

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