Washington Redskins Roster 2012: Latest News, Cuts, Preseason Predictions

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Washington Redskins Roster 2012: Latest News, Cuts, Preseason Predictions
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For any fan under the age of 25, this season is undoubtedly the most exciting and highly-anticipated season of Washington Redskins football you've ever been a part of.

And for all fans over the age of 25, well, this season is probably just as damn exciting.

After being forced to watch our beloved Redskins stink it up for more than two decades amongst numerous coaches and quarterbacks, a dictatorship and an embarrassing number of playoff appearances, there is finally something to look forward to.

So maybe Robert Griffin III won't take the Redskins to a Super Bowl in his first season at the helm, but damn if he doesn't make you feel like it's possible.

And with Mike Shanahan in his third season of a five-year plan, fans have to feel positive about the direction of the team. For the first time in a long time, the Redskins are fresh with youth; strong character is now a priority, and the front office is no longer treating summers like lottery payouts for mediocre talent.

Creating high expectations for the Redskins during the weeks leading up to the preseason is a thing of the past. Or at least it should be. Even if the Redskins finish the 2012 season with a 7-9 record, this year is about progress.

For a team that has gone through the turmoil of Albert Haynesworth, Jeff George and Steve Spurrier, anyone that believes a serious turnaround and playoff football will happen overnight in Washington might as well make a wish in some other fountain.

This season will be about the growth of a franchise that has the potential to be something great over the course of the next few years. A franchise quarterback has finally arrived; offensive playmakers are beginning the climb to their prime, and the defense is becoming a solid unit from the trench back.

Looking forward, 2012 is as important a season the Redskins have had in over 20 years.

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