Washington Redskins: Under-the-Radar Players Ready to Break Out in 2012

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Washington Redskins: Under-the-Radar Players Ready to Break Out in 2012
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It feels like it was forever ago that Donovan McNabb was the starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins. Since then, the franchise has done a complete 180 as we enter the third year of the Mike Shanahan tenure.

I know the term “rebuild” is used way too often, but that was exactly what the 2011-2012 season was for the Washington Redskins.

Almost all of their draft picks were given playing time, they signed young high-potential free agents and started to build the foundation that is needed in every successful franchise.

The point I’m trying to make is that this is the second year of the Shanahan “rebuild.” The team will be relying on young athletes to break out and perform at a high level, of course that includes Robert Griffin III.

What defines a breakout player? That’s certainly debatable, however, a breakout player is someone that sticks out. He’s an athlete that can help the Redskins win more than five or six games a year.

They don’t need to be setting franchise records or show up on SportsCenter’s “Top 10,” however, they need to do their job and then some.

Here are my predictions for some Redskins who are capable of doing so.

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