Washington Redskins 2012: 8 Players Who Need to Improve This Season

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Washington Redskins 2012: 8 Players Who Need to Improve This Season
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Robert Griffin III needs someone to help take the pressure off.

The biggest story surrounding Washington this offseason is the development of Robert Griffin III. While Griffin has the potential to be a star, he'll need some serious help this year if there is any hope of surviving a brutal schedule this season, let alone competing in the NFC East.

Last year's squad was plagued with injuries and suspensions that took the team from a 3-1 start to a 5-11 season. But aside from those problems, many starters seemed to play below their potential as the team fell apart during the latter half of the year.

With the Ravens, Steelers, Bengals, Saints, Falcons and Panthers on the schedule, there is no room for starters to slack off, especially with a shaky offensive line already sporting injuries to starters.

Playoffs may be a bit too much to ask this year, but if the Redskins can at least challenge some very good teams, it will be a much-needed step in the right direction.

Let's take a look at some incumbent players who need to step it up in 2012 for the Redskins to be successful.

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