Washington Redskins: 3 Role Players Who Must Play Huge in Week 1

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Washington Redskins: 3 Role Players Who Must Play Huge in Week 1
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Heading into Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints, there is little question as to where Redskins fans will be directing their focus on Sunday afternoon.

And it’s not Home Depot—the kitchen sink can wait.

Robert Griffin III is set to make his regular season debut for the Burgundy and Gold, marking the beginning of a new era in Washington. As perhaps the most highly anticipated athlete in recent D.C. sports history, he will be under the microscope for each and every snap in New Orleans.

But one man can only do so much.

Despite the overwhelming spotlight hovering around the Redskins' rookie quarterback, the objective for the team hasn’t changed. A brilliant performance from Griffin would be nice, but a win would be better.

Sure, the experts will engross themselves in RGIII’s mechanics. The analysts will break down every frame of film on the Heisman Trophy winner twice.

But in order for the Redskins to trump a team like the Saints, they will undoubtedly need a collective effort.

On one side, it will be interesting to see how firmly Griffin commands the offense. The fluidity of the play-calling and execution of the game plan will both be worth noting in the rookie's first game under center.

Meanwhile, the defense will be tasked with containing the NFL’s single-season passing leader from a year ago.

Drew Brees may have lost his coach and friend in Sean Payton for the year, but he hasn’t forgotten how to throw a football.

Certain expectations are carried with the household names like Brian Orakpo and London Fletcher, and stellar play from either wouldn’t be surprising.

So it is the smaller names that will be essential to success in New Orleans. The little details, which commonly go overlooked, could dictate the outcome in Griffin’s debut.

He may be called Superman, but RGIII can’t break the will of the Saints alone.

Here are a few guys that will need to step up to help him out in Week 1.

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