Washington Redskins: 5 Players Who Need to Step Up in Week 12

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Washington Redskins: 5 Players Who Need to Step Up in Week 12
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Injuries and bad personnel decisions upended the Washington Redskins season after a promising start.

There are more than a few Redskins fans who would like to see the team purposely lose the remainder of their games so as to improve their position in the upcoming NFL draft. 

I understand that point of view. The franchise is clearly in a rebuilding mode, and there is little distinction between finishing 3-13 or 6-10.  

During every NFL season, there is at least one team that comes out of nowhere to make the playoffs--the San Francisco 49ers are that team this year--and drafting quality young players is the Redskins best hope for becoming that team next season.

The worse the team finishes this year, the better the draft position they will receive and the greater the chance that they will land an All-Pro caliber player.  

This approach has a lot of merit, but as Herm Edwards told us some years ago, "You play to win the game." The bottom line is the Redskins are not going to lose-out on purpose for several reasons. 

Mike Shanahan wants to prove that he is not a washed up head coach who is utterly lost without John Elway.  

Kyle Shanahan wants to prove he deserves to be the team's offensive coordinator.  

Rex Grossman probably still believes he can prove he is a legitimate starting quarterback.  

There are plenty of other players on the roster who are playing for their jobs, trying to show the coaching staff they deserve to be retained. 

Say what you will about the Redskins, but the team has too many players--London Fletcher comes to mind--that have too much character to just roll over during the remaining six games.  

If Shanahan is smart, he will use the last third of the season to evaluate the talent on his roster.  

That process begins on Sunday when the Redskins visit the Seattle Seahawks, another franchise stuck in rebuilding mode.

Here are five Redskins that need to step up against Seattle. 

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