Thursday August 7th, 2014

New Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden inherited a team that went 3-13 last season, just one year after making the playoffs with a 10-6 record. Yet Gruden is optimistic, saying that Washington has a comparable roster to any team in the NFC East, according to an report

"Looking around the NFC East, I think we're comparable roster-wise," Gruden said. "I don't think there's any team on paper that's better than us. We just have to go out there and prove it in our play. I feel good about where we are."

More: New role, new weapons for RG3

Washington added receivers DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts in the offseason to complement returning wideout Pierre Garcon. The team also signed away defensive lineman Jason Hatcher from the division rival Dallas Cowboys and drafted Stanford pass rusher Trent Murphy in the second round of May's draft. 

Robert Griffin III will also be another year removed from the knee injury he suffered against the Seattle Seahawks in the first round of the 2012 playoffs. Griffin returned for the start of last season, but he struggled and did not play the team's final three games. 

- Alex Hampl


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