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Touchdown Wire believes Washington is a top 10 team ahead of training camp

Washington Football Wire logo Washington Football Wire 7/22/2021 Bryan Manning
a group of baseball players standing on top of a grass covered field: Washington Football Team's Chase Young reacts after an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) © File photo Washington Football Team's Chase Young reacts after an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

The Washington Football Team opens training camp in less than one week when the team reports to Richmond for the first week of camp.

The good folks at Touchdown Wire released their pre-training camp power rankings and have the Football Team at No. 8. Yes, No. 8.

In comparison, the Dallas Cowboys are ranked No. 21 with the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles even lower.

By now you have probably noticed a bit of a trend with these rankings, or more specifically the questions facing each team. They tend to center on the quarterback position.

That remains the case in the nation’s capital, where the Washington Football Team is becoming something of a trendy pick to make another run into the playoffs. Beyond the fact that the Football Team sports one of the more imposing defensive fronts, and made some additions to the second- and third-levels of the defense with linebacker Jamin Davis in the draft and coverage cornerback William Jackson III in free agency, they also made some key additions on offense. Curtis Samuel could be an ideal slot receiver in Washington, and Dyami Brown was one of the more intriguing rookie receivers in the recent draft class.

Of course, none of that might matter if they cannot get consistent production from the quarterback position. Can Ryan Fitzpatrick provide that? If so, the Football Team might be the first NFC East division winners to repeat since the George W. Bush administration.

If not…

It’s no surprise that Touchdown Wire said much of Washington’s success depends on Fitzpatrick. It’s true. Recently, many have professed their doubts about Fitzpatrick — and that’s understandable.

However, if Fitzpatrick plays as he did one year ago with Miami, Washington has a strong enough roster to make a run in 2021.

If Fitzpatrick struggles, well, all bets are off.

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