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Schedule Preview: Washington adds to defense

Giants
04 Jun 2020, 05:12 GMT+10

With the 2020 schedule now released, Giants.com will be taking a look at the offseason moves made by each of the team's 13 opponents.

Week 1 - Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 2 - Chicago Bears

Week 3 - San Francisco 49ers

Week 4 - Los Angeles Rams

Weeks 5 and 17 - Dallas Cowboys

Next up are the Washington Redskins, who added pieces on both sides of the ball this offseason.

Matchup: Week 6 - Sunday, October 18, 1:00 PM at MetLife Stadium

Week 9 - Sunday, November 8, 1:00 PM at FedExField

2019 record: 3-13

Head Coach: Ron Rivera (first season with Washington)

Free Agency

Re-signed:

G Brandon Scherff (franchise tag), LB Jon Bostic (signed 2-year deal), DL Caleb Brantley (signed 1-year deal), LB Nate Orchard (signed 1-year deal)

New Additions:

CB Ronald Darby - Darby started 11 games for the Eagles last year, the most he's played in a season since 2016. He finished the season with 37 tackles (34 solo), one tackle for loss, two interceptions and 11 passes defended. After being selected by the Bills in the second round of the 2015 draft, Darby started 15 games for Buffalo and made the Pro Football Writers Association's All-Rookie Team. He was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl LII-winning team.

LB Thomas Davis - After playing for the Panthers from 2005-2018, Davis started all 16 games in his first and only season with the Chargers last year. The veteran linebacker registered 112 tackles (65 solo), 1.0 sack, three tackles for loss, two quarterback hits, and two passes defended. Davis was named Second-Team All-Pro in 2013 and First-Team All-Pro in 2015, and made three consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl from 2015-2017. He also won the Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2014 and the Bart Starr Award in 2016.

RB Peyton Barber - Barber played in all 16 games with seven starts for the Buccaneers in 2019, his fourth year with the team. He rushed the ball 154 times for 470 yards (3.1 yards per carry) and six touchdowns, adding 16 receptions for 115 yards and an additional score. After joining Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent in 2016, this season will be his first with another franchise.

CB Kendall Fuller - Fuller rejoins the Redskins following two seasons and a Super Bowl championship with the Chiefs. In 11 games (four starts) for Kansas City last year, Fuller recorded 49 tackles (34 solo), 1.0 sack, three tackles for loss, one quarterback hit and two passes defended. He had a career-high four interceptions for the Redskins in 2017.

S Sean Davis - Davis spent his first four seasons with the Steelers. After missing just one game from 2016-2018, Davis played in only one game last year before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. In 16 starts in 2017, he recorded career-high marks in interceptions (three), passes defended (eight), forced fumble (one), and tackles (92).

LB Kevin Pierre-Louis - Pierre-Louis joins his fifth team in seven years after signing with the Redskins. In his only season with the Bears last year, the linebacker registered 37 tackles (27 solo), two tackles for loss, two quarterback hits, an interception and three passes defended in 14 games (three starts). Pierre-Louis has mostly served as a backup throughout his career, starting just four of 71 games.

QB Kyle Allen - Acquired in a trade for a fifth round pick in the 2020 draft, Allen is reunited with his former head coach, Ron Rivera. Entering his third season, Allen played 13 games with 12 starts for the Panthers last year. He completed 62.0 percent of his passes for 3,322 yards, 17 touchdowns and 16 touchdowns. Allen added 32 rushes for 106 yards and two additional scores while fumbling 13 times, seven of which were recovered by the opposing team.

WR Cody Latimer - Latimer joins the Redskins after two seasons with the Giants. In 15 games last season, Latimer caught 24 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns. In 66 games over six seasons, Latimer caught 70 passes for 935 yards and six touchdowns.

G Wes Schweitzer - Schweitzer was a sixth round pick of the Falcons in 2016. He started all 16 games at right guard in 2017 before losing his starting spot prior to the start of the 2018 season. A few weeks later, following a season-ending injury to Andy Levitre, Schweitzer took over at left guard and started the final 13 games of the season. He started seven games at left guard in 2019.

RB J.D. McKissic - McKissic played in 16 games for the first time in his four-year career last year. He rushed the ball 38 times for 205 yards and caught 34 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown for the Lions. In four years for Seattle and Detroit, McKissic took 88 carries for 402 yards (4.4 yards per carry) while catching 70 passes for 515 yards and three touchdowns.

Free Agent Departures:

QB Case Keenum (signed 3-year deal with Browns), QB Colt McCoy (signed 1-year deal with Giants), CB Josh Norman (signed 1-year deal with Bills), CB Quinton Dunbar (traded to Seahawks), G Ereck Flowers (signed 3-year deal with Dolphins), RB Chris Thompson (signed 1-year deal with Jaguars), FB Michael Burton (signed 1-year deal with Saints), TE Vernon Davis (retired), WR Paul Richardson, TE Jordan Reed, OT Donald Penn, CB Aaron Colvin, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB Kayvon Webster

2020 Draft Class

(Round 1, Pick 2) EDGE Chase Young, Ohio State - Young put together a spectacular 2019 campaign for Ohio State. In 12 games, he recorded 46 tackles (32 solo), 16.5 sacks, 21.0 tackles for loss, three passes defended and seven forced fumbles. His performance earned him the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Chuck Bednarik Award, the Ted Hendricks Award, the Nagurski-Wooden Defensive Player of the Year award, the Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year award, the Chicago Tribune Silver Football award and a selection as both an Unanimous-All American and First-Team All-Big Ten. He was also a Second-Team All-Big Ten selection in 2018 after picking up 10.5 sacks.

(Round 3, Pick 66) RB/WR Antonio Gibson, Memphis - Gibson played in 14 games for Memphis last season, catching 38 passes for 735 yards and eight touchdowns and running for 369 yards on 33 carries (11.2 yards per carry) and four touchdowns. He also returned 23 kickoffs for 645 yards (28.0 yards per return) and a touchdown. Gibson was named the AAC Special Teams Player of the Year in 2019 and earned a selection to the All-AAC team.

(Round 4, Pick 108) OT Saahdiq Charles, LSU - Charles played three seasons for the LSU Tigers. He played in 13 games with nine starts as a true freshman in 2017 and was named to the SEC All-Freshman team. He then started 10 games at left tackle as a sophomore. Charles was suspended for violating team rules during his junior campaign and was forced to miss all of LSU's non-conference games. He started the final nine games of the season and was a member of the Tigers' CFP National Championship team.

(Round 4, Pick 142) WR Antonio Gandy-Golden, Liberty - Gandy-Golden played four seasons at Liberty and put together a successful collegiate career. He caught 66 passes for 1,066 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore before following that up with 71 receptions for 1,037 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior. During his senior campaign, Gandy-Golden recorded 79 receptions for 1,396 yards and 10 touchdowns, becoming the only player in school history to post three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

(Round 5, Pick 156) C Keith Ismael, San Diego State - Ismael was a three-year starter for San Diego State. As a true freshman, he was named Second-Team All-Mountain West. In both his sophomore and junior seasons, Ismael was named First-Team All-Mountain West. He passed up his final year of eligibility to enter the 2020 NFL Draft.

(Round 5, Pick 162) LB Khaleke Hudson, Michigan - Hudson enjoyed his strongest overall season as a senior last year. In 13 games, the linebacker registered 101 tackles (45 solo), 1.5 sacks, three tackles for loss and three passes defended and was named Second-Team All-Big Ten. Hudson was named Third-Team All-Big Ten in 2017 after registering 7.5 sacks, 16 tackles for loss, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.

(Round 7, Pick 216) S Kamren Curl, Arkansas - Curl started all three seasons he spent at Arkansas. As a junior in 2019, he collected 76 total tackles (46 solo), 2.0 sacks, four tackles for loss, two interceptions, two passes defended, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a touchdown.

(Round 7, Pick 229) EDGE James Smith-Williams, North Carolina State - Smith-Williams played in just 29 total games for North Carolina State. He finished his collegiate career with 82 total tackles (34 solo), 8.0 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and three passes defended.

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