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How did Washington team, players stack up against 2019 preseason odds?

Washington struggled with choosing a quarterback in 2019, but there are other things it it needs to fix at well.

Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins passes the ball as New York Giants linebacker Lorenzo Carter chases in the first quarter at FedExField. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Preseason odds for NFL teams is a good way to look back to see expectations for the season and start to understand where things went wrong or right. Below, we will take a look at DraftKings Sportsbook’s preseason odds for win totals, division titles, player props and more while we discuss what led to their triumphs or disappointments.

Team Futures

Super Bowl: +12500
NFC East: +3000 (finished last)
Win Total Over/Under: 6 (finished 3-13)

Player Props

Dwayne Haskins: Offensive ROY +2000 preseason
Terry McLaurin: Offensive ROY +1600 post Week 2 appearance

Washington was all over the place in 2019, and most of their struggles stemmed from uncertainty under center. Alex Smith sat out the entire season because of a brutal leg injury he suffered in 2018, which left rookie Dwayne Haskins Jr. and veterans Case Keenum and Colt McCoy in the running for the starting job. Washington cycled through all three, as McCoy battled his own leg injury ahead of Week 1 and only appeared in one game. Keenum held on as a starter for half a season before Haskins was reluctantly promoted to close out the year. But this wasn’t the only issue that plagued Washington.

Trent Williams, one of the best offensive tackles in football, held out for all of 2019 because of how disappointed he was with Washington’s medical staff for mishandling the treatment of a growth on his head. Washington was unable to move him for a valuable asset, and it’s unclear what it will do for the final year of his contract in 2020. Then there’s promising running back Derrius Guice, who only played in five games this season because of two knee injuries. He missed his entire rookie year because of a torn ACL he suffered in the preseason and is still looking to find a role in the NFL.

But it wasn’t all bad for Washington, as rookie wideout Terry McLaurin exploded for 919 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. His player prop for Offensive Rookie of the Year kicked off at +1600 following Week 2 and finished at +2000. He was unable to beat out Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray or Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs, but he’s a bright spot that could help Washington’s future. Repairing the offensive line should help the passing game, but Washington has plenty of other moves it needs to make.

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