Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, December 21, three days before the Washington Redskins play the Denver Broncos at FedEx Field.
Today’s schedule: Practice 1:00 p.m.; Jay Gruden and Greg Manusky news conferences, open locker room after practice approx. 2:30
—Redskins @ Giants (12/31) 10
—NFL free agency starts (3/14/18) 83
—NFL Draft (4/26/18) 126
Projected 2018 depth chart, defense
Last week I took a look at what the 2018 depth chart on offense might look like. Up today, the defense.
Starters: DE’s Jonathan Allen, Matt Ioannidis, NT Draft pick
Reserves: Anthony Lanier, Stacy McGee, Ziggy Hood, draft pick
I was going to put a free agent as a nose tackle option but, as usual, the free agent market is very thin. They should be able to find one in rounds 4-6. I don’t think that they should give the often-injured Phil Taylor another shot. There would be $3.75 million in dead cap money to move on from Terrell McClain, who has missed substantial chunks of two of the last three seasons with injuries but the net cap savings would be $1 million.
Starters: Zach Brown, Mason Foster
Reserves: Martrell Spaight, Josh Harvey-Clemons, Zach Vigil
I’m not very confident that the team will be able to re-sign Brown, but there’s enough of a chance that I’ll pencil him in here for now. Should Brown leave, they might take a linebacker like Roquan Smith of Georgia in the first round. If they bring back free agent Will Compton he could replace either Spaight or Vigil as a reserve.
Starters: Preston Smith, Ryan Kerrigan
Reserves: Ryan Anderson, Trent Murphy
I think that Murphy, who will be a free agent, returns on a one-year, prove-it type of deal. Junior Galette reportedly wants to go elsewhere to get more playing time and it will be difficult for the organization to persuade him to stay.
Starters: Josh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Kendall Fuller (slot)
Reserves: Fabian Moreau, Josh Holsey, draft pick
It is widely assumed that Bashaud Breeland is gone in free agency. Dunbar will move up from the primary backup to the starter although Moreau could overtake him at some point.
Starters: D.J. Swearinger, Montae Nicholson
Reserves: Deshazor Everett, draft pick
It seems unlikely that Su’a Cravens will be back but he is a wild card in the mix if they sort things out.
Tandler on Twitter
I find it funny that so many #Redskins fans are saying that the team absolutely must have a top 10 draft pick to replace Kirk Cousins, who was a fourth-round pick.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) December 20, 2017
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