Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, December 5, five days before the Washington Redskins play the Chargers in Los Angeles.
Today’s schedule: Off day
—Redskins @ Chargers (12/10) 5
—Cardinals @ Redskins (12/17) 12
—Broncos @ Redskins Christmas Eve (12/24) 19
Answering your questions
Thanks for recognizing that a lot will happen between now and the end of April. I can’t pay a whole lot of attention to college football during the NFL season so I’m not even sure who the top prospects are.
That said, the better way of looking at this question is to ask where the shouldn’t spend a first-round pick. Unless a guard is going to be a long-term Pro Bowl performer, I don’t think the position is worth a first-round pick. Tackle would only be a consideration for depth in the later rounds. Whether or not Bashaud Breeland is back, I think they’re in good shape at cornerback and probably safety. QB is in play in the first round unless Kirk Cousins signs a long term deal. So is any other position, pending free agency acquisitions.
I would be very surprised if the Redskins traded Jordan Reed for a couple of reasons. One is money. They would take a $5.4 million cap hit for moving on from Reed. That’s not a debilitating hit, but it’s significant.
The second reason is that I think they would have great problems finding a team willing to trade for him for the same reason—money. The team that would trade for him would assume a contract with three years left at salaries in excess of $8 million per. The other teams know the injury issues as well as the Redskins do. Why would they take on those salaries?
The most likely scenario is that the Redskins will keep Reed in 2018 and see if he can bounce back. They can then make a decision in 2019 when the cap hit from moving on will be considerably lower.
If we decide to not make Kirk highest paid player in NFL history, can Colt hold it down while we draft and groom future franchise QB? Should we start him a couple games to see?— ZoEd71 (@huffman_dave) December 4, 2017
If we’re working on the assumption that Cousins moves on, I think it’s possible that McCoy could handle the job in the short term, although there may be a better option on the free agent market (Case Keenum or Tyrod Taylor, just to name a couple).
But they know what they have in McCoy. He has been around for four years and he started some games for them. With all of the uncertainty, there would be no point in trotting him out there the last couple of games. Let Cousins play and then deal with 2018 when the last game ends.
Do we rest all injured players (ready for 2018) and run the risk of losing out (although has obvious draft benefits) or do we put strongest team out each week, even with walking wounded?— Simon Thurston (@SimonPThurston) December 4, 2017
“Rest” injured players? No. Next question.
OK, let’s talk about this some. For one thing, who plays if you pull Trent Williams, Morgan Moses, and Jordan Reed? Who plays? Maybe tight end is covered since he’s missed the last five games, but who plays tackle? Ty Nsekhe is also injured; he still is limited in practice every day due to the core muscle injury. Do you put him in or play Tyler Catalina and hope that your quarterback can survive Von Miller in a few weeks? Play that out with other positions you think should “rest” and you’re looking at a potential fiasco.
There are plenty more reasons to play your best players. They want to play, not only for their teammates but for money. Moses, Williams, and Reed have per-game roster bonuses that pay out over $15,000 for games in which they are active. And the players want to go out and compete. They only get to play 16 games a year and they are precious.
Finally, “rest” for what? They have seven months to rest and rehab. That should cover the timetable of the procedures for Reed and Moses. Both could miss OTAs but a few weeks’ difference isn’t going to make or break that. It’s possible that the timetable for Williams’ knee surgery rehab may bump into training camp, but barring the unforeseen, Williams will be ready for the regular season.
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