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Fan questions: Jack linebacker, Breeland's ceiling, and undrafted receivers

Fan questions: Jack linebacker, Breeland's ceiling, and undrafted receivers

We got a great response to the Twitter mailbag this week, enough good questions to do two parts. If you don't see your question answered here, check back tomorrow. Let's dive right in:
@Rich_TandlerCSN #RedskinsTalk Do you think the #Redskins will try to add another TE, OT, and DL before the start of training camp?

— Tony Tambasco (@tambascosauce69) May 20, 2014
Depends on what you mean. Will they add camp fodder types to help them get through practice and play during the first and fourth preseason games? That seems likely, particularly at offensive tackle where they have just four players. Are they going to sign anyone who would seriously challenge for a roster spot? I doubt it. First of all, there aren't very many players who have a legitimate shot at making the 53 on the street right now. Second, they seem to be pretty set at those positions right now. Now, they do have second priority on waiver claims (behind the Texans) so if someone gets cut who would be an upgrade they could make a move if another team releases a useful player.
@Rich_TandlerCSN who is going to play inside backer next to Riley? — Ford Kendrick (@Fckendrick) May 20, 2014
It looks like there's going to be something new, something called, wait for it, a competition. Yes, I know that concept hasn't been heard of much around Redskins Park but right now it looks like Keenan Robinson, Darryl Sharpton, and Akeem Jordan will fight it out for the starting job at Jack linebacker. It could end up being done by committee with Sharpton and Jordan playing on first- and second-down packages and Robinson coming in for nickel situations.
@Rich_TandlerCSN many have praised the high ceiling of Breeland. If he was such a steal, why did some many cbs go before him? #RedskinsTalk

— George Carmi (@Gcarmi21) May 20, 2014
This just in--the draft doesn't always get it right. Perhaps you could have asked the same thing about Richard Sherman a few years ago after he was drafted in the fifth round; a lot of CB's went before he did, too. Not that Breeland is going to be as good as Sherman. But show me a draft where the corner who had the best career was taken first, the second best second, and so on. Breeland's draft stock dropped due to him being a step slow in the 40 and because many think he should have stayed in school for another year. He has room to get better (thus the discussion of "ceiling"). We will see how it turns out.
@Rich_TandlerCSN . #RedskinsTalk . Do you see us keeping Kofi Hughes and Cody Hoffman.

— Danielle Long (@DANIELLECLAUD) May 20, 2014
Danielle is referring to two undrafted free agent receivers the Redskins signed. I think Hoffman, who is listed at 6-4, has a shot. Tarik wrote about him the other day and he is taking the fact that he wasn't drafted as a challenge. But he has a lot to learn, especially when it comes to getting off the line when he's being jammed. We'll follow his progress during the rest of the offseason and in training camp. Hughes seems to be more of a long shot. I didn't see him do much good or bad during the minicamp but we didn't get that long to look at them. Right now I'd say that Hughes' best shot is the practice squad this year.
@Rich_TandlerCSN @RedskinsTalk Who has a better chance of starting on the OL this season: Morgan Moses at RT or Spencer Long at RG?

— B&G (@3igees) May 20, 2014
Good question. It's too soon to tell. The way I see it setting up, I think that Tyler Polumbus is the more vulnerable starter so that could clear a path for Moses. But Long might be a bit more pro ready, especially that guard is nominally an easier position for a rookie to learn. I'll give the edge to Long while allowing for the possibility that Moses could come on strong in training camp and beat out Polumbus while Chris Chester hangs on at right guard.
@Rich_TandlerCSN with the new players along with current how much do you think our pass rush and tackling has improved

— Eric (@farms36) May 21, 2014
I hate to pull out the "too soon to tell" card for a second straight response but that's the case here. We won't know about tackling at least until we see them in pads this summer and probably not until we see a few games. The pass rush should be better with additions of Jason Hatcher and Trent Murphy and the added emphasis on coaching pass rush techniques. It's not hard to imagine them being in the top 10 in the NFL in sacks but the proof will be when they get out there on the field.

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Where does Stefon Diggs' remarkable catch rank among some of the best NFL playoff walk-offs?

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Where does Stefon Diggs' remarkable catch rank among some of the best NFL playoff walk-offs?

There is nothing quite like January playoff football and Sunday night's Vikings vs. Saints game further proved this point.

In case you have been off the grid the past 12 hours, the Minnesota Vikings literally got a last second win against the New Orleans Saints.

With 10 seconds left in the fourth and facing a 3rd and 10, quarterback Case Keenum heaved the football near the sideline to wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who dodged two defenders while managing to stay inbounds for a 61-yard touchdown as the clock expired. 

It was one of the most remarkable playoff walk-off wins, if not the most remarkable one, in football.

So, where does it stand among the others?

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Broncos vs. Steelers 2011 AFC Wild Card game: Remember Tim Tebow's 80-yard overtime touchdown to Demaryius Thomas during the 2011 Broncos vs. Steelers AFC Wild Card game? It was the first and last snap of overtime and it was wild.

Mile High Miracle: On third and three with 43 seconds left in the game, Ravens' Joe Flacco launched one towards wide receiver Jacoby Jones, who got in front of the Broncos receiver and ran the ball in for a 70-yard game-tying touchdown. The Ravens would eventually go on to win the game in double overtime. Some could argue it was the defining moment in the Ravens' Super Bowl run. 

Cardinals vs. Steelers Super Bowl XLIII: Under the brightest lights of all, Ben Roethlisberger found Santonio Holmes with 43 seconds in the fourth in the back of the end zone for a toe-dragging, Super Bowl-winning catch. 

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Saints vs. 49ers 2012 NFC Divisional game: Sunday's loss wasn't the first time the Saints have experienced a fourth quarter letdown. Back in 2012, Alex Smith threw one to the endzone on 3rd-and-three with 14 seconds left that sealed a win.

While these are only a few, we can't wait to add more to the list in years to come.

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Redskins can't base Kirk Cousins decision on the makeup of the final four

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Redskins can't base Kirk Cousins decision on the makeup of the final four

For many fans who would like to see the Redskins move on from Kirk Cousins, the case was closed by the results of the divisional playoff round.

When the dust settled from the weekend, three of the four winning quarterbacks were Nick Foles, Blake Bortles, and Case Keenum. In Foles and Keenum, two journeymen who were free agents last March, available to any team that had a million bucks or so of salary cap space. Bortles was the third overall pick of the 2014 draft but he was widely viewed as a big-time bust.

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So, to some the lesson was that you can roll any random quarterback out there and if you have some other pieces in place you can get to the final four.

Not so fast, my friend. Such thinking is based on a small sample size. This year is very much an outlier in terms of the quarterbacks who make the conference championship games. Let’s expand the sample size and look at the final four QBs standing in the previous six seasons.

2016: Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger

2015: Cam Newton, Carson Palmer, Peyton Manning, Brady

2014: Russell Wilson, Rodgers, Brady, Andrew Luck

2013: Wilson, Colin Kaepernick, P. Manning, Brady

2012: Kaepernick, Ryan, Joe Flacco, Brady

2011: Brady, Flacco, Eli Manning, Alex Smith

There are 13 different quarterbacks here. Ten of those, Ryan, Rodgers, Brady, Roethlisberger, Newton, Palmer, Wilson, the two Mannings, and Luck, are true franchise type quarterbacks. Of those, five were first overall picks in the draft, Ryan was the third pick, and Roethlisberger was the 11th, and Rodgers went later in the first round. Only Wilson and Brady were late-round finds.

Of the three others, Smith (1st overall) and Flacco (18th) were first-round picks. Kaepernick was a high second-rounder.

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At the time of their playoff games, all of the 13 quarterbacks were on the teams that drafted them. None of them were looking for work the previous March, or at any time, for that matter.

As the Redskins decide if they should make a desperation attempt to retain Cousins or let him walk and start over at the most important position on the field, which data point should they consider? The most recent season in front of them, or the six prior years (and many more before that)?

Let’s say you’re looking to sell your house and you want to figure out a fair price. One comparable house down the street recently had sold for $200,000. But the previous six houses that sold in the last couple of months all went for around $300,000, Are you going to price your house based on the most recent sale? Or are you going to factor that in but pay much more attention to the six previous sales?

You have to step back and look at the larger sample size before using a particular set of facts as even a partial basis for a major decision with far-reaching ramifications.

With all that said, there are other factors at play besides what other teams have been able to accomplish. There are plenty of valid reasons for moving on from Cousins and those may outweigh the case for keeping him. But pointing to three quarterbacks on four teams and saying, “case closed” is way too simplistic an approach.

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