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Fan questions: Redskins' depth, Seastrunk, O-line and more


Fan questions: Redskins' depth, Seastrunk, O-line and more

I got a lot of great questions this week so we're going to do this in two parts; look for more tomorrow. Let's dive right in.
@Rich_TandlerCSN #RedskinsTalk Which of this year's Redskins rookies will make a significant impact this season?

— Gene Wu (@TheWuWu) May 14, 2014
I don't see any of them having a "significant" impact if you're talking about having seasons like RG3 and Alfred Morris in 2012. But if you're looking for a Redskins rookie of the year, I'll make Lache Seastrunk my favorite. When we asked Jay Gruden which of his pick he was most anxious to see on the field he named Seastrunk. I think that the former Baylor back will get some opportunities in relief of Morris and will make some SportsCenter top 10 type runs.
@Rich_TandlerCSN which position on offense and defense do we have the best depth in? #RedskinsTalk — ThePorchReport (@ThePorchReport) May 14, 2014
I just talked about that exact topic yesterday on Redskins Nation so let's go all multimedia here with a video answer to this question:

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@Rich_TandlerCSN #RedskinsTalk project starting OLine week 1?

— Gary (@gimmedemcookies) May 14, 2014
Obviously Trent Williams will be the left tackle and I think Shawn Lauvao is pretty well locked in at left guard. Do the other three who are on top of the depth chart right now keep their jobs, at least for the start of the season? Mike McGlynn and possibly Adam Gettis will push Kory Lichtensteiger at center, Spencer Long will challenge Chris Chester, and Morgan Moses will give Tyler Polumbus a run for his money. My projection is subject to change after seeing some of these guys on the field but right now my projection is that the starters on Sept. 7 from left to right will be Williams, Lauvao, Lichtensteiger, Chester, and Moses.
@Rich_TandlerCSN Surprised no ILB "project" was taken in the draft? More they like who they have or not like who was available?#RedskinsTalk

— Derek Childress (@Poker_Donkey) May 14, 2014
Not really. From what I hear they like Keenan Robinson and he is their "project" guy. They would like to have him ready to start by Week 1 or at least at some point during the season. Until then, Akeem Jordan will probably hold the spot down with some others rotating in on nickel packages. If they liked somebody they might have taken him but they didn't think there was a particular need there because of Robinson.
@Rich_TandlerCSN seems like there is a crowded backfield now that seastrunk is here. Who gets cut in your opinion? #RedskinsTalk

— S.N. (@SankyNagz) May 14, 2014
It was already crowded with Chris Thompson coming back from injured reserve and now Seastrunk leaves them with five tailbacks on the roster. Obviously Alfred Morris isn't going anywhere. As far as the rest, pick two between Thomas, Seastrunk, Roy Helu, and Evan Royster. Seastrunk is probably safe but he has a lot of development to do before taking over a significant role. Helu, I believe, stays around for that reason. That would leave Thompson and Helu on the outside looking in.
@Rich_TandlerCSN What's the word on Spencer Long playing center? #RedskinsTalk

— AJ (@AJ_bus) May 14, 2014
No word right now. Some think that will be his NFL position in the long term and I'm sure they are thinking about it. But for right now, he's a guard and he'll have plenty to learn there. Would I be shocked if he's the starting center for the 2015 season opener? Not in the least.
@Rich_TandlerCSN what does our new OLB coach bring to the table and how is he going to make our starters better? — HTTR (@BrandonLeta) May 14, 2014
Excellent question. Brian Baker's title is outside linebackers coach but he's really the pass rush coach. He won't just work with Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Murphy and the others, he'll also work with Jason Hatcher, Barry Cofield, Perry Riley and everybody else in the front seven to try to teach them pass rush techniques. Among the Pro Bowl pass rushers Baker has coached are DeMarcus Ware, Anthony Spencer, Jay Ratliff, Julius Peppers, Kevin Williams, Robert Porcher and Luther Elliss. We'll have to wait and see what specifically they do differently but his hiring shows that there will be an added emphasis on getting pressure on the QB.
@Rich_TandlerCSN #RedskinsTalk which of our picks do you see starting

— Slappy (@VolSkins) May 14, 2014
Right now I don't see any of them starting on Sept. 7. It could be quite a different story by November. By then, there's a decent shot that Morgan Moses and Spencer Long will make up the right side of the offensive line.
@Rich_TandlerCSN Does the addition of Murphy hint at someone moving back to the D-line? Will they move to a 4-3? Who'll be gone in 2015?

— J. Brown (@Jaybro215) May 14, 2014
No, nobody is moving anywhere. No, they're not changing to a 4-3. In case you hadn't heard, Brian Orakpo is on a one-year deal called the franchise tag. Murphy gives them options if they can't or don't want to pay what Orakpo will be looking for in 2015.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 24, 33 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

Free agency update: What's next for the Redskins on the D-line? The Redskins have been casting out lines for defensive linemen since before free agency officially started but they haven’t been able to reel one in. Part of the issue might be that they know that Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are likely to be available in the draft. They have to balance spending big on a lineman vs. being able to get one pretty cheap for the next five years.

Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility—Speaking of the D-line, the team negotiated the removal of a salary guarantee for one player to give themselves more flexibility when it comes time to cut the roster down to 53 in September. See the post for details.

Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract—In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big f-----g deal. It showed that the Redskins aren’t afraid to pay a quarterback big money if they think it’s the right guy. It should be noted that whether or not they chose the right guy is something that remains to be seen. Although the post shows that it’s plausible for the Redskins to terminate the deal after three years, I anticipate Smith playing out at least four if not all five years of the contract.

Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign Scandrick—Orlando Scandrick has struggled with injuries the past few years and Redskins fans did not greet the news of his signing with great enthusiasm, to say the least. To point out the bright side, his contract is not pricey by NFL terms ($2.6 million cap hit this year, no guaranteed money beyond a $1 million signing bonus) and from what I have been able to gather it’s possible that change of scenery might give him a boost for a year or two.

Tweet of the week

Well before free agency started, I wrote that the Redskins’ top priorities in free agency should be to get extensions done for Smith, Brandon Scherff, and Jamison Crowder. They should have about $15 million to work with after a few more free agent signings and that would be plenty to get all of those extensions done. And if they do score a big free agent signing, it would be worth it to restructure the contract of someone like Ryan Kerrigan to get them done.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


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—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 23
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 124
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 169

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

Philadelphia Eagles lineman Michael Bennett has been indicted on felony abuse for allegedly pushing an elderly NRG Stadium worker during Super Bowl LI.

Bennett was indicted by the Harris County, Texas district attorney's office for injury to the elderly — which is intentionally and knowingly causing injury to a person 65 years or older, according to a press release from the Harris County Sheriffs' Office.

A warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest.

The 66-year-old paraplegic stadium worker was attempting to control field access when Bennett allegedly pushed her. 

The maximum penalty Bennett faces is ten years in prison in addition to a $10,000 fine.


Bennett — whose brother Martellus played in that Super Bowl for New England — was a member of the Seattle Seahawks during the incident and was in attendance as a noncompetitive player.

The NFL has been made aware of the situation and is looking into the matter, according to Pro Football Talk.

The 32-year-old 10-year NFL veteran could potentially face NFL discipline under the league's personal conduct policy.