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Five things we've learned about the Redskins in 2015


Five things we've learned about the Redskins in 2015

PHILADELPHIA—Here are five things we have learned about the Redskins during the 2015 season so far.

They can break any kind of negative streak—As Ryan Kerrigan just pointed out in the locker room, supposed jinxes have been dropping like flies. They won on the road for the first time this year in Chicago. The next week they beat the Bills and put together a two-game winning streak, something they had not done since last year. And tonight the won in prime time for the first time this season. And, most significantly, the broke two-season playoff drought by claiming the NFC East.

Jay Gruden made the right choice at quarterback—The head coach stuck his neck out when he named Kirk Cousins the starter and it seemed like it might get chopped off as Cousins struggled during the early part of the season. But he got it together and in the last nine games he has thrown 20 touchdown passes and three interceptions. Gruden rests his case.

They can win without a strong running game—While Gruden won’t admit it, the Redskins have been getting along just fine without much of a running game. Against the Eagles they called 48 pass plays and 26 rushes. During the last several weeks, when the Redskins have been at their best the running game has been the least effective in the NFL.

They can operate while held together with duct tape and chewing gum—Quinton Dunbar and Will Blackmon were playing key snaps in the secondary and Mason Foster was all over the field from his inside linebacker spot. None of them were on the 53-man roster when the season started. The offensive line consists of four first-year starters. Key yardage during the Redskins’ drive that sealed the game was picked up by Pierre Thomas, who came on board just over two weeks ago. Scot McCloughan assembled a pretty good team during the offseason but his work after the season started has been equally critical.

Being underdogs doesn’t faze them in the least—Nobody expected them to be anywhere near where they are tonight. They weren’t supposed to win in Chicago, they were supposed to lose to the Bills at home, and they were underdogs tonight. Nobody on the team listened. They are likely to be home underdogs against their first-round playoff opponent. It’s unlikely that the Redskins will pay any attention.

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Need to Know: Looking at the Redskins' offensive depth chart after early phase of free agency

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Need to Know: Looking at the Redskins' offensive depth chart after early phase of free agency

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, March 19, 38 days before the NFL draft.  

Free agency notes and nuggets

Looking at the 2018 depth chart—offense

The Redskins are likely to make a few more free agent acquisitions and there is the draft, but the depth chart is beginning to settle in. Let’s take a look at where the offensive side of the ball stands now. The defense is up tomorrow

Quarterback: Alex Smith
Backups: Colt McCoy

The only question here is if the Redskins will draft a late-round project quarterback to develop as the backup. McCoy is in the last year of his contract and he may not be back in 2019.

Running back: Samaje Perine
Backups: Chris Thompson, Rob Kelley, draft pick

This is an area to watch. Thompson could end up being the only carryover if they get a draft pick who can start and decide to keep 2017 late-season addition Kapri Bibbs or if they find another veteran. They also could go with only three running backs.

Wide receivers: Josh Doctson, Paul Richardson, Jamison Crowder
Backups: Maurice Harris, Robert Davis, Brian Quick

They may not carry six, so Harris, Davis, and Quick might battle it out for two spots. It’s possible that they will put a draft pick into the mix as well.

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Tight end: Jordan Reed
Backups: Vernon Davis, Jeremy Sprinkle

As of right now, this appears to be one of the few position groups you can write in with a Sharpie. If the Redskins are going to be better in 2018, a lot of the improvement will have to come from improvement of 2017 draft picks like Sprinkle. If he can develop into a solid blocker and a moderate receiving threat he will be an asset.

Offensive line: LT Trent Williams, LG Arie Kouandjio, C Chase Roullier RG Brandon Scherff, RT Morgan Moses
Backups: T Ty Nsekhe, G/T Tyler Catalina, G Kyle Kalis, T T.J. Clemmings

Kouandjio is a placeholder at left guard for the moment. He was solid pass blocking but struggled in run blocking in six starts in injury fill-in duty. I think that if they bring in another interior O-lineman in free agency or in the draft, Roullier will remain at center. I think Jay Gruden likes the way he is developing there and wants to continue.

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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Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 28
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 130
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 174

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Pernell McPhee reportedly on visit with Redskins


Pernell McPhee reportedly on visit with Redskins

NFL free agency doesn't care about your brackets. 

While you were watching UMBC, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee is currently on a visit with the Redskins:

Pernell, 29, was drafted in 2011 out of Mississppi State by the Baltimore Ravens. He played there for three years before spending the last two seasons with the Chicago Bears. 

Pernell has 182 career tackles and 31 career sacks.