Now that salary cap-gate over, what's next for the Redskins 53-man roster. According to Rich Tandler - and without factoring in potential savings by cutting certain veterans - there is around 3.8 million left to play with, some of which goes toward signing the remaining draft picks. So, what should the Shanahan's do with that remaining coin? Considering the free agent options remaining are your rank and file types, we can probably ignore certain areas (defensive line, wide receiver, outside linebacker and - for now anyway - tight end and corner). Other trouble spots (inside linebacker, safety, running back, guardcenter) were addressed in the draft or during the more vibrant portion of free agency though the depth chart is not set in stone. Regardless, you never know what happens between now and the start of training camp and the regular season. That is why we're compiling this list of the viable andrainy dayoptions among remaining NFL free agents. You never know when you have to break the glass in case of emergency. So far, we focused on the available offensive tackleline options. Today, the runners. Tandler just wrote about the Redskins depth chart. I touched on the available players earlier this month in case Tim Hightower moved on or was not brought back. He didn't, he was. Plodding veteran options exist, but unless Hightower's recovery from injury takes a step back, there is little reason to add Cedric "rap sheet" Benson, Thomas "3.1 ypc" Jones" or Ryan "no wiggle" Grant. While Benson probably has the most pop remaining of the three, I would rather add the other two ahead of him unless a truly dire scenario occurred where more of a bell cow option is required.Former Giant Derrick Ward saw sporadic time with the Texans the past two seasons. Considering his experience playing in a smiliar scheme to the what the Shanahan's run, hecould be a plug-and-play option in a quick fix scenario. "Mr. Wildcat" Ronnie Brown is also still out there. I always thought he was overrated in his heyday and that was before he started trying to pass the ball around the goal line. Former Seahawk Justin Forsett's numbers have declined three straight seasons, but he's a viable pass catcher (averaged 32 receptions over last three seasons) and could serve as an effective change of pace option if not overused. Utility back Mewelde Moore could eventually re-sign with the Steelers especially if Rashard Mendenhall's knee injury has a PUP list future in its forecast.Others: Jackie Battle (Chiefs), Jerious Norwood (Rams)
Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 21, five days before the 2018 NFL draft.
The Redskins week that was
Should the Redskins pursue Dez Bryant? This topic was one like a meteor, very hot for a short period of time before it quickly faded out. It started to heat up as soon as the Cowboys cut Dez (about a month too late) and when it was reported that he wanted to play against Dallas twice a year it really picked up steam. But then people started to actually think and figured out that signing Bryant didn’t make much sense for the Redskins. Add to that the reports that the Redskins had no interest and would not look into signing Dez in the future and the Redskins fans quickly lost enthusiasm for the topic.
Seven-round Redskins mock draft—I think that most Redskins fans would be happy with this mock. Well, I’ll say some Redskins fans, most is a pretty strong word in this case.
Is the draft pool deep enough for the Redskins to trade back? There is plenty of talk about the Redskins trading down in the first round to recoup the third-round pick they gave up in the Alex Smith trade. But they need to be careful. Many consider the draft to be top heavy and they may lose their chance to pick up an impact player if they trade back too far. The question then becomes one of quality vs. quantity.
Three questions as offseason workouts get underway—There will be plenty more questions that we can ask about this team. But we don’t really know what to ask before the draft, particularly when it comes to the defensive line and running back. One the personnel settle into place we will know what we don’t know.
Tweet of the week
On Chris Cooley’s thought that the Redskins might try to trade back and get Da’Ron Payne in the draft and the use the assets obtained to move up to get Derrius Guice.
Interesting. They could move back from 13, get Payne and pick up a third. Then package their second and the third to move up to get Guice early in the second. Not sure he’ll be there but not a bad plan. https://t.co/socT0f6oFZ— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) April 17, 2018
This is related to the questions about trading back. On paper it looks like a good idea, assuming the Redskins want Payne. We’re pretty sure they would like to have Guice but we haven’t heard as much about the Alabama defensive lineman.
I had many reply that Guice won’t be there in the second round. It’s possible, perhaps even likely, but you just don’t know. There was zero chance that Jonathan Allen would be there at No. 17 last year, right?
—OTAs start (5/22) 31
—Training camp starts (7/26) 96
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 141
In case you missed it
- Need to Know: Five pivotal games on the Redskins' schedule
- Clarifying the confusion about the Redskins' Week 16 game at the Titans
- Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018
The NFL started taking into account a new factor when putting together its schedule this year. The concept is called rest disparity. It stems from a complaint made by the Giants last year. And, of course, when the Giants have a cold, the NFL sneezes and immediately does whatever it takes to cure the cold.
Here is how Peter King laid it out this morning on the MMQB:
Last year, I heard the Giants were not pleased with their schedule because they felt they were too often playing teams more rested than they were. In consecutive October weeks, they played teams coming off byes, for instance. The NFL calculated a figure for every team based on the number of combined days of rest for their foes or for the team, calculating, for instance, in those two weeks, the Giants were a minus-14 (minus-seven for each of the foes, Seattle and Denver, coming off byes). In all, by my math, the Giants were a league-worst minus-22 in “rest disparity.”
So the schedule makers worked to minimize the rest disparity this year. According to King, the worst rest disparity in the league this year is minus-11. The Giants are minus-eight.
The question that Redskins fans will have immediately here is if the Giants’ rest disparity was reduced at the expense of the team in burgundy and gold. The answer that will surprise many is no.
The Redskins rest disparity in 2018 will be either minus-one or zero. The variance is due to the possibility that their Week 16 game in Tennessee will be flexed to a Saturday game (see details here). If the game stays on Sunday, they will be at minus-one in rest disparity. If it gets moved, they will have had exactly as much rest over the course of the season as did their opponents, in aggregate.
If you're interested in the nitty-gritty, here is how it breaks down. In eight or nine of their games, they will have had the same amount of rest as their opponents. They play one game coming off of their bye, a Monday night game in New Orleans. The Saints play the previous Sunday, giving Washington a plus-seven in days of rest. That is canceled out when they play the Falcons in Week 9 after Atlanta’s bye.
Due to their Thanksgiving game, they get three extra days off going into their Week 13 Monday night game in Philadelphia. Two weeks later the Jaguars will have those three extra days of rest when they host the Redskins, having played on Thursday in Week 14.
They lose a day relative to their opponents coming off of those Monday night games against the Saints and Eagles. The Redskins get an extra day prior to visiting the Giants in Week 8 as New York has a Monday night game in Week 7.
So far, that comes to minus-one in rest disparity. That will remain in place if they play the Titans on Sunday, December 23. If the game is flexed to Saturday, they will gain a day of rest on the Eagles in Week 17, zeroing out the rest disparity for the season.
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