Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, March 14, 35 days before Washington Redskins start offseason workouts on April 17.
—NFL Draft (4/27) 44
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 59
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 71
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 123
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 180
Looking at the 2017 depth chart—defense
The Redskins are likely to make a few more free agent acquisitions but the depth chart is beginning to settle in. Let’s take a look at where the defense stands now. The offense was up yesterday.
Defensive line: Ricky Jean Francois, Phil Taylor, Stacy McGee
Backups: Terrell McClain, Anthony Lanier, Matt Ioannidis
This is based on the players who are on the roster now. None of the three listed starters should be starting. If they get a top-line free agent like Jonathan Hankins or Dontari Poe, that is one starter. A solid draft could bring one or two more. This unit is very much a work in progress (as it has been the last couple of years).
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Linebackers: OLBs Preston Smith, Ryan Kerrigan; ILBs Mason Foster, Will Compton
Backups: Junior Galette, Trent Murphy, Martrell Spaight, Steven Daniels
There will be some competition here from Lynden Trail and Houston Bates on the outside and Zach Vigil on the inside. The draft could add some more talent both on the inside and on the edge.
Defensive backs: CBs Bashaud Breeland, Josh Norman; SS Su’a Cravens, FS D.J. Swearinger
Backups: Kendall Fuller, Quinton Dunbar, Tharold Simon, Will Blackmon, Deshazor Everett, 1-2 draft picks
The starters seem to be set although we have to see if Swearinger can play free safety. Fuller struggled for long stretches of last year and they hope that he can get his feet under him in his second year. Simon, Blackmon, and Everett could all be replaced by draft picks or free agents. DeAngelo Hall may be released but he could get a chance to come back on a reduced salary.
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- Bad grades for some Redskins FA additions
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