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Need to Know: Fan questions—Aggressive D, Jabrill Peppers at 17?

Need to Know: Fan questions—Aggressive D, Jabrill Peppers at 17?

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, April 11, 16 days before the April 27 NFL draft.


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 6
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 31
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 43
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 152

Fan questions—

I’ve taken some fan questions recently that require a long form answer. This morning I’ll do some quick hitters.

I’m not sure I buy Peppers to the Redskins at No. 17; he seems to be a better value later in the first round. But I will say that “jack of all trades” in today’s NFL is a feature, not a bug. The NFL is moving towards players who can play multiple spots. With the no-huddle offenses in vogue, it helps to have a player who can line up in their safety spot, at nickel linebacker or cover the slot. It also helps in case of injuries or when the other team likes to spread things out. Peppers can be quite a weapon for a defensive coordinator who can figure out how to use him. And if he can play some snaps on offense, so much the better.

While some aspects of the offense will change, I don’t see the Redskins using the I formation as a primary way of lining up. Jay Gruden would much rather line up with three wide receivers and/or two tight ends than two running backs. That gives him more options. On the seven or so plays per game that they do want to use a fullback it likely will be Paul.

That is something that remains to be seen. They have four potential double-digit sack edge rushers as I discussed in this post yesterday so they certainly have the personnel up front to be aggressive. It will come down to how much confidence Greg Manusky has in the secondary’s ability to cover on an island. The confidence probably will be there in corners Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland. Whether he has faith in safeties Su’a Cravens and D.J. Swearinger may be another matter.

I usually have done at least a couple of seven-round Redskins mock drafts by now but my first is coming in the next few days. But just taking a stab at it now, I’d go with yours with a few changes. I’d take one of your safeties and make him a running back. I’m not completely buying the Gruden love affair with Rob Kelley; it could be more of a “love the one you’re with” situation. Unless a wide receiver is way too good to pass up when they’re on the clock I’d say they take another offensive lineman, perhaps a tackle. Finally I think there is a very good chance they take a quarterback at some point although I’m not sure what position would be removed if that happens.  

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Redskins getting thin at receiver with two more injured wideouts out on Sunday


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In August, Redskins fans would freak out if they heard Jordan Reed and Terrelle Pryor would both miss a November game.

In November, that news doesn’t carry much worry.

Washington coach Jay Gruden announced that Reed and Pryor, along with center Spencer Long, won’t play Sunday against the Saints.


Reed hasn’t played in a few weeks as he is dealing with a hamstring injury. It seemed he might have returned last week before a setback slowed down his progress.

In his place, Vernon Davis has proved to be a sturdy backup capable of some big games.

Long injured his knee and while he played last week, he did not practice this week.

Not having Pryor is a bit of a surprise. His ankle injury popped up this week and he will see a specialist next week to examine the joint. In the middle of a disappointing season, the Redskins offense won’t lose much with his absence.

Elsewhere on the injury list, a number of players will be questionable for Sunday’s contest against the 7-2 Saints.

Perhaps most important, Trent Williams is questionable but will probably play.


Receivers Ryan Grant and Brian Quick are expected to play after undergoing concussion protocol, but that will leave the Redskins with only three fully healthy wideouts: Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson and Maurice Harris.

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Redskins' Josh Norman earns Week 10 NFLPA community MVP


Redskins' Josh Norman earns Week 10 NFLPA community MVP

Redskins' Josh Norman is using his platform as a professional football player to help those in need, and this week it earned him NFLPA's community MVP.

The cornerback has been raising funds for youth enrichment programs in the D.C. area, as well as starting a campaign to help those affected in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. 

Norman's foundation, Starz24, provides backpacks and school supplies for children in need and creates initiatives for students at Jefferson Middle School Academy in D.C.. He recently raised almost $100,000 for Starz24's Imagination Team Rooms, a STEM-based "makerspaces" that will be placed in several inner city middle and high schools. 

Then, when Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria back in September, Norman started a social media campaign to help those affected. The campaign brought in $150,000. Norman also donated $100,000 of his own with part of the money going to the Boys & Girls clubs in Puerto Rico.

I look at it as I’m on this earth to help people and help them be the best that they can be,” Norman said. “I have the means to do so. I’m going to do that.

Every week during the regular season, the NFLPA selects a NFL player who is making a difference in their community. They are going to be making a $10,000 contribution to his foundation or a charity of his choice in addition to an in-kind donation on behalf of their supporting partner, Delta Private Jets.

I am so honored to be recognized by the NFLPA for my work in the community,” Norman said. “All of this work is bigger than football. I want to make an impact in the lives of children who need it most and to help develop those children to help change the future.