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Need to Know: Looking ahead—The Redskins' core offensive players in 2020

Need to Know: Looking ahead—The Redskins' core offensive players in 2020

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, July 9, 18 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 189 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 63 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 8
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 32
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 55

The Redskins core in 2020, offense

It is the season for considering the future, both the 2017 season and beyond. 

Let’s look at the Redskins three years from now. Who will still be here? Which players will be top performers? Here’s a possible snapshot of the team going into training camp in the year 2020. We’ll look at the offense today and the defense later this week.

The terms used here largely are self-explanatory but if you want some details look at the post from last year that looks three years down the road.

Offense (age as of Week 1 2020)

Potential blue-chip players: Trent Williams (32), Brandon Scherff (28), Jordan Reed (30)
Solid starters: Kirk Cousins (32), Terrelle Pryor (31), Jamison Crowder (27), Morgan Moses (29)
Potential starters: Spencer Long (29), Rob Kelley (27), Samaje Perine (24), Josh Doctson (27)

This group has 10 of the 11 current starters on the team. They won’t all be around in 2020 but the team does have an offense that has the potential to stay around for a long time (in today’s NFL, three years is a long time).

Williams already is a blue-chip player, recognized as one of the best left tackles in the game and a perennial Pro Bowl pick. Scherff just made the first of what could be a string of Pro Bowl appearances. Reed made his first Pro Bowl last year but he carries the asterisk due to constant health concerns.

Contract statuses are addressed below but you can’t discuss Cousins’ future without addressing that elephant in the room. If he does re-sign he will be the starter for the foreseeable future. If not, it will be fill in the blank time again for a franchise that has been searching for a long-term solid starting QB for over two decades.

Like Cousins, Pryor is on a one-year deal and we’ll have to see about his future after this year. But he would be a “young” 31 in 2020 because he didn’t play a whole lot before last season. Crowder is likely to be a highly productive player, with 800-1,100 yards and 6-10 touchdowns year in and year out. Moses is a potential blue chipper but right tackles seldom get recognition.

Long has been effective both at guard and at center; the latter position could be his long-term spot. A battle between Perine and Kelley for which running back is around in 2020 will play out over the next couple of seasons. Given the nature of the position, it’s possible that neither of them will be around in three years. Doctson will get plenty of chances to show that he belongs.

Contracts: Williams, Reed, Moses, Perine, and Doctson are all under team control through at least 2020. Cousins, Pryor, and Long are free agents after this season. Crowder is under contract through 2018 while Kelley and Scherff are locked up through 2019.

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

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Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price

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Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price

A 2017 midseason trade for Martavis Bryant made no sense for the Redskins. A 2018 offseason trade for Martavis Bryant, however, might make sense for the Redskins. 

Bryant is on the trade block, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and will be an intriguing prospect for receiver-needy teams across the NFL. In parts of three seasons with the Steelers, Bryant has 17 touchdowns and a 15.2 yards-per-reception average. 

A big play threat from any place on the field, Bryant would immediately make the Redskins receiving unit more athletic and explosive. 

It's not all good news with Bryant, though.

He was suspended for the entire 2016 season after repeated drug violations and caused some distraction for Pittsburgh during the 2017 season when he asked for a trade via social media. 

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Is the talent enough to overcome the off-field distractions? Many would say it is. 

Last year, in just eight starts, Bryant grabbed 50 catches for more than 600 yards and three TDs. In their lone playoff loss to the Jaguars, Bryant caught two passes for 78 yards and a TD. 

Remember, too, the Steelers have an explosive offense, and Bryant is coupled with Antonio Brown on the receiver front along with Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback and Le'Veon Bell at running back. The Pittsburgh offense is loaded. 

Washington's offense is not nearly the prolific unit that the Steelers send out, but Jay Gruden does design a good offense. 

The real question surrounding any talk of trading for Bryant is the cost.

The Redskins are not in a position to send away any more draft picks this offseason after giving up a third-round pick, in addition to Kendall Fuller, to acquire Alex Smith. Bruce Allen and the Redskins front office need to improve their team in plenty of spots, and the team's draft picks are quite valuable. 

Bryant only has one year remaining on his rookie deal, and it's hard to balance that sort of short-term investment with the value of adding a rookie committed to the team for at least four years. Perhaps a late-round pick would make sense, but it would need to be a sixth-rounder. 

This could be one of those rare situations in the NFL where a player for player swap could work, though pulling that type of maneuver requires a lot of moving parts. 

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 23, 19 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The overrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/30/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Yesterday we looked at three events that were underrated at the time they happened. Here, in no particular order, are three overrated events from 2017.

Beating the Raiders—At the time, the Raiders were 2-0 and they still had the status of being one of the favorites to get to the Super Bowl. The Redskins whipped them 27-10 and the prevailing view was that the Redskins were on their way to a special year. But that loss started a four-game losing streak for the Raiders. They are currently riding a three-game skid and at 6-9 they are contenders for a top-10 draft pick, not for the Super Bowl. The win became less impressive for the Redskins as the year went on.

Signing Terrelle Pryor—There was plenty of excitement when the Redskins signed the Browns wide receiver, who had 1,000 receiving yards catching passes from a sub-mediocre group of quarterbacks in Cleveland. Imagine what he could do with a quality QB and a good offense around him. The hype grew when a fan captured him making this catch in training camp:

But the production was not there. In nine games before going on injured reserve with an ankle injury, Pryor caught 20 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown.

Su’a Cravens departure—There was a lot of concern about issues both on and off the field when Cravens abruptly let it be known to teammates that he intended to retire just after the Redskins finalized their 53-man roster on September 2. All offseason Cravens’ name had been written at the top of the depth chart at strong safety in Sharpie. When he walked away and was put on the Exempt/Left Squad list (and eventually on the Reserve/Left Squad list, ending his season), there was plenty of speculation about whether the organization botched the situation and, of more immediate importance, what would happen at safety without Cravens. We’re still not sure about what happened but Montae Nicholson and Deshazor Everett did a respectable job at safety.

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

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 6
—NFL Draft (4/26) 62
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 198