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Need to Know: Redskins end-of-season player one-liners, offensive edition

Need to Know: Redskins end-of-season player one-liners, offensive edition

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, January 3, 114 days before the NFL draft.

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Days until: NFL free agency starts 65; NFL draft 114; First Sunday of 2017 season 250

End-of-season one-liners for each player, offense

QB Kirk Cousins—The chances he will be back on either the franchise tag or with a long-term deal are at least 80 percent, maybe higher.

QB Colt McCoy—He is under contract for 2017 and in the unlikely event that Cousins is not back he could be the starter, at least to start the season.

QB Nate Sudfeld—He was a “gamer” in preseason but he will have to learn to perform better in practice if he is ever going to see the field in the regular season.

RB Rob Kelley—Jay Gruden said he had a “great, great year” but I’m not so sure that applies to a back who averaged 4.2 yards per carry and had one 100-yard game.

RB Chris Thompson—The pending restricted free agent played all 16 games for the first time in his career.

RB Matt Jones—He averaged almost half a yard per carry more than Kelley, who replaced him as the starter in midseason, and had two 100-yard games to Kelley’s one; the ball security issues sunk his season.

RB Mack Brown—No idea how his career will unfold but he’ll always have that 61-yard TD run in Chicago to show his grandkids even if he doesn’t do anything else.

TE Jordan Reed—He would easily be the team’s best offensive player if he could play 16 games a year.

TE Vernon Davis—The veteran says that he would like to return and play six more years; the money will talk on the former and his nutritionist, chiropractor, and others will have to enable him to play to the age of 38.

TE Derrick Carrier—After a lost season spent trying to fully recover from his December 2015 knee injury, Carrier is under contract for one more year and likely will be back to compete for a roster spot in 2017.

WR DeSean Jackson—The conventional wisdom is that he will be gone as a free agent but the conventional wisdom doesn’t always apply to the way Scot McCloughan operates.

WR Pierre Garçon—Most think he will end up re-signing but see the above about the conventional wisdom.

WR Jamison Crowder—A slow finish (12 receptions for 122 yards in the last five games) turned what could have been an excellent season into a very good one.

WR Maurice Harris—He didn’t have a big rookie year but with a full offseason to work out and prepare he could have somemore impact in 2017.

WR Ryan Grant—In the last three games of the season, Harris played more snaps than Grant (53-37) an indication that Harris could move ahead of him on the 2017 depth chart.

OT Trent Williams—It will be interesting to see if his four-game suspension will cost him the All-Pro honors he deserves.

G Shawn Lauvao—We will see if the organization tries to replace arguably the weakest link on the offensive line.

C Spencer Long—After he made a good transition from guard the Redskins might look to lock him up with a contract extension this offseason.

G Brandon Scherff—He allowed just one sack this year and was rewarded with a Pro Bowl spot.

OT Morgan Moses—Williams’ suspension forced Moses to play through a pretty severe ankle sprain; Ty Nsekhe, the only reliable substitute tackle had to fill in for Williams.

OT Ty Nsekhe—He’s a restricted free agent and it will be interesting to see what kind of deal he ends up with.

C John Sullivan—He did a reasonably good job filling in for Long when he was out injured but may look for a starting job somewhere in 2017.

C/G Kory Lichtensteiger—After getting activated in Week 14 Lichtensteiger, who began the season as the starting center, didn’t play a snap.

OT Vinston Painter—He could be back next year to compete for a backup role.

G Arie Kouandjio—After struggling in one start and some spot work he did an acceptable job later in the year in his start against the Eagles.

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 22, 20 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 underrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/29/17

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. Here, in no particular order, are three underrated events from 2017. Tomorrow we’ll look at three events that were overrated at the time they happened.  

Beating the Rams in Week 2—Nobody got particularly excited when the Redskins went to the LA Memorial Coliseum and beat a Rams team that had gone 4-12 in 2016. Sure, there was a belief that they were in good hands with Sean McVay but nobody saw them as anything better than a middle of the pack team. The win looks much more impressive now as the 11-4 Rams have locked up their division with a playoff game in their future.

Drafting safety Montae Nicholson—He was a fourth-round pick who had a shoulder injury and appeared to be a reach. But once he got on the field, the reasons the Redskins drafted him became apparent. His range and hard hitting had an immediate impact on the game. Nicholson had problems staying on the field and he will finish the year on IR, so his impact this year was diminished. Regardless, he has a good chance of being part of the solution to a position with which the Redskins have had issues for years.

Ty Nsekhe’s injury—Against the Raiders in Week 3, Shawn Lauvao’s facemask had an issue and he had to leave the game for a play. In came Nsekhe without an opportunity to warm up. He suffered a core muscle injury and had to undergo surgery. His absence didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but Trent Williams suffered a knee injury the next week and other offensive linemen were sidelined with injuries over the next several weeks. Nsekhe was inactive until the Week 10 game against the Vikings and he didn’t start a game until the Thanksgiving game against the Giants. He sure would have been useful to have in the lineup instead of T.J. Clemmings or Tyler Catalina.

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Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 7
—NFL Draft (4/26) 63
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 199

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Miami tagged Jarvis Landry, but what does that mean for the Redskins?

Miami tagged Jarvis Landry, but what does that mean for the Redskins?

Everything in the NFL feels like a powder keg, but the reality of Tuesday's opening of the franchise and transition tag period will play out as much more of a slow burn.

Few teams ever actually make moves on the opening day of the tag period, though the Dolphins bucked that conventional wisdom and used the non-exclusive franchise designation on wide receiver Jarvis Landry. 

Astute Redskins fans know the tag system all too well. Landry can now sign a one-year, fully guaranteed contract with the Dolphins worth more than $16 million, the average of the top-five paid receivers in the NFL.

They can also trade Landry and the compensation discussion with a non-exclusive tag begins at two first-round draft picks, though it can eventually be settled for much less. 

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What, if anything, does Miami's move mean for the Redskins? Let's take a look:

  1. Not gonna work here - Landry never really seemed like a great fit for the Redskins as a free agent, and that was before the franchise tag. He's a really good slot WR, but Washington already has that in Jamison Crowder. Whether or not Landry actually gets a deal done with the Dolphins or gets traded, it seems highly unlikely the Redskins are his next team. 
  2. "Spirit of the tag" - Miami putting the tag on Landry so early in the process signals that the team might be trying to trade him instead of actually trying to sign him. If that's the case, and plenty of people are suggesting just that, it would seem to be in contrast with the "spirit of the tag." The idea is that a franchise or transition tag is supposed to be used as a tool by an NFL franchise to get a long-term deal done with one of their own players facing free agency. Using the tag as a mechanism to pull of a trade seems very different. Why does any of this matter for Redskins fans? As reports emerged that Washington might look to use a tag on Kirk Cousins and work to trade him, the Cousins camp has made clear they would file a grievance against that technique. Why? Because it would violate the spirit of the tag. Well, it sure looks like Miami is doing the same thing, and as of now, nobody has complained. The situations aren't identical; few resemble the Redskins long, slow, awkward dance with Cousins. But it's certainly worth monitoring. 
  3. Wide Receiver$ - The Redskins could use a veteran wideout to help their young group of Crowder and Josh Doctson. Well, with Landry getting tagged, the price tag just went up. The player that seems to make the most sense in Washington would be Jaguars wideout Allen Robinson. Coming off a knee injury in 2017, some thought Robinson could be signed on a somewhat team-friendly deal. If Landry can get franchised after a season where he didn't even get to 1,000 yards receiving, any thought of a team-friendly deal for Robinson is dead. Make no mistake, Landry and Robinson are good players, but the ever-increasing NFL salary cap will make both young receivers very well paid. 

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