Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, May 17, six days before the Washington Redskins start OTAs on May 23.
It’s been 135 days since the Redskins played a game. Their season opener against the Eagles at FedEx Field is in 117 days.
—Redskins OTAs start (5/23) 6
—Training camp starts (7/27) 71
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 85
I projected the 53-man roster over the last couple of days. I only touched on a few of the players; here is a comment on each offensive player projected to be on the roster.
A playoff win sure would help the value of QB Kirk Cousins’ next contract, whether it’s with the Redskins or elsewhere.
If there are meaningless games in December, will QB Colt McCoy start any of them to help the organization see if he may be an answer if Cousins departs?
All QB Nate Sudfeld has to do this year to ensure he’s around in 2018 is be better than he was last year, which is a rather low bar.
I have heard that RB Rob Kelley is in great shape and ready for the challenge; no more Fat Rob.
It’s a given that RB Samaje Perine is going to get his chances on short-yardage and goal line situations but how often he plays on first and 10 is the big question.
After he played 16 games last year, the state of RB Chris Thompson’s health and his durability are no longer topics of discussion.
It seems that WR Terrelle Pryor believes he has a lot to prove so he probably will not be one of those satisfied free agents that teams are concerned about signing.
All we really know about WR Josh Doctson’s health is that he seems to be healthy right now and that for all of us, being healthy could only be a temporary condition.
If you asked someone to name the Redskins’ best players, it probably would take them several names to get to WR Jamison Crowder, who should be one of the first two or three names mentioned.
Remember that the word is that the coaches are very, very high on the potential of WR Maurice Harris.
The Redskins are hoping that WR Brian Quick can keep on a roll after posting numbers that were by far his career bests in receptions (41) and yards (564) with the Rams in 2016.
Quick will compete for game-day active status with WR Robert Davis, who appears to have a very polished game for a small-school (Georgia State) rookie.
The next step for TE Jordan Reed is first-team All-Pro honors, which he may have earned last year had he not sustained the shoulder injury on Thanksgiving Day.
TE Vernon Davis isn’t going to sneak up on anyone this year and he will have to deal with added attention, especially if/when Reed is out of the lineup.
TE Niles Paul is at a crossroads, with a $2.2 million cap hit, only 8 games played in the last two seasons, and a well-regarded player drafted at his position.
That draft pick is TE Jeremy Sprinkle and after a career of run blocking at Arkansas he should be well prepared to fill the void for the Redskins.
Except for the four-game hole in the middle of the season, OT Trent Williams had the best season of his career in 2016.
OT Morgan Moses was dealing with a severe ankle sprain while Williams was suspended and his willingness to play through it helped him earn that big contract extension.
There’s no question that OT Ty Nsekhe played well filling in for Williams but he gave up a sack and 13 QB pressures in four games compared to two and 17 that Williams gave up in 12 games.
OT Vinston Painter is the 53rd player on the roster in my view and he could get knocked off by an up and coming rookie or a waiver wire pickup (which is what he was a year ago).
The first Pro Bowl is the hardest one for an offensive lineman to get and if G Brandon Scherff stays healthy and the Redskins are at least moderately successful he could rack up a bunch of them.
There is still time for the Redskins to extend C Spencer Long before he goes into the final year of his contract but right now there is no buzz that anything will happen.
After struggling with injuries and ineffectiveness over the last two years, G Shawn Lauvao is likely equal parts grateful and stunned that no serious free agent or draft competition was brought in for him.
I won’t really have an idea whether G Arie Kouandjio will push Lauvao for the starting job until the put the pads on down in Richmond.
Since Jay Gruden’s biggest fear is not having a competent backup center, C Chase Roullier had better get up to speed in a hurry if he wants that job.
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