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Need to Know: Redskins player one-liners—Offense

Need to Know: Redskins player one-liners—Offense

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, May 17, six days before the Washington Redskins start OTAs on May 23.

Timeline

It’s been 135 days since the Redskins played a game. Their season opener against the Eagles at FedEx Field is in 117 days.

Days until:

—Redskins OTAs start (5/23) 6
—Training camp starts (7/27) 71
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 85

Player one-liners—Offense

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.

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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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Where's Galette, Cousins' future

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Where's Galette, Cousins' future

NEW ORLEANS—Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, November 18, one day before the Washington Redskins play the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes Benz Superdome.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: AM walkthrough and then travel to New Orleans. No media availability.

Days until:

—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 6
—Redskins @ Cowboys Thursday night (11/30) 13
—Redskins @ Chargers (12/19) 23

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C Spencer Long tried to play last week and he couldn’t make it more than a dozen snaps before sitting down for the rest of the day. He is out against the Seahawks tomorrow.

With Brian Quick and Ryan Grant questionable with concussions and Terrelle Pryor out with an ankle injury, the Redskins are down to three healthy wide receivers. While Quick and Grant might play, the depth chart could have Doctson, Crowder, and Harris on it.

The Redskins week that was

2 reasons Redskins didn't trade Terrelle Pryor—If you want to know why the deal with the Browns didn’t happen, follow the money. Between his signing bonus and the half of the year’s salary, the Redskins have already paid $4.5 million. Although he hasn’t been nearly as productive as they hoped he would be, there was no point in letting him go to save $1.5 million unless they got a second-day draft pick, or maybe a fourth, in return. See that Jay Gruden said that he didn’t hear of the proposed trade, talks must not have become too serious.

Remember Junior Galette? The Redskins don't seem to—As with Pryor, everyone is waiting for Galette to break out. But unlike Pryor, he’s not an expensive unproductive player. He’s making the veteran minimum. Against the Vikings, he played just 19 snaps. Perhaps a return to New Orleans for a game against his old team will spark a sack or two.

Recent comments from Cousins may hint at future in D.C.—Cousins has been big on making statements about the long-term future with the Redskins (read the post for specifics). That doesn’t mean that it’s a lock that he stays in town. But it should give some pause to those who believe that it is a lock that he will be in another uniform when 2018 or, at the latest, 2019 rolls around. He has never been inclined to go to the highest bidder and if the Redskins make a competitive offer that delivers what he wants he could well stick around.

How the Vikings scored 21 unanswered points against the Redskins—The 21-0 run in about seven minutes of game time that the Vikings used to make a competitive game at FedEx Field a rout was a combination of good offense by the Vikings and bad defense and offense by the Redskins. They couldn’t cover Adam Thielen on either drive. Cousins threw an interception off of his back foot and that set up the middle of the three touchdowns. If the Redskins end the season a game out of a playoff spot that seven-minute stretch will be one of the big reasons why they failed to make it.

Player one-liners, defense— Usually, the offensive edition of the player one-liners tends to be the most popular but this week it was the defense that drew the most interest. The defensive player I’m going to keep an eye on the most in the last seven games is rookie safety Montae Nicholson. He has the speed and hard hitting ability that the secondary needs. When asked what will happen when Nicholson is healthy, Jay Gruden said without hesitation that he is the starter. Nicholson’s health will be important for the defense down the stretch. DeAngelo Hall is better suited to a part-time role at this stage of his career.

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

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

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.

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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.

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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.