Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, June 17, 40 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 28
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 54
—Season opener Eagles @ Redskins (9/10) 85
The Redskins week that was
Here is my take on some of the post popular posts of the week.
Hot topics: Doctson with the twos, Cravens' adjustment—I know fans like to worry but do yourself a favor and don’t burden yourself over the apparent depth chart during OTAs and minicamp. Josh Doctson ran some sets with the second-team offense while Ryan Grant was with the ones and panic set in. Relax, it’s meaningless. They simply wanted to have Grant working some with Kirk Cousins and for Doctson to catch some passes from Colt McCoy. That might need to happen during real games. But Plan A during the regular season will have Doctson playing many more snaps than Grant.
Derek Carr situation could impact Kirk Cousins' market—The primary driver of contract values is what players comparable to the player in question are making. This means that how much Cousins will make on a contract extension has an impact on how much Carr will make and vice versa. Their stats are very close (check the post for details) and neither has won a playoff game. One area where Cousins has a big advantage over Carr right now is in leverage. Without a new deal, Carr will make $977,000 this year. The status quo would have Cousins playing for $24 million this year.
Gruden anxious to see how Reed fits with new WRs—This was posted prior to minicamp, when Reed appeared at Redskins Park for the first time since the start of OTAs. Reed could be working out of the slot some this year, or at least not lined up next to the tackle. On many plays, he essentially will be an additional wide receiver on the field.
The five most impressive players of the Redskins’ offseason—It’s not real football but you can tell how well some players are progressing and how seriously they are taking their preparation. The biggest chip on the shoulder belongs to D.J. Swearinger, who will be with his fourth team going into his fifth season. He sees this as his last chance to establish himself as a front-line NFL player.
Redskins hoping Tomsula can maximize D-line talent— Since 2010, the Redskins have allowed 4.37 yards per rushing attempt, 25th in the NFL over that seven-season span. It’s a chronic problem and they hope new defensive line coach Jim Tomsula can solve it. They added a big piece in Jonathan Allen but they didn’t really address the nose tackle position and may have lost as much as they gained in free agency. Tomsula has a great reputation and the Redskins are hoping he lives up to it.
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