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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Future core players, 2018 cap

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Future core players, 2018 cap

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, July 15, 12 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.


The Redskins last played a game 195 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 57 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 2
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 26
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 49

The Redskins week that was

Here’s a look at some of the most popular and important posts of the week.

Cousins would forgive issues with Redskins if given fair deal—In other words, money talks. Perhaps Cousins is sincere in saying that he doesn’t make his life all about money. Saying that does not mean he must accept any offer the Redskins put in front of him. We should find out just how much it is about the money by late Monday afternoon.

Looking ahead—The Redskins' core offensive players in 2020—I started out taking a look at the Redskins five years down the road but in the NFL, that’s just too long. They have a core of a pretty good offense if they can keep a few players under contract including, of course, the quarterback, or draft comparable replacements. I looked at what the defense might look like in 2020 right here.

Two one-year signings for Redskins who could shine—The Redskins desperately needed to find a receiver to replace two departed free agents so they landed Terrelle Pryor early in free agency. Later, they saw an opportunity to upgrade at inside linebacker and got Zach Brown. Both players are in their late 20’s and looking for a chance at a big, multiyear deal. If motivation means anything, both will be ready to play.

How good can Rob Kelley be if he starts 16 games?—I got a little pushback on the idea that Kelley could be as good a runner as David Johnson if he can start all 16 games. But I took pains to note that the comparison was only on running plays. Johnson has ability as a pass catcher that adds greatly to his value. At this point, Kelley doesn’t have that ability. In any case, it will be fun to see how Kelley produces this year.

Redskins' 2018 cap room not as ample as it first looks—The Redskins can afford to keep Kirk Cousins next year and get some more of their own free agents back in the fold. But there won’t be room for much more. Of course, if they are in search of a quarterback they could either have a lot of space (if they go in the draft or with what they have) or it could be limited (if they try to sign a veteran free agent).

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


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.


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.


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.

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Redskins' Josh Norman earns Week 10 NFLPA community MVP


Redskins' Josh Norman earns Week 10 NFLPA community MVP

Redskins' Josh Norman is using his platform as a professional football player to help those in need, and this week it earned him NFLPA's community MVP.

The cornerback has been raising funds for youth enrichment programs in the D.C. area, as well as starting a campaign to help those affected in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. 

Norman's foundation, Starz24, provides backpacks and school supplies for children in need and creates initiatives for students at Jefferson Middle School Academy in D.C.. He recently raised almost $100,000 for Starz24's Imagination Team Rooms, a STEM-based "makerspaces" that will be placed in several inner city middle and high schools. 

Then, when Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria back in September, Norman started a social media campaign to help those affected. The campaign brought in $150,000. Norman also donated $100,000 of his own with part of the money going to the Boys & Girls clubs in Puerto Rico.

I look at it as I’m on this earth to help people and help them be the best that they can be,” Norman said. “I have the means to do so. I’m going to do that.

Every week during the regular season, the NFLPA selects a NFL player who is making a difference in their community. They are going to be making a $10,000 contribution to his foundation or a charity of his choice in addition to an in-kind donation on behalf of their supporting partner, Delta Private Jets.

I am so honored to be recognized by the NFLPA for my work in the community,” Norman said. “All of this work is bigger than football. I want to make an impact in the lives of children who need it most and to help develop those children to help change the future.