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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—New starters on D, middle round picks critical

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—New starters on D, middle round picks critical

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 8, 19 days before the April 27 NFL draft.

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Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 9
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 34
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 46
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 155

The Redskins week that was

Tandler’s take on five of the most popular CSNmidatlantic.com and RealRedskins.com posts of the last week.

2011 bill comes due, Redskins' salary cap space shrinks—The Redskins lost $4.5 million in cap space and some fans freaked out. But the team knew it was coming as some cap space they “borrowed” back in 2011 and 2012 had to be repaid.

The Redskins' draft could hinge on their middle round picks—It’s fairly easy to get two starters and a key role player out of the first three rounds of the draft. And it takes some excellent scouting and a lot of luck to get much more than reserves and practice squad players late on Saturday. The middle rounds, the Redskins’ two picks in round four and one in round five, are likely to determine if their draft is a success.

Redskins agree to deal with free agent Zach Brown—Some thought that his visit on Monday was just a favor to his agent, to try to spur the Raiders into pulling the trigger on a multi-year contract. But Brown didn’t leave without a contract. He adds an element of speed that’s missing from the Redskins’ defense.

New players will dominate Redskins defense—Different isn’t always better but the Redskins’ defense really has no place to go but up after its 2016 performance. After obtaining Zach Brown it is now likely that they will have at least five new starters—D.J. Swearinger and Su’a Cravens at safety, Brown at inside linebacker, and Stay McGee and Terrell McClain on the defensive line. That number will increase if they draft another inside linebacker and/or a nose tackle. Having that much turnover is not always ideal but the probably represent an upgrade.

Why the Redskins are unlikely to trade for Richard Sherman—It’s because of money. Even if the Redskins and Seahawks could come to an agreement on compensation there are short- and long-term problems. The short-term problem is that with about $9 million in remaining cap space they couldn’t fit Sherman’s $11.4 million salary under their cap without restructuring. In the long term, they can’t afford to add another high-priced cornerback with Josh Norman already on a deal that averages $15 million/year.

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Josh Norman out against Eagles in Monday night matchup, plus full injury report

Josh Norman out against Eagles in Monday night matchup, plus full injury report

The Redskins will be without one of their top defenders when they take on the Eagles on Monday night.

Jay Gruden announced that CB Josh Norman is out for the second straight game with a broken rib. Norman was able to practice on a limited basis earlier this week but he did not practice today. Gruden said that the recovery from the injury just had not progressed to the point where the doctors would clear him to play.

Bashaud Breeland, the other starting cornerback, is listed as questionable with a knee injury he sustained last week against the 49ers. “He did a good job today,” said Gruden. “He’s looking better.”

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Gruden said that a final determination on Breeland’s status will be made on Sunday.

With Norman out, Quinton Dunbar, who did a good job filling in against the 49ers, will start. If both of the starters are sidelined, rookie Fabian Moreau will get the start opposite Dunbar.

Also listed as questionable are RB Rob Kelley (ankle), S Deshazor Everett (hamstring), S Stefan McClure (knee), and LB Mason Foster (shoulder).

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Kelley is still recovering from an ankle injury he suffered against the Chiefs on Oct. 2 but he has looked good while practicing on a limited basis this week. If he can’t go it seems likely that Samaje Perine will start in his place.

It should be noted that the term “questionable” on an injury report means that it is “uncertain if the player will play”. Many say that means that there is at least a 50 percent chance that the player will be active for the game. So there are a lot of scenarios that could unfold with that designation.

Reserve offensive linemen Ty Nsekhe (core muscle) and Tyler Catalina (concussion) also have been declared out for Monday night.

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Need to Know: The week that was—Allen injury, why not the Redskins?

Need to Know: The week that was—Allen injury, why not the Redskins?

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, October 21, two days before the Washington Redskins visit the Philadelphia Eagles for Monday night football.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Practice 12:05 p.m.; Jay Gruden news conference, open locker room, after practice approx. 2 p.m.

Days until:

—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 8
—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 15
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 33

Injuries of note:
Not practicing
: OT Trent Williams (knee), S D.J. Swearinger (rest)
Limited: CB Josh Norman (rib), CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), S Deshazor Everett (hamstring), RB Rob Kelley (ankle),
It was a little surprising not to see Swearinger out there but he has a lingering hamstring injury and they figured he could use day of rest more than the day of practice. Jay Gruden said that both Norman and Breeland did more on Friday than they did on Thursday.

The Redskins week that was

Here is a look at some of the top posts and hot topics from this week at NBCSportsWashington.com and at RealRedskins.com.

Bad News For Jonathan Allen—A few of the site’s stop posts this week were about Allen’s Lisfranc injury (here's one about how the Redskins will try to fill the void). We went from him being out three or four weeks to him being out for the season to injured reserve with the possibility that he can return after eight weeks. I thought all along that three or four weeks was a very aggressive timetable for return from a Lisfranc. And it would be just short of a miracle for him to return before the end of the season. I think the best that fans can hope for is for Allen to bounce back from his Lisfranc like Morgan Moses did from his. Morgan suffered his in December of 2014 and he became the starting right tackle in next year in training camp. He has played at a high level and he hasn’t missed a game since.

In a muddled NFC, why not the Redskins?  With Aaron Rodgers sidelined and everyone in the NFC looking vulnerable, the Redskins could have a chance to make a deep playoff run this year. The key word is could and they will have to do some things right, starting with beating the Eagles on Sunday. Even a loss in Philly wouldn’t be fatal for their chances. Take a look at the post and see if you agree with me.

Hopkins to IR, Redskins sign Nick Rose—Allen wasn’t the only Redskins player to go in injured reserve this week. Dustin Hopkins suffered a hip injury that is going to take six to eight weeks to rehab so he hit IR. We will see if he comes back, which he could do in Week 15 against the Cardinals. That will depend on his health and on how well replacement kicker Nick Rose is performing.

5 overlooked stories from the Redskins-49ers game—There was plenty of (justified) pre-game hand wringing over Josh Norman being inactive for the 49ers game. But it turned out that replacement Quinton Dunbar played well. The Niners tried to get to him—he was targeted 14 times—but held up well. Check out some details on Dunbar’s play and four other things that weren’t talked about enough.

Week 7 stats, trends, and storylines—The Redskins are still banged up going into this game. While they have been able avoid major injuries since the season started with the exceptions of Allen and Hopkins, they have had enough nagging type injuries to hamper the team’s effectiveness, especially on defense. Take a look at other storylines and see how the Redskins are trending in key statistical categories.

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