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Need to Know: Which Redskins draft picks will make the 53-man roster?

Need to Know: Which Redskins draft picks will make the 53-man roster?

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, May 3, 21 days before the Redskins start OTAs on May 24.

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It’s been 122 days since the Redskins played a game. Their season opener against the Eagles at FedEx Field is in 130 days.

Days until:

—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 9
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 21
—Training camp starts (7/27) 85

Which draft picks will make the team?

Not all of the 10 players the Redskins drafted are going to make the 53-man roster. Some of them have better chances than others. Let’s break out the imaginary casino chips here but we’ll to things a little differently. We’ll take out $1,000 worth of them and put down part of $100 on each player’s chance of being on the roster.

(Note: Injuries are always a possibility, of course. But the only injury factor considered here is for pre-existing issues. Also note that this is an early look. New stacks of chips will be broken out after OTAs and as training camp progresses.)

DL Jonathan Allen, $100—I think we can skip the analysis with this one.

OLB Ryan Anderson, $100—Ditto

CB Fabian Moreau, $80—This third-round cornerback is definitely in the plans. But health after he suffered a torn pectoral muscle lifting weights during his pro day may be an issue. Per the own timetable that he gave reporters after he was drafted, he plans on being on the field in late August. Players are notorious for being overly optimistic about returning from injury plus that doesn’t give much room for any setbacks or anything else that could go wrong. The other $20 is on Moreau starting the season on the PUP list.

RB Samaje Perine, $100—They have high hopes that he can add a power element to the running game and he is certain to make team. Pulling out another $100 in chips, I’ll put $65 on him leading team in rushing attempts this year.

S Montae Nicholson, $50—He also has a health issue as he is coming off of shoulder surgery. A setback could land him on PUP. But even if he is healthy, I’m not confident in his ability to beat out some serious competition at safety.

TE Jeremy Sprinkle, $90—It’s possible that Niles Paul will rise up and keep the rookie from taking his roster spot. But Jay Gruden said earlier this year that the team would be looking for a blocking tight end and it would be surprising if Sprinkle isn’t the guy. If they want to keep Paul they will figure out a way to go with four tight ends.

OL Chase Roullier, $60—On a team without a backup center there certainly is opportunity for Roullier. But I’m not convinced that Gruden will be comfortable going into the season with a sixth-round pick out of Wyoming as his backup center. He could look for a veteran on the waiver wire, a 2017 version of John Sullivan, to back up Spencer Long and put Roullier on the practice squad for seasoning.

WR Robert Davis, $35—To make the 53, Davis likely will have to beat out both Gruden favorite Ryan Grant and free agent signee Brian Quick. I think he can beat one or the other but both will be a tall order.

S Josh Harvey-Clemons, $30—He would have to push past Will Blackmon, DeAngelo Hall and possibly show that he can be a better asset on special teams than Deshazor Everett. In all, it’s a tough task and he could be destined for the practice squad.

CB Joshua Holsey, $60—I’m throwing a few extra bucks here because if Moreau goes on PUP, the chance of Holsey making the 53 improves. He also has a solid chance straight up if he can handle the slot, a problem area for the Redskins last year.

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Need to Know: Five players who are wild cards for the 2018 Redskins

Need to Know: Five players who are wild cards for the 2018 Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, April 19, seven days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

Five wild cards for the 2018 Redskins

We know what to expect out of many members of the Redskins. Ryan Kerrigan will register between 10 and 13 sacks. Zach Brown will be among the league leaders in tackles. Jamison Crowder will compile about 800 yards receiving. But we really don’t know what to expect out of a lot of the players expected to play key roles. Here are five of them.

S Montae Nicholson—Although most of the uncertainty surrounding Nicholson is about his health, we really don’t know what he can do over a full season. Sure, he looked good in the six games he played last year but opposing offenses did not have much of a chance to probe his weaknesses. If he stays healthy, his ability to adjust to what the offenses are doing against him will be the next phase of his development. 

CB Fabian Moreau—As a rookie, he was impressive as a punt team gunner, but he got very limited playing time on defense (59 snaps, only seven after Week 5). The Redskins will be counting on him stepping into a bigger role after the departures of Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller. He has the tools but we won’t know how well he can handle the job until he gets extended playing time. 

WR Maurice Harris—Last year he went from spectacular to invisible in a hurry. He made a sensational catch for 36 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings the first time he was targeted. In five games after that, he had just three receptions for 26 yards. Should he have had more playing time (76 snaps)? Or did he just not earn more targets? The real Maurice Harris should come to the forefront in 2018.

NT Phil Taylor—You know the story here. He was looking great in training camp until a quad injury sidelined him for the season. Taylor is healthy enough for the Redskins to give him another chance but this is a player who has not taken the field since November of 2014. We simply don’t know what to expect out of him even if he does make into Week 1 in good health. 

RB Samaje Perine—His play improved as the year went on but he wasn’t good enough to keep both Jay Gruden and Doug Williams from saying that running back is a draft need. Ideally, he shares carries with the probable draft pick with a few going to Chris Thompson and they combine to rush for 1,800 yards. 

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Days until:

—OTAs start (5/22) 33
—Training camp starts (7/26) 98
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 143

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Is the Redskins’ starter at left guard already on the roster?

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Is the Redskins’ starter at left guard already on the roster?

The Redskins have checked off a number of their “needs” boxes that they had when the season began. But there are two holes that remain. 

One is nose tackle. Of course, that has been an issue since 2010. The Redskins may have obtained part of the solution when the brought back Phil Taylor last week and most believe that more help will come in the draft. 

The other need, the one at left guard, also may be a work in progress. Or, perhaps they think they have the solution on the depth chart. 

The team does not put out a depth chart before training camp but if they did distribute one right now they would have Arie Kouandjio as the starting left guard. That is cause for consternation among many Redskins fans and based on some of his past play the low confidence level is justified. 

Kouandjio was a fourth-round pick in 2015. He played sparingly his first two years in the league, getting two fill-in starts in 2016. In training camp last year, he spent a lot of time playing with the third team and it was no surprise when he was one of the final cuts. The team kept undrafted rookie Tyler Catalina instead. 

Kouandjio caught on with the Ravens’ practice squad but when injuries started to pile upon the O-line in Week 8, the Redskins brought him back. Two days after he was signed he played 22 snaps at left guard against the Cowboys. 

In all, he played in eight games, starting six of them. He allowed three sacks, which is the same number that Brandon Scherff gave up, but Scherff played about twice as many snaps. 

What about 2018? Word from John Keim is that Kouandjio has changed his training to focus on lower-body strength and agility. He knows that he has a chance to establish himself in the NFL and he’s doing what he can to take advantage of it. 

Another option at left guard is 31-year-old Tony Bergstrom, who was re-signed earlier this week. He has played for four teams in six years in the league and has started seven games including three at center for the Redskins. Like Kouandjio, he may not be the ideal solution but perhaps a passable option. 

The whole picture here could up be upended in the draft if the Redskins use one of their top picks on a guard. There has been plenty of chatter about Ohio State center Billy Price going to the Redskins in the second round. He may not last that long. If he’s there, however, the Redskins have to seriously consider him. 

The team may go through the draft and perhaps OTAs and minicamp with what they have now. If it doesn’t look like they have a starting caliber player in place they then could reach out to the free agent market and bring in someone like Alex Boone

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