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Need to Know: Who's next at quarterback for the Redskins?

Need to Know: Who's next at quarterback for the Redskins?

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, July 18, 9 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.


The Redskins last played a game 198 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 54 days.

Days until:

—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 23
—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 32
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 46

Who’s next at quarterback for the Redskins?

The Redskins will have their quarterback playing on a one-year deal. In 2018, Kirk Cousins will either be an unrestricted free agent or the Redskins will have to use another, even more expensive tag to keep him under team control for the year.

With that in mind, let’s look at who might be behind center for the Redskins in 2018.

Kirk Cousins—Yes, it’s possible that Cousins will either agree to a long-term deal after the season or that the Redskins will bite the bullet and keep him in town with the $34.5 million franchise tag. After today his departure seems more likely to happen than not but unless and until he signs on the line with another team, his return is a possibility.

Colt McCoy—He will be 31 at the start of the 2018 season with 25 starts in eight seasons as an NFL quarterback. McCoy has had a couple of shining moments in Washington including leading the team to a Monday night win in Dallas in 2014. Perhaps the system and personnel are better with the Redskins than they were with in Cleveland, where the Browns went 6-15 in his starts. In his three seasons there he threw 26 touchdown passes and 23 interceptions and had a subpar average of 6.6 yards per attempt. He has some fans in the building at Redskins Park but there also is considerable skepticism over his ability to lead the team to a winning record over 16 games.

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Nate Sudfeld—He also has fans on the staff. But unproven doesn’t even begin to describe him. The 2016 sixth-round pick hasn’t thrown a pass in a regular-season game or even in a preseason game against front-line players. When he has played, he has been very inconsistent. That is to be expected from a sixth-round rookie. But will he smooth out the rough spots to the point where the team can win with him? That very much remains to be seen.

Josh Rosen—I’m using the UCLA quarterback to represent a QB the Redskins could draft in the first round of the 2018 draft. Rosen is 6-4, 220 and he seems to have all of the tools to be successful in the NFL. There are several potential first-round quarterbacks. Sam Darnold of USC is likely to be gone before the Redskins pick but Rosen, Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State, Lamar Jackson of Louisville and Luke Falk of Washington State could be available to them.

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Baker Mayfield—This Oklahoma quarterback represents QBs who could be there in the second round next year. At 6-1, Mayfield is a bit undersized and he may not be a Day 1 starter but he could be solution at some point during the year. Josh Allen of Wyoming and Jake Browning of Washington are other potential second-round QBs.

Drew Brees—Yes, the Saints icon could be a free agent next year. He is in the last year of his deal with the Saints and the contract says that he can’t be franchise tagged. Would the Redskins take a shot throwing big money at Brees, who will be 39 in 2018? I don’t think anyone would rule that out. Other possible free agent QBs who could attract attention are A.J. McCarron of the Bengals and Jimmy Garoppolo of the Patriots.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Need to Know: Who will be left for the Redskins to draft at No. 13?

Need to Know: Who will be left for the Redskins to draft at No. 13?

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, April 26, one day before the second and third rounds of the 2018 NFL draft.  

The players the Redskins will have to choose from at No. 13

As the 2018 NFL draft unfolds tonight, the Redskins are going to look to be able to pick from a group of players when their pick comes on the board. “You’ve got about six or seven guys on that board that you’re hoping is there when you get there,” Doug Williams said on Tuesday. “If you lose one, you put another one up.”

So, who is likely to be in that group? Based on a bevy of mock drafts and big boards plus my own analysis guessing, here are the seven players I think will wind up in that group that will be under discussion when the Redskins pick, in no particular order. 

  • QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville 
  • DL Da’Ron Payne, Alabama
  • Edge Marcus Davenport, Texas-San Antonio
  • LB Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech
  • LB Leighton Vander Esch, Vanderbilt
  • S Derwin James, Florida State
  • CB Joshua Jackson, Iowa

Right off the top, did I forget RB Derrius Guice? No. While the Redskins like him I don’t think he is in consideration for the 13thpick. 

If Jackson is there, the move is to wait for the phones to ring. There is talk that the Ravens, who pick 16th, would like to add him. Moving back to Baltimore’s spot could potentially add a third-round pick and still have at least four of these seven players still available. The Redskins are intrigued by Jackson but with Alex Smith under contract, they aren’t going to draft a quarterback.  

Payne has been a popular pick to the Redskins in mock drafts (such as the one I posted yesterday). He could be a bit of a reach at 13 and perhaps he is a better candidate to be taken after a trade back. I think that Vita Vea will be gone, probably to the Raiders with the 10thpick. 

If Vea does go to Oakland and there is a top-10 surprise like Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey, a hot name lately, then there is a good chance that both Edmunds and James will be available. Let’s do the count as the Redskins would as the first 12 picks unfold. If four quarterbacks go plus Vea, McGlinchey, guard Quinton Nelson cornerback Denzel Ward, running back Saquon Barkley, and edge rusher Bradley Chubb, that leaves two other picks in front of the Redskins. I think those will be cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick and inside linebacker Roquan Smith. That would leave James and Edmunds. Of course, one or both of them could go earlier, leaving Fitzpatrick and/or Smith for inclusion on the Redskins’ list. 

Any one of those four players should give the Redskins pause when it comes to trading down or taking Payne. They need impact players and all of those prospects have potential to be just that. 

Their interest in Davenport may tell us how confident the Redskins are in their ability to retain Preston Smith beyond this year and their confidence in the development of Ryan Anderson. And if they select Joshua Jackson could be a signal that Josh Norman will become a 2019 salary cap casualty. The Redskins reportedly like Vander Esch but he’s a notch below the special talents like Edmunds and Smith. 

If I was presented with this scenario, I’d probably take James. Yes, the Redskins like D.J. Swearinger and Montae Nicholson but they could take James, move him around the defense and figure out some neat name for his position. He would make the defense better immediately. Other needs like the defensive line could be handled later on in the draft.  

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCS.

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Today’s schedule: 8:00 NFL Draft, first round, AT&T Stadium, Arlington TX

Days until:

—Rookie minicamp (5/11) 15
—OTAs start (5/22) 26
—Training camp starts (7/26) 91

The Redskins last played a game 116 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 136 days. 

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Late push for McGlinchey, Landry and Davenport would help Redskins at 13

Late push for McGlinchey, Landry and Davenport would help Redskins at 13

For months, draft conversation suggested that there wasn't an offensive tackle to pick in the Top 10. And after Bradley Chubb, there wasn't an edge defender worth a Top 10 pick either. 

All of a sudden, that conversation is changing. 

Late charges from Notre Dame tackle Mike McGlinchey, Boston College defensive end Harold Landry and University of Texas San Antonio pass rusher Marcus Davenport are starting to influence mock drafts.

On Wednesday, NFL Network's Peter Schrager predicted the 49ers to take McGlinchey with the ninth overall pick. Charley Casserly, in a mock draft with NBC Sports Washington on Monday, predicted the Chicago Bears take Davenport with the eighth overall pick. Reports on Landry are all over the place, but some guess he could break the Top 10 as well.

The thing to remember about the NFL: It's a passing league. Positions tied to the quarterback are the most important, and that means protecting the QB and getting after the QB is in high demand. No position will ever get over-drafted like quarterback, but it's not a surprise that teams might reach for players at tackle or edge rusher.

What does this mean for the Redskins holding the No. 13 pick?

It means great news. 

Washington will already benefit from four QBs going in the Top 10. That will likely push down an elite talent to their draft spot.

If McGlinchey, Davenport or Landry also crack the Top 10? Even better.

The Redskins need help at just about every position group on the defensive side of the ball. It's well documented how the team struggled against the run in 2017, but the defense also lost Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller this offseason. 

There will be a number of weapons available for Washington at 13, and that could include players like Minkah Fitzpatrick or Derwin James in addition to Vita Vea or Da'Ron Payne. It might mean Tremaine Edmunds or Roquan Smith lasts to 13 too. 

For the Redskins, Fitzpatrick or James at 13 seems like a steal. Both players present elite potential at the evolving position of nickel cornerback. They can play some corner, some safety, and James might even be able to play some linebacker. 

Regardless of the eventual destination for James or Fitzpatrick, if more surprise players sneak into the Top 10 on Thursday night, the better Washington's options become. And that includes the possibility of trading down, Vea or Payne, Smith or Edmunds.

More elite options at 13 only helps the Redskins. 

Redskins fans should be rooting for Mike McGlinchey, Harold Landry or Marcus Davenport early Thursday night. The folks in Ashburn will be. 

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