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Need to Know: 5 Redskins notes as they report for minicamp

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Need to Know: 5 Redskins notes as they report for minicamp

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, June 16, one day before the start of Redskins minicamp.

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Here are five things you need to know about the Redskins as they prepare for minicamp and the final week of their offseason program.

—Today is reporting day for minicamp and practices start tomorrow. Players check in and, if necessary, get playbooks and take a physical. With attendance at OTAs running near 100 percent, with just a few players missing a few days here and there, it’s all kind of a formality. Everyone has been there, introductions are not needed and they have been running the plays in the book.

—The only player who has missed minicamp since I started covering the team full time in 2009 was Albert Haynesworth. It was his shot over the bow to Mike Shanahan. Say what you will about Shanahan and his tenure in Washington but he did do the franchise a huge favor by getting rid of Albert, who would still have two years left on his contract had he stuck around.

—On the other hand, you have to wonder how much of a favor Shanahan did the Redskins having Robert Griffin III run the read option so much when he was a rookie. Sure, it got the Redskins a division title and RG3 earned a ton of individual accolades. But it cost him a year of development into a pocket passer and then last year his development was hampered by his knee injury. It’s not as though Griffin is like a rookie this year but he’s going to have to learn a lot of stuff that he should have been learning the last two years. The decision to use Griffin as they did seems to be a case of short-term gain for long-term pain.

—We’re not looking for any of the Redskins’ walking wounded to return for minicamp. Even if the likes of Leonard Hankerson (knee), Richard Crawford (knee), Tracy Porter (shoulder), and Stephen Bowen (knee) are feeling well enough to give it a go—and there is no indication that any of them are—the Redskins would do the smart thing and not risk a setback for the sake of three days of practice.

—After practice on Wednesday the veteran players will be off for five weeks before reporting for training camp in Richmond on July 23. The rookies may be required to report earlier for some classroom learning. The coaches will probably take a week or perhaps two off before getting into the grind of work weeks that run 80 or more hours a week from the start of camp through December (and, if things work out well, longer).

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—It’s been 169 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 83 days until they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Minicamp starts 1; Training camp 38; Home opener Jaguars @ Redskins 91

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Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price

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Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price

A 2017 midseason trade for Martavis Bryant made no sense for the Redskins. A 2018 offseason trade for Martavis Bryant, however, might make sense for the Redskins. 

Bryant is on the trade block, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and will be an intriguing prospect for receiver-needy teams across the NFL. In parts of three seasons with the Steelers, Bryant has 17 touchdowns and a 15.2 yards-per-reception average. 

A big play threat from any place on the field, Bryant would immediately make the Redskins receiving unit more athletic and explosive. 

It's not all good news with Bryant, though.

He was suspended for the entire 2016 season after repeated drug violations and caused some distraction for Pittsburgh during the 2017 season when he asked for a trade via social media. 

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Is the talent enough to overcome the off-field distractions? Many would say it is. 

Last year, in just eight starts, Bryant grabbed 50 catches for more than 600 yards and three TDs. In their lone playoff loss to the Jaguars, Bryant caught two passes for 78 yards and a TD. 

Remember, too, the Steelers have an explosive offense, and Bryant is coupled with Antonio Brown on the receiver front along with Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback and Le'Veon Bell at running back. The Pittsburgh offense is loaded. 

Washington's offense is not nearly the prolific unit that the Steelers send out, but Jay Gruden does design a good offense. 

The real question surrounding any talk of trading for Bryant is the cost.

The Redskins are not in a position to send away any more draft picks this offseason after giving up a third-round pick, in addition to Kendall Fuller, to acquire Alex Smith. Bruce Allen and the Redskins front office need to improve their team in plenty of spots, and the team's draft picks are quite valuable. 

Bryant only has one year remaining on his rookie deal, and it's hard to balance that sort of short-term investment with the value of adding a rookie committed to the team for at least four years. Perhaps a late-round pick would make sense, but it would need to be a sixth-rounder. 

This could be one of those rare situations in the NFL where a player for player swap could work, though pulling that type of maneuver requires a lot of moving parts. 

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 23, 19 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The overrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/30/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Yesterday we looked at three events that were underrated at the time they happened. Here, in no particular order, are three overrated events from 2017.

Beating the Raiders—At the time, the Raiders were 2-0 and they still had the status of being one of the favorites to get to the Super Bowl. The Redskins whipped them 27-10 and the prevailing view was that the Redskins were on their way to a special year. But that loss started a four-game losing streak for the Raiders. They are currently riding a three-game skid and at 6-9 they are contenders for a top-10 draft pick, not for the Super Bowl. The win became less impressive for the Redskins as the year went on.

Signing Terrelle Pryor—There was plenty of excitement when the Redskins signed the Browns wide receiver, who had 1,000 receiving yards catching passes from a sub-mediocre group of quarterbacks in Cleveland. Imagine what he could do with a quality QB and a good offense around him. The hype grew when a fan captured him making this catch in training camp:

But the production was not there. In nine games before going on injured reserve with an ankle injury, Pryor caught 20 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown.

Su’a Cravens departure—There was a lot of concern about issues both on and off the field when Cravens abruptly let it be known to teammates that he intended to retire just after the Redskins finalized their 53-man roster on September 2. All offseason Cravens’ name had been written at the top of the depth chart at strong safety in Sharpie. When he walked away and was put on the Exempt/Left Squad list (and eventually on the Reserve/Left Squad list, ending his season), there was plenty of speculation about whether the organization botched the situation and, of more immediate importance, what would happen at safety without Cravens. We’re still not sure about what happened but Montae Nicholson and Deshazor Everett did a respectable job at safety.

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

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 6
—NFL Draft (4/26) 62
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 198