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Need to Know: After training camp, five Redskins who are now roster locks

Need to Know: After training camp, five Redskins who are now roster locks

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, August 19, one day before Washington Redskins play the Detroit Lions at FedEx Field.

Five players who have become roster locks

Before OTAs started in late May, I did a post on the players I thought were roster locks. I came up with 41 of them. Let’s reexamine that list and look at five players who were on the bubble in May who are now locks to make the 53:

QB Kirk Cousins—I thought that he might be traded and that the Redskins might go with two quarterbacks. But unless they get an expected offer that they can’t refuse I expect Cousins, Colt McCoy, and Robert Griffin III to all be on the Week 1 roster. Cousins is having a pretty good camp and was excellent against the Browns.

CB DeAngelo Hall—I was skeptical that he would be on the field for the start of camp after tearing his Achilles twice last season. But he was there in Richmond and Jay Gruden said that he was in line to be the starter at cornerback opposite Chris Culliver. He has had a couple of nagging injuries in camp but nothing that will cost him his roster spot.

RB Chris Thompson—He was about 75 percent of the way to being a lock when Silas Redd injured his knee and landed on injured reserve. With his main competition for a roster spot gone, Thompson attained lock status. There haven’t been any injury concerns so far; he hasn’t missed so much as a snap. As long as it stays that way, he will make the 53.

S Duke Ihenacho—He wasn’t really on anyone’s radar to become a starter until he started sharing first-team reps with Jeron Johnson during OTAs. With Johnson sidelined with a hamstring injury, Ihenacho has put a stranglehold on the position. While Johnson could still end up with the starting job, Ihenacho will be around in either case.

OT Tom Compton—With Brandon Scherff moving to guard, a spot for a tackle opened up. Then when Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen were injured they needed someone who could fill in as a blocking tight end. Both of those developments pushed Compton off of the bubble and into lock status.

So how many locks are there now and how many roster spots are up for grabs? We started with 41. Paul comes off of the list due to his season ending ankle injury. Junior Galette, who signed just at the start of camp, is a lock. Add these five to the locks and there are now 46. That leaves seven roster spots up for grabs.

Who do you think gets them?

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Walkthrough at Redskins Park, closed to the media

—It’s been 234 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 25 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Preseason Lions @ Redskins 1; final cuts 17; Redskins @ Giants Thursday night 36

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Wanting increased playing time, Junior Galette intends to pursue free agency, per source

Wanting increased playing time, Junior Galette intends to pursue free agency, per source

Redskins outside linebacker Junior Galette intends to pursue free agency to find a team that will give him plenty of snaps, per a source with knowledge of the situation.

Galette's contract will expire once the 2017 regular season ends, and while the 29-year-old pass rush specialist appreciates the Redskins organization and fans, he wants to play. 

After suffering season-ending Achilles injuries in 2015 and 2016, Galette has stayed healthy throughout the 2017 season. 

Still, he hasn't been on the field much.

Ryan Kerrigan leads the Redskins with 358 snaps in pass rush situations, and Preston Smith ranks second with 297, according to Pro Football Focus. 

Galette has played only 197 snaps this season in pass rush situations. 

For comparison, rookie Jonathan Allen logged 112 snaps in pass rush situations. Allen played in just five games before heading to the injured reserve with a Lisfranc injury. Galette has played in all 13 Redskins games this year, and hasn't appeared on the injury report once. 

Compounding the issue, Galette has been effective when on the field. 

Pro Football Focus rated him the third best defender on the Redskins this season, behind only Kerrigan and cornerback Kendall Fuller. 

As Rich Tandler noted, there will be a market for Galette. All NFL teams need pass rushers, and it appears Galette still has plenty left after his two-year layoff. Remember, in 2013 and 2014 Galette had 22 sacks for the New Orleans Saints.  This season, he has two sacks. 

The Redskins deserve credit for sticking with Galette after two lost seasons, though Galette deserves credit too for working back from not one but two Achilles injuries. 

Washington's coaches and front office speak highly of Galette, and there haven't been off field issues. For whatever reason, the playing time just hasn't been there. 

Looks like that will change next year. 

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Robert Griffin III listed the best places for Kirk Cousins to end up, and he left off the Redskins

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Robert Griffin III listed the best places for Kirk Cousins to end up, and he left off the Redskins

Of course this was going to happen. 

The moment it became known that Robert Griffin III was going to be on ESPN's shows for a few appearances this week, you knew he was going to be asked about Kirk Cousins at some point.

And, surely enough, come Wednesday afternoon, the stars aligned and the question was asked on NFL Live: Where, in Griffin's opinion, was the best place for Cousins to land this offseason?

"I think it depends on what he's trying to do," Griffin began.

"If he's trying to make the most money, he goes to Cleveland," he said. "If he's trying to be in the best situation, he goes to one of these teams that have a great defense that isn't gonna put it all on his shoulders."

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Don't worry, he doesn't stop there. In fact, he saved the good stuff for the latter half of his answer.

"He's had it all on his shoulders in Washington, and we've seen the result," Cousins' draft classmate continued. "But if he's got a great defense like, say, Denver, say, Jacksonville, it makes it easier for him as a quarterback. Whereas in Cleveland, he's gonna have to go in and he's gonna have to do more of the workload."

So, the Browns, Broncos and Jaguars are among the teams Griffin considers options for Cousins. But, uh, what about the one he's on right now?

"I don't think it's Washington, just because of, you've seen what's been going on," he said. "Do they want him there? Does he want to be there?"

This isn't to say that the former rookie of the year doesn't bring up valid points; Cousins has had to play with below-average defenses for much of his career in D.C. and the franchise hasn't exactly shown a ton of admiration for him.

But nevertheless, it was interesting to see Griffin declare wish such confidence that his old backup needs to bolt from the Redskins and head elsewhere.

And thus concludes another chapter of the Griffin-Cousins-Redskins saga. You can leave your comments about how you don't care about it below, even though you made the choice to click on the story in the first place.