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Need to Know: Are there other draft trade back scenarios for the Redskins?

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Need to Know: Are there other draft trade back scenarios for the Redskins?

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, March 29, 32 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.

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A few days a week I’ll give an in-depth answer to a question submitted by a fan on my Twitter feed, via the Real Redskins Facebook page, or in the comments section here. On Twitter address the questions to me at @Rich_TandlerCSN with the #NTK hashtag. There will be a comment thread set up on the Facebook page and if you’re asking your question here, put “for NTK” at the start of the comment.

I get a lot of good questions during the week that don’t require an answer long enough to make a whole post. So on the weekend I clear out the inbox, Quick Hits style. Let’s get rolling.

We have done a few posts on that subject lately. The free agency market has pretty well dried up. It looks like Jay Gruden would like to let Spencer Long and Chris Chester battle it out at right guard. And he’d like Morgan Moses and Tom Compton to compete at right tackle. It appears that any further additions to the line will come in the draft. Gruden mentioned that he, new O-line coach Bill Callahan and Scot McCloughan are looking for a type of lineman that will fit what they want to do. Whether an O-line draft picks comes early, in the form of LSU OT La’el Collins, Stanford OT Andrus Peat, or perhaps Florida State G Tre Jackson, or later on remains to be seen.

Lefty is referring to Ted Bolser, a seventh-round pick last year. He was released in the final cuts last year and although he bounced around a couple of practice squads he didn’t catch on with anyone. Nobody has picked him up yet this offseason, although he could sign with another team after the draft. But the fact that he was released from the Redskins’ practice squad after about a month says that they think they made a mistake when they drafted him. I wouldn’t rule out a return for Bolser but I would think that if they really wanted him back they would have signed him by now. Update: Bolser has signed with the Cardinals, ht/@IIWIISkinsBlog.

If the Redskins end up taking Amari Cooper or Kevin White with the No. 5 pick a trade would have to be considered a possibility. They could decide that Pierre Garçon’s $7.1 million base salary is not worth keeping and put the “for sale” sign up on the receiver. Perhaps between the first round on Thursday and the final rounds on Saturday a deal could be done. A more likely scenario might be for the Redskins to hold on to Garçon and then see if a contending team that suffers an injury to a receiver in training camp would offer a 2016 draft pick for him in the summer.

Only seven other NFL head coaches call offensive plays (and two others call defenses) so Gruden is definitely in the minority as one who calls his own plays. I would think that eventually he will turn over the duties to McVay, who is viewed as a rising star around the league. But it doesn’t look like the change will take place this season. Usually such things are decided in January and we haven’t heard of any change at this point.

It’s always a possibility. In the last two drafts teams have traded into the top five to draft non-quarterbacks (Miami moved up to take Dion Jordan in 2013, the Bills jumped up for Sammy Watkins last year). White could draw some offers as could one of the edge rushers if a team believes that one is far superior to the others. And the other day I mentioned the possibility that the Redskins’ pick could become a hot commodity if USC DT Leonard Williams slips to No. 5. So there are plenty of possibilities but four weeks out there are no reports that a certain team is interested in trading up for a certain player. Stay tuned.

Timeline

—It’s been 91 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 168 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 22; 2015 NFL Draft 32; Redskins training camp starts 123

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Scot McCloughan simply said what plenty of others think about Kirk Cousins

Scot McCloughan simply said what plenty of others think about Kirk Cousins

Redskins fans were frenzied when Scot McCloughan said that Kirk Cousins is a good quarterback, but not a special one. The #KirkHive shuddered and the Kirk Haters celebrated.

McCloughan, the former Redskins GM who's wildly popular with fans, explained what few people will say publicly: Cousins is a skilled player but probably not deserving of the money he might make in free agency. 

Let's start with the obvious: Cousins is good.

He's a durable passer in a league that doesn't have enough of them. He's started the last 49 games for the Redskins and thrown for more than 4,000 yards each of the past three seasons. 

Now more obvious: He isn't great.

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Bleacher Report's Chris Simms, speaking on the #RedskinsTalk podcast, said Cousins ranks about 12th among NFL passers. It's top half of the league, but it's not Top 5 or even Top 10. 

Cousins has had tremendous games with the Redskins, like a near perfect performance against Oakland in 2017 or a dominant performance against Green Bay in 2016. 

Cousins has also been awful, as recently as Week 17 in New York a few weeks ago, or an equally stinky Week 17 game against the Giants two seasons ago. 

While some might view McCloughan's statement as controversial — "He’s a good player. Is he special? I don’t see special," he told Denver radio station 104.3 the Fan — it's not. 

Plenty of people agree with McCloughan, including some in Redskins Park. Last year, a source told NBC Sports Washington that the team believed they could get nearly as much production from Colt McCoy as Cousins provided. 

Even this year, Washington head coach Jay Gruden offered lukewarm praise of his quarterback.

When the season ended, asked to evaluate Cousins' play, the coach said, "When you’re 7-9, it’s hard to say, ‘Wow, this guy really was outstanding.’ There’s a few guys obviously that jump out, Pro Bowlers like Ryan Kerrigan had a solid year. Obviously Trent [Williams] when he played was a Pro Bowl-type and Brandon [Scherff] when he was healthy was a Pro Bowl-type guy. Kirk had his flashes where he was really good. From a consistent standpoint, over the course of 16 games, you know, we’re 7-9."

That quote made headlines when Gruden said it, much like McCloughan's comments now are circulating faster than Beltway traffic. 

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Truth is, it's not new. And it's not news.

There are coaches that think Cousins is only scratching the surface of his capabilities. Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay come to mind, but both of those coaches have other QBs likely for the long-term future. 

Cousins might end up being paid like a Top 3 quarterback in the NFL, and that might be the right move given the demand at the position. Will that make him a special passer?

Not if special is defined as Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees. Even Cousins wouldn't argue with that.

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Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?

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Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?

Every week during the 2017 Redskins season, NBC Sports Washington found two Redskins fans in the crowd and paired them in a head-to-head matchup on Twitter to determine the fan of the game.

And now that the season is over, it's time to take each of those winners, throw them into a NCAA Tournament-style bracket and let Twitter pick the Redskins Fan of the Year.

Starting on January 8 over on the @NBCSRedskins Twitter account, one matchup a day will be posted at 11 a.m., and fans will have 24 hours to vote for their favorite supporter by retweeting or liking depending on their preference. Week 1's winner will face off with Week 17's, Week 2's will play Week 16's, etc.

The winners will advance, and eventually, one member of the Burgundy and Gold faithful will stand above all the rest, earning the coveted title of Redskins Fan of the Year. 

Check out the results below, which'll be updated every day. To see the tweet that corresponded with each matchup, click the link after the date, but remember, retweets and likes submitted after the 24-hour period won't be counted.

ELITE 8 RESULTS

January 18: Round two, matchup one

The first Elite 8 matchup was... not close:

January 19: Round two, matchup two

The Elite 8's second tilt is underway. Vote now:


FIRST ROUND RESULTS

January 8: Round one, matchup one

This was a close one that came down to the last-minute, but at the 24-hour mark, Week 17's winner garnered justtttttttt enough retweets to move on.

January 9: Round one, matchup two

In this tournament, a giant Redskins chain is apparently worth more than a giant football hat.

January 10: Round one, matchup three

In the tournament's third showdown, we have our first winner from the Likes side:

January 11: Round one, matchup four

Was there anyway she wasn't gonna win, especially with the little Hogettes nose?

January 12: Round one, matchup five

Our fifth matchup's winner earned the most retweets of anyone up to this point:

January 15: Round one, matchup six

These three 'Skins fans had to witness Washington's Thursday night flop in Dallas, so it's only fair that they get to advance to the second round:

January 16: Round one, matchup seven

You'd think a turkey hat would be enough to capture a W, but not in this one:

January 17: Round one, matchup eight

The Elite 8 is now set with this showdown going to the retweets side: