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Need to Know: Both teams in good health

Need to Know: Both teams in good health

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, September 6, three days before the Redskins open up their season against the Eagles at FedEx Field.

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1. The Eagles’ Cary Williams and Riley Cooper got into a scuffle in practice yesterday. As you can see from the video from CSNPhilly.com, it wasn’t exactly a knockdown, drag-out affair.

Williams was one of the few Eagles who did not toe the harmonious company line after Cooper was caught on tape yelling a racial slur. “I think there’s no place for that word in anybody’s language, in anybody’s mouth or off anybody’s tongue, whether you’re black, white, green, purple, blue,” Williams said soon after the tape was uncovered. “It’s still the same meaning, it’s still a harsh word.” They both said things were “cool” later that afternoon but the situation bears watching.

2. If you had said a year ago that Michael Vick and Robert Griffin III would be playing in a Monday night opener and neither quarterback was asked to compare and contrast himself to his opposite number it would have been a major upset. But during Griffin’s press conference on Wednesday and Vick’s conference call with D. C. area reporters earlier that afternoon such a question was not asked. Vick’s name did not come up in RG3’s presser and Vick was asked to comment on Griffin only regarding coming back from injuries.

3. Trent Williams talked about the moments before coming out of the tunnel before a game. You hear from retired players who say that this is the kind of thing the miss the most.

It's electric. You never forget it. It's a feeling that is hard to describe but once you feel it you'll never forget it. I'm not yelling but it's kind of hard to stay quiet. You're so hyped. The game can't come fast enough once the smoke starts coming out and they call your name. It's just a rush, man.

4. Adam Carriker was not exactly emotional when he talked to reporters in the locker room for the first time this calendar year but he sounded very, very determined. Tarik has the post on it here. Him talking about swinging at things with a baseball bat during his bad days was pretty powerful. I don’t know how the saga will turn out but it’s hard not to root for the guy.

5. It’s hard to complain about the Redskins’ injury report. Only three players listed and two of them, Barry Cofield (hand) and Kirk Cousins (foot) practiced fully. Only Brandon Meriweather (groin) was limited. Yes, that’s groin, not knee. Mike Shanahan said that the knee is fine and that the groin is a new and unrelated injury. For the Eagles two reserves, CB Brandon Hughes (hand), T Dennis Kelly (back), were held out of practice.

Stat of the day

—The Redskins had 31 sacks last year and nine of them (29 percent) came in their two games against the Eagles.

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Timeline

—It’s been 240 days since the last Redskins game; there are three days until the next one

—Days until: Eagles @ Redskins 3; Redskins @ Packers 9; Lions @ Redskins 16

—Today’s schedule: Practice 11:50; player availability and Mike Shanahan press conference after practice (approx. 1:30)

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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.

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

There's still time to vote on this one:

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Who will be the Redskins' core offensive players three years from now?

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Who will be the Redskins' core offensive players three years from now?

Just before training camp, I took a stab at figuring out who on the Redskins roster would still be with the team and contributing in the year 2020. Now that the season is over, let’s revisit that look, move it up to 2021, and see how much the picture has changed. The offense is up today, the defense later this week.

The terms used here are mostly self-explanatory. If you want details you can look at this post from a couple of years ago.   

Offense (age as of Week 1 2021)

Potential blue-chip players: Brandon Scherff (29), Morgan Moses (30)
Changes from last prediction: Moses added, removed Trent Williams (33), Jordan Reed (31)

Scherff and Moses both are two young players who should get better with more experience. The right side of the line will be in good hands assuming the Redskins will be able to re-sign Scherff, who will be a free agent following the 2019 season.

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Williams will be 33 in 2021. He can play at a very high level at that age but I think he will be just below the perennial Pro Bowl status he enjoys now. Although I think that the Redskins can still get some good play out of Reed in the next couple of years, it’s hard to imagine him staying productive into his 30’s. He is under contract through 2021 but it’s hard to see him playing in Washington past 2020.

Solid starters: Jamison Crowder (28), Josh Doctson (27), Chris Thompson (30), Williams
Changes: Doctson, Thompson, Williams added, Kirk Cousins (33), Terrelle Pryor (32), Moses removed.

I’m probably higher on Doctson than most. I don’t see him attaining All-Pro status or catching 100 passes in a season but his physical talent is so good that he will be a solid, productive receiver for the next several years. The Redskins will need to find a third receiver but they will have two good ones in Crowder and Doctson.

Third-down back isn’t technically a starting position but Thompson should still be contributing as much to the offense as many starters.

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I think that Cousins will be a solid starter somewhere in 2021 but it is not looking like it will be in Washington. Pryor obviously did not work out and he is very likely to be playing elsewhere next year.

Potential starters: Spencer Long (30), Rob Kelley (28), Samaje Perine (25), Chase Roullier (28)
Changes: Added Roullier, moved Doctson up

Long could be a fixture on the O-line in 2021 or he could be signed by a different team in March. I don’t think that Kelley or Perine will be workhorse backs but either or both could be a part of a tandem. Roullier could move up to the “solid starters” category if he can repeat what he did in a small sample size (7 starts) in 2017.

There are other players who could end up on these lists a year from now. But we haven’t seen enough of 2017 draft picks TE Jeremy Sprinkle or WR Robert Davis to offer an intelligent assessment of where their careers are headed. It’s the same with undrafted linemen Tyler Catalina and Kyle Kalis. They might not make the team in 2018 or they could be competing for starting jobs in 2019.

There also are reserves like Ryan Grant (30) and Ty Nsekhe (35) who still could be on the roster but who would only be spot starters.

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.