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Need to Know: Examining ripple effects from Monday's Redskins roster moves

Need to Know: Examining ripple effects from Monday's Redskins roster moves

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, March 8, one day before the start of NFL free agency.

Ripple effects from Monday’s Redskins roster moves

We found out on Monday that four members of the 2015 Redskins were released. Here’s some analysis of the ripple effects of those moves.

QB Robert Griffin III—The Redskins have known this was coming since last August 31 and so the effects have largely worked their way through. The consequence that is the hardest to measure is the most lasting one, the players the Redskins could have acquired with the three first-round pick and the one second they gave up to get Griffin.

S Dashon Goldson—It’s unusual for a player to be a captain in his first year with the team but Goldson got elected after being traded from the Bucs. An odd situation led to him being one and done. The Bucs picked up half of his salary last year when they made the trade. His deal, signed when he was coming off his All-Pro season in San Francisco, called for an $8 million salary, just too much for his level of play. The Redskins picked up no dead cap in the process so they got 15 starts in exchange for a swap of late-round draft picks.

S Jeron Johnson—This one is somewhat puzzling because the cap room saved, $1.1 million, is so low. He’s still fairly young (28 when season starts) and a reasonably good special teams contributor. Johnson could be worth the money even if he never played a snap on defense. The departures of he two safeties puts a lot of pressure on DeAngelo Hall and Duke Ihenacho to stay healthy, on Kyshoen Jarrett to continue developing, and on Scot McCloughan to find another safety or two.

DE Jason Hatcher—He signed a four-year deal in 2014 but with a base salary that jumped up to $6.25 million this year both parties knew that unless Hatcher performed extremely well that the contract would either be revised or terminated after two years. There was talk recently that he wanted to play and would take a pay cut to do so. But it didn’t work out so Hatcher, who will turn 34 before training camp starts, is gone. His sack stats, 7.5 in two seasons, understate his level of play. Hatcher led the D-line in hurries the last two years with a combined 62. And he was a good locker room leader. Still, when you added it up the juice wasn’t worth the squeeze. With Terrance Knight also departing and Kedric Golston and Frank Kearse unsigned the Redskins could be looking for as many as four new players on the defensive line in 2016.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 58 days ago. It will be about 187 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL free agency starts 1; Redskins offseason workouts start 41; 2016 NFL draft 51

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Need to Know: Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Eagles

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Need to Know: Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Eagles

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, October 23, six days before the Washington Redskins play the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Redskins vs. Eagles, 8:30 pm, ESPN

Days until:

—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 13
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 31

Final report on injures of note:
Out
: CB Josh Norman (rib),
Questionable: OT Trent Williams (knee)CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), S Deshazor Everett (hamstring), RB Rob Kelley (ankle),
See the full injury report and analysis here

Final thoughts on Redskins vs Eagles

—The first time these teams met, both scored defensive touchdowns. Ryan Kerrigan got the first Redskins points on the board with a pick six of Carson Wentz in the second quarter. With a minute and a half left, Fletcher Cox wrapped up the game for his team with a 20-yard return of a very controversial fumble. The difference tonight could well be a defensive or special teams score.

—In that game, the Redskins never let the Eagles get any sort of running game going. The Eagles rushed for 54 yards, the second-lowest total for a Washington opponent this year. And they had 24 attempts (2.4 yards per) so it wasn’t as though they didn’t try. The Redskins could use another strong effort against the run this time as well.

—I examined third downs in the first look at this game a few days ago. Since then, this was bought to my attention.

Third downs could be a fatal flaw for the Redskins. The Eagles’ ability to convert third and long situations was a key to them being able to survive without much of a running game in the opener. The Redskins need to hold the Eagles to 40 percent or less on all third downs and to 25 percent or less on third and long. And they will have to do it without Josh Norman, their best defensive back.

—In the first meeting, the matchup of the Redskins’ offensive line and the Eagles’ defensive front went decidedly in Philly’s direction. Washington rushed for just 64 yards and Kirk Cousins was sacked four times. There were plenty of concerns about the line, especially RT Morgan Moses, who gave up two sacks, and RG Brandon Scherff, who gave up four total pressures. Those two and the unit as a whole have been better since that game. The Redskins’ front will need to win that battle this time around.

Prediction: A Week 7 game is not really a must-win when you have a winning record. There is a lot of season left to be played. But if the Redskins are going to take the next step and stay in the thick of things for the ideal playoff seeding, they need to take this one. This year in the NFL, just when everyone thinks they have things figured out something happens to flip the script. Everyone now figures that the Eagles are the best team in the NFC and perhaps the best in the NFL. They are ripe for an upset.

Redskins 24, Eagles 20

Season prediction record: 2-3

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Trent Williams needs knee surgery eventually, but the timeline has many factors

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Trent Williams needs knee surgery eventually, but the timeline has many factors

PHILADELPHIA — Arguably the Redskins best player, all of the NFL knows that Trent Williams can still play at a high level while dealing with injury. 

How long Williams can play though injury seems the more important question though as reports emerged the left tackle will need knee surgery at some point. That could come in the next few weeks, or as Redskins fans hope, perhaps at the end of the season.

Currently playing with a torn medial patella-femoral ligament in his right knee, the six-time Pro Bowler has not practiced since sustaining the injury three weeks ago in Kansas City. He was able to gut out a strong performance last week against the 49ers, and is expected to do the same Monday night against the Eagles.

One factor that might be pushing Williams to play with such a damaged right leg is that backup tackle Ty Nsekhe is also out after having surgery on his core muscles. 

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Nsekhe is expected back relatively soon, but the timeline remains murky. When he can come back, perhaps Williams will reconsider his options. 

Surgery for the torn MPFL will leave Williams with a five or six-month recovery. 

It's obvious the Redskins' offense is best with Williams on the field. Nsekhe, however, proved a capable backup last season when Williams served a four-game suspension. 

Without Nsekhe, the Redskins would go to veteran T.J. Clemmings should Williams be unable to play. Nsekhe has not played since a Week 3 win over Oakland. The Redskins added Clemmings to the roster in early September, after their fourth preseason game. He spent the last two seasons with the Vikings. 

For now, the Redskins will continue to hope Williams can play through the pain.

"Trent is a tough guy, so we will see how it works, see how feels tomorrow and go from there," Jay Gruden said of Williams on Saturday. 

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