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Need to Know: How many more wins for the Redskins this year?

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Need to Know: How many more wins for the Redskins this year?

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, October 17, one day before the Washington Redskins play the New York Jets.

How many will the Redskins win?

The Redskins now sit at 2-3. Believe it or not, when the clock hits 10:00 to go in the second quarter tomorrow we will be a third of the way through the season. As I noted the other day, it doesn’t look like they are among the dregs of the league any more, even though they are far from where they want to be as a team. Yes, they have some injuries to fight through. But after the bye they could be as good as they will be all year.

On top of that, what appeared to be a tough schedule in the second half of the season is not a daunting as it originally appeared to be. After they play the Patriots in Foxborough to reach the midway point of their season, they play just three games against teams with winning records. Only one of those games, against the Panthers, is on the road. They play the Bills and Giants at FedEx Field.

So let’s get out the mythical $100 in poker chips (we haven’t done that for a while) and bet on how many of their 11 remaining games the Redskins will win. As always, you are welcome to play along in the comments section.

0-2 more wins--$10: This would be the meltdown that many expeced in August but now seems to be very unlikely. A 2-9 finish would likely cost Jay Gruden his job along with much of the rest of the coaching staff. A new quarterback likely would be on the way in the draft or in free agency.

3-4 more wins--$35: This would probably be splitting the remaining four division games and beating the Saints and home and/or the Bears on the road. If they can get back to being able to run the ball efficiently and stop the run this should be doable. We’re getting into an area here where jobs will be safe because the record would be improved from last year and Dan Snyder has never fired a coach who improved the record from one season to the next.

5-6 more wins--$40: Finishing with even a 7-9 record would certainly raise some eyebrows around the league and hope for the future among Redskins fans. They would have to get their injured players back to health and pull off a couple of wins that would appear to be upsets right now. Given the way the division is going, this could put them into playoff contention.

7+ more wins--$15: This would be the jackpot, almost certainly playoff contention and national relevance again. While I think it’s unlikely that this will happen, I am giving it a better chance than the bust scenario because I do think they are moving in the right direction.

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Today’s schedule: Travel to New Jersey, no availability

Days until: Redskins @ Jets 1; Bucs @ Redskins 8; Redskins @ Patriots 22

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Late push for McGlinchey, Landry and Davenport would help Redskins at 13

Late push for McGlinchey, Landry and Davenport would help Redskins at 13

For months, draft conversation suggested that there wasn't an offensive tackle to pick in the Top 10. And after Bradley Chubb, there wasn't an edge defender worth a Top 10 pick either. 

All of a sudden, that conversation is changing. 

Late charges from Notre Dame tackle Mike McGlinchey, Boston College defensive end Harold Landry and University of Texas San Antonio pass rusher Marcus Davenport are starting to influence mock drafts.

On Wednesday, NFL Network's Peter Schrager predicted the 49ers to take McGlinchey with the ninth overall pick. Charley Casserly, in a mock draft with NBC Sports Washington on Monday, predicted the Chicago Bears take Davenport with the eighth overall pick. Reports on Landry are all over the place, but some guess he could break the Top 10 as well.

The thing to remember about the NFL: It's a passing league. Positions tied to the quarterback are the most important, and that means protecting the QB and getting after the QB is in high demand. No position will ever get over-drafted like quarterback, but it's not a surprise that teams might reach for players at tackle or edge rusher.

What does this mean for the Redskins holding the No. 13 pick?

It means great news. 

Washington will already benefit from four QBs going in the Top 10. That will likely push down an elite talent to their draft spot.

If McGlinchey, Davenport or Landry also crack the Top 10? Even better.

The Redskins need help at just about every position group on the defensive side of the ball. It's well documented how the team struggled against the run in 2017, but the defense also lost Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller this offseason. 

There will be a number of weapons available for Washington at 13, and that could include players like Minkah Fitzpatrick or Derwin James in addition to Vita Vea or Da'Ron Payne. It might mean Tremaine Edmunds or Roquan Smith lasts to 13 too. 

For the Redskins, Fitzpatrick or James at 13 seems like a steal. Both players present elite potential at the evolving position of nickel cornerback. They can play some corner, some safety, and James might even be able to play some linebacker. 

Regardless of the eventual destination for James or Fitzpatrick, if more surprise players sneak into the Top 10 on Thursday night, the better Washington's options become. And that includes the possibility of trading down, Vea or Payne, Smith or Edmunds.

More elite options at 13 only helps the Redskins. 

Redskins fans should be rooting for Mike McGlinchey, Harold Landry or Marcus Davenport early Thursday night. The folks in Ashburn will be. 

MORE 2018 NFL DRAFT:
- Mock Draft 9.0: Almost draft day
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- Top Prospects: WR options for the Redskins
- Need To Know: Rich Tandler's Seven-Round Redskins Mock Draft
- Mega-Mock Predictions: DC Media choose No. 13 pick

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Once undrafted, how Trey Edmunds found his way as a rookie in a crowded backfield

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A position change. A school change. A season-ending injury. 

Those are the kinds of things that prevent an NFL career from ever starting. But none of those things stopped Trey Edmunds from reaching the league and contributing for the Saints as a rookie in 2017.

Trey, the oldest brother in a family that features 2018 prospects Tremaine and Terrell, came out of high school as a linebacker, but became a running back after enrolling at Virginia Tech. After three productive seasons with the Hokies, he transferred to finish up his career with Maryland, yet his senior season was cut short after fracturing his foot five games in to the schedule.

That injury was a big reason why the 2017 NFL Draft came and went without a phone call for Edmunds, so he signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent in May. There, he played spot duty on special teams for much of his rookie campaign before his breakout moment in November:

Now, heading into his second pro year, Edmunds will reportedly have to fight for a roster spot in New Orleans again. But hey, adversity is something the 23-year-old is very familiar with, so don't bet against him.