Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 21, 40 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.
Question of the day—quick hits edition
I collect a lot of queries for the question of the day and a lot of them are good but they don’t warrant an answer long enough for a full post. So every once in a while I do a quick hits edition to answer those questions.
@Rich_TandlerCSN do you think they still like phillip thomas thats why there appears to be not much urgency to overpay a S— datjerseytexan (@datjerzeytexan) March 15, 2015
Since you tweeted this, they did sign Jeron Johnson, who is likely to be the starting strong safety. It is unfortunate that Thomas had the injury issues but, as they say, the more important ability is availability. He didn’t play horribly in his starting opportunities last year but obviously he wasn’t good enough to lock in the first opportunity to win the starting job.
A year ago it looked like Amerson was on his way to a solid career in Washington but he struggled mightily last year after being moved into a starting role. Some of his issues stemmed from missed assignments. A one-game suspension for being late to practice fed into the perception that he needs to take his job more seriously. There is no talk that a position change is in his future but that could happen at any time up until training camp. It certainly looks like he won't be a starting corner after the free agent signing of Chris Culliver.
@Rich_TandlerCSN When will the team start hosting draft prospects for private workouts? How much can we read into who they workout? #NTK— Not Your Average Joe (@JoeCoolMiller) March 15, 2015
We need to define some terms here. A draft workout, where the team goes out onto the field with the prospect and has him throw, catch, run patterns, and the like, must take place near the player’s home school. So a team can’t “host” a workout. They do host draft visits, where the prospect comes to the facility, tours the place, meets to coaches, etc. The Redskins tend to keep these visits very secretive so they may have had some workouts and/or visits and kept them under wraps. They get 30 visits and they have seven draft picks so you can figure out how significant each one is.
Just wrote about that yesterday. They are still looking although their main targets at right tackle quickly become too expensive for what the Redskins wanted to do. I think they’ll look for somebody to compete with Tom Compton to serve as a bridge until Morgan Moses is ready to start, which could be 2016. Chris Chester will stay at right guard until Spencer Long can beat him out.
They have brought in Jeron Johnson and Chris Culliver and that’s a start. There really isn’t too much out there on the free agent market that will help. They may wait for the Bucs to release Dashon Goldson, a draft pick of Scot McCloughan’s in San Francisco. They could sign him to a short-term deal and develop a safety taken in this year’s draft to develop into the starter.
—It’s been 83 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 176 days until they play another one.
—Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 30; 2015 NFL Draft 40; Redskins training camp starts 131
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