Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, April 6, 22 days before the NFL Draft.
—The Redskins last played a game 87 days ago. It will be about 158 days until they play another one.
—Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 12; 2016 NFL draft 22; Redskins training camp starts 113
The Redskins took a major leap forward in special teams last year. They went from near the bottom in one of the most respected rankings in 2014 into the middle of the pack last year. Like the other units on the team they want to keep improving the kicking game. But due to personnel losses it may be hard to do that.
The two players who led the team in special teams snaps, Darrell Young and Jeron Johnson, will not be back. Kyshoen Jarrett, who averaged 10 special teams snaps per game, is a question mark after suffering an injury that affects strength in his arm. Derek Carrier (103 special teams snaps) also is an injury question mark and Dashon Goldson (109) and Trenton Robinson (99) are not currently on the roster.
These players will be replaced. The team signed David Bruton and Terrance Garvin with the idea that they will play a lot of special teams. Nile Paul, a key contributor since he was drafted in 2011, is returning after missing all of last year with an injury. Others, like Deshazor Everett, will have to step up from minor special teams roles into major ones.
But you never know how changes like this are going to work out. It will be up to Ben Kotwica to make sure that the new players learn the system and buy into it.
Fan question of the day
Today's question is from the Real Redskins Facebook page.
I like it when someone gets right to the point with a question.
The right to the point answer is, there isn’t a whole lot of it. But they may have enough of it on the team right now.
Last year they went with two reserves at tackle, Ty Nsekhe and Tom Compton. The former is still under contract, the latter left as a free agent and joined Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta.
Nsekhe played both left and right tackle last year, filling in when Trent Williams and Morgan Moses, respectively, were sidelined with injuries. He could be the swing tackle again this year and back up both sides. Most of Compton’s snaps came as an additional blocking tight end.
Many teams go with one swing tackle on the roster. If the Redskins want another one, they could look either to the veteran free agent market or perhaps to their practice squad. Takoby Cofield was undrafted out of Duke a year ago but the Redskins paid him the largest allowable signing bonus to sign with them. He spent 2015 on the practice squad and he may be ready to step into a backup role this year.
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