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Need to Know: Redskins' QB situation in disarray

Need to Know: Redskins' QB situation in disarray

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, December 9, five days before the Washington Redskins go to the Meadowlands to play the New York Giants.

Three and out--All options on the table

1. I’m glad that Jeff Fisher enjoyed sending out the six players the Rams obtained in the Robert Griffin III trade for the coin toss on Sunday. And he was absolutely right when he said, "They have more issues than the coin toss” at his press conference yesterday. His team won the game so he has the right to say what he wants. But the Rams haven’t had a winning season since making the trade and the Redskins have a division title to their credit. A Fisher team not having a winning record is not unusual. In his previous 19 seasons as an NFL coach he has had all of six winning seasons. I would kind of lay low and not say much about other teams’ issues until I actually had accomplished something in my career besides being able to avoid being fired if I was Fisher. But that’s just me.

2. Among the Redskins’ issues is who will play quarterback against the Giants. Jay Gruden did not rule out any of the three on the roster. Right now it seems like Griffin has the best chance with Colt McCoy being the long shot due to his neck injury. He appeared to be moving gingerly in the locker room yesterday. But Gruden did not rule out Kirk Cousins getting a shot. I can see wanting to keep the Giants guessing for a few days but at some point it just starts to look like a giant mess. Well, maybe that’s because it is a giant mess. When you have three quarterbacks you don't have a quarterback.

3. It looks like Roy Helu Jr. will be out for at least a week with what Gruden described as one of “those turf toes injury type things”. (Yes, Jay is somewhat challenged when it comes to details on injuries.) Helu will go for further examination between now and Wednesday. If it is turf toe the Redskins could decide to put him on injured reserve. That could open the door for Chris Thompson to be moved up from the practice squad but only if he has improved his pass blocking to the point where he can keep whoever may be playing quarterback upright if he goes in. In any case, Helu being out this week opens the door for Silas Redd to get some more snaps on offense.

Out: I’m hearing that everything is on the table when it comes to who keeps his job at the end of the season. The chances are that Gruden will survive but it’s far from certain. Griffin’s future with the team is very much up in the air. Even Bruce Allen is not safe if there is an ugly end to the season. The chances are that one or more will be back but an ugly end to the season, three games similar to what we saw on Sunday, maybe combined with FedEx Field being packed with Eagles and Giants fans in Weeks 16 and 17, could mean a major shakeup is on the way in January.

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Today’s schedule: Off day, no availability

Days until: Redskins @ Giants 5; Eagles @ Redskins 11; 2015 NFL Draft 143

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Need to Know: Five Redskins who must step up in 2018

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Need to Know: Five Redskins who must step up in 2018

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, February 25, 17 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

Five Redskins who will have to step up in 2018

Originally published 12/26/17

WR Josh Doctson—This list is in no particular order but if it was, Doctson would be right here at the top. The watchword for Doctson is consistency. He makes some incredible catches and then there are throws that he drops or doesn’t quite seem to make enough of an effort to catch. There is promise there. The first-round pick has shown his ability and his teammates say he has a chance to be elite. But the potential must translate into production on the field, week in and week out.  

RB Samaje Perine—There is plenty of chatter about the Redskins’ need to sign or draft a top running back. But a look at this team’s recent history tells us that they are unlikely to invest major assets in the position. That means that Perine, a fourth-round pick in 2017, will have to become a more consistent runner. It’s not all his fault that he hasn’t done much since he had back-to-back 100-yard games in Weeks 11-12; tough defense, offensive line issues, and game score situations have slowed his production. But he needs to be consistently productive in 2018 no matter who he lines up against.

CB Josh Norman—Unless he gets a pick against the Giants, he will go through the year without any interceptions. Sure, they don’t throw his way all that often and INT’s don’t give you the complete picture of his play. But a CB taking up $20 million in cap room needs to get a couple of picks almost by sheer accident. Norman battled some injury problems and if he wants to justify the final two years and $23 million of salary remaining on his contract, his age 30 2018 season needs to be more impactful.

OLB Preston Smith—The third-year player started strong, with at least half a sack in the first five games. And he’s finishing strong, with three sacks, an interception, and a forced fumble in the last two games. But in between, he had a total of just half a sack in eight games. This follows the pattern he displayed his first two years in the league of being dominant in some games and invisible in others. If he can develop some consistency in his 2018 contract year, he could cash in huge in free agency the following year.

Head coach Jay Gruden—Normally I only include players on lists like this one but if Gruden doesn’t do something to get the Redskins out of their near-.500 rut then nothing else will matter. He needs to change up something, whether it’s pushing the players hard in training camp or perhaps fine tuning his friendly approach to the players. Sure, better luck regarding injuries and a schedule that right now appears to be a bit less challenging will help. But Gruden needs to look at what he can change, too.

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.

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Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 4
—NFL Draft (4/26) 60
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 196

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Need to Know: The five highest-paid 2018 Redskins

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Need to Know: The five highest-paid 2018 Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 24, 18 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The five highest-paid Redskins in 2018

Originally published 1/12/18

This is how the five highest-paid Redskins per their 2018 salary cap numbers stack up as of now. The list could change, of course during free agency and if a particular quarterback returns. Cap numbers via Over the Cap.

CB Josh Norman, $17 million—The Redskins do have a window which would allow them to move on from Norman. His $13.5 million salary for this year doesn’t become guaranteed until the fifth day of the league year so it would be “only” a $9 million cap charge to move on from Norman, who turned 30 in December. Don’t look for that to happen but the possibility is there.

OT Trent Williams, $13.86 million—He is one of the best left tackles in the business. Those of you out there who have advocated moving him to left guard should look at this cap number, which is way out of line for what a team can afford to pay a guard. At his pay, he needs to be playing on the edge.

OLB Ryan Kerrigan, $12.45 million—He has delivered double-digit sacks in each of the two seasons that his contract extension has been in effect. That’s good value in a league that values the ability to get to the quarterback.

TE Jordan Reed, $10.14 million—The Redskins knew that he might have a year like last year when he played in only six games when they agreed to Reed’s five-year, $50 million extension. They can live with one such season. If he has another one in 2018 they may rethink things.

G Brandon Scherff, $6.75 million—The fact that a rookie contract is No. 5 on this list is a good sign that, as of now, the Redskins’ cap is not top heavy like it was last year. The top three cap hits from Norman, Williams, and Kirk Cousins totaled $59 million, which was about 35 percent of the cap. This year the total cap numbers of the top three come to $43.3 million, 24.3 percent of the estimated $178 million salary cap.

Next five: OT Morgan Moses ($5.4 million), TE Vernon Davis ($5.33 million), DL Stacy McGee ($4.8 million), DL Terrell McClain ($4.75 million), S D.J. Swearinger ($4.33 million)

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Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 5
—NFL Draft (4/26) 61
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 197