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Need to Know: Will any Redskins players be traded before the draft?

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Need to Know: Will any Redskins players be traded before the draft?

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, April 5, 25 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.

Question of the day

A few days a week I’ll give an in-depth answer to a question submitted by a fan on my Twitter feed, via the Real Redskins Facebook page, or in the comments section here. On Twitter address the questions to me at @Rich_TandlerCSN with the #NTK hashtag. There will be a comment thread set up on the Facebook page and if you’re asking your question here, put “for NTK” at the start of the comment.

On the weekends I do quick-hit answers to some good questions that don’t require an in-depth reply. Let’s get going with one from the Real Redskins Facebook page:

Despite what you calendar may say, Gern, June 1 has already come and gone, at least in terms of NFL teams cutting players while trying to save 2015 cap room. The CBA permits each team to designate two players it releases after the start of the league year as post-June 1 cuts. It has the same cap effect but the player can hit the market during the prime of free agency while there still is money to be made. And the team avoids the prospect of having a player they know they are going to cut coming into the facility, working out, and possibly getting injured. So, for the past six years or so there have been nothing but very minor moves on June 1. Those cuts are already done. McCloughan and company will continue to evaluate any players that are released.

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I’m not sure I see a market for either player, at least not one that would generate an offer the Redskins would have a hard time turning down. Cousins was relegated to the bench after throwing interceptions in bunches last year and not reacting well to them. Garçon might be an attractive player but I don’t see a team giving up much for a good, not great, player with $7.5 million in salary and bonuses this year and $8 million in 2016. If there is any interest I’d say it comes after the draft if some teams didn’t get what they wanted in Chicago. But for right now I think that both players are worth more to the Redskins than they could get in return for them.

From what can be determined at this point, left guard is up for grabs only to the extent there is supposed to be competition for every position. It would be surprising of Shawn Lauvao was not the starting guard in Week 1. That could change if they draft a guard early on and that player is able to push out the starter. I’m doubtful that Josh LeRibeus has much of a shot at ousting Lauvao.

I would say that the chances of Moss being on the 53-man roster for Week 1 are very slim and it seems unlikely that he would even be signed to get a shot. But you can’t rule it out entirely, especially if the Redskins don’t draft a receiver or suffer an injury at some point. Last week Jay Gruden said that they would keep him in mind and might consider Moss after the draft so there is the proverbial chance.

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I don’t know if you’re crazy or not but a wide receiver could well be the best player available at No. 5. I’m partial to Kevin White but Amari Cooper could well be a better prospect. The Redskins will take a long look if those two are on the board. And, despite what some may tell you, there is a need at wide receiver. Both Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson both will turn 30 next year and will have cap hits in excess of $10 million and $9 million, respectively. If you don’t see a need there, you don’t know what a need is.

Timeline

—It’s been 98 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 161 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 15; 2015 NFL Draft 25; Redskins training camp starts 116

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Kirk Cousins breaks down the terribleness of FedEx Field grass

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Kirk Cousins breaks down the terribleness of FedEx Field grass

For years, the Redskins struggle with their home field as the fall turns to winter. It's been happening so long it's become an expected passing of the seasons, like the transition from Halloween jack-o-lanterns to Christmas lights dotting people's front yards. 

Well, on Thanksgiving night, the turf at FedEx Field again showed how bad it can be. On a second half interception returned for a New York Giants touchdown, replay showed that Kirk Cousins' foot got stuck on the dirt, and it played a role in his sailing a ball to the sideline. The bad turf was not the only reason for the interception, but it was definitely a reason. 

Beyond the pick, the field was just ugly. Twitter blew up making fun of the Redskins home grass, and the national broadcast showed just how unsightly the long brown patch between the hash marks looked. 

On Friday, the normally diplomatic Cousins opened up about the grass.

"It probably doesn't look like a professional NFL field should," the quarterback said on 106.7 the Fan (full audio here). "If you think the field is rough now on Thanksgiving, we've got two more home games in mid-to-late December. That's probably going to be a bigger challenge."

Asked about the field's impact on the interception on Thursday night, Cousins ignored it. But plenty of other players have suggested the field is a known problem in the second half, and something they just must deal with. 

"I don't know why it is that way or what causes it," Cousins said. "I've kind of learned to accept it and understand it's part of the deal. Playing here on the field has never been that great in the second half of the season for whatever the reason."

[h/t @BenStandig for the Cousins quotes]

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When Samaje Perine got going, so did the Redskins' offense

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When Samaje Perine got going, so did the Redskins' offense

At halftime of the Redskins’ Thanksgiving night game against the Giants, Samaje Perine had three yards rushing and his team had three points. Washington had racked up all of 113 yards.

Coincidence? Not entirely. Although the Redskins are primarily a passing team they need to run the ball to pass effectively.

“We had to get the running game going,” said Jay Gruden after the game.

In the second half, Perine and the offense did get it going. Perine ran for 97 yards and Redskins put up 210 yards and 17 points. It’s safe to say that it wasn’t a coincidence.

The Redskins didn’t make any halftime adjustments to get the ground game in gear.

“We just had to stay the course,” said Perine. “We knew they were going to come out fired up, they just came off a big win. We just had to stay the course and then things started going our way.”

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Perine was more steady than spectacular. His longest run was 16 yards. He came out of the locker room and ran for six and 10 yards on his first two carries. Later in the third quarter the Redskins were backed up at their own 10. Perine ran four straight plays for 39 yards and the Redskins were near midfield.

Although they didn’t score on that drive they did change field position. That was part of the Redskins’ strategy playing with an injury-depleted offense.

“If you had to punt in a game like this and play field position, it’s not the end of the world because our defense was playing so good,” said Gruden.

Not only did the running game flip the field, it flipped the time of possession. In the first half, the Giants had the ball for 17:40 compared to 12:20 for the Redskins.

“We had to get on the field and control some of the clock,” said tackle Morgan Moses. “We had to give our defense a rest. Samaje put his foot in the ground and got extra yards when needed and we were able to move the chains.”

Moses wasn’t the only one enjoying seeing Perine pile up some yards.

“As a defensive player, you want to see that,” said safety D.J. Swearinger. “We say, keep running it. Keep running him. Let him keep getting those carries, put a dent in the defense. It was a good sight to see.”

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Swearinger got to watch a lot of Perine. The Redskins piled up 22:17 in possession in the second half, while Swearinger and his defensive mates had to defend for just 7:43.

Last night was the second time in four days that Perine has rushed for 100 yards or more; he had 117 in New Orleans on Sunday. No Redskin has rushed for 100 yards in consecutive games since Alfred Morris did it in November of 2013.

He will have a chance to extend that streak to three on Thursday against the Cowboys, who are ranked 17th in rushing defense. That would put him in some elite company in Redskins history, including Larry Brown (twice) and Stephen Davis.  A steak of three straight 100-yard games was last done by Morris in 2012.

It may be a little early to look forward, but the Redskins record is five straight 100-yard games, held by Clinton Portis (twice) and Ladell Betts.  

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