Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, March 30, 29 days before the NFL Draft.
—The Redskins last played a game 80 days ago. It will be about 165 days until they play another one.
—Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 19; 2016 NFL draft 29; Redskins training camp starts 120
Yesterday, after news that Anquan Boldin is visiting the Redskins came out, Mike Giardi of our corporate brethren at CSN New England put out a tweet that shed some light on why Boldin is making his first visit almost three weeks into free agency.
“Still out there not because of lack of interest, but $$$ demands,” wrote Giardi.
This is not just the answer to why Boldin hasn’t visited anywhere before yesterday. It also possibly is the answer to “Why aren’t the Redskins interested in (fill in the blank with your favorite free agent safety, running back, tight end, or other position of need)?”
It’s not always a matter of the Redskins not recognizing that this player could help them or thinking that he can’t play. It’s often a situation where the player’s price tag is too high and they want to wait until it drops to a point where they might be able to agree on a reasonable contract.
Sometimes the reason why a team doesn’t show interest in a free agent is because of the lack of a scheme or character fit. But more often than not it’s a matter of money.
Fan question of the day
@Rich_TandlerCSN what are the chances of drafting Derrick Henry 2rd and giving us a monster backfield #NTK— dale connors (@DCFenian) March 28, 2016
Not to be too obvious about it, but two things would need to happen for the Redskins to draft Henry in the second round. For one thing, he would have to be there when the Redskins pick at No. 53 overall. I don’t think that the Heisman Trophy winner will be a first-round pick so he likely will be there on the second day of the draft. But will he make it past 21 other teams, several of which have needs at running back, to the Redskins pick? It’s hard to say how a draft will play out but I’d say that chances that he is there are less than 50-50, maybe way less.
If he does make it to No. 53 will the Redskins take him? I don’t see it for a couple of reasons. The word is that they want a faster back, a guy who can score from anywhere on the field, to pair with Matt Jones. And I think that Scot McCloughan will believe that he can find his second running back later in the draft.
With all of that said, you can’t rule it out completely. McCloughan likes big players and at 6-3, 247 Henry certainly qualifies. By all indications he is a high-character player who has the work ethic that the Redskins are looking for. Still, the odds seem to be against it.
(Hit me up on Twitter with #NTK @Rich_TandlerCSN or here in the comments to submit a question)
Stat of the day
Kirk Cousins threw at least one touchdown pass in all 16 games last year.
The Redskins’ 2015 opponents threw at least one touchdown pass in all but two games (@ Atlanta, vs. Dallas). They lost both of those games.
In case you missed it
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- Report: After talking to Patriots, Knighton plans to visit Redskins
- Tale of the Tape: Pierre Garçon vs Anquan Boldin
- Redskins bring in free agent WR Anquan Boldin for visit
- Redskins' Gruden anticipates a 'great' competition at left guard
- Slow 40 time for Laquon Treadwell could actually help Redskins
- NFL's 2016 draft order finalized; Redskins own 8 picks