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OPEN THREAD: Consider Trent Murphy in Junior Galette pursuit

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OPEN THREAD: Consider Trent Murphy in Junior Galette pursuit

It appears the Redskins pursuit of recently dismissed New Orleans Saints linebacker Junior Galette is quite serious. While not a done deal yet, Galette seems to have major interest of the Washington brass, and perhaps more importantly, not many other suitors.

Galette's talent is obvious: With 22 sacks the last two seasons he has a proven ability to get to the quarterback. Outside of Ryan Kerrigan, few on the Redskins defense can boast the same, and certainly no other linebacker can tout those kind of numbers. 

Galette brings much baggage, both as a teammate and a person, and GM Scot McCloughan and coach Jay Gruden must weigh that against his on-field talents. But one name seems a bit lost in the Galette-palooza, that of former second round pick Trent Murphy. By all accounts, Murphy had a tremendous offseason, adding weight and getting familiar with the new defensive scheme of Joe Barry. Gruden even said as much after practice on Wednesday.

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"It’s very early at training camp and we like competition in all spots, but Trent Murphy has really done an excellent job," the coach said. "In OTAs, he probably had about 15 sacks – would-have-been sacks – if we let the whistle blow."

As a rookie, Murphy's numbers were rather pedestrian, though the big man from Stanford did deal with injuries. He played in 15 games, logged 22 tackles to go with 2.5 sacks and forced two fumbles. He took over the starting outside linebacker job when Brian Orakpo went down with injury, and with 'Rak gone now to Tennessee, that job is presumed to be Murphy's. Or was presumed to be Murphy's until the Galette situation arose.

There will certainly be competition from new rookie Preston Smith, but Murphy has already established himself as a strong player against the run. If he can combine that with better pass rushing, there would be no question who gets the starting spot. To call it a hype train implies false connotation, and by all accounts that's not the case, but the avalanche of positive talk on Murphy's development this offseason leads reason to think it could be a big year for 93.

"He’s really put on some weight. He’s stronger, he looks a little quicker, and he’s got great knowledge of the system. He’s a very smart player," Gruden said of Murphy. "Trent is going to be a tough guy to get out of that lineup."

An NFL team can never have too many pass rushers, period. As offenses transition around the league to more up-tempo and pass heavy, the ability to get to the opposing QB is one of the few means to slow a team down. If McCloughan believes Galette will make the team better, and the organization is properly prepared to handle any off-field issues, a potential signing makes sense.

But what does it mean for Murphy? And what does it mean if the coaches all speak to his development from his rookie season to Year 2?

Let us know what you think in the comments. 

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—All-Redskins mock, fast-fading interest in Dez

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—All-Redskins mock, fast-fading interest in Dez

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 21, five days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington

Should the Redskins pursue Dez Bryant? This topic was one like a meteor, very hot for a short period of time before it quickly faded out. It started to heat up as soon as the Cowboys cut Dez (about a month too late) and when it was reported that he wanted to play against Dallas twice a year it really picked up steam. But then people started to actually think and figured out that signing Bryant didn’t make much sense for the Redskins. Add to that the reports that the Redskins had no interest and would not look into signing Dez in the future and the Redskins fans quickly lost enthusiasm for the topic.

Seven-round Redskins mock draft—I think that most Redskins fans would be happy with this mock. Well, I’ll say some Redskins fans, most is a pretty strong word in this case. 

Is the draft pool deep enough for the Redskins to trade back? There is plenty of talk about the Redskins trading down in the first round to recoup the third-round pick they gave up in the Alex Smith trade. But they need to be careful. Many consider the draft to be top heavy and they may lose their chance to pick up an impact player if they trade back too far. The question then becomes one of quality vs. quantity. 

Three questions as offseason workouts get underway—There will be plenty more questions that we can ask about this team. But we don’t really know what to ask before the draft, particularly when it comes to the defensive line and running back. One the personnel settle into place we will know what we don’t know. 

Tweet of the week

On Chris Cooley’s thought that the Redskins might try to trade back and get Da’Ron Payne in the draft and the use the assets obtained to move up to get Derrius Guice. 

This is related to the questions about trading back. On paper it looks like a good idea, assuming the Redskins want Payne. We’re pretty sure they would like to have Guice but we haven’t heard as much about the Alabama defensive lineman. 

I had many reply that Guice won’t be there in the second round. It’s possible, perhaps even likely, but you just don’t know. There was zero chance that Jonathan Allen would be there at No. 17 last year, right? 

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Timeline  

Days until:

—OTAs start (5/22) 31
—Training camp starts (7/26) 96
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 141

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Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018

Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018

The NFL started taking into account a new factor when putting together its schedule this year. The concept is called rest disparity. It stems from a complaint made by the Giants last year. And, of course, when the Giants have a cold, the NFL sneezes and immediately does whatever it takes to cure the cold. 

Here is how Peter King laid it out this morning on the MMQB:

Last year, I heard the Giants were not pleased with their schedule because they felt they were too often playing teams more rested than they were. In consecutive October weeks, they played teams coming off byes, for instance. The NFL calculated a figure for every team based on the number of combined days of rest for their foes or for the team, calculating, for instance, in those two weeks, the Giants were a minus-14 (minus-seven for each of the foes, Seattle and Denver, coming off byes). In all, by my math, the Giants were a league-worst minus-22 in “rest disparity.”

So the schedule makers worked to minimize the rest disparity this year. According to King, the worst rest disparity in the league this year is minus-11. The Giants are minus-eight. 

The question that Redskins fans will have immediately here is if the Giants’ rest disparity was reduced at the expense of the team in burgundy and gold. The answer that will surprise many is no. 

The Redskins rest disparity in 2018 will be either minus-one or zero. The variance is due to the possibility that their Week 16 game in Tennessee will be flexed to a Saturday game (see details here). If the game stays on Sunday, they will be at minus-one in rest disparity. If it gets moved, they will have had exactly as much rest over the course of the season as did their opponents, in aggregate. 

If you're interested in the nitty-gritty, here is how it breaks down. In eight or nine of their games, they will have had the same amount of rest as their opponents. They play one game coming off of their bye, a Monday night game in New Orleans. The Saints play the previous Sunday, giving Washington a plus-seven in days of rest. That is canceled out when they play the Falcons in Week 9 after Atlanta’s bye. 

Due to their Thanksgiving game, they get three extra days off going into their Week 13 Monday night game in Philadelphia. Two weeks later the Jaguars will have those three extra days of rest when they host the Redskins, having played on Thursday in Week 14.

They lose a day relative to their opponents coming off of those Monday night games against the Saints and Eagles. The Redskins get an extra day prior to visiting the Giants in Week 8 as New York has a Monday night game in Week 7. 

So far, that comes to minus-one in rest disparity. That will remain in place if they play the Titans on Sunday, December 23. If the game is flexed to Saturday, they will gain a day of rest on the Eagles in Week 17, zeroing out the rest disparity for the season. 

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