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Redskins minicamp practice report, Tuesday: A lively session

Redskins minicamp practice report, Tuesday: A lively session

The Redskins had the first of their two minicamp practices today under sunny skies at Redskins Park. Here are some observations from the field.

Arie Kouandjio got some run with the first team at left guard. I’m still not sure if it’s a three-man competition between him, Spencer Long and Shawn Lauvao but it will be interesting to see how it plays out.

David Bruton and Bashaud Breeland were sporting gold football pants

—The Redskins are shifting into a variety of defensive fronts. The rules regarding coverage of practice state that I can’t go into detail on them but I think that fans will be excited to see them when the season starts.

Josh Doctson participated in the walkthrough portion of practice but nothing else. Jay Gruden said that his Achilles was still ailing and although he might have been able to go they didn’t want to risk further injury.

Jordan Reed also was out due to an ankle injury.

Lyndon Trail is 6-7, 270 and a heck of an athlete. If he can figure out rushing the passer he could be quite an asset. He blew through the dummies in this drill; watch No. 48.

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—Among the players working out on the far field doing injury rehab were TE Derek Carrier (knee), G Shawn Lauvao (ankle), and OLB Junior Galette (Achilles)

—Nobody mentions Kendall Reyes much when talking about the competition to start at right defensive end. But he has lined up with the first team there quite frequently. I would not count him out.

—It was supposed to take Niles Paul until training camp to finish rehab on the ankle he injured last August. But he has been participating and he seems to have no difficulty.

Kirk Cousins completed a bomb to DeSean Jackson and then ran up the sideline pumping his fist and yelling, “Celebrate! You love that!” Later on at his press conference Cousins said, “We have a blast and we compete.”

—A little later the defense got some revenge as Bashaud Breeland picked off a Cousins pass deep over the middle. Some mocking calls of “You like that!” came from the defense. As Cousins said, just competing, all in fun.

—Nobody different was back returning punts. It was the regulars we’ve seen all offseason—Jamison Crowder, Rashad Ross, Will Blackmon, Dashaun Phillips, and Jarvis Turner.

—Cousins fired a dart to Vernon Davis over the middle. “Hell of a strike, No. 8,” shouted Jay Gruden.

—Rookie free agent RB Robert Kelly is getting quite a bit of work and he appears to be impressing the coaches. “I think he’s going to be a tough guy to tackle when all is said and done,” said Gruden when asked about him.

—A brief skirmish broke out among a few obscure rookie free agents. It was broken up quickly. The combatants, to use the term loosely, were OL’s Cody Booth and Kevin Bowen and LB Ejiro Ederaine.

Chris Baker got some pass rush push up the middle and he got a hand on two Cousins passes. One he tipped and sent off target and the other he batted backwards.

—Ouch! Rookie wide receiver Valdez Showers landed on his shoulder after making a catch near the sideline. He didn’t get up until after trainers tended to his right shoulder. The injury was diagnosed as an AC joint sprain and Showers will be out until training camp.

—The play of the day was made by rookie CB Lloyd Carrington. A Nate Sudfeld pass floated into the end zone and with tight coverage on the receiver Carrington was able to cradle the ball in his right arm to make a spectacular grab.

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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

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Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price

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Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price

A 2017 midseason trade for Martavis Bryant made no sense for the Redskins. A 2018 offseason trade for Martavis Bryant, however, might make sense for the Redskins. 

Bryant is on the trade block, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and will be an intriguing prospect for receiver-needy teams across the NFL. In parts of three seasons with the Steelers, Bryant has 17 touchdowns and a 15.2 yards-per-reception average. 

A big play threat from any place on the field, Bryant would immediately make the Redskins receiving unit more athletic and explosive. 

It's not all good news with Bryant, though.

He was suspended for the entire 2016 season after repeated drug violations and caused some distraction for Pittsburgh during the 2017 season when he asked for a trade via social media. 

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Is the talent enough to overcome the off-field distractions? Many would say it is. 

Last year, in just eight starts, Bryant grabbed 50 catches for more than 600 yards and three TDs. In their lone playoff loss to the Jaguars, Bryant caught two passes for 78 yards and a TD. 

Remember, too, the Steelers have an explosive offense, and Bryant is coupled with Antonio Brown on the receiver front along with Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback and Le'Veon Bell at running back. The Pittsburgh offense is loaded. 

Washington's offense is not nearly the prolific unit that the Steelers send out, but Jay Gruden does design a good offense. 

The real question surrounding any talk of trading for Bryant is the cost.

The Redskins are not in a position to send away any more draft picks this offseason after giving up a third-round pick, in addition to Kendall Fuller, to acquire Alex Smith. Bruce Allen and the Redskins front office need to improve their team in plenty of spots, and the team's draft picks are quite valuable. 

Bryant only has one year remaining on his rookie deal, and it's hard to balance that sort of short-term investment with the value of adding a rookie committed to the team for at least four years. Perhaps a late-round pick would make sense, but it would need to be a sixth-rounder. 

This could be one of those rare situations in the NFL where a player for player swap could work, though pulling that type of maneuver requires a lot of moving parts. 

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