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Tandler's Tweetbag: When do the Redskins go back to work?


Tandler's Tweetbag: When do the Redskins go back to work?

Here are some good questions I have received on Twitter (@Rich_TandlerCSN) that deserve a response of more then 140 characters. Feel free to hit me with questions any time.

From @skinsrockflair: Hi Rich. Have you heard anything on [cornerback Chase] Minnifield as far as rehab or expectations that he could play next year?

Normally we do not get rehab updates on players who are on injured reserve. While the doctors and trainers monitor the progress of the rehab process the coaches are not focused on players who will be unable to play this year. Unless a player happens to drop by the locker room while it is open to the media as Fred Davis did last week we just don’t get any updates. We will find out more about Minnifield when conditioning and OTA’s start in the spring.

From @P_Hazard: Will CB Pat Lee be a more likely target for Redskins than Stanford Routt?

The Raiders cut starting cornerback Patrick Lee in order to bring cornerback Ron Bartell off of the revocable IR list. Whenever a starting defensive back hits the market, Redskins fans ask about whether or not their team will be interested. And while it’s possible that the Redskins will take a look at Lee, who has played in 40 NFL games with eight starts in four NFL seasons with the Packers and Raiders, it would be surprising to see the Redskins sign him. They seem to be of the mind that while their secondary is bad they aren’t going to get any substantial help by singing players who were cut by bad teams. So, as they did with Routt, who was released by the Chiefs a couple of weeks ago, they are likely to bypass the opportunity to sign Lee.

From @AndyMoneybags: When does the team resume practice? The usual wed? That’s a lot of time off...

Certainly, the Redskins look like a team that could use some more work. Even if they need to rest their bodies, one would think they could benefit from additional film and meeting time. But a mental break from the game can be just as important as a physical break. And even if Mike Shanahan thought otherwise and wanted to work the team during the bye he couldn’t. The CBA requires five days off during the bye so they are off Wednesday through Sunday. They will report to Redskins Park tomorrow for meetings and perhaps a light practice (we don’t yet have a media schedule). They will be off on Tuesday, another CBA requirement, before starting preparation for the Eagles in earnest on Wednesday.

From Trey_DavisIII: hey Mr. Rich. What do you think the chances of Tanard Jackson coming back to the team this off season is? It would help.

I got a few questions about Jackson both about this year and next. And while the door isn’t closed to him returning to the Redskins it will be a very tricky path. Jackson can’t set foot in an NFL facility until August 30, 2013 at the earliest. He can apply for reinstatement then but there is no guarantee that he will be allowed to come back. So the Redskins would be foolish to rely on his return to fill a hole at safety. They will have to make other plans and if Jackson can return he might serve as added depth. Another possibility is that they may simply release him and clear his $700,000 salary off of the books.


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Need to Know: Redskins likely to return at least 16 of their 22 starters from last year

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Need to Know: Redskins likely to return at least 16 of their 22 starters from last year

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, March 23, 34 days before the NFL draft.  

Stability at the top of the depth chart

A Redskins defense that ranked 27th in total defense and was dead last against the run is likely to return nine or 10 of the players who were the primary starters in 2017. The Washington defense, which was 16th overall and 27th running the ball, will certainly return seven starters and could have eight the same as last year.

I’m sure that this will alarm many Redskins fans, but it shouldn’t. Before getting into that, let’s look at the changes.

On defense, the nine starters who are assured of returning are DE Stacy McGee, DL Jonathan Allen, OLB Preston Smith, OLB Ryan Kerrigan, ILB Zach Brown, ILB Mason Foster, CB Josh Norman, S Montae Nicholson, and S D.J. Swearinger.

As of right now, a tenth returning starter has to be penciled in at nose tackle. Yes, if the season started today it would be Ziggy Hood at nose tackle again. More on that in a minute.

The only starting spot that is certain to turn over is the cornerback opposite Norman. Even though Bashaud Breeland’s contract agreement with the Panthers fell through due to a failed physical he is much more likely to land on another NFL team than he is to return to the Redskins.

It is impossible to think that the Redskins will not do something to address the nose tackle position, whether it’s in the draft or in free agency. Then again, it’s impossible to believe they have run the 3-4 defense since 2010 without coming up with a long-term solution at the nose.

On offense, the seven starters certain to return are WR Josh Doctson, WR Jamison Crowder, OT Trent Williams, C Chase Roullier, RG Brandon Scherff, RT Morgan Moses, and TE Jordan Reed. RB Samaje Perine could be an eighth returning starter depending on if the Redskins take a running back early in the draft.

The new starters will be QB Alex Smith, WR Paul Richardson, and someone at left guard.

Having between 16 and 18 returning starters from a team that went 7-9 in 2017 may not be enough turnover for some fans. That’s not a completely unreasonable point of view. However, there is such thing as having too much churn in your starting lineup and some stability for the Redskins may be a good thing this year.

They had five new starters on defense last year and a new defensive coordinator. They also had a new coordinator on offense along with two new wide receivers and, by midseason, changes in the starters at running back and center. This is not counting all of the on-the-fly changes that had to be made due to injuries.

Continuing to make changes in the starting lineup is not always a recipe for success. Sometimes you just need to pick a group of players and, to the extent that you can in the free agency-salary cap world of the NFL, stick with them. Sure, you have to address weakness like nose tackle and possibly running back and fill holes created by free agency departures. However, it is often better to give a player time to acclimate to a system and, especially with a rookie, time to learn the fine points of the game.

Tearing things down and starting over again after a mediocre season is a recipe for, well, more mediocre seasons.

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—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 25
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 127
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 171

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Terrelle Pryor reportedly closing in on deal with new team

Terrelle Pryor reportedly closing in on deal with new team

Former Washington Redskin Terrelle Pryor may have found a new home after a tumultuous season in Washington.

The 28-year-old wide receiver appears to be on the way to the New York Jets for the 2018 season according to Ian Rappaport.

Last season, Pryor only played in nine games for Washington and was sent to injured reserve after Week 11. His season ended with ankle surgery and it closed the book on a short stint in the nation’s capital.

In his nine games, he never got on the same page with former Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins. Targeted only 37 times, the six-year veteran only had 20 receptions for 240 yards and a single touchdown.

This is coming after a 1,000-yard season on the dismal Cleveland Browns team that went 1-15 in 2016. As a free-agent, he signed with Washington on a ‘prove-it’ deal for one-year, eight million last off-season. He was expected to a significant amount of touches alongside Josh Doctson.


With so much anticipation it was easy to say that Pryor’s lone season in Washington was a disappointment.

If he does sign with the Jets, Pryor joins a New York franchise that is still continuing to rebuild. They currently own the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and are in search of a quarterback.  A year ago they finished 5-11 under third-year head coach Todd Bowles.

Transitioned to wide receiver in Cleveland, Pryor was drafted into the league as a quarterback.  He spent three seasons in Oakland (2011-13) all as a quarterback making 10 starts. In Cleveland (2015-16) he made the transition to wide receiver before going to Washington in 2017.