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Tuesday Tweets: Is Jordan Reed the future?

Tuesday Tweets: Is Jordan Reed the future?

It's been way too long since I've taken your Twitter questions, here we go. If I didn't get to your question here I'll answer it on Twitter. If you missed the call, feel free to hit me up on Twitter any time.
@Rich_TandlerCSN is shanny and rg3 relationship so bad that a new coach needs to be hired eventually to keep rg3 here past rookie contract?

— Kyle spitzer (@SpitzerKyle) September 23, 2013
In a word, no. At least not as far as I've heard from anyone that I trust at Redskins Park or from a journalist I respect. Everything I read about some sort of rift/fracture is either sheer speculation--see what Fred Smoot had to say yesterday--or old, third- or fourth-hand knowledge that should be taken with many grains of salt. Things may have been tense after the injury and in training camp but now, Griffin's playing, Shanahan's coaching and there's nothing wrong that a win or two won't cure. My advice here is don't believe everything you read/hear. As always, you should consider the source and think about where this talking head or writer is getting his information. Buy into uninformed speculation at your own risk.
@Rich_TandlerCSN Tweet for the Tweetbag tomorrow. Was has Rambo done to not play much vs Det and LeRibeus done to keep being deactivated?

— Joe Aman (@JoeAman87) September 23, 2013
Rambo just hasn't gotten it done on the field. I read someone from one media observer that said that he didn't like Rambo's "compete level", a code for saying that he didn't think the player was putting out the effort. I'm not sure I buy into that completely but it can't be dismissed. As far as LeRibeus, only on interior lineman is active on game day. The coaches believe that Adam Gettis is the best option to fill in right now if someone goes down. It's not any more complicated than that.
@Rich_TandlerCSN I'm thinking we found our New TE (Reed) do u agree? & Can Our Defense Figure it out before are seasons lost for Good? #HTTR

— McRedSkinz (@MCREDSKINS) September 23, 2013
There is a long way to go before declaring Reed to be the future at tight end. One of my concerns about Reed, the injury bug, popped up on Sunday. Remember he missed all of OTAs and minicamp with a quad injury and missed a good number of practices in training camp. I think he shows great potential when he can stay of the field but we'll see.
@Rich_TandlerCSN besides tackling what is the main problem w/ the D, pass rush or coverage?

— Suhail (@sabuv11) September 23, 2013
I'll include the angles they're taking to the ball carriers in with tackling because that is part of the tackling issue. Behind that, I'll say it's the coverage. Same issue, really. If you're not in the right place in coverage not only will the pass be completed but you're going to have a hard time making the tackle. More missed tackles, more YAC by the receivers, and it snowballs from there. So you can't really isolate any of the issues from tackling; it all really comes down to getting the guy with the ball down to the ground.
@Rich_TandlerCSN @CSNwashington if WAS loses to OAK should they shutdown RG3 until he is 'actually' 100%? Brace-free and technically sound? — Robert Price (@MindfulRob) September 23, 2013
Absolutely not. The brace will remain on all year as a preventive measure. And how is Griffin going to get technically sound on the bench? I think we've been able to establish that as much as Mike Shanahan likes to say that their practices are conducted a game-like tempo and intensity it's simply not true. You can't replicate game conditions on the practice field and the only way Griffin can get ready to play is to play in games. Griffin is not going to the bench, period. It's not even something being debated by Shanahan and the others at Redskins Park who make such decisions.
@Rich_TandlerCSN What are your thoughts on Garcon coming out and saying that Robert Griffin is not fully healthy?

— Balser (@RasslinFan77) September 23, 2013
It's somewhat puzzling. It wasn't surprising that he came out and said something on the radio last week because stuff like that can just come out of Pierre's mouth from time to time (remember him letting the cat out of the bag regarding Kirk Cousins starting vs. the Browns last year). But I'm not sure why Shanahan didn't get it buttoned up immediately. Garçon had the same lines yesterday. It's possible that Shanahan is letting him talk in order to create confusion in the mind of the opposition, throwing some doubt into the minds of the upcoming defenses.
@Rich_TandlerCSN Rich, if D doesn't show marked improvement by years end, would a Rah as DC, move to Tampa 2 def be a possibility? Bad idea?

— Randy Strickland Jr. (@StricknineSkinz) September 24, 2013
I'm not sure why they would want to conduct another transition just a few years after a painful one. If it would magically solve the problems with the defense it might be worth the pain. But the issues have nothing to do with the scheme; it's a matter of missed tackles (and, as noted above, poor angles that lead to those misses) and shaky personnel in the secondary. They aren't the worst defense in NFL history (don't tell me about yards, 44 other teams have allowed more points through the first three games including the 2012 Redskins) and they will give the team a chance to win most weeks.

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Need to Know: Redskins player quick hitters—Offensive starters

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Need to Know: Redskins player quick hitters—Offensive starters

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, March 21, 36 days before the NFL draft.  

Redskins starters quick hitters—offense

The last couple of days here I looked at how the depth charts are shaping up with a little bit of commentary (offense, defense). Today and tomorrow I’ll take a closer look at the starters with some quick hitters about each one, starting today with the offense.

QB Alex Smith—The deal is done, and the Redskins have their man for five years at $22.2 million per year or, if they prefer, three years at $23.7 million per. It seems like most fans are behind him but there will have to be a few more wins than losses this fall for that to become permanent.

RB Samaje Perine—He got better as the year went on, averaging nearly a half yard per carry more in the last seven games compared to the first nine. But the 3.4 average per carry certainly did not stop both Doug Williams and Jay Gruden from talking about drafting a running back early.

TE Jordan Reed—According to reports, he is rehabbing well from the hamstring and toe injuries that severely limited him last year. Still, expect him to be kept in bubble wrap until training camp and even then, his action may be limited.

WR Josh Doctson—Did Kirk Cousins look away from Doctson too often, lacking the confidence in him to let him go get the 50-50 balls? Will Smith have more confidence in Doctson? The answers to those questions may determine if the third-year receiver breaks out in 2018 or he continues to tease with flashes of ability.

WR Paul Richardson—He’s capable of the acrobatic catch, which should be fun to watch. Richardson was good with Russell Wilson on the off-schedule plays, maybe he can do the same with Smith.

WR Jamison Crowder—I guess it’s fair to say he had an off year in 2017 but his receiving yardage only dropped by 60 yards from 2016. It will be interesting to see if they keep him in as the punt returner after he averaged 6.3 yards per return (23rd of 25 qualifiers) last year.

LT Trent Williams—The six-time Pro Bowler is still in the relatively early stages of recovering from surgery to the knee that kept him from practicing from about Week 6 on. Don’t look for him until training camp and even then, the early workload is likely to be light.

LG Arie Kouandjio—This is the one offensive position that remains up in the air. Kouandjio has shown some grit as a spot starter but I don’t think the organization views him as a 16-game starter.

C Chase Roullier—Shortly after Roullier got the starting job when Spencer Long went out injured, Jay Gruden said that Roullier would be the Redskins’ center “for a long time”. There is no reason to doubt that at this point in time.

RG Brandon Scherff—His concern no longer is trying to live up to having been the fifth pick of the draft. Scherff has to play well enough to justify his 2019 option-year salary, which will be in the vicinity of $13 million.

RT Morgan Moses—He had surgery to repair his ankles, which were an issue most of last season. Still, he didn’t miss a start. Like Williams, even if he’s ready for training camp, don’t expect to see a whole lot of him.

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—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 27
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 129
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 173

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Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report


Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report

Free agent pass rusher Pernell McPhee visited the Redskins on Monday, and by Tuesday night a report emerged that Washington offered the veteran outside linebacker a contract.

Last week, Trent Murphy signed with the Buffalo Bills and things remain uncertain between the Redskins and Junior Galette. That means the organization has a need for an edge rushing linebacker, and that's exactly the role McPhee can play. 

A 29-year-old that played the last three seasons with the Bears, McPhee posted 14 sacks while in Chicago. Prior to his time with the Bears, McPhee was a solid contributor on some good Ravens teams. 


His best season in Baltimore came in 2014 when he posted 7.5 sacks. That's also the last season McPhee played a full 16 game schedule. He's missed 12 games over the last three years in Chicago. 

McPhee could provide the Redskins with solid veteran depth at outside linebacker, and he's also considered a plus defender against the run. With Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith cemented as the starting outside linebackers, if signed, McPhee would pair up with Ryan Anderson on Washington's second unit. At 6-foot-2 and 275 lbs., McPhee carries more weight on his frame than either Kerrigan or Smith. 

Pro Football Focus gave McPhee a strong grade for the 2017 season. He notched a +11.5 and ranked 13th out of 46 outside linebackers graded. For comparison, Broncos star Von Miller ranked 1st at +57, Kerrigan ranked 8th at +22.9 and Galette ranked 10th at +16.2.

It's unclear what a move for McPhee would mean between the Redskins and Galette, but it's hard to imagine it helps.

Free agent Johnathan Hankins also visited Washington on Monday, and while he plays an interior defensive line position different from McPhee, it's also unclear what this offer would do to any negotiations between the Redskins and Hankins. 

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