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What to look for during the Redskins' preseason games


What to look for during the Redskins' preseason games

The NFL released teams’ preseason schedules yesterday—sort of. As usual, some of the specifics were left out. We only have the exact dates for two of them and we only have kickoff time for one of those.

But with opponents and sites and the order of the games determined we still have plenty to look at surrounding the Redskins’ four-game preseason slate. Here are a few thoughts on each game.

Week 1 vs. Patriots—A quick series or two is all that transplanted Bostonians are likely to see of Tom Brady. This will be a good test for the Redskins’ pass rush, which is supposedly going to be turbocharged by the addition of Jason Hatcher and a more aggressive scheme. Brady gets rid of the ball as quickly as anyone and it will be a good sign if the Redskins can get some heat on him.

Week 2 vs. Browns—Kyle Shanahan will be back but we won’t get much of a look at the offense he installs in Cleveland. Expect nothing but vanilla plays as the real deal will stay under wraps until the season opens. Eyes will be on the field pregame to see if Shanahan and Robert Griffin III exchange any pleasantries and ears on the broadcast booth as Jon Gruden critiques his brother Jay’s team.

Week 3 @ Ravens—Among the games that don’t count, this one counts the most. This will be Griffin’s most extensive game action since early last December when he was removed after three quarters of the game against the Chiefs and was kept on the bench for the last three games. The Ravens are not the defensive juggernaut they once were but they are a solid team that will provide Griffin and the Redskins will a good final prep session.

Week 4 @ Bucs—This is the only time the Redskins will have to get on a plane during the preseason. They should leave the top 30 players back in Ashburn for this one. If we’re looking for some drama it might be Colt McCoy’s last chance to convince Gruden to keep a third QB on the roster.

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Need to Know: Looking at the Redskins' offensive depth chart after early phase of free agency

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Need to Know: Looking at the Redskins' offensive depth chart after early phase of free agency

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, March 19, 38 days before the NFL draft.  

Free agency notes and nuggets

Looking at the 2018 depth chart—offense

The Redskins are likely to make a few more free agent acquisitions and there is the draft, but the depth chart is beginning to settle in. Let’s take a look at where the offensive side of the ball stands now. The defense is up tomorrow

Quarterback: Alex Smith
Backups: Colt McCoy

The only question here is if the Redskins will draft a late-round project quarterback to develop as the backup. McCoy is in the last year of his contract and he may not be back in 2019.

Running back: Samaje Perine
Backups: Chris Thompson, Rob Kelley, draft pick

This is an area to watch. Thompson could end up being the only carryover if they get a draft pick who can start and decide to keep 2017 late-season addition Kapri Bibbs or if they find another veteran. They also could go with only three running backs.

Wide receivers: Josh Doctson, Paul Richardson, Jamison Crowder
Backups: Maurice Harris, Robert Davis, Brian Quick

They may not carry six, so Harris, Davis, and Quick might battle it out for two spots. It’s possible that they will put a draft pick into the mix as well.

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Tight end: Jordan Reed
Backups: Vernon Davis, Jeremy Sprinkle

As of right now, this appears to be one of the few position groups you can write in with a Sharpie. If the Redskins are going to be better in 2018, a lot of the improvement will have to come from improvement of 2017 draft picks like Sprinkle. If he can develop into a solid blocker and a moderate receiving threat he will be an asset.

Offensive line: LT Trent Williams, LG Arie Kouandjio, C Chase Roullier RG Brandon Scherff, RT Morgan Moses
Backups: T Ty Nsekhe, G/T Tyler Catalina, G Kyle Kalis, T T.J. Clemmings

Kouandjio is a placeholder at left guard for the moment. He was solid pass blocking but struggled in run blocking in six starts in injury fill-in duty. I think that if they bring in another interior O-lineman in free agency or in the draft, Roullier will remain at center. I think Jay Gruden likes the way he is developing there and wants to continue.

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Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 28
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 130
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 174

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Pernell McPhee reportedly on visit with Redskins


Pernell McPhee reportedly on visit with Redskins

NFL free agency doesn't care about your brackets. 

While you were watching UMBC, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee is currently on a visit with the Redskins:

Pernell, 29, was drafted in 2011 out of Mississppi State by the Baltimore Ravens. He played there for three years before spending the last two seasons with the Chicago Bears. 

Pernell has 182 career tackles and 31 career sacks.