Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, May 22, 66 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.
Redskins player one-liners, defense
A few weeks ago, I did an early projection of the Redskins’ 53-man roster on offense and defense. As the team gets ready for OTAs here is a comment on each player expected to make the team on defense; the offense was up yesterday.
—Even though he played just 159 snaps last year before getting injured, the experience that Jonathan Allen gained in the offseason and training camp last year will help him get off to a strong start this season.
—Daron Payne will improve as the season goes on but he should be of some help stopping the run, the team’s most glaring weakness, right off the bat.
—Matt Ioannidis could play his way into an early contract extension a year from now, something nobody saw coming a year ago.
—Last year Anthony Lanier played a little over half a season’s worth of snaps and got 5.0 sacks so I’ll put his over/under for this year at 7.5.
—I think many fans see “Redskins veteran free agent D-lineman” and associate “bust” but Stacy McGee played pretty well last year.
—Will Tim Settle be in at nose tackle for the first snap in Week 1?
—The coaches would like to be able to keep Ziggy Hood on the roster, but injuries and other issues could make him a victim of the roster numbers game.
—Zach Brown struggled a bit before injuries forced him out of the last three games, but he still finished in the top 10 in the NFL in tackles.
—The team re-signing Mason Foster in late January was a low-key but potentially very impactful move.
—After getting cut and then returning in November last year, Zach Vigil probably will be employed with the Redskins for all of the 2018 season.
—It will be interesting to see how much the Redskins try to get out of converted safety Josh Harvey-Clemons as a nickel linebacker this year.
—The Redskins moved up in the sixth round to draft Shaun Dion Hamilton, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he has a regular role on defense before the season is out.
—All Preston Smith needs to do to hit it big in free agency is add a few sacks to his 2017 total and get a few more takeaways.
—Ryan Kerrigan already got paid, he’s a few more good years away from making the Redskins Ring of Fame.
—I predict that Ryan Anderson gets his first NFL sack in Week 2 against the Colts.
—You usually think of outside linebackers rotating in when it’s the nickel defense, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see Pernell McPhee be a regular in short-yardage situations.
—I think Josh Norman will the dancing in the end zone at some this season; he is long overdue to get a pick six (or a pick of any sort for that matter).
—The first time I noticed Quinton Dunbar playing cornerback was when he lined up against Odell Beckham in 2015.
—The success of the Redskins’ decisions to trade Kendall Fuller and to let Bashaud Breeland leave as a free agent will hinge mostly on how well Fabian Moreau plays in his second year in the NFL.
—Realistically, the Redskins can hope to get 10 or 12 good games out of Orlando Scandrick.
—And because Scandrick is unlikely to be healthy for 16 games, the ability of Josh Holsey to step in when needed will be critical.
—If the Redskins can get a few good punt returns and 75 snaps at nickel corner from Greg Stroman he will be worth the seventh-round pick they used to draft him.
—With a year in the defense under his belt, D.J. Swearinger is a candidate to make his first Pro Bowl.
—After Jay Gruden compared him to Jordan Reed, there is a lot of pressure on Montae Nicholson to stay on the field and perform well when he is out there.
—Even though he started eight games last year I think the coaches view Deshazor Everett as more of a special teams guy and situational defender than a safety they want playing 70 snaps a game.
—Troy Apke has a lot to learn and it remains to be seen if he can go from being a fast guy to being a fast NFL football player.
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