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Need to Know: 11 Redskins predictions on offense

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Need to Know: 11 Redskins predictions on offense

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, July 24, two days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

11 Redskins predictions—Offense 

Not all of these can be characterized as bold, but here goes nothing with one prediction for each of the 11 anticipated 2017 offensive starters for the Redskins.

QB Alex Smith—The number that everyone is focused on is 4,000 passing yards. The Redskins received 4K or more through the air from Kirk Cousins in each of the past three years and Alex Smith passed that marker for the first time in his career in 2017. I think he’ll be under, way under. I’m predicting around 3,500 yards for him. Smith won’t have a bad season; the Redskins won’t need as many yards through the air due to improved defense and running game. 

RB Derrius Guice—I am once again going to upset the legion of Guice fanatics out there by predicting him to rush for fewer than 1,000 yards. Somewhere in the 800-yard range seems right to me. Gruden is not going to give him a heavy workload, especially early on. He will add a few hundred yards catching passes out of the backfield so he will go over 1,000 yards of total offense.

WR Josh Doctson—When I wrote a similar post last year, I predicted that Doctson would catch 10 touchdown passes. He caught six, which isn’t bad, but I think he’s capable of more. Let’s put him down for 50 receptions and eight touchdowns this year. 

WR Paul Richardson—Two years ago DeSean Jackson caught seven passes that gained 35 yards or more. I think Richardson gets at least five such plays including a touchdown reception of 60 yards or longer. 

WR Jamison Crowder—The slot receiver got off to a slow start last year due to some nagging injuries including one that forced him to miss a game for the first time in his career. I’ll predict he’ll go through 2018 at the same pace of production he had in the last nine games last year and catch over 80 passes for 1,100 yards and six touchdowns. If you’re looking for a bold prediction here, this is it. 

TE Jordan Reed—The easy prediction is that he will miss more games than he plays. But I’ll again go bold here and say that he will play often enough and well enough to get his second career Pro Bowl invitation. 

LT Trent Williams—A seventh straight Pro Bowl is a given, not really a prediction. I’ll say he plays in all 16 games for the first time since 2013. 

LG Shaun Lauvao—I don’t predict injuries, but I will predict that by mid-October someone else will be starting at left guard for the Redskins due to injury or performance. 

C Chase Roullier—He will maintain his record of 100 percent perfect shotgun snaps. 

RG Brandon Scherff—The 2015 first-round pick will get voted to an All-Pro team but it will be the second team. Andrew Norwell and Joel Bitonio will keep him from breaking through to the first team. Scherff has a chance at first team if the Redskins have a very good (10+ wins) season. 

RT Morgan Moses—A healthier Moses will allow three sacks or fewer this year (he allowed five in 2017).  

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Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 2
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 16
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 39

The Redskins last played a game 205 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 47 days. 

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Redskins rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins teams up with Raiders' receiver Antonio Brown for an offseason workout

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Redskins rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins teams up with Raiders' receiver Antonio Brown for an offseason workout

With training camp right around the corner, Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins teamed up with the most high-profile Oakland Raiders' offseason acquisition, wide receiver Antonio Brown. 

Brown and Haskins went through a private route session that featured some pretty impressive ball placement and one-handed snags. 

This isn't the first time Haskins and Brown have worked with each other. In 2018 Haskins spent his spring break on the beach in South Florida throwing to "AB" and Falcons wide receiver, Mohamed Sanu. 

Haskins has also got some work in with other NFL talent this offseason as just last week he posted a post-workout photo with Indianapolis Colts wide receiver, Parris Campbell Jr.; Haskins and Campbell were teammates at Ohio State last season.

There's an old adage that "you're only as good as the company you keep," if this is the case Redskins fans have a lot to look forward to from "Simba" this season. 

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10 Training Camp Questions: How dangerous is the Brandon Scherff contract situation?

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10 Training Camp Questions: How dangerous is the Brandon Scherff contract situation?

The Redskins report to training camp on July 24th, and for the next 10 days, JP Finlay will count down the 10 biggest questions the Redskins face going into the 2019 season.

10) Will the Redskins develop depth on the D-line?

9) Can the Redskins count on Montae Nicholson?

8) Want better offense? Get more out of the tight ends 

7) Will Jimmy Moreland actually win the slot CB job from Fabian Moreau?

6) After losing Reuben Foster, how's the Redskins LB situation?

5) Will potential match production for Redskins WRs?

When a team picks in the Top 10 of the NFL Draft, folks around the NFL expect that player to become a Pro Bowler. For Washington, that exact scenario unfolded with right guard Brandon Scherff. 

Mostly. 

Selected fifth overall in 2015, the Redskins took Scherff to play right tackle and anchor the offensive line opposite Trent Williams. That idea quickly faded, helped by the emergence of Morgan Moses, and Scherff moved inside to play guard. For four years, it's worked out great, with Pro Bowl selections in 2016 and 2017. 

Scherff is a mauler in the best sense of the word. He has great footwork and Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has called the former Iowa Hawkeye the best pulling guard in the NFL. Scherff is strong and nasty, words that won't win beauty pageants but absolutely win in the trenches of the NFL. 

Considering all of that, a contract extension for Scherff should be easy. Right?

Wrong. 

Currently in the final year of his rookie deal, multiple reports stretching over the last six weeks indicate that the organization is way off in their extension offers to Scherff. He might not command the biggest contract in the league, but he will get paid like a top three guard. In 2019, that means a lot of money.

Cowboys guard Zach Martin makes $14 million a year. Jaguars guard Andrew Norwell makes $13.3 million a year. Scherff might not get to Martin's salary, but he will probably get to Norwell, whether Washington pays it or not.

That means the Redskins need to pony up the cash now because as each day passes, the team is approaching an ugly set of options. Scherff and his representatives might continue to negotiate during the season, but it doesn't make a lot of sense. Once free agency becomes in view, players tend to wait for it. Just ask Kirk Cousins. 

In fact, the situation between Scherff and the Redskins has some resemblance to the Cousins saga from a few years ago. 

In that case, Washington low-balled their homegrown quarterback in their first set of negotiations. From there, things went sideways, and the team used consecutive franchise tags on Cousins before he finally left via free agency. 

If the Redskins can't get a deal done with Scherff, the team could use a franchise tag in 2020. But that's a dangerous game of roulette. 

The time to get a deal done with Scherff is now, if not last month. Redskins team president has said in the past that deadlines drive deals, but with Scherff, there is no exact deadline. He can decide to stop working on a contract extension at any moment, particularly once the pads come on at training camp. 

The Trent Williams holdout might be complicating things a bit, if Williams only wants more cash and the issue isn't about much more than that. The truth is a Scherff extension would actually free up cap space in the short term, as his signing bonus would be spread out over the life of the contract, and some of that salary cap relief could go to Williams right away. 

Williams' status isn't the hold up between Scherff and the Redskins. Whatever is the actual holdup best be resolved soon, or the Redskins are beginning down an all too familiar franchise path.

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