Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, January 11, 62 days before NFL free agency starts.
—NFL franchise tag deadline (3/6) 54
—NFL Draft (4/26) 105
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 241
Five backups who could have bigger roles in 2018
CB Fabian Moreau—After spending a year doing mostly special teams, Moreau will take a step up in the depth chart if the expected happens and Bashaud Breeland leaves as a free agent. He will be the first cornerback off the bench, and given his speed and athleticism, it would not be surprising if he moved into a starting job at some point before the year is done.
WR Robert Davis—The sixth-round pick didn’t get a snap in the regular season after he spent most of it on the practice squad. They knew he was a project and they are pleased with his development. He will compete with Maurice Harris and Ryan Grant (if he re-signs) for the No. 4 receiver spot. In any case, he should get a few hundred snaps in 2018.
DL Anthony Lanier—The team figured out how to use him and he figured out how to get the job done and the result was five sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in the last seven games. They will have him in the game in nickel situations from Week 1 and hope that he can expand that production over a full season.
TE Jeremy Sprinkle—There is a lot of talk that the Redskins need a blocking tight end. They have one on the roster now. He still has a lot to learn but his size will be a big asset and he should be able to average a couple of catches per game sneaking out into pass patterns.
OLB Ryan Anderson—The second-round pick was mostly invisible this year. He did deal with some injuries and the team brought him along slowly, but I don’t think that they expected zero sacks and just a few pressures out of Anderson. With another offseason to prepare and with more snaps available if, as expected, Junior Galette leaves as a free agent, we should hear Anderson’s name called during games a little bit more often.
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