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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.  

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.

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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Timeline  

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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Redskins reportedly cut Breshad Perriman, promote Kapri Bibbs

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Redskins reportedly cut Breshad Perriman, promote Kapri Bibbs

After the Redskins signed receivers Michael Floyd and Breshad Perriman earlier this week, many wondered how long the team would carry seven wide receivers on the 53-man roster. The answer turns out to be not very long at all.

According to multiple media reports, the Redskins released Perriman today. He was a first-round draft pick of the Ravens in 2015 and was touted as a rare combination of size (6-2, 215) and speed (4.24 in the 40 at his pro day). But a variety of injuries derailed his career before it got started. Baltimore released him on September 1 and he was a free agent until the Redskins signed him on Monday.

What this week amounted to was a three-day competition between Floyd and Perriman for one roster spot. The Redskins liked Floyd, who has had a more productive NFL career than Perriman, and they made the move.

Floyd is likely to be inactive tomorrow when the Redskins host the Packers. They then have a bye and will see if they can get him involved in the offense when they play the Saints on October 8.

As a corresponding move, the Redskins promoted running back Kapri Bibbs from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. He was very close to making the team when they did the final roster cuts, but he was caught in a numbers game. He will take the running back spot vacated when Rob Kelley was moved to injured reserve earlier this week.

Bibbs likely will join Floyd on the inactive list tomorrow. He is considered to be a third-down back and as long as Chris Thompson is healthy, Bibbs is unlikely to see much action.

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When he returns to action, Samaje Perine intends to be a more aggressive runner

When he returns to action, Samaje Perine intends to be a more aggressive runner

Making the 53-man roster is an important step for any young player in the NFL. Once that accomplishment is checked off, though, the focus turns to being a part of the 46-man game day roster each week.

Second-year running back Samaje Perine took care of the former on Sept. 1, yet in the two games the Redskins have played since that date, he's found himself on the inactive list. 

But with Rob Kelley now on IR and just two healthy RBs available, it looks like Perine will be one of the 46 this Sunday when the 'Skins host the Packers. That beats wearing sweatpants on Sundays, even if you try to make the best of that like Perine has.

"I wouldn't say it's tough," he said Friday. "It's a learning experience."

Washington's leading rusher in 2017 explained that Kelley, Chris Thompson and Adrian Peterson have kept him involved and asked him questions these past few weeks. He's been paying close attention to their play as well.   

Was that the right cut to make? Should they have pressed that run a little more? These are the kinds of things he's been thinking of on the sidelines.

"I still feel just as much a part of the game, as if I'm still playing," Perine said.

And there's one detail in particular he's picked up from Peterson.

"Picking a hole and hitting it full speed," he responded when asked what quality No. 26 has that he wants to replicate. "My thing is I try to be a little too patient. With him, he's patient, but once he sees it, it's zero to 100. With me, I'm like zero, 50 then 100."

Perine went on to explain that even when there's no daylight, Peterson still commits to his lane and that allows him to pick up three or four yards regardless. That kind of aggression can also lead to more chunk plays, too.

"Nothing's there, you hit it and then something opens up, then you don't have to worry about changing that gear," he said. "You're already top speed."

Peterson and Thompson still figure to see the majority of snaps at running back in Week 3 and beyond. Kelley had just four carries before going down early vs. the Colts, so don't expect to see too much of Perine if/when he debuts against the Packers.

Maybe you should expect to see an improved Perine, however. He's talented but hasn't always had the confidence. Perhaps, in some odd way, being kept off the field early in 2018 and being forced to learn is what will give him that confidence.

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