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Need to Know: A post-draft look at the possible 2021 Redskins offense

Need to Know: A post-draft look at the possible 2021 Redskins offense

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, May 15, seven days before the Washington Redskins start OTAs.  

Looking ahead—The Redskins core offensive players in 2021

Earlier this year, I took a stab at figuring out who on the Redskins roster would still be with the team and contributing in the year 2021 (offensedefense). That was before free agency and the draft. Now that the Redskins have their personnel mostly set, let’s revisit that look and see how much the picture has changed. The offense is up today (Tuesday), the defense later this week. 

The terms used here are mostly self-explanatory, but if you want details you can look at this post from a couple of years ago.   

Ages are as of Week 1 in 2021

Potential blue-chip players: Brandon Scherff (29), Morgan Moses (30), Derrius Guice (24)
Changes from earlier projection: Added Guice

The key word here is “potential” blue chip players. I am hesitant to jump on the Guice hype train at this very early stage. But he does seem to have what it takes to be a blue chipper if he stays healthy and if he has some blue-chip players like Scherff and Moses blocking for him. He also has youth going for him. He doesn’t turn 21 until next month.

Trent Williams is the lone blue-chip player on the team right now. But he’ll be 33 when the 2021 season rolls around, and while he still can be a very capable player at that age, he likely will not be one of the very best in the game. A combination of age and injury could well keep Jordan Reed from being on the team three years from now. 

Solid starters: Paul Richardson (29), Josh Doctson (27), Chris Thompson (30), Williams
Changes from earlier projection: Added Richardson, removed Jamison Crowder (28)

I could be very wrong about this but I’m starting to think that Crowder won’t be around past this year. If Trey Quinn, this year’s seventh-round pick, shows starter potential, they could very well let Crowder walk. The cap will force some hard choices and Crowder could be one they decide to let go. 

Richardson and Doctson are here based on potential and projection. Neither has accomplished enough to be locked in. If Doctson is here it would be on a second contract. Richardson’s deal runs through 2022. 

Potential starters: Chase Roullier (28), Alex Smith (37), Quinn (25)
Changes from earlier projection: Removed Spencer Long, Rob Kelley, Samaje Perine, added Smith

I almost put Roullier up in the “solid starters” category. I might be persuaded that he has a better chance of still being around in 2021 than any of the receivers. But I’ll slow the roll with him a bit, given that he has just seven NFL starts.

Smith, of course, has a ton of NFL starts, 152 to be exact. Will he still be starting caliber at age 37? Since 2000 only seven quarterbacks have thrown for adjusted net yards per attempt of 6.0, about the number needed to rank in the middle of the pack these days, in their age 37 seasons. That puts the odds against Smith being effective in 2021 but we will see. 

The future is cloudy for some other players like Quinn (25) and Geron Christian (25), this year’s third-round pick. Health and opportunity could well dictate their chances of being long-term contributors. The same could be said of some players who got limited playing time as rookies last year—TE Jeremy Sprinkle (27) and WR Robert Davis (26). Maurice Harris (28) also could be contributing in three years if he can start producing consistently. 

Bottom line, here are the potential 2021 starters:

LT Williams
LG Someone who will be a college senior this fall
C Roullier
RG Scherff
RT Moses
QB Smith
RG Guice
WR Doctson
WR Richardson 
WR Quinn
TE ?

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Timeline 

Desmond Howard, the current ESPN analyst and former Heisman Trophy winner and 1992 first-round draft pick of the Redskins, was born on this date in 1970. 

Days until:

—Minicamp (6/12) 28
—Training camp starts (7/26) 72
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 86

The Redskins last played a game 135 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 117 days. 

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Fantasy Football TE Rankings 2019: Week 11

Fantasy Football TE Rankings 2019: Week 11

The tight end position is already slim and with four teams on a bye, options could be limited.

Week 10 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top tight ends for Week 11.

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 11
Running Back Rankings: Week 11
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 11
Tight End Rankings: Week 11

TIER 1: Best of the best

1. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs  
Opponent: at Chargers
2019 Stats: 56 Receptions, 741 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 148.1 PTS, 2019 TE2
Previous Ranking: 2

2. Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens  
Opponent: vs. Texans
2019 Stats: 44 Receptions, 523 Receiving YDS, 5 Receiving TD, 124.3 PTS, 2019 TE4
Previous Ranking: 8

TIER 2: High-end TE1's

3. Darren Waller, Oakland Raiders
Opponent: vs. Bengals
2019 Stats: 51 Receptions, 588 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 128.5 PTS, 2019 TE3
Previous Ranking: 3

4. Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers  
Opponent: vs. Chiefs
2019 Stats: 33 Receptions, 418 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 92.8 PTS, 2019 TE8
Previous Ranking: 6

5. Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts 
Opponent: vs. Jaguars
2019 Stats: 27 Receptions, 276 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 72.6 PTS, 2019 TE15
Previous Ranking: 7

6. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
Opponent: vs. Patriots
2019 Stats: 46 Receptions, 527 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 110.7 PTS, 2019 TE6
Previous Ranking: BYE

7. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Opponent: vs. Falcons
2019 Stats: 35 Receptions, 429 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 89.9 PTS, 2019 TE9
Previous Ranking: NR

8. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Opponent: at Lions
2019 Stats: 36 Receptions, 338 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 79.8 PTS, 2019 TE12
Previous Ranking: NR

TIER 3: Low-end TE1's 

9. O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Opponent: vs. Saints
2019 Stats: 17 Receptions, 223 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 43.3 PTS, 2019 TE36
Previous Ranking: 9

10. Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints
Opponent: at Buccaneers
2019 Stats: 21 Receptions, 242 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 57.2 PTS, 2019 TE24
Previous Ranking: 10

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 11
Running Back Rankings: Week 11
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 11
Tight End Rankings: Week 11

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Fantasy Football WR Rankings 2019: Week 11

Fantasy Football WR Rankings 2019: Week 11

Four teams on a bye in Week 11 limits options at the wide receiver position but enough contributors are out there to get the job done.

Week 10 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top wide receivers for Week 11.

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 11
Running Back Rankings: Week 11
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 11
Tight End Rankings: Week 11

TIER 1: Best of the best

1. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
Opponent: at Buccaneers
2019 Stats: 86 Receptions, 1027 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 211.8 PTS, 2019 WR1
Previous Ranking: 1

2. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
Opponent: vs. Saints
2019 Stats: 60 Receptions, 840 Receiving YDS, 6 Receiving TD, 182.8 PTS, 2019 WR3
Previous Ranking: 2 

3. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams
Opponent: vs. Bears
2019 Stats: 58 Receptions, 792 Receiving YDS, 5 Receiving TD, 167.6 PTS, 2019 WR6
Previous Ranking: 3

4. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs   
Opponent: at Chargers
2019 Stats: 33 Receptions, 543 Receiving YDS, 5 Receiving TD, 119.1 PTS, 2019 WR24
Previous Ranking: 4

5. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Opponent: at Panthers
2019 Stats: 53 Receptions, 791 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 156.2 PTS, 2019 WR8
Previous Ranking: 5

TIER 2: WR1's 

6. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
Opponent: at Ravens
2019 Stats: 68 Receptions, 665 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 159.1 PTS, 2019 WR7
Previous Ranking: BYE

7. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
Opponent: at Eagles
2019 Stats: 63 Receptions, 663 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 155.2 PTS, 2019 WR9
Previous Ranking: BYE

8. Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys
Opponent: at Lions
2019 Stats: 53 Receptions, 848 Receiving YDS, 7 Receiving TD, 179.8 PTS, 2019 WR4
Previous Ranking: 5

9. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
Opponent: vs. Saints
2019 Stats: 54 Receptions, 924 Receiving YDS, 7 Receiving TD, 190.4 PTS, 2019 WR2
Previous Ranking: 9

10. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers   
Opponent: vs. Chiefs
2019 Stats: 62 Receptions, 725 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 154.6 PTS, 2019 WR10
Previous Ranking: 10

11. D.J. Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars
Opponent: at Colts
2019 Stats: 43 Receptions, 692 Receiving YDS, 6 Receiving TD, 150.2 PTS, 2019 WR12
Previous Ranking: BYE

12. Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions   
Opponent: vs. Cowboys
2019 Stats: 38 Receptions, 697 Receiving YDS, 8 Receiving TD, 153.7 PTS, 2019 WR11
Previous Ranking: 12

TIER 3: High-end WR2's

13. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
Opponent: vs. Broncos
2019 Stats: 41 Receptions, 759 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 137.9 PTS, 2019 WR14
Previous Ranking: 6

14. D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers 
Opponent: vs. Falcons
2019 Stats: 54 Receptions, 684 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 128.9 PTS, 2019 WR18
Previous Ranking: 20

15. Terry McLaurin, Washington Redskins
Opponent: vs. Jets
2019 Stats: 32 Receptions, 497 Receiving YDS, 5 Receiving TD, 111.7 PTS, 2019 WR28
Previous Ranking: BYE

16. John Brown, Buffalo Bills 
Opponent: at Dolphins
2019 Stats: 47 Receptions, 680 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 127.4 PTS, 2019 WR19
Previous Ranking: 21
 
17. Zach Pascal, Indianapolis Colts
Opponent: 
2019 Stats: 21 Receptions, 347 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 80.9 PTS, 2019 WR55
Previous Ranking: 17

18. Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals   
Opponent: vs. Falcons
2019 Stats: 40 Receptions, 467 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 111.2 PTS, 2019 WR29
Previous Ranking: 18

TIER 4: On the cusp 

19.  Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys
Opponent: at Lions
2019 Stats: 33 Receptions, 530 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 104 PTS, 2019 WR35
Previous Ranking: 19

20. Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals
Opponent: at Raiders
2019 Stats: 57 Receptions, 598 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 121.4 PTS, 2019 WR23
Previous Ranking: NR

21. Tyrell Williams, Oakland Raiders 
Opponent: vs. Bengals
2019 Stats: 26 Receptions, 380 Receiving YDS, 5 Receiving TD, 94 PTS, 2019 WR43
Previous Ranking: NR 

22. Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers
Opponent: vs. Chiefs
2019 Stats: 31 Receptions, 585 Receiving YDS, 89.7 PTS, 2019 WR49
Previous Ranking: 22

23. Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers
Opponent: vs. Falcons
2019 Stats: 34 Receptions, 442 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 46 Rushing YD, 1 Rushing TD, 112.8 PTS, 2019 WR27
Previous Ranking: NR

24. Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos
Opponent: at Vikings
2019 Stats: 44 Receptions, 692 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 137.9 PTS, 2019 WR15
Previous Ranking: BYE

25. Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears
Opponent: at Rams
2019 Stats: 53 Receptions, 618 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 132.8 PTS, 2019 WR17
Previous Ranking: NR

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 11
Running Back Rankings: Week 11
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 11
Tight End Rankings: Week 11