Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, January 2, 71 days before NFL free agency starts.


Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden press conference 11 a.m.

Days until:

—NFL free agency starts (3/14/18) 71
—NFL Draft (4/26/18) 114
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9/18) 250

Redskins 2017 season superlatives

Offensive player of the year: Chris Thompson—Despite missing the last six games after breaking his fibula in New Orleans, Thompson was fourth on the team in receiving yards and in receptions, and second in rushing yards. While he was in there, he was a dual threat the likes of which the Redskins haven’t had since perhaps the days of Joe Washington in the early 1980’s. Honorable mention: Kirk Cousins, Morgan Moses

Offensive newcomer of the year: Josh Doctson—I’m bending the rules a little bit since Doctson did play 31 snaps in two games last year before going on injured reserve. But he essentially was a rookie in 2017. Doctson led the team with six touchdown catches and he was second with an average of 14.3 yards per reception. And after an offseason loaded with concern about his ability to stay healthy he played in all 16 games and was in on nearly 75 percent of the offensive snaps. Honorable mention: Samaje Perine

Defensive player of the year: Kendall Fuller—The 2016 third-round pick started and ended his rookie year on the bench. Over the offseason, he either got healthier, got smarter or a combination of both. He was all over the place on defense, tying for the team lead with four interceptions and making plays all over in the run game. Honorable mentions: Ryan Kerrigan, Zach Brown, D.J. Swearinger


Defensive co-newcomers of the year: Zach Brown, D.J. Swearinger—Each of these players brought ability to their positions that the team had been missing for quite some time. Brown made plays from sideline to sideline and he added tough, physical play to his speed. Swearinger added leadership and great range to a position that has been a chronic problem for the Redskins. He also tied Fuller for the team lead with four interceptions. Honorable mention: Jonathan Allen

Special teams player of the year: Tress Way—In what was not a good year for the Washington special teams, Way did his part, booming punts at times when the Redskins seemed to need it most. He put 33 punts inside the 20, third in the NFL.

Special teams newcomer of the year: Fabian Moreau—One of the things that helped Way’ net punting average was the presence of the rookie cornerback at one of the gunner positions. Moreau flew down the field on coverage but he also showed good technique, usually arriving at the returner under control to make the stop or force a fair catch. The Redskins hope that he will be taking a bigger role on defense in 2018, perhaps giving his special teams role up to another rookie.

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