Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 7, 19 days before the NFL draft.
The Redskins week that was
What will the Redskins do with their remaining salary cap money? Their remaining cap money stands at about $15 million after accounting for what they need to pay their draft picks. Should they go after more free agents? Re-sign their own? Perhaps rolling it over might be the best options (see the Tweet of the week below).
Redskins' Doctson needs 50-50 chances to be successful—We will see if Jay Gruden talking about how the quarterback needs to throw to Josh Doctson even when he doesn’t have separation from his defender is a legitimate criticism of Kirk Cousins or just a gratuitous parting shot. “His 42-inch vertical is documented, so that’s where he gets his separation, by leaping and adjusting to the ball,” said Gruden at the NFL meetings. Cousins targeted Doctson just 78 times in 16 games. Will Alex Smith give Doctson more opportunities to make plays? We will see.
Can Taylor make an impact with the Redskins after missing three seasons? In the media, we root for a good story and few stories would be better than seeing Phil Taylor make it all the way back and have a productive season after missing three full seasons. What does history say about his chances? An emphatic maybe.
Fact and fiction in Redskins running back search—While what JP Finlay says here makes some sense, I’m not sure that I buy it. While the Redskins are far from locked in on getting a running back with their second-round pick, I think running back is perceived as more than just a luxury acquisition. The desire to upgrade is real. If they wait until the fourth round, the ability to do that is severely hindered. If the right RB is there at No. 44, they will grab him.
Tweet of the week
I wrote yesterday that the #Redskins have $22 million in 2019 cap space, 3rd lowest in NFL. It’s worse than that. That doesn’t include Scherff’s option salary, so it’s more like $9 million. Could shape the draft.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) April 3, 2018
Some interpreted this tweet as hitting the panic button. The key is reading the entire tweet and getting to the part where it says, “Could shape the draft”. They may have to make some moves to get some salary cap breathing room next year and the time to start preparing for doing that is in this year’s draft, not next February when you may need to create holes in your depth chart without having any idea of how to fill them. The bottom line, don’t be surprised if there are some surprising picks. They will make more sense in 2019. More details are in this post.
—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 9
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 110
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 155
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