Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, January 14, 59 days before NFL free agency starts.
—NFL franchise tag deadline (3/6) 51
—NFL Draft (4/26) 102
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 238
The Redskins week that was
Here is my weekly look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics on Real Redskins and on NBC Sports Washington.
It's obvious what Kirk Cousins really wants—He has said that he wants to be with the Redskins and that he feels like he’s wanted by the team. However, if you listen to what he says what he really wants it to be able to hit free agency to establish his market value and to choose his situation. It’s an opportunity that a quarterback rarely gets. From the Redskins’ point of view, no team has let a QB coming off of three consecutive 4,000-yard seasons walk away.
One position the Redskins should avoid in the first round—We’re closing in on 100 days until the draft. There is no such thing as an unimportant draft but if Cousins does leave, a lot of jobs could be on the line. This will be the first draft with Doug Williams as the VP of player personnel and with Kyle Smith as the director of college scouting. Any decision to move up in the first round to try to get a quarterback will be largely the work of Bruce Allen. The fact that the group doesn’t inspire much confidence among a lot of fans is one of the reasons many are concerned about the prospect of them finding an adequate replacement for Kirk Cousins.
Five Redskins reserves who will have bigger roles in 2018—In 2017 we saw Matt Ioannidis, Kendall Fuller, and Josh Doctson produce much more in their second seasons in the league than they did as rookies. Next year the Redskins could improve based on getting more out of Ryan Anderson, Fabian Moreau, and Robert Davis and healthy season out of Montae Nicholson and Jonathan Allen. Often perceived needs going into a season are filled as the development part of “draft and develop” takes place.
Bang for the free agent bucks for the Redskins?—Unlike draft picks, you bring in free agents with the expectation of getting instant productivity. The five main free agents the Redskins brought in had mixed results. One of the busts, Terrelle Pryor, will not get a chance to redeem himself and the Redskins needs to re-sign Zach Brown, a free-agent success. The other will get a chance to improve or decline in 2018.
Tweet of the week
The fact that the Eagles with Nick Foles are in the NFC championship game was offered as “proof” that a team with any old quarterback can get a team deep into the playoffs. My response:
Come on. Are the Eagles in that game at home, are they even in the playoffs without Carson Wentz for 13 games? https://t.co/jhn6XHv3ea— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) January 14, 2018
In case you missed it
- Setting the odds on what happens with Kirk Cousins
- Jamison Crowder open to contract extension with Redskins, per source
- Bang for the free agent bucks for the Redskins?