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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Hoping for an early QB run

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Hoping for an early QB run

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 3, 12 days before NFL free agency starts.  

The Redskins week that was

Why the Redskins would love a run on QBs in draft's first round—The Redskins saw this dynamic work in their favor in last year’s draft. Teams that may have been interested in taking Jonathan Allen in the early teens traded out to a team that wanted to get a quarterback. That let Allen slide back to pick No. 17. This year, as many as five quarterbacks could go off the board in picks 1-12, a scenario that would leave the Redskins with plenty of quality players in positions of need. And, if only four quarterbacks are off the board, the Redskins could get an opportunity to trade back and collect some more picks from a team desperate to get that fifth QB.

Examining Redskins with uncertain futures on the offensive line—If you think that Ty Nsekhe is going to be with the Redskins in September, you should read this. Although it’s likely, it’s not a sure thing.

What could the Redskins get in a Cravens trade? The answer here is more than a lot of people think and a lot less than others believe. It’s just not practical to think that the Broncos will trade their second-round pick, which is the 40th overall, for a 2016 late-second round pick who is, in terms of both injuries and drama, damaged goods. But they can get more than a ham sandwich. Cravens is talented and, with three years still remaining on his rookie contract, very affordable.

Doug Williams makes clear the plan with Kirk Cousins—I hate to say I told you so. But I told you so. The tag and trade plan went out the window when the Alex Smith deal went through. The time to do that was last year, after the Redskins found out that Cousins was not going to negotiate off of his $24 million franchise tag. But they kept him knowing that signing him for the long term was a pipe dream. Even if they did agree on his value it became apparent that he didn’t want to be in Washington.

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The Cravens situation is very tricky for the Redskins. They need to be willing to keep him on the roster, or at least create the impression that they are, if they are going to get anything in a trade. Gruden, and anyone else involved with the team, must speak carefully.

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Timeline  

Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 44
—NFL Draft (4/26) 54
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 190

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How's the knee? Trent Williams looks beyond ready in workout videos

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How's the knee? Trent Williams looks beyond ready in workout videos

Trent Williams went under the knife for his first-ever knee surgery about seven months ago.

Plenty of Redskins fans worried that the Pro Bowl left tackle might not be ready to go when the 2018 season starts.

Worry no more. 

Yes, that is Williams working out with veteran running back Adrian Peterson. And by the looks of it, Williams' knee looks just fine. 

Williams tore his right patella tendon last fall, but continued to play through the pain while the Redskins chances of a playoff bid remained. Once that window got firmly closed after an ugly Thursday night loss in Dallas, Williams contemplated sitting out, but other injuries on the line had already decimated the Redskins. Eventually, Williams shut down his season after a blowout loss in Los Angeles to open December. 

This offseason, Williams got the knee repaired. Washington coach Jay Gruden said repeatedly during the offseason that he expected Williams ready to go for training camp, and the workout videos suggest that to be the case.

This is great news for the Redskins offense, and for new quarterback Alex Smith. Expect Washington to be cautious with Williams, particularly in the early going of training camp in Richmond, but like Trent tweeted, "the walk says it all."

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 31-53

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 31-53

At NBCSportsWashington.com, we projected the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) right after minicamp.

Now we are taking it one step further and ranking the 53 players we think will make the team.

The rankings are determined by who we think will have the most impact on the 2018 Redskins.

No consideration was given for past performance or for what a particular player might do down the road. We’ll be revealing the rankings between now and the start of training camp. 

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2018 REDSKINS RANKINGS, PLAYERS 53-31>>

Today we’re starting up the list with the players we ranked from 31-53, Here are some of the players in our latest update:

— Seven of the team’s draft picks, including the pick they made last week.     

— All three specialists.

— The team’s leading rusher from 2017.   

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2018 REDSKINS RANKINGS, PLAYERS 53-31>> 

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