Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 12, 10 days before the Washington Redskins start OTAs.
The Redskins week that was
Redskins slow played problem at left guard—The Redskins didn’t want to spend big money on a guard and that’s understandable with Brandon Scherff due to make $12.5 million next year. But by being cautious in what they spend and not taking a guard in the draft, did they end up with too weak a link on the O-line? A good look by JP Finlay. (Note: This article was posted prior to the injury to Arie Kouandjio. That makes the situation even more of a mess.)
Redskins should have four compensatory picks coming their way—This isn’t a hot topic in places like New England but for a team that had just one compensatory pick this decade, a seventh-rounder, it’s welcome news. The Redskins don’t have enough draft capital to control the 2019 draft, but they will be able to get some things done. They also could use a pick to fill a hole at, say, left guard.
Examining the Redskins' roster bubble—Defense—I count about 20 spots on defense that are locks, leaving about a dozen players competing for four to six spots. It’s a little more open on offense, with about seven spots up for grabs. The battle starts this weekend at rookie camp and rolls on until the roster cut to 53 on September 1.
Ranking the Redskins' 2018 draft picks—I liked the Redskins’ draft. I gave it an A based on the process. But I did like some picks better than others. And my ranking of a player at No. 8 upset some readers. But I didn’t hate the pick, I liked it less than the others. I mean, somebody had to be last, right? With that in mind, take a look here and let me know what you think (even if you hate them).
Tweet of the week
The length of the NFL offseason has long been one of the banes of football fans’ existence. In case you need help with the math, that’s 252 days between the end of one season and the beginning of the other.
How does that compare to the other local pro teams? Wizards fans had to wait 155 days between the end of the 2016-2017 season to the start of 2017-2018. Caps fans had to wait for just 148. Now, both of those teams did play 13 playoff games, extending their seasons by about a month. But even if one had failed to qualify for the postseason as was the case with the Redskins the wait for another game that counts would have been about two and a half months shorter than the wait for football. The Nats, who played five playoff games, had 169 games between the Game 5 loss to the Cubs in the NLDS to their 2018 season opener.
Tandler on Twitter
Three notes from rookie camp: Guice is a hustler, first in line for every drill, Gruden said he was first one with playbook open in the meeting room and a ball of fire. If he’s at all productive he will be a big-time fan favorite. 1/3— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) May 11, 2018
Guice noticed my tweet, retweeted it, and added this comment:
That’s a lot of immaturity right there🤪😎✊🏾 https://t.co/k2KvlNJCgG— 2️⃣9️⃣ (@DhaSickest) May 11, 2018
—Minicamp (6/12) 31
—Training camp starts (7/26) 75
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 89
The Redskins last played a game 132 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 120 days.
In case you missed it
- Redskins rookie camp practice report
- Redskins' LG Arie Kouandjio suffers torn quad, per source
- Three questions for Redskins at rookie camp
- What to look for at Redskins rookie minicamp