Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, May 10, one day before the Washington Redskins hold their rookie minicamp.
Three up, three down
After the draft and free agency, the status of some players changed without them playing so much as a single snap on the field. There are three Redskins whose stock is up since early March and three who are down.
G Arie Kouandjio—The Redskins let Spencer Long leave in free agency and didn’t have an interior line free agent in for a visit. The only offensive lineman they took in the draft was a tackle who they said would stay at tackle. Then, post-draft, they sign 30-year-old Shawn Lauvao. Kouandjio is not guaranteed a starting job or even a roster spot after all of this, but he has a clean shot at starting and that’s about all he can ask for.
CB Quinton Dunbar—The only new cornerbacks acquired this offseason were veteran Orlando Scandrick, who is best suited to the slot, and seventh-round pick Greg Stroman. The only player Dunbar has to fend off to stay at the top of the depth chart now is Fabian Moreau. That won’t be easy, but it could have been much tougher had the Redskins gone for better CBs in the offseason.
OLB Ryan Anderson—The Redskins let Junior Galette walk in free agency, freeing up snaps for the second-year player. They did sign Pernell McPhee but Anderson should get a good shot at getting ample playing time behind Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan. They didn’t draft an edge rusher, an indication that they have confidence that Anderson will improve after posting zero sacks as a rookie.
NT Phil Taylor—Even after the Redskins took Da’Ron Payne in the first round of the draft Taylor had a shot at making the roster without someone getting injured. But when they took Tim Settle in the fifth round, Taylor was pushed down to position No. 8 on a depth chart that probably will have six or maybe seven D-linemen. His comeback after three years of being out of football may have to take place with another team.
RB Samaje Perine—The arrival of Derrius Guice pushes Perine down the depth chart. He will get some carries because they won’t want to wear Guice out. But he may never have a chance to get into a rhythm and continue on the improvement he was showing towards the end of his rookie season. Perine is still better off than Rob Kelley, who could get pushed to regular appearances on the game-day inactive list or even off the roster altogether.
OT Ty Nsekhe—He signed his $2.9 million restricted free agent tender, not bad money for a backup. But since the draft, the future of Nsekhe, who turns 33 around midseason, has become cloudier. First, they drafted tackle Geron Christian in the third round, a move that gives them the option to go younger and cheaper with the backup swing tackle spot. And after the draft they re-signed Lauvao, an indication that talk of Nsekhe taking over the starting left guard spot is just talk. His role is unlikely to change this year but his future in 2019 is very unclear.
Tandler on Twitter
A follow up to a post I wrote about the compensatory picks the Redskins will get in 2019:
The last compensatory pick by the #Redskins was NT Chris Neild, taken in the seventh round (256 overall) in 2011. They certainly haven’t played that game very well over the years.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) May 9, 2018
Former Redskins head coach Jim Zorn was born on this date in 1953.
—Rookie minicamp (5/11) 1
—OTAs start (5/22) 12
—Training camp starts (7/26) 77
The Redskins last played a game 130 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 122 days.
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