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20 questions in 20 days: 18 Can Meriweather plug the hole at safety?

20 questions in 20 days: 18 Can Meriweather plug the hole at safety?

As we count down to the firstgame of the Redskins season, Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler are going to belooking at some of the big questions facing the team and attempting to lookinto their crystal balls and answer them. Question 18: Can Brandon Meriweather get the job done at strongsafety?The background: Just over a year ago, it looked like Meriweatherwas a star on the rise. At age 27 he was coming off of back-to-back Pro Bowlappearances with the Patriots. But Bill Belichick decided that he wasnt in theteams plans and he was released at the end of training camp. The Bears pickedhim up, started him for four games and then benched him. They let him go thisspring and the Redskins became his third NFL team in the past calendar year.Can two teams trash become the third teams treasure?Tandler: The Redskins say that Meriweather was not a fit inChicagos Cover 2 defensive scheme and that his skills are better suited totheir defense. Observation of Meriweather during practice indicates that theRedskins may be right. He is much more comfortable lining up close to the lineof scrimmage and moving forward at the snap rather than staying back and movinglaterally or backwards. The key will be keeping Meriweather in his comfortzone. They will best utilize him by having him blitz, play the short zone, or setthe edge in run defense. If they rely on him to be the last line of defenseagainst deep passes very often, they are asking for trouble. Meriweather can bea solid player if he used in the right role in the right situations.El-Bashir: In limited action this preseason, it can be argued thatMeriweathers been the Redskins most active defensive back. Having playedroughly two quarters, hes been in on five tackles and defended a pass. Butthere are legitimate concerns about his health after he suffered a left kneeinjury Saturday in Chicago that neither the team nor the player has beenforthcoming about. Weve been told that surgery is not required and he wontsuit up the remainder of this preseason. But when will he return? UntilMeriweather shows hes 100-percent recovered, it might be wise to reservejudgment on the impact hell have this season, particularly early. But amiduncertainty, we do know this much: given the Redskins struggles last season atsafety, theres only direction it can go in 2012.20 questions in 20 days20 Aug.20WillJammal Brown play this year?
19 YesterdayWillChris Cooley make the team?
18 TodayCan Brandon Meriweather get he job done at safety?
17 TomorrowIs Garon a No. 1 receiver?

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Derrius Guice continues to ingratiate himself with Redskins fans with new fundraising effort

Derrius Guice continues to ingratiate himself with Redskins fans with new fundraising effort

For most college players, being a part of the NFL Draft experience is a dream come true, but for Derrius Guice, it was becoming a nightmare. Originally projected as a first round pick, Guice saw his name falling fast on draft boards due to questions raised about his maturity and high-maintenance personality.

Two months removed from the Redskins selecting him 59th overall, Guice has erased any doubt regarding his character. Whether it be taking fans out to the movies, shooting the breeze while signing autographs, or even the occasional leap frog over two practice barrels and a trainer, Guice has ingrained himself as a Redskins fan favorite. He's done a great job at making himself popular, now he's focused on making change for others. 

On June 20th, a day before his birthday, Guice announced he would be running a fundraiser for the Mary Bird Perkins center, a cancer foundation in his hometown of Baton Rouge. Inspired by his best friend's mother who "rang that bell,"—an indication that a patient has beaten cancer—Guice wants to help others do the same. 

Guice has utilized his newfound popularity to entice other peope to donate. If you donate $5, you can play him in Fortnite. For $50, you guys can go bowling together. Anyone willing to donate $100 or more will be entered in a raffle for tickets to the Redskins Monday Night Football game against the Saints. 

If Guice can match his off the field popularity with on the field production, he'll be in contention for Rookie of the Year. Anyone interested in donating can click here


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Need to Know: Five Redskins on the bubble who could make the roster

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Need to Know: Five Redskins on the bubble who could make the roster

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, June 21, 35 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The first five off of the roster

Here are five players who are not on my projection of the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) but who are one injury or a few strong preseason game performances away from making it. 

G Kyle Kalis—Last year he lined up with the second team during most of training camp and he nearly made the roster as an undrafted free agent. The team did re-sign him after injuries struck the O-line in the middle of the season. He will push Tyler Catalina for a backup guard spot. 

RB Byron Marshall—He got a few touches last year before ending up on injured reserve. Marshall has looked good in practices so far, especially catching out of the backfield. Jay Gruden likely will play Chris Thompson sparingly in the preseason and that could give Marshall a chance to shine. Don’t sleep on him. 

WR Cam Sims—Right now, the undrafted rookie out of Alabama looks like the eighth wide receiver on the roster and they are only going to keep six. But if he continues to get the attention of Gruden with his play in practice and makes the most of his opportunities in preseason games, Robert Davis and Maurice Harris should look out. 

S Fish Smithson—The Redskins liked him a lot after they signed him as an undrafted free agent last year. But they didn’t like him enough to keep him on the 53-man roster; he spent the year on the practice squad, getting a late-season cup of coffee on the roster. He will push both Deshazor Everett and Troy Apke for a backup safety spot. If the Redskins have reason to be concerned about the health of Montae Nicholson they might figure out a way to keep Smithson on as a fifth safety. 

ILB Martrell Spaight—It looks like Spaight’s three-year tenure with the team essentially came to an end when they drafted Sean Dion Hamilton in the fifth round. But his play in offseason practices indicates he’s not going to go out without a fight. 

Next five off: OT T.J. Clemmings, QB Kevin Hogan, RB Kapri Bibbs, NT Phil Taylor, CB Danny Johnson

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCSand on Instagram @RichTandler


Redskins running back Derrius Guice was born on this date in 1997. 

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 35
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 49
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 72

The Redskins last played a game 172 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 80 days. 

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