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Every position is a draft need for the Redskins

Every position is a draft need for the Redskins

Both Bruce Allen and Jay Gruden have said that the Redskins’ draft selections will be determined by the player with the best grade, not by needs. However, no matter what position the Redskins draft with any of their 10 picks a case can be made that the player will fill a need.

Let’s go through position by position and see where the needs are.

Quarterback—Kirk Cousins’ future is very much in doubt with the team seemingly reluctant to come up with the money that would be needed to re-sign him. Colt McCoy is a backup and staking the team’s future on Nate Sudfeld would be a huge gamble.

Running back—Rob Kelley can get them 1,000 yards on the ground but that’s not the mark of a great back. And his pass-catching ability is questionable. Behind him, Matt Jones doesn’t seem to have what it takes.

Wide receiver—Terrelle Pryor is on a one-year contract. Josh Doctson has a ton of potential and great size but he is very much an unknown quantity. The Redskins could very well be looking for someone to line up next to Jamison Crowder in 2018.

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Tight end—It’s a given that Jordan Reed won’t play in 16 games and there has to be concern that a concussion could put him out for an extended period of time. Vernon Davis is a capable backup but he is 33 and we all know the thing about Father Time being undefeated.

Offensive tackle—Right tackle Morgan Moses is in the final year of his contract and although the Redskins likely want to sign him to an extension there is no way of ensuring that will happen until pen is put to paper. Ty Nsekhe, who will be a restricted free agent in 2018, is a good backup but can he start 16 games? And if he can, who is the backup?

Interior offensive line—Shawn Lauvao is in the last year of his contract and there are plenty of doubts that Arie Kouandjio will be able to step in for him either this year or next. Center Spencer Long is also in the last year of his deal. While he was adequate last year there could be an upgrade in the draft.

Defensive line—I don’t think any further explanation is needed here.

Inside linebacker—The Redskins go three deep here but Will Compton, Zach Brown, and Mason Foster are all slated to be free agents in 2018. They also could use a burst of athleticism if a good ILB is on the board.

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Outside linebacker—Yes, the Redskins have four players with double-digit sack potential. But Junior Galette was a question mark even before his arrest last weekend, Preston Smith is maddeningly inconsistent, and Trent Murphy is a 2018 free agent who likely will be suspended the first four games of the season. Oh, and you can’t have too many good pass rushers.

Cornerback—Josh Norman is set on one side but the draft could have an upgrade to Bashaud Breeland, who is in the last year of his contract. Behind them, Kendall Fuller struggled mightily at times last year and converted WR Quinton Dunbar is a nice story but his ceiling is as a fourth or fifth corner. Oh, and you can’t have too many good cornerbacks.

Safety—There is hope that D.J. Swearinger and Su’a Cravens can be an effective safety tandem but it’s still a roll of the dice. The depth behind those two is aging (DeAngelo Hall, Will Blackmon) or very green (Deshazor Everett).

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The Eagles cut Zach Brown but don't expect a Redskins reunion

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The Eagles cut Zach Brown but don't expect a Redskins reunion

Zach Brown had a rough week.

The Eagles linebacker made headlines prior to a Week 6 matchup when he said that Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was the "weak link" on the Minnesota offense. By the time Philadelphia left Minneapolis, Cousins had thrown for more than 300 yards with four touchdowns as the Vikings routed the Eagles 38-20. After the game, Brown got asked about his Cousins' comments, and the linebacker didn't want to discuss his comments at all. 

On Monday, things fared even worse as the Eagles cut Brown. 

In six games this season he registered 29 tackles and two tackles of loss. He was playing fine, but not good, and Philadelphia's management clearly decided the juice wasn't worth the squeeze with Brown after his Cousins' comments.

For Redskins fans thinking about a possible ZB reunion, think again. Last year, Washington's coaches and management came to the same conclusion as Philadelphia just did. 

Brown signed with the Redskins in 2017 and played well that year. He was leading the NFL in tackles for much of the season until he was lost to injury in December. The team re-signed him in 2018 to a three-year, $21 million deal, but things went bad about halfway through the year. Brown lost his starting job to Shaun Dion Hamilton and openly talked about the "writing on the wall" with his role in Washington. 

In March, the Redskins released Brown before free agency opened. Philadelphia signed him later in the offseason to a one-year incentive deal, and he didn't even last half the season. 

Brown has talent. He's a good tackler and has elite speed for the position. In 2016, Brown posted 149 tackles and four sacks with the Bills, but Buffalo elected not to bring him back. He then landed in D.C. before his eventual release. Now he's available again and the Redskins defense has been anything but stellar. 

Don't expect Brown back in Burgundy and Gold though. The team cut him less than a year ago, and while there has been a coaching change, the smart money says Brown won't be back. 


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That time Case Keenum tried to change a run play and Adrian Peterson shut that down (VIDEO)

That time Case Keenum tried to change a run play and Adrian Peterson shut that down (VIDEO)

Redskins interim head coach Bill Callahan pledged to reestablish the run game, and on Sunday in Miami, he did just that. Adrian Peterson logged his first 100-yard game of the season and it was also his first game with more than 20 carries. 

One of those carries came with a bit of discussion though. 

The video shows the situation well, where Washington QB Case Keenum went to audible out of a run play and Peterson basically just told him no. Keenum went back to the run play and Peterson then picked up a first-down run. 

In the locker room after the game, reporter Kyle Stackpole asked Peterson about the play. The veteran running back explained that it wasn't just him overruling Keenum but that the Redskins coaches were shouting the same thing from the sideline. That adds up with Callahan's pledge to run the ball more. 

The video is still funny, and at 1-5 with the lone victory coming after the awful Dolphins had a chance to win the game in the final seconds, a good laugh is well deserved for Redskins fans.