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Need to Know: With Cousins' future uncertain, should the Redskins take a QB in the first round?

Need to Know: With Cousins' future uncertain, should the Redskins take a QB in the first round?

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, March 3, 6 days before the March 9 start of NFL free agency.  

Timeline

Days until:

—Redskins offseason workouts start (4/17) 45
—NFL Draft (4/27) 55
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 134
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 191

A quarterback in the first round?

The Redskins made an initial contract offer to Kirk Cousins and it appears that they have a long way to go before will be able to get a deal done. In fact, they need to be prepared for the possibility that they won’t get a deal done and he will be gone in 2018. Life without Kirk Cousins may become a reality.

One NFL analyst thinks that the Redskins may begin to prepare for the possible departure of Cousins when the draft comes around. In fact, he thinks that they will do so very early in the April 27 draft.

Bucky Brooks of NFL.com has just posted a mock draft. With the No. 17 pick he has the Redskins taking North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky. His comment:

“If the Redskins can't get Kirk Cousins signed to a long-term deal, they could opt to take a young QB to serve as an apprentice until he is ready for the starting job in 2018.”

Let’s set aside the choice of QB for a moment. It’s a pretty simple concept, right? Instead of waiting until your quarterback is gone, you prepare for the inevitable by drafting your 2018 starter and giving him a season under his belt in 2017.

You could argue that the team has a lot of needs and that one of those should be address rather than taking a player who may not take a snap in 2017. Last year they took Josh Doctson in the first round and the wide receiver played in just two games and was shut down due to a persistent Achilles issue. Having a scenario where the first-round pick contributes little for a second straight year would hamper the team’s progress.

But if you don’t have a quarterback you don’t have anything. If the Redskins have a chance get someone who they believe can be a quality starter they almost have to take it.

If they do go in that direction, is Trubisky the right guy? He had an impressive 2016 season, completing 68 percent of his passes with 30 touchdowns and six interceptions. He looks the part, and the official measurements at the combine proved that he is actually 6-2. But last year was his only season as a starter so there isn’t not a lot to go on.

The name, however, is not important. You could fill in Deshaun Watson or DeShone Kizer or another quarterback you think is better and it’s the same idea.

I’m not saying that the will draft a quarterback in the first round. But if negotiations with Cousins aren’t going well when the draft rolls around they should seriously consider it.

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Scott Turner won the Redskins offensive coordinator job over Kevin O'Connell, per source

Scott Turner won the Redskins offensive coordinator job over Kevin O'Connell, per source

There has been plenty of speculation as to why new Redskins head coach Ron Rivera decided to hire Scott Turner as offensive coordinator, and now a source tells NBC Sports Washington the answer is simple. 

Turner won the job competition. 

Many expected 2019 Redskins offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell to maintain his position when the team hired Rivera as their new head coach earlier this month. That didn't happen. 

As Rivera moved quickly to assemble his coaching staff, the biggest question seemed to be running the offense and working with second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Rivera interviewed O'Connell and Turner for the job, and asked to interview former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur. 

Shurmur declined the interview, and at that point, a source explained that Rivera then made his decision to go with Turner over O'Connell. 

So why Turner? 

Both candidates got their first experience calling plays last year after an in-season firing to the head coach. The results weren't great for either coach, but Turner's game plans involved more play action passing than O'Connell. 

Turner's resume working with Cam Newton and Teddy Bridgewater mattered, as did the plan Turner presented for working with Haskins. 

It's important to note that Rivera had years of experience working with Turner, as well as his father Norv Turner. That mattered too, and one source explained Rivera "believed" in Turner. 

While O'Connell landed in a strong spot as offensive coordinator for the Rams, he won't be calling plays. Coaches don't like giving up control, particularly offensive coaches giving up play calling. For O'Connell, maybe that will change in LA, but it will take time. 

Some Redskins fans have a bad habit of assuming the worst. That maybe Turner got the job because O'Connell passed on it. That's not the case, per multiple sources.

Ron Rivera wanted his guy, and that's why Turner got the job. 

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Report: Months after major leg injury, Reuben Foster regains feeling in toes

Report: Months after major leg injury, Reuben Foster regains feeling in toes

The Redskins signed linebacker Reuben Foster late in the 2018 season after his release from San Francisco amid domestic violence allegations. The signing caused tremendous backlash towards the organization, but in the end, it was supposed to be worth it for what Foster could do on the field. 

Eventually, charges against Foster got dropped and he wasn't suspended by the NFL. Unfortunately for him and for the Redskins, Foster got injured in his first snap of offseason team activities in May 2019, and it was a major injury. 

The scene on the field that day was traumatic as Foster was visibly in intense pain. In the news that emerged after the injury, Foster had torn multiple ligaments in his knee and NBC Sports Washington reported there was nerve damage in the leg as well. 

Now, it seems like there is finally some positive momentum for Foster's injury. His agent Malki Kawa spoke to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport: "He's got feeling in his toes, the underside of his foot, the side of his foot. The nerve is starting to fire again."

The alarming part here is that Foster had lost feeling in his toes, and for a long period of time too. Foster's injury happened last May. 

Rehabbing a knee is one thing, football players do that all the time. But nerves operate almost on their own, and some nerve damage is irreperable. 

"He's regaining feeling and power," Kawa said. "It shows the nerve is firing. When he moves his leg upward, he can feel around the ankle and the top part of the foot. That's a new thing. The next 60 days are going to be big as far as getting back to normal."

The Redskins know about scary nerve injuries. Promising rookie safety Kyshoen Jarrett sustained nerve damage in his arm in Week 17 of the 2015 season, and never played again. Two years ago, cornerback Quinton Dunbar dealt with a nerve issue in his leg and was basically lost for the year. 

What happens next for Foster will be interesting to watch. 

Kawa said the next 60 days will be important, and that timeline also coincides with more Redskins offseason work. After such a significant injury, it would be premature to make any assumptions about Foster's return to the field, and if/when that happens, his level of play. 

Foster has been seen around the Redskins training facility at times since he was signed in 2018. At various points he was using a scooter and then walking on his own with a significant brace.

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