Here is what you need to know on this Monday, March 20, 38 days before the April 27 NFL draft.
—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 28
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 53
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 65
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 117
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 174
Monday morning three and out
1. The Redskins’ offseason workouts start four weeks from today. At that point it’s really more conditioning and pumping iron than it is about actual football. The date also happens to be 10 days prior to the NFL draft. The coaches will get one last look at what they have before they draft replacements for some of them.
2. A fan complains about the lack of progress in free agecy.
Swearinger, about it. DL, huge needs, downgraded. WR, strength, downgraded. LBer, not addressed.— Ashburning (@johnnylocal) March 19, 2017
I warned anyone who would listen that the Redskins were not going to get much better in free agency. I said it when Scot McCloughan was the GM and I said it again recently. The free agent pool was very shallow and there were a lot of teams with a lot of cap space. Once the top handful of players at each position were gone the players left were not a significant upgrade.
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3. If the Redskins are going to get better this year they will need to get significant contributions from their top two draft picks and have a sleeper pick or two come through from one of the seven players they will be able to pick in rounds 4-7. It’s a deep draft so upgrading there is doable. Not easy, not a given, especially after the team gave McCloughan, one of the best draft talent evaluators in the business, the boot but possible.
Out—it appears, is Duke Ihenacho.
No hard feelings. Everything is business.— Duke (@DukeIhenacho) March 16, 2017
Ihenacho’s career with the Redskins never really got any traction. He landed on injured reserve early in both the 2014 and 2015 seasons. The ’15 injury was particularly bad for him because he had won a starting job in training camp, beating out free agent acquisition Jeron Johnson. Last year he was inactive early but he wound up starting 10 games due to injuries. The coaches thought the freelanced too much and he missed team-high 15 tackles even though nine players played more snaps. Between the game tape and the addition of D.J. Swearinger, the move of Su’a Cravens to safety, and the likely return of DeAngelo Hall, there apparently wasn’t any support for keeping him around.
Tandler on Twitter
Someone commented that it may be difficult to tell a Redskins best player available pick from a need pick.
To an extent, yes. But if they take TE in 1st we’ll know it’s BAP. If they take a 2nd round NT in 1st we’ll know it’s need. https://t.co/EDAj3D66LL— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) March 19, 2017
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