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Need to Know: End-of-year Redskins player one-liners, defensive edition

Need to Know: End-of-year Redskins player one-liners, defensive edition

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, January 4, 113 days before the NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:
—NFL free agency starts 64
—NFL draft 114
—First Sunday of 2017 season 249

End-of-season one-liners for each player, defense

Yesterday, I took a quick look at every offensive player on the Redskins. Today it’s the defense and specialists.

DE Chris Baker—It will be interesting to see how this plays out as pending free agent Baker has said he wants to retire as a Redskin but this this is his last shot at a substantial contract so he is unlikely to go the hometown discount route.

DL Ziggy Hood—Good for him for making the team and getting a lot of snaps but if he returns he should be down the depth chart, maybe the fourth or fifth guy in the rotation.

DL Cullen Jenkins—Another warrior who played many more snaps than he should have.

DL Matt Ioannidis—It was not a good sign when the fifth-round pick got cut coming out of training camp but after he was re-signed he showed some promise in very limited (103 snaps) action.

DL Ricky Jean Francois—The veteran seems to make things happen when he’s on the field and with a year left on his deal he should be back in 2017.

ILB Will Compton—He is solid as a defensive signal caller and captain but somewhat limited as a playmaker.

ILB Mason Foster—He led the team in tackles despite playing only 70 percent of the snaps.

ILB Martrell Spaight—When Compton missed a game and a half with a knee injury Spaight filled in a showed some promise but also plenty of flaws to be cleaned up.

ILB Su’a Cravens—The rookie had an “S” next to him on the roster all year but he didn’t play a snap at safety; next year he will.

ILB Terence Garvin—He played only 58 snaps on defense; will solid special teams contributions be enough for the Redskins to bring him back next year?

ILB Zach Vigil—The late-season signee played just two snaps on defense but the team has the option to retain his rights for 2017 and may see what he can do.

OLB Ryan Kerrigan—It looked like he was headed for a strong finish but an elbow injury slowed him down the last few weeks.

OLB Trent Murphy—He finished a sack short of double digits; that may help the Redskins if they want to negotiate an extension for him this offseason.

OLB Preston Smith—If you think fans were frustrated by his inconsistency imagine what the coaches went through.

OLB Lynden Trail—A very large (6-7, 270) project for the offseason program.

CB Josh Norman—The Redskins will want to see more impact out of him but that’s hard to do when QBs won’t throw his way.

CB Bashaud Breeland—At this point talk of him moving to safety is more speculation than an actual plan but it could end up happening.

CB Kendall Fuller—He started off strong at nickel corner but his play faded as the season wore on; he will get a chance at a fresh start this year.

CB Quinton Dunbar—The converted wide receiver is still learning and he got more playing time towards the end of the year before missing the last two games with a concussion.

CB Greg Toler—He turned 33 two days ago and he’s a free agent so the Redskins might look to a draft pick for cornerback depth in 2017.

CB Dashaun Phillips—After starting the year as the nickel corner, Phillips’ progression went from injured to inactive to released to the practice squad and back to the 53-man roster but inactive.

S Will Blackmon—He’s a solid pro who was adequate at free safety but not the playmaker the team could use there.

S Duke Ihenacho—He is slated to be an unrestricted free agent and the Redskins might want to try to upgrade and move on.

S Josh Evans—In two stints with the team this year he did not see the field on defense.

S Deshazor Everett—It wasn’t until the end of the year that he got some run at safety and he did well enough to get consideration for a spot in the rotation next year.

LS Nick Sundberg—He is a free agent but it’s reasonable to expect that the team will re-sign a snapper who is essentially perfect at his job.

K Dustin Hopkins—Some bad misses this year may prompt the team to bring in a competitor in camp but expect him to pound the team’s first kickoff of 2017 into the end zone.

P Tress Way—His net punting average fell almost a yard from last year but there weren’t any long returns.

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Doug Williams has a 'great relationship' with Dwayne Haskins, he's a fan

Doug Williams has a 'great relationship' with Dwayne Haskins, he's a fan

While some may be hesitant to crown Dwayne Haskins the future of the Redskins organization, Doug Williams has made his stance on the former 2019 first-round draft pick clear: He's a fan.

“I’m a fan of him. We have a good relationship," Williams told Sirius XM NFL Radio on Tuesday. "Like I tell him all the time, I don’t coach him, but I can coach him on a lot of other things other than on the football field and how to handle certain things. Him and I have a good relationship. "

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As the Washington Redskins SVP of Player Development, Williams has a significant role in the front office. Haskins is one of the biggest prospects taken while he's been an executive of the team.

"I hear all the media pundits and stuff talk about what we should do regarding Haskins," Williams said. "But from what I’ve seen this young man do last year, I can’t see too many people as or more talented than him.”

In Haskins' nine appearances last season, he threw for 7 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, and 1,365 yards. 

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Kyle Allen can handle anything, and that includes being the backup

Kyle Allen can handle anything, and that includes being the backup

Since Ron Rivera took over as the Redskins head coach in early January, he has insisted on finding competition for rising second-year passer Dwayne Haskins. Rivera found that competition when the Redskins acquired Kyle Allen from the Carolina Panthers a few weeks ago, and the two are expected to compete for the starting job come training camp.

Rivera spoke to the local media on Tuesday for the first time since the trade and explained he envisions "a good competition" between the two. But as Rivera went on to rave about Allen's character, it's clear the Redskins new head coach brought in Allen for multiple other reasons besides just competing with the Redskins first-round pick from a year ago.

Allen -- an undrafted free agent in 2018 who started 12 games a season ago -- has played every role a quarterback can possibly have at some point during his first two seasons in the league. His mindset, and the ability to handle different roles and responsibilities, is something that stood out to the new Redskins head coach.

"What he's really concerned about is doing the best job he can," Rivera said. "If he ends up starting and being the guy, great. He'll be fired up about it. And if he's not, if he's in a backup role, he'll be fired up about that as well."

Although there will be some sort of QB competition, the Redskins don't necessarily expect Allen to win the job. Rivera even said as much during a radio interview last week, as the team plans to enter training camp with Haskins as QB1. Others, such as former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley, simply think Haskins is the better player.

But should Allen have to step in as the team's starter for one reason or another, Rivera has full confidence in the 24-year-old. Allen is familiar with new offensive coordinator Scott Turner's system, one he called difficult to grasp but a system that has plenty of potential once learned. 

When in Carolina, Allen spent two seasons in the same room as Cam Newton, someone Rivera referred to is having a "strong personality." Rivera was impressed with how Allen handled himself there, especially with there being constant change at the position due to multiple injuries to Newton and former Panthers QB Taylor Heinicke. 

"Having been around Kyle for two seasons, I've kind of watched him interact with the quarterbacks that were in the room," Rivera said. "He was in the room with a very strong personality in Cam Newton, and Kyle handled himself tremendously. I just know what kind of person he is and feel like he's the kind of guy going into this, he's not threatened by anything."

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Outside of Haskins and Allen, the Redskins still have Alex Smith under contract as the veteran QB continues to recover from his gruesome leg injury. While Rivera has said not to rule out Smith in the past, the move to acquire Allen was something the head coach called "insurance," as Smith is still rehabbing and a ways away from returning to the field.

When taking the Redskins head coaching job, Rivera knew he would be tasked with turning around the culture in Redskins Park, a culture that has not seen playoff success in over a decade. Turning around a culture means finding people that will buy into the team mindset and the overarching goal within the organization, and that's something Rivera thinks Allen will do tremendously.

"He's the right kind of person for that room, and that's what I felt very strongly about," Allen said. "That's why we were able to make the deal with Carolina and bring him in. I just think he's got that real good sense about him, you know, being part of something is better than being an individual."

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