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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.


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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