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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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Redskins G Arie Kouandjio likely out for the season

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Redskins G Arie Kouandjio likely out for the season

The news about Arie Kouandjio’s quad injury didn’t sound good when NBC Sports Washington broke it a couple of weeks ago. It didn’t sound any better when Jay Gruden said that they were seeking a second opinion. 

And now we have word that Kouandjio will be out for the season, per multiple media reports. While there was some initial hope that he might be able to play at some point this season, he is likely to be put on injured reserve soon. 

The corresponding move is expected to be the signing of guard Isaiah Williams, per JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington. He spent training camp with the Redskins in 2016 and 2017 before being released in the final cuts. Last year he also spent time with the Chiefs and the Colts but he has yet to appear in an NFL game. 

At worst, the Redskins have lost their starter at left guard. Kouandjio was set to compete with Shawn Lauvao for that job. Lauvao, who has been the starter at left guard going into the season for each of the last four years, would have been tough to unseat, but the 26-year-old Kouandjio may have had the inside track.

And at best, the Redskins lost experienced depth. Last year, when injuries hit hard along the offensive line, Kouandjio was re-signed and he started six games. It’s tough to lose experienced depth before the players even put pads on.

We will see if the Redskins make a move to shore up the guard position. Over the next couple of weeks, teams will be evaluating their veteran players and their rookies to see if they have younger and cheaper options. That could lead to some serviceable players getting released or some quality options being put on the trading block. 

The Redskins likely are set to get four compensatory draft picks in 2019, which would give them a total of 11 selections. They certainly could afford to deal one of those picks if they are offered a chance to upgrade at left guard. 

More 2018 Redskins

- 53-man roster: Player one-liners, offense
- Tandler’s Take: Best- and worst-case scenarios for 2018
- The draft: Redskins should get 4 additional picks in 2019 draft
- Schedule series: Gotta beat the Cowboys

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Need to Know: Redskins player one-liners, defense

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Need to Know: Redskins player one-liners, defense

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, May 22, 66 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

Redskins player one-liners, defense

A few weeks ago, I did an early projection of the Redskins’ 53-man roster on offense and defense. As the team gets ready for OTAs here is a comment on each player expected to make the team on defense; the offense was up yesterday

Defensive line

—Even though he played just 159 snaps last year before getting injured, the experience that Jonathan Allen gained in the offseason and training camp last year will help him get off to a strong start this season. 

—​Daron Payne will improve as the season goes on but he should be of some help stopping the run, the team’s most glaring weakness, right off the bat. 

—​Matt Ioannidis could play his way into an early contract extension a year from now, something nobody saw coming a year ago. 

—Last year Anthony Lanier played a little over half a season’s worth of snaps and got 5.0 sacks so I’ll put his over/under for this year at 7.5. 

—I think many fans see “Redskins veteran free agent D-lineman” and associate “bust” but Stacy McGee played pretty well last year. 

—Will Tim Settle be in at nose tackle for the first snap in Week 1?

—The coaches would like to be able to keep Ziggy Hood on the roster, but injuries and other issues could make him a victim of the roster numbers game. 

Inside linebackers

—​Zach Brown struggled a bit before injuries forced him out of the last three games, but he still finished in the top 10 in the NFL in tackles. 

—The team re-signing Mason Foster in late January was a low-key but potentially very impactful move. 

—After getting cut and then returning in November last year, Zach Vigil probably will be employed with the Redskins for all of the 2018 season. 

—It will be interesting to see how much the Redskins try to get out of converted safety Josh Harvey-Clemons as a nickel linebacker this year. 

—The Redskins moved up in the sixth round to draft Shaun Dion Hamilton, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he has a regular role on defense before the season is out. 

Outside linebackers

—All Preston Smith needs to do to hit it big in free agency is add a few sacks to his 2017 total and get a few more takeaways. 

—​Ryan Kerrigan already got paid, he’s a few more good years away from making the Redskins Ring of Fame. 

—I predict that Ryan Anderson gets his first NFL sack in Week 2 against the Colts. 

—You usually think of outside linebackers rotating in when it’s the nickel defense, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see Pernell McPhee be a regular in short-yardage situations. 

Cornerbacks

—I think Josh Norman will the dancing in the end zone at some point this season; he is long overdue to get a pick six (or a pick of any sort for that matter).

—The first time I noticed Quinton Dunbar playing cornerback was when he lined up against Odell Beckham in 2015. 

—The success of the Redskins’ decisions to trade Kendall Fuller and to let Bashaud Breeland leave as a free agent will hinge mostly on how well Fabian Moreau plays in his second year in the NFL.

—Realistically, the Redskins can hope to get 10 or 12 good games out of Orlando Scandrick

—And because Scandrick is unlikely to be healthy for 16 games, the ability of Josh Holsey to step in when needed will be critical. 

—If the Redskins can get a few good punt returns and 75 snaps at nickel corner from Greg Stroman he will be worth the seventh-round pick they used to draft him. 

Safeties

—With a year in the defense under his belt, D.J. Swearinger is a candidate to make his first Pro Bowl. 

—After Jay Gruden compared him to Jordan Reed, there is a lot of pressure on Montae Nicholson to stay on the field and perform well when he is out there. 

—Even though he started eight games last year I think the coaches view Deshazor Everett as more of a special teams guy and situational defender than a safety they want playing 70 snaps a game. 

—​Troy Apke has a lot to learn and it remains to be seen if he can go from being a fast guy to being a fast NFL football player.

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Timeline  

Days until:

—Minicamp (6/12) 21
—Training camp starts (7/26) 66
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 80

The Redskins last played a game 142 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 110 days. 

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