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Need to Know: Examining the Redskins updated depth chart—Offense

Need to Know: Examining the Redskins updated depth chart—Offense

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, March 13, 36 days before Washington Redskins start offseason workouts on April 17.  

Timeline

Days until:

—NFL Draft (4/27) 45
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 60
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 72
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 124
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 181

Looking at the 2017 depth chart—offense

The Redskins are likely to make a few more free agent acquisitions but the depth chart is beginning to settle in. Let’s take a look at where the offensive side of the ball stands now. The defense is up tomorrow

Quarterback: Kirk Cousins
Backups: Colt McCoy, draft pick

There is a chance that Cousins will be gone via a trade but the chances are he will still be here. If he hasn’t signed and the vibe in the building is that he won’t, the Redskins could pick a quarterback in any round from the first one. If he has signed or the feeling is that he will, scratch the draft pick and put Nate Sudfeld back at No. 3.

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Running backs: Rob Kelley
Backups: Chris Thompson, Matt Jones

If they carry a fourth running back it could be Mack Brown, or perhaps Keith Marshall of the 2016 draft pick can stay healthy. There was some chatter that Scot McCloughan might target an upgrade at running back in the draft but after his abrupt firing we don’t know where that stands now.

Wide receivers: Terrelle Pryor, Josh Doctson
Backups: Jamison Crowder (slot receiver), Maurice Harris, Ryan Grant, draft pick

This area was in trouble after the departures of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon but the signing of Pryor mitigates that to an extent. The key is Doctson being healthy and being able to step in as a big contributor after only two games of action and very little practice. With Pryor on a one-year contract, a mid-round draft pick could be groomed to replace him in 2018. Another draft pick (they have 10 picks and could trade for more) could take Grant’s roster spot.  

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Tight end: Jordan Reed
Backups: Vernon Davis, draft pick

One specific need that Jay Gruden mentioned when the spoke to reporters at the combine was a blocking tight end. That makes me think that they will find one in a draft that, for a change, is deep at the position. Carrying a fourth tight end and keeping Niles Paul around for special teams is a possibility.  

Offensive line: LT Trent Williams, LG Shawn Lauvao, C Spencer Long, RG Brandon Scherff, RT Morgan Moses
Backups: G Arie Kouandjio, T Ty Nsekhe, 1-2 draft picks

I know that everybody wants to run Lauvao out of town and that may happen at some point. But until I see someone else on the roster I believe Jay Gruden will be comfortable starting I’ll keep Lauvao at the top of the depth chart. Off of the chart from last year is Kory Lichtensteiger, who retired. They could look to bring back John Sullivan as a backup center.

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Report: Trent Williams' dogs killed neighbor's dog

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Report: Trent Williams' dogs killed neighbor's dog

Trent Williams is defending his dogs after neighbors of a home registered to him in Missouri City, Texas say the Redskins' lineman's dogs brutally killed their dog.

The neighbor's dog, Sandy, according to reports, died after being mauled and dragged under an iron fence on their own property. 

According to Williams, the attack began after Sandy instigated conflict with one of Williams' smaller pets. Williams felt his dogs did nothing wrong and said the animals were defending the smaller dog, who is fighting for its life after $5,000 in medical bills. 

Williams told FOX 26 Houston that the situation was "dogs doing what dogs do."

In comments to local television stations, Sandy's owner's described how they found their dog.

"I found my dog halfway ripped apart, head and one leg on the other side of the fence, two of those stakes ripped through the body and one leg just dangling," said Jerry Flowers.

"They drug her head through the fence," Linda Flowers said. "Half of her body was through the wrought iron fence."

Animal control and local police are no longer investigating the incident according to ABC 13. Williams was not cited for the incident.

Williams is on the non-football injury list for the Washington Redskins after ending his holdout halfway through the season. 

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Once the Redskins Ironman, Ryan Kerrigan moved to injured reserve

Once the Redskins Ironman, Ryan Kerrigan moved to injured reserve

The Redskins moved outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan to the injured reserve after he injured his calf last week against Green Bay. He will miss the remainder of the season. 

Kerrigan had started every game for Washington since 2011 until just three weeks ago, one of the most impressive streaks in the NFL at 139 straight starts. 

He missed the Panthers game due to a concussion, was able to come back from the Packers game and then hurt his calf. 

After three straight seasons with double-digit sacks, Kerrigan’s numbers were down this year. He will finish the season with just 5.5 sacks after posting 37 over the last few years. 

Dexter Manley holds the Redskins franchise record with 91 sacks. After bringing down Aaron Rodgers last week in Green Bay before his injury, Kerrigan got to 90 sacks. 

If he comes back healthy in 2020, Kerrigan would look prime to break the franchise record. He will be in the last year of his contract, however, and will account for nearly $12 million against the salary cap.

Should Washington release Kerrigan, which was once unthinkable, it would carry no salary cap hit. 

To replace Kerrigan on the active roster the Redskins signed Caleb Wilson from the Cardinals practice squad.

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