Here is what you need to know on this Monday, March 13, 36 days before Washington Redskins start offseason workouts on April 17.
—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.
Tandler on Twitter
Poe does not appear to be on the Redskins radar although that could change. Logan has not signed with anyone.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) March 12, 2017
Hightower has never been on the Redskins’ radar.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) March 12, 2017
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