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Need to Know: How many wins for the 2017 Redskins?

Need to Know: How many wins for the 2017 Redskins?

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, May 5, 19 days before the Redskins start OTAs on May 24.

Timeline

It’s been 124 days since the Redskins played a game. Their season opener against the Eagles at FedEx Field is in 128 days.

Days until:

—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 7
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 19
—Training camp starts (7/27) 83

How many wins for the 2017 Redskins?

Veteran free agency is just about done, the draft is over, and the first wave of undrafted free agents has been signed. Almost all the players who are going to be on the Week 1 roster are in the building. It’s time to break out the $100 in imaginary and bet on what the Redskins’ 2017 win total will be.

0-6 wins, $10—This is double-digit loss territory. Barring a catastrophic string of injuries, I don’t see this team falling off that badly, even with a moderately tough schedule.

7-8 wins, $30—The most recent over-under for wins I saw from Vegas was 7.5, so this is in that territory. They probably have seven wins baked in. They should split the six games in the division and be favorites against the 49ers, both Los Angeles teams, and the Vikings at home.

9-10 wins, $40—This is where the Redskins can get to if their red-zone offense and third-down defense improve to somewhere around average in the league. They would need to win some tough but winnable home games like the ones against the Raiders and Broncos and perhaps pull out a win in New Orleans  

11+ wins, $20—This is not an insignificant bet on a number of wins that could take the division and put the Redskins in contention for a bye. They would need to have a good run of luck, from good health on their end and some key injuries popping up for the stronger opponents on their schedule to an occasional fortuitous bounce of the ball. I’m fairly bullish on this team but they aren’t at the level to get there without a serious help from the football gods.

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Ex-Panthers tight end Greg Olsen signing with Seahawks over Redskins, Bills

Ex-Panthers tight end Greg Olsen signing with Seahawks over Redskins, Bills

When tight end Greg Olsen was released from the Carolina Panthers last month, many pegged the Redskins as a possible destination due to his connection with new head coach Ron Rivera and the team's need at the position.

But the 34-year-old will not be reuniting with his old head coach. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Olsen has agreed to a one-year, $7 million deal with the Seattle Seahawks, including $5.5 million guaranteed.

After parting ways with the Panthers, Olsen took visits with the Redskins and Buffalo Bills in addition to the Seahawks.

According to Schefter, Olsen strongly considered signing with both Washington and Buffalo, but the lure of playing with Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was the major difference-maker.

By missing out on Olsen, the Redskins have plenty of decisions still to make at tight end. Jordan Reed is still in the concussion protocol recovering from one he suffered last August and is not expected to be back with the organization. Vernon Davis retired earlier this month. 

With Jeremy Sprinkle currently the Redskins top tight end and Olsen now heading west, the team could show interest in tight ends Austin Hooper and Eric Ebron in free agency, among others.

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Redskins Free Agent Targets: Darqueze Dennard

Redskins Free Agent Targets: Darqueze Dennard

NBC Sports Washington is taking a long look at potential free agents that could help the Redskins in 2020. 

Cincinnati Bengals CB Darqueze Dennard
2014 first-round pick by Cincinnati
Unrestricted free agent
5-foot-11 | 200 lbs. | 28 years old

Cornerback is a significant need for the Washington Redskins and one they were likely expected to address in free agency. With the release of veteran Josh Norman last Friday, upgrading the position now becomes a necessity. 

One cornerback the Burgundy and Gold should target in free agency is a name many Redskins fans are not familiar with: Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Darqueze Dennard.

The 28-year-old was drafted in 2014 and has spent all six of his NFL seasons with the Bengals. During his time in Cinci, he played the majority of his snaps from the slot but proved he has the ability to play on the outside as well. The 5-foot-11 cornerback has a strong frame and is one of the best at his position defending the run. 

Injuries have hampered Dennard throughout his career, but he's been productive when on the field.

Last season, although he played in just nine games, Dennard posted the 15th best coverage grade from Pro Football Focus. The 28-year-old excelled in coverage downfield, allowing just four catches of 10 or more yards all season. In contrast, Redskins' cornerbacks posted the fourth-worst grade by PFF in such situations.

Dennard was a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, but never blossomed to the shutdown cornerback the Bengals hoped they drafted. Nonetheless, he's a very viable starter and one that could greatly benefit a Washington secondary that struggled mightily a season ago.

As it stands now, the Redskins starters at cornerback are Quinton Dunbar and Fabian Moreau starting on the outside with Jimmy Moreland in the slot. 

Dunbar, who had a career-best season a year ago, was rumored to request a trade from the Redskins a couple of weeks ago. He later backtracked on his statement, saying the situation had been blown out of proportion.

Regardless, Dunbar enters his final season under contract with Washington and has zero guarantees remaining in his contract; there's no assurance he's back with Washington in 2021 and beyond. Moreau also enters the final season of his rookie year as well.

So, the Redskins likely need to sign at least one, if not two, cornerbacks in free agency. Dennard could be an ideal fit and a cheaper option than other cornerbacks on the market.

Head coach Ron Rivera said that part of the reason he released Norman was so the team could get younger at the position, and at 28, Dennard still has plenty of football ahead of him.

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