Here is what you need to know on this Monday, July 10, 17 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.
The Redskins last played a game 190 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 62 days.
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 7
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 31
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 54
The Redskins core in 2020, defense
It is the season for looking into the future, both to the 2017 season and beyond.
Let’s look at the Redskins three years from now. Who will still be here? Which players will be top performers? Here’s a possible snapshot of the team going into training camp in the year 2020. We’re looking at the defense today; we covered the offense yesterday.
The terms used here largely are self-explanatory but if you want some details look at the post from last year that looks three years down the road.
Defense (age as of Week 1 2020)
Potential blue chip players: Josh Norman (32), Jonathan Allen (25)
Solid starters: Ryan Kerrigan (32), Su’a Cravens (25), D. J. Swearinger (29), Bashaud Breeland (28), Ryan Anderson (26), Zach Brown (30)
Potential starters: Kendall Fuller (25), Preston Smith (27), Mason Foster (31), Will Compton (30), Trent Murphy (30)
Allen is here based on sheer projection. He was projected to be a top-10 pick, maybe even top-five, and he slid due to concerns that his shoulders may be an issue in five or six years. That won’t be a problem in 2020. Norman has been an All-Pro. He will be past his prime by the time 2020 comes around but with his work ethic he still should be effective.
The only one on the solid starters category in whom I have a lot of confidence is Kerrigan. He will still be cranking out 10-sack seasons although the team may be in search of an eventual replacement. I think Brown will be a solid starter somewhere, but he is on a one-year contract. Breeland is in a pivotal year and the rest have potential but a lot to prove.
When I did this exercise a year ago, Smith was coming off a very strong finish to his rookie year and he was listed as a potential blue chipper. After an inconsistent 2016, he may or may not have a long-term future. Fuller struggled as a rookie but the organization has confidence that he will settle in. Foster and Compton are both free agents after this season and the team could decide to pick just one to move forward with. This is a big year for Murphy, also in the last year of his contract.
Contracts: Norman, Allen, Kerrigan, and Anderson are under contract through 2020. Cravens, Swearinger, and Fuller are signed through the 2019 season. Smith is in the fold through 2018 and Breeland, Brown, Foster, Compton, and Murphy will be free agents next spring.
Tandler on Twitter
We are further away from the end of the NFL draft (10 weeks ago) than we are from #Redskins vs. Eagles Week 1 (9 weeks from today).— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) July 9, 2017
In case you missed it
- Looking ahead—The Redskins' core offensive players in 2020
- The Redskins week that was—Free agent busts, 2017 predictions
- #RedskinsTalk Podcast: The good and bad of training camp