Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, July 9, 18 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.
The Redskins last played a game 189 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 63 days.
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 8
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 32
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 55
The Redskins core in 2020, offense
It is the season for considering the future, both 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’ll look at the offense today and the defense later this week.
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.
Offense (age as of Week 1 2020)
Potential blue-chip players: Trent Williams (32), Brandon Scherff (28), Jordan Reed (30)
Solid starters: Kirk Cousins (32), Terrelle Pryor (31), Jamison Crowder (27), Morgan Moses (29)
Potential starters: Spencer Long (29), Rob Kelley (27), Samaje Perine (24), Josh Doctson (27)
This group has 10 of the 11 current starters on the team. They won’t all be around in 2020 but the team does have an offense that has the potential to stay around for a long time (in today’s NFL, three years is a long time).
Williams already is a blue-chip player, recognized as one of the best left tackles in the game and a perennial Pro Bowl pick. Scherff just made the first of what could be a string of Pro Bowl appearances. Reed made his first Pro Bowl last year but he carries the asterisk due to constant health concerns.
Contract statuses are addressed below but you can’t discuss Cousins’ future without addressing that elephant in the room. If he does re-sign he will be the starter for the foreseeable future. If not, it will be fill in the blank time again for a franchise that has been searching for a long-term solid starting QB for over two decades.
Like Cousins, Pryor is on a one-year deal and we’ll have to see about his future after this year. But he would be a “young” 31 in 2020 because he didn’t play a whole lot before last season. Crowder is likely to be a highly productive player, with 800-1,100 yards and 6-10 touchdowns year in and year out. Moses is a potential blue chipper but right tackles seldom get recognition.
Long has been effective both at guard and at center; the latter position could be his long-term spot. A battle between Perine and Kelley for which running back is around in 2020 will play out over the next couple of seasons. Given the nature of the position, it’s possible that neither of them will be around in three years. Doctson will get plenty of chances to show that he belongs.
Contracts: Williams, Reed, Moses, Perine, and Doctson are all under team control through at least 2020. Cousins, Pryor, and Long are free agents after this season. Crowder is under contract through 2018 while Kelley and Scherff are locked up through 2019.
Tandler on Twitter
Some hope (20% or so) for a LTD by 7/17. Most likely that it won’t be settled until March 2018.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) July 8, 2017
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