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Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, May 11, 13 days before the Redskins start OTAs on May 24.

Timeline

It’s been 130 days since the Redskins played a game. Their season opener against the Eagles at FedEx Field is in 122 days.

Days until:

—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 1
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 13
—Training camp starts (7/27) 77

How will the Redskins handle a logjam at outside linebacker?

Today's question is from my Facebook page:

Ant Williams What record do you see as a successful season?

That is a very short, simple question that has a very complex answer. The Redskins’ offseason in the player acquisition area has been a success, with a solid free agency period followed by a draft drawing near-unanimous acclaim from analysts.

They did lose some talented players to free agency in Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, and Chris Baker. But it appears that they got an upgrade over Baker in the draft in Jonathan Allen and the losses of the two wide receivers will be mitigated to a large extent by the signing of Terrelle Pryor and what appears to be a return to health of Josh Doctson.

They look like a better team on paper and that is why I figured they are most likely to win 9-10 games when I wrote this post a few weeks ago. They could be held back by a schedule that looks tough sitting here in May. They play eight teams that finished the 2016 season with winning records. Of course, the NFL changes from year to year and even from week to week so some games that look daunting now may not look the same way going into the week of the game. On the other hand, a team that looks like a soft touch now could be riding a winning streak going into their game against Washington. But it doesn't really matter except to the extent that they just need enough wins to reach the postseason. 

 

I think that the Redskins need one win for the season to be a success—a win in the playoffs. I mean, that is what they need to do to keep pace with the other major sports franchises in town. The Wizards and Caps won a playoff series this year. The Nats haven’t yet but you get the feeling they are due. But the Redskins are, with all due respect to the other three, the franchise that generates the most buzz and has the biggest following of the DC’s big four. They are on a skid of 11 straight years without a playoff win. 

While a 10-win regular season may be a success by recent Redskins standards, it’s now about both taking the next step and keeping up with your neighbors. Success is not measured in the regular season any more. It’s about what you do when most of the other teams in your league are playing golf somewhere.

Yes, more than one playoff win would be better. The Redskins breaking their 26-year conference title game drought would be great. But at this point, that would be gravy. You may call one playoff win a low bar and it would not call for a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. Or even down Loudoun County Parkway, for that matter. However, you have to start somewhere and the Redskins should get a pat on the back if they do manage to claim a postseason win.  

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