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Need to Know: Redskins player one-liners—Offense

Need to Know: Redskins player one-liners—Offense

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, May 17, six days before the Washington Redskins start OTAs on May 23.


It’s been 135 days since the Redskins played a game. Their season opener against the Eagles at FedEx Field is in 117 days.

Days until:

—Redskins OTAs start (5/23) 6
—Training camp starts (7/27) 71
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 85

Player one-liners—Offense

I projected the 53-man roster over the last couple of days. I only touched on a few of the players; here is a comment on each offensive player projected to be on the roster.

A playoff win sure would help the value of QB Kirk Cousins’ next contract, whether it’s with the Redskins or elsewhere.

If there are meaningless games in December, will QB Colt McCoy start any of them to help the organization see if he may be an answer if Cousins departs?

All QB Nate Sudfeld has to do this year to ensure he’s around in 2018 is be better than he was last year, which is a rather low bar.

I have heard that RB Rob Kelley is in great shape and ready for the challenge; no more Fat Rob.

It’s a given that RB Samaje Perine is going to get his chances on short-yardage and goal line situations but how often he plays on first and 10 is the big question.

After he played 16 games last year, the state of RB Chris Thompson’s health and his durability are no longer topics of discussion.

It seems that WR Terrelle Pryor believes he has a lot to prove so he probably will not be one of those satisfied free agents that teams are concerned about signing.

All we really know about WR Josh Doctson’s health is that he seems to be healthy right now and that for all of us, being healthy could only be a temporary condition.

If you asked someone to name the Redskins’ best players, it probably would take them several names to get to WR Jamison Crowder, who should be one of the first two or three names mentioned.

Remember that the word is that the coaches are very, very high on the potential of WR Maurice Harris.

The Redskins are hoping that WR Brian Quick can keep on a roll after posting numbers that were by far his career bests in receptions (41) and yards (564) with the Rams in 2016.

Quick will compete for game-day active status with WR Robert Davis, who appears to have a very polished game for a small-school (Georgia State) rookie.

The next step for TE Jordan Reed is first-team All-Pro honors, which he may have earned last year had he not sustained the shoulder injury on Thanksgiving Day.

TE Vernon Davis isn’t going to sneak up on anyone this year and he will have to deal with added attention, especially if/when Reed is out of the lineup.

TE Niles Paul is at a crossroads, with a $2.2 million cap hit, only 8 games played in the last two seasons, and a well-regarded player drafted at his position.

That draft pick is TE Jeremy Sprinkle and after a career of run blocking at Arkansas he should be well prepared to fill the void for the Redskins.

Except for the four-game hole in the middle of the season, OT Trent Williams had the best season of his career in 2016.

OT Morgan Moses was dealing with a severe ankle sprain while Williams was suspended and his willingness to play through it helped him earn that big contract extension.

There’s no question that OT Ty Nsekhe played well filling in for Williams but he gave up a sack and 13 QB pressures in four games compared to two and 17 that Williams gave up in 12 games.

OT Vinston Painter is the 53rd player on the roster in my view and he could get knocked off by an up and coming rookie or a waiver wire pickup (which is what he was a year ago).

The first Pro Bowl is the hardest one for an offensive lineman to get and if G Brandon Scherff stays healthy and the Redskins are at least moderately successful he could rack up a bunch of them.

There is still time for the Redskins to extend C Spencer Long before he goes into the final year of his contract but right now there is no buzz that anything will happen.

After struggling with injuries and ineffectiveness over the last two years, G Shawn Lauvao is likely equal parts grateful and stunned that no serious free agent or draft competition was brought in for him.

I won’t really have an idea whether G Arie Kouandjio will push Lauvao for the starting job until the put the pads on down in Richmond.

Since Jay Gruden’s biggest fear is not having a competent backup center, C Chase Roullier had better get up to speed in a hurry if he wants that job.

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Redskins SVP of Player Development Doug Williams has a 'great relationship' with Dwayne Haskins, he's a fan

Redskins SVP of Player Development Doug Williams has a 'great relationship' with Dwayne Haskins, he's a fan

While some may be hesitant to crown Dwayne Haskins the future of the Redskins organization, Doug Williams has made his stance on the former 2019 first-round draft pick clear: He's a fan.

“I’m a fan of him. We have a good relationship," Williams told Sirius XM NFL Radio on Tuesday. "Like I tell him all the time, I don’t coach him, but I can coach him on a lot of other things other than on the football field and how to handle certain things. Him and I have a good relationship. "


As the Washington Redskins SVP of Player Development, Williams has a significant role in the front office. Haskins is one of the biggest prospects taken while he's been an executive of the team.

"I hear all the media pundits and stuff talk about what we should do regarding Haskins," Williams said. "But from what I’ve seen this young man do last year, I can’t see too many people as or more talented than him.”

In Haskins' nine appearances last season, he threw for 7 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, and 1,365 yards. 

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Kyle Allen can handle anything, and that includes being the backup

Kyle Allen can handle anything, and that includes being the backup

Since Ron Rivera took over as the Redskins head coach in early January, he has insisted on finding competition for rising second-year passer Dwayne Haskins. Rivera found that competition when the Redskins acquired Kyle Allen from the Carolina Panthers a few weeks ago, and the two are expected to compete for the starting job come training camp.

Rivera spoke to the local media on Tuesday for the first time since the trade and explained he envisions "a good competition" between the two. But as Rivera went on to rave about Allen's character, it's clear the Redskins new head coach brought in Allen for multiple other reasons besides just competing with the Redskins first-round pick from a year ago.

Allen -- an undrafted free agent in 2018 who started 12 games a season ago -- has played every role a quarterback can possibly have at some point during his first two seasons in the league. His mindset, and the ability to handle different roles and responsibilities, is something that stood out to the new Redskins head coach.

"What he's really concerned about is doing the best job he can," Rivera said. "If he ends up starting and being the guy, great. He'll be fired up about it. And if he's not, if he's in a backup role, he'll be fired up about that as well."

Although there will be some sort of QB competition, the Redskins don't necessarily expect Allen to win the job. Rivera even said as much during a radio interview last week, as the team plans to enter training camp with Haskins as QB1. Others, such as former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley, simply think Haskins is the better player.

But should Allen have to step in as the team's starter for one reason or another, Rivera has full confidence in the 24-year-old. Allen is familiar with new offensive coordinator Scott Turner's system, one he called difficult to grasp but a system that has plenty of potential once learned. 

When in Carolina, Allen spent two seasons in the same room as Cam Newton, someone Rivera referred to is having a "strong personality." Rivera was impressed with how Allen handled himself there, especially with there being constant change at the position due to multiple injuries to Newton and former Panthers QB Taylor Heinicke. 

"Having been around Kyle for two seasons, I've kind of watched him interact with the quarterbacks that were in the room," Rivera said. "He was in the room with a very strong personality in Cam Newton, and Kyle handled himself tremendously. I just know what kind of person he is and feel like he's the kind of guy going into this, he's not threatened by anything."


Outside of Haskins and Allen, the Redskins still have Alex Smith under contract as the veteran QB continues to recover from his gruesome leg injury. While Rivera has said not to rule out Smith in the past, the move to acquire Allen was something the head coach called "insurance," as Smith is still rehabbing and a ways away from returning to the field.

When taking the Redskins head coaching job, Rivera knew he would be tasked with turning around the culture in Redskins Park, a culture that has not seen playoff success in over a decade. Turning around a culture means finding people that will buy into the team mindset and the overarching goal within the organization, and that's something Rivera thinks Allen will do tremendously.

"He's the right kind of person for that room, and that's what I felt very strongly about," Allen said. "That's why we were able to make the deal with Carolina and bring him in. I just think he's got that real good sense about him, you know, being part of something is better than being an individual."

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