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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Cousins contract, under the radar players

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Cousins contract, under the radar players

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 4, nine days before the Washington Redskins start their mandatory minicamp on June 13.

Timeline

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 41
—Training camp starts (7/27) 53
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 67
—Season opener Eagles @ Redskins (9/10) 98

The Redskins week that was

A look back at some of the most popular posts of the past week.

Here's one possible Kirk Cousins contract proposal There are a lot of different ways to get a Cousins contract done. They all involve the Redskins writing a lot of checks with a lot of zeros in them. We have heard a lot about bad feelings over indecision and contract offers that did not reflect Cousins’ perceived value. But all that will be forgotten if the Redskins come up with the right deal.

Pro Bowl defensive tackle not happy with Trent Williams’ ranking  I don’t put much stock in the NFL top 100 players list. It’s good for the NFL Network to have some programming and some conversation starters to fill the gap between the draft and training camp. But I get the feeling that the players voting just sort of pencil whip a list and the rankings don’t tell you much. But when players are asked about the rankings they will comment and here is a quotation one member of the Bucs who has faced Williams thinks Trent was rated too low. His ranking does seem to understate the impact of the left tackle position.

Need to Know: How do the Redskins stack up in the NFC East? The draft is over and while there will be a free agent signing here and there, we know who the major contributors on all the division teams will be. The Redskins are quite capable of taking a step forward but it might not help them much if the Cowboys and Giants also improve.

Redskins Playbook: 3 under-the-radar players that could make a big impact Of these three players the one I’ll have my eye on the most is Stacy McGee. The Redskins need to transform their line and McGee brings versatility and some play making ability to the unit. He missed some time last year with ankle and groin injuries so availability is something to monitor.

Need to Know: Redskins faced one of the toughest schedules in NFL in 2016 This is not just in terms of opponents’ W-L records but also looking at the strength of the offenses and defenses of the teams they played. The Redskins need to get to be good enough to be able to be successful against strong teams or they will continue to scuffle around .500.

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Redskins are keeping Greg Manusky, and they swear it's not because the other guys said no

Redskins are keeping Greg Manusky, and they swear it's not because the other guys said no

In the weeks since the 2018 season ended, the Redskins have had various levels of contact with Todd Bowles, Steve Wilks and Gregg Williams.

All three men have extensive experience as defensive coordinators and all three men got new jobs already this offseason in that position. 

Now, after Bowles, Wilks and Williams picked up those new jobs, The Washington Post reported that the Redskins will keep Greg Manusky as defensive coorinator. He's already under contract. 

The meetings with all the other guys? A source told the Post that the Redskins wanted to get "different perspectives" on improving the defense for 2019.

Different perspectives. From the three hottest coordinator names on the coaching market. Sure. 

That said, Manusky is not the sole reason the Redskins fell apart in the second half of the 2018 season. In fact, he's probably not in the Top 5 reasons. 

The Washington defense improved in Manusky's second season as defensive coordinator and looked like a fierce unit in the first half of the year. The team made tremendous strides in rush defense and proved to be quite good at forcing turnovers.

Late in the season, verbal spats with safety DJ Swearinger might have undermined Manusky's status with the defense. But the team decided to release Swearinger, cementing the coach's authority. It also helped that emerging leader Jonathan Allen came out and vocally supported Manusky and his defensive schemes. 

At this point, the Redskins have no choice but to say the team was keeping Manusky all along.

If the organization was interested in other candidates at defensive coordinator, and it sure seemed like they were, those guys found other jobs. The marketplace isn't packed with other candidates with brighter resumes to replace Manusky, so the team is smart to bring back the incumbent. 

The process was awkward, regardless of what gets said now. Manusky is a professional, and has been coaching in the NFL for more than a decade. He understands how business gets done. 

Now, Manusky will be back, and there is good young talent on the Redskins defense, especially up front. 

The guess here is Manusky will say he always expected to be back and never stopped working on getting better for 2019. Now he gets the chance to show it. 

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You're going to love Chris Thompson's story about the time he first met Adrian Peterson

You're going to love Chris Thompson's story about the time he first met Adrian Peterson

Chris Thompson is an accomplished player in the NFL. Despite being a fifth round pick, Thompson has made it to a second contract, something more than half of the league never does. 

In six seasons with the Redskins, Thompson has nearly 2,500 yards from scrimmage and 15 touchdowns. At times, he's been among the best third down backs in the NFL. 

This is a long way of establishing that Chris Thompson is an accomplised football player. Redskins fans know that.

Adrian Peterson didn't. 

Not many people would share that story, so good for Thompson for doing it. Let's add that Peterson joined the Redskins after offseason workouts and training camp, the normal time for new players to get to know each other. Peterson signed up with the Redskins in the middle of August, well after the regular get-to-know-you period had closed. 

Still, that's a tough break for Thompson. 

Peterson is a legend in the NFL, one of the best running backs to ever play the game. When he joined the Redskins, a number of players watched him work in practice with the hint of awe in their eyes. He proved to be a great teammate and a strong presence in the locker room.

By the end of the year, Peterson was obviously a leader for the Redskins. Players looked up to him, even if he didn't know their name when the year started.

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