Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 11, 26 days before the March 9 start of NFL free agency.
—NFL Franchise tag deadline (3/1) 18
—Redskins offseason workouts start (4/17) 65
—NFL Draft (4/27) 75
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 211
The Redskins week that was
What are realistic expectations for Josh Doctson in 2017?—The word is that the 2016 first-round pick has been running, which is a step in the right direction. I expect him to look good in OTAs and in training camp but I’ll caution everyone to wait until we see him on the field in the preseason and once the games start counting before drawing any lasting conclusions.
Looking for first-round value for the Redskins—After the season ended, Jay Gruden talked about the lack of impact that his teams have had from first-round picks. "We’re getting there, but we’ve had, what, two first-round picks since I’ve been here? One of them hasn’t played a down (Doctson), or played one game, and the other one is a guard (Brandon Scherff)," he said. "We have got to utilize our picks." That was a plea to Scot McCloughan to get him some impact players for him in the first round. The team didn’t have a first-rounder Gruden’s first year here as that pick was the last installment in the busted RG3 trade. It’s to Gruden’s credit that he has been able to keep the team competitive with relatively little impact (giving a nod to Scherff’s Pro Bowl selection but guard is just a low-impact position) from the first round.
Redskins yet to begin contract talks with multiple free agents—From the bit of checking around that I’ve done you could take “Redskins” in that headline and fill in the names of virtually every other NFL team and still have a story. Teams are still in the process of valuing players and there is no point in starting talks until they have their ducks in a row.
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Jacoby misses on Hall of Fame vote—I have one other angle on this topic, which has been well discussed this past week. I thought that championships were supposed to count for something in this process. Among the six players who got the nod, I counted a total of three rings, two for Terrell Davis and one for Kurt Warner. The other four players, LaDainian Tomlinson, Morten Anderson, Jason Taylor, and Kenny Easley, had a combined zero Super Bowl appearances in their careers. I guess rings matter when the panel wants them to matter.
The NFL business season gets underway for Redskins—We are in a bit of a lull right now but things pick up fast when the calendar hits March, with the NFL Combine starting up on the same day as the franchise tag deadline. The “legal tampering” period starts right after the combine and then free agency comes on March 9. Take a deep breath now before the NFL’s version of March Madness commences.
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