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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Free agent busts, 2017 predictions

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Free agent busts, 2017 predictions

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, July 8, 19 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 188 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 64 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 9
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 33
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 56

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular and significant posts of the week.

Moses ranks as one of NFL's top RTs—Morgan Moses’ future sure looks a lot brighter than it did two years ago when the Redskins drafted Brandon Scherff and inserted him at right tackle. But Moses kept working and when the organization decided that Scherff was better suited to playing right guard, he was ready. His new deal puts him under contract through 2022.

Free agent mistakes cost Redskins significant dead cap dollars—The Redskins’ dead cap this year is far from crippling. It amounts to just under six percent of the cap, certainly a manageable amount. But it still is money wasted due to the organization’s inability to properly build the defense through the draft. That sent them out into the free agent market with a degree of desperation and that rarely turns out well.

Despite losses at WR, pass game still projects among NFL's best—The keys here are the development of Josh Doctson and how the back end of the depth chart (Maurice Harris, Robert Davis) perform if needed. Also, can Cousins quickly learn how to take advantage of the height of his revamped receiving corps.

Vegas doesn't expect the Redskins to make the playoffs—Yes, all three of the other teams in the NFC East have more favorable playoff odds than the Redskins. Some of you get upset at “disrespect” from the media and from Vegas. Don’t. Let’s just see what happens.

A July 4th look at how many wins for the 2017 Redskins—Sorry that my casino chips skewed towards more of the same but I don’t see significant improvement or a major drop off. Next year could be their year (assuming they can hang on to their quarterback).

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Redskins OTA practice report—QB Alex Smith sharp

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Redskins OTA practice report—QB Alex Smith sharp

Even though it was a bright, warm Wednesday in Ashburn the Redskins held their OTA session in the practice bubble because recent rains have left their outdoor fields to soggy to use. Here are my observations from the practice:

—A few Redskins were not present and a few who were there were not participating in the drills. Jay Gruden said that OT Trent Williams is rehabbing in Texas and that LB Zach Brown is in the process of relocating to the Washington area. RB Chris Thompson and OT Morgan Moses were present, but both were spectators. 

— It should be noted that even though Moses didn’t practice and is still rehabbing after ankle surgery, he still participated in the sideline-to-sideline running the team does at the end of practice.

—At rookie camp, RB Derrius Guice was first in line to do every drill. Today, he gave way to the veterans to all take their reps and then he went first among the rookies. 

— “Fat Rob” Kelley never really was fat but he is now lean and mean. He also seems to be a half step quicker than he was in the past. Added competition in the form of second- and fourth-round picks being added at your position will do that to a player. 

—The “starting” offensive line from left to right was Geron Christian, Shawn Lauvao, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, and John Kling. The interior could well start the season; the tackle position awaits the returns of Williams, Moses, and Ty Nsekhe. 

—RB Byron Marshall, who was on the team briefly last year before getting injured, looked very quick with good acceleration.

—CB Josh Norman was back with the group fielding punts. I seriously doubt that he will handle any kicks in games, even preseason games, but perhaps with DeAngelo Hall being gone he wants to be available as an emergency option. Also back with the punt returners were CB Danny Johnson, CB Greg Stroman, WR Maurice Harris, WR De’Mornay Pierson-El, and, of course, WR Jamison Crowder.

—S D.J. Swearinger spent most of the special teams practice on the sideline working on catching passes with his hands extended away from his body. A little while later, he had a chance to make an interception with his arms extended. Of course, he dropped it. 

—It seems like QB Alex Smith and Crowder have some good rapport built already. Once on the right sideline and a few minutes later on the left, Smith threw a well-placed ball into Crowder, who was well covered on both occasions. 

—Eventually, CB Orlando Scandrick caught on and he swatted down a quick out to Crowder. 

—With Brown out, Josh Harvey-Clemons was with the first unit at inside linebacker. He’s still skinny but less so than he was last year. The second-year player was impressive in coverage, staying with Crowder step for step on a deep pass down the middle.

—The play of the day was a deep pass down the right side from Smith to WR Paul Richardson. Stroman was with the receiver step for step on the 9 route but Smith laid the ball out perfectly and Richardson made a lunging catch. Even though it doesn’t have to under the new rule, the catch did survive the ground. 

—WR Cam Sims had a few impressive plays. On one, QB Colt McCoy lofted one high in the air down the right side. Sims kept his focus on the ball while two defenders lost it and made the catch. 

—WR Trey Quinn had his moments. He made a good grab while being bumped by Scandrick. But a while later he dropped a fairly easy one. 

—The running backs all looked good but Guice looked the best of all of them. He had an ability to cut and maintain his speed that not many have. With the warning that they were playing with no pads with no contact and not at full speed, Guice’s vision appeared to be outstanding. 

More 2018 Redskins

- 53-man roster: Player one-liners, offense
- Tandler’s Take: Best- and worst-case scenarios for 2018
- The draft: Redskins should get 4 additional picks in 2019 draft
- Schedule series: Gotta beat the Cowboys

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCSand follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

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NFL owners unanimously approve new national anthem policy

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NFL owners unanimously approve new national anthem policy

NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that allows players to remain in the locker room if they prefer but requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance.

This new policy subjects teams, but not players, to fines if any team personnel do not show appropriate respect for the anthem. 

Teams will also have the option to fine any team personnel, including players, for the infraction separately though. 

The NFL Players Association released it's own statement after the news was made official.