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.
The Redskins last played a game 188 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 64 days.
—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).
Tandler on Twitter
Scheme is irrelevant if you don’t have good players. The Redskins haven’t had good defensive players.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) July 7, 2017
In case you missed it
- #RedskinsTalk Podcast: The good and bad of training camp
- True or False: The Redskins defense will improve significantly this year
- Conspiracy theories and hot takes: Reaction rolls in to Dak Prescott controversy
- Redskins Playbook: The case that QBs are actually underpaid
- The five Redskins with the biggest 2017 weekly paychecks