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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—New starters on D, middle round picks critical

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—New starters on D, middle round picks critical

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 8, 19 days before the April 27 NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 9
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 34
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 46
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 155

The Redskins week that was

Tandler’s take on five of the most popular CSNmidatlantic.com and RealRedskins.com posts of the last week.

2011 bill comes due, Redskins' salary cap space shrinks—The Redskins lost $4.5 million in cap space and some fans freaked out. But the team knew it was coming as some cap space they “borrowed” back in 2011 and 2012 had to be repaid.

The Redskins' draft could hinge on their middle round picks—It’s fairly easy to get two starters and a key role player out of the first three rounds of the draft. And it takes some excellent scouting and a lot of luck to get much more than reserves and practice squad players late on Saturday. The middle rounds, the Redskins’ two picks in round four and one in round five, are likely to determine if their draft is a success.

Redskins agree to deal with free agent Zach Brown—Some thought that his visit on Monday was just a favor to his agent, to try to spur the Raiders into pulling the trigger on a multi-year contract. But Brown didn’t leave without a contract. He adds an element of speed that’s missing from the Redskins’ defense.

New players will dominate Redskins defense—Different isn’t always better but the Redskins’ defense really has no place to go but up after its 2016 performance. After obtaining Zach Brown it is now likely that they will have at least five new starters—D.J. Swearinger and Su’a Cravens at safety, Brown at inside linebacker, and Stay McGee and Terrell McClain on the defensive line. That number will increase if they draft another inside linebacker and/or a nose tackle. Having that much turnover is not always ideal but the probably represent an upgrade.

Why the Redskins are unlikely to trade for Richard Sherman—It’s because of money. Even if the Redskins and Seahawks could come to an agreement on compensation there are short- and long-term problems. The short-term problem is that with about $9 million in remaining cap space they couldn’t fit Sherman’s $11.4 million salary under their cap without restructuring. In the long term, they can’t afford to add another high-priced cornerback with Josh Norman already on a deal that averages $15 million/year.

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Dwayne Haskins wants the Redskins to draft another Buckeye wide receiver

Dwayne Haskins wants the Redskins to draft another Buckeye wide receiver

The Redskins recruiting coordinator and quarterback Dwayne Haskins wants to reunite with another one of his former Buckeye teammates in the NFL.

On Thursday, Haskins quote tweeted a video of WR K.J. Hill's highlights at the Senior Bowl with the caption "Need em."

After a back-and-forth, the Redskins' first-round draft pick sealed his approval on the draft prospect by tagging the Redskins' team account. 

K.J. Hill overlapped with Haskins for two years with the Ohio State Buckeyes. During Haskins' final year in Columbus, Hill was the No. 2 receiver with 70 receptions for 885 yards and six touchdowns. 

There was a small dip in production for Hill after Haskins left for the NFL, however, he became a bigger red zone target with 10 touchdowns. 

If the Redskins decided to adhere to their QB's requests, he would not be the only former pass-catching Buckeye to wear the Burgandy and Gold. Third-round draft pick Terry McLaurin was also on the 2018 Ohio State squad before making the move to the NFL.

Hill is just the latest player to be endorsed by Haskins since he became the Redskins starter.  Haskins has tweeted support for the Redskins to bring on Chad Johnson as a wide receiving coach, to draft Chase Young with the No. 2 overall pick, and to sign free agent WR Antonio Brown

Additionally, he understandably asked Trent Williams to come back to protect him on the offensive line after Bruce Allen was removed. 

Could the Redskins go and get another Buckeye in the draft?

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Redskins' Tress Way on his Pro Bowl experience: 'I did not realize it was this fun'

Redskins' Tress Way on his Pro Bowl experience: 'I did not realize it was this fun'

The Redskins may just have one Pro Bowler, but punter Tress Way is having an incredible time in Miami thus far.

The second-team All-Pro recipient has been in Orlando for less than 48 hours, but has quickly realized just how fun the week of the NFL's all-star game truly is.

"This sounds funny, but I did not realize it was this fun," Way told Redskins.com's Gabe Henderson on Wednesday on how his week has been thus far.

One of the punter's favorite parts of the week thus far was the basketball shoot-off Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll organized.

"Coach [Pete] Carroll had a shoot-off, had a basketball goal set up and a free throw line," Way said. "He kept calling offensive and defensive guys to come shoot for 30 seconds, and whoever made the most won. The place was going nuts. We had a quick meeting, came out here and did a glorified walkthrough, blasting music, dancing, throwing the ball around. It's seriously so fun, and it's just getting started."

Way, a first-time Pro Bowler, is not enjoying the experience by himself. Several family members made the trek down to Orlando to support the 29-year-old.

"I'm so thankful. This is so awesome," he said. "My whole family is here. I got more family coming. It is definitely surreal."

But perhaps the part Way is looking forward to the most is how he's planning on spending his Thursday evening. 

Way and his family are planning on spending the night at Harry Potter World. The punter never got into the series, much to his mother and little brother's dismay, but plans on going all-in when he arrives.

"I plan on learning all the spells, picking up a custom wand, and having a couple butter beers," Way said. "Really just embarrassing my wife, that's the main goal here. I will be the Master of Death; I will have all three deathly hollows by the time I leave, and pretty much just nerding out the entire night."

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