Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, June 6, seven days before the Washington Redskins start their mandatory minicamp on June 13.
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 39
—Training camp starts (7/27) 51
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 65
—Season opener Eagles @ Redskins (9/10) 96
Where are the biggest depth issues?
With 90 players on the current roster what positions/position group look thinnest on talent or longest in the tooth?#NTK— WashingtonCrunch (@MindfulRob) June 5, 2017
I’ll answer the second part of that question first. There a no major age concerns on the current Redskins team. Of the 22 projected starters, none will be over the age of 30 in Week 1. There may be some age issues at safety if two of the backups are DeAngelo Hall (33) and Will Blackmon (32) but that’s about it.
But young doesn’t always mean good. There are a few areas of concern when it comes to depth. Here are the top three:
Offensive line—The five starters are fine and Ty Nsekhe is a solid backup tackle. But beyond that the unit is thin. Nobody donned black armbands when Kory Lichtensteiger retired or when John Sullivan signed with the Rams but the Redskins now have no proven backup center. Maybe backup guard Arie Kouandjio will step up in his third year but right now I think there would be concern if he had to start for an extended period of time.
Wide receiver—Jamison Crowder is solid but there are question marks with the other starters and with the depth. Terrelle Pryor only has one year as a receiver under his belt and Josh Doctson is essentially in his rookie year. Those two will probably be OK but they will need to stay healthy. The coaches like Maurice Harris but he has proven little in games. Last year, Ryan Grant caught just nine passes in 16 games and Robert Davis is a sixth-round rookie.
Defensive line—The Redskins did get some work done on the D-line this offseason by drafting Jonathan Allen. Free agents Stacy McGee and Terrell McClain were signed as starters but there are question marks about both. As far as backups, Ziggy Hood is a good reserve, Anthony Lanier looks like a pass-rush specialist, Matt Ioannidis has a lot to learn, Phil Taylor hasn’t played since 2014, and Joey Mbu and A.J. Francis are projects who may or may not make it.
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