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Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, July 18, 9 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 198 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 54 days.

Days until:

—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 23
—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 32
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 46

Who’s next at quarterback for the Redskins?

The Redskins will have their quarterback playing on a one-year deal. In 2018, Kirk Cousins will either be an unrestricted free agent or the Redskins will have to use another, even more expensive tag to keep him under team control for the year.

With that in mind, let’s look at who might be behind center for the Redskins in 2018.

Kirk Cousins—Yes, it’s possible that Cousins will either agree to a long-term deal after the season or that the Redskins will bite the bullet and keep him in town with the $34.5 million franchise tag. After today his departure seems more likely to happen than not but unless and until he signs on the line with another team, his return is a possibility.

Colt McCoy—He will be 31 at the start of the 2018 season with 25 starts in eight seasons as an NFL quarterback. McCoy has had a couple of shining moments in Washington including leading the team to a Monday night win in Dallas in 2014. Perhaps the system and personnel are better with the Redskins than they were with in Cleveland, where the Browns went 6-15 in his starts. In his three seasons there he threw 26 touchdown passes and 23 interceptions and had a subpar average of 6.6 yards per attempt. He has some fans in the building at Redskins Park but there also is considerable skepticism over his ability to lead the team to a winning record over 16 games.

 

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Nate Sudfeld—He also has fans on the staff. But unproven doesn’t even begin to describe him. The 2016 sixth-round pick hasn’t thrown a pass in a regular-season game or even in a preseason game against front-line players. When he has played, he has been very inconsistent. That is to be expected from a sixth-round rookie. But will he smooth out the rough spots to the point where the team can win with him? That very much remains to be seen.

Josh Rosen—I’m using the UCLA quarterback to represent a QB the Redskins could draft in the first round of the 2018 draft. Rosen is 6-4, 220 and he seems to have all of the tools to be successful in the NFL. There are several potential first-round quarterbacks. Sam Darnold of USC is likely to be gone before the Redskins pick but Rosen, Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State, Lamar Jackson of Louisville and Luke Falk of Washington State could be available to them.

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Baker Mayfield—This Oklahoma quarterback represents QBs who could be there in the second round next year. At 6-1, Mayfield is a bit undersized and he may not be a Day 1 starter but he could be solution at some point during the year. Josh Allen of Wyoming and Jake Browning of Washington are other potential second-round QBs.

Drew Brees—Yes, the Saints icon could be a free agent next year. He is in the last year of his deal with the Saints and the contract says that he can’t be franchise tagged. Would the Redskins take a shot throwing big money at Brees, who will be 39 in 2018? I don’t think anyone would rule that out. Other possible free agent QBs who could attract attention are A.J. McCarron of the Bengals and Jimmy Garoppolo of the Patriots.

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