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Need to Know: Who's next at quarterback for the Redskins?

Need to Know: Who's next at quarterback for the Redskins?

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.

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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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Derrius Guice continues to ingratiate himself with Redskins fans with new fundraising effort

Derrius Guice continues to ingratiate himself with Redskins fans with new fundraising effort

For most college players, being a part of the NFL Draft experience is a dream come true, but for Derrius Guice, it was becoming a nightmare. Originally projected as a first round pick, Guice saw his name falling fast on draft boards due to questions raised about his maturity and high-maintenance personality.

Two months removed from the Redskins selecting him 59th overall, Guice has erased any doubt regarding his character. Whether it be taking fans out to the movies, shooting the breeze while signing autographs, or even the occasional leap frog over two practice barrels and a trainer, Guice has ingrained himself as a Redskins fan favorite. He's done a great job at making himself popular, now he's focused on making change for others. 

On June 20th, a day before his birthday, Guice announced he would be running a fundraiser for the Mary Bird Perkins center, a cancer foundation in his hometown of Baton Rouge. Inspired by his best friend's mother who "rang that bell,"—an indication that a patient has beaten cancer—Guice wants to help others do the same. 

Guice has utilized his newfound popularity to entice other peope to donate. If you donate $5, you can play him in Fortnite. For $50, you guys can go bowling together. Anyone willing to donate $100 or more will be entered in a raffle for tickets to the Redskins Monday Night Football game against the Saints. 

If Guice can match his off the field popularity with on the field production, he'll be in contention for Rookie of the Year. Anyone interested in donating can click here

 

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Need to Know: Five Redskins on the bubble who could make the roster

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Need to Know: Five Redskins on the bubble who could make the roster

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, June 21, 35 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The first five off of the roster

Here are five players who are not on my projection of the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) but who are one injury or a few strong preseason game performances away from making it. 

G Kyle Kalis—Last year he lined up with the second team during most of training camp and he nearly made the roster as an undrafted free agent. The team did re-sign him after injuries struck the O-line in the middle of the season. He will push Tyler Catalina for a backup guard spot. 

RB Byron Marshall—He got a few touches last year before ending up on injured reserve. Marshall has looked good in practices so far, especially catching out of the backfield. Jay Gruden likely will play Chris Thompson sparingly in the preseason and that could give Marshall a chance to shine. Don’t sleep on him. 

WR Cam Sims—Right now, the undrafted rookie out of Alabama looks like the eighth wide receiver on the roster and they are only going to keep six. But if he continues to get the attention of Gruden with his play in practice and makes the most of his opportunities in preseason games, Robert Davis and Maurice Harris should look out. 

S Fish Smithson—The Redskins liked him a lot after they signed him as an undrafted free agent last year. But they didn’t like him enough to keep him on the 53-man roster; he spent the year on the practice squad, getting a late-season cup of coffee on the roster. He will push both Deshazor Everett and Troy Apke for a backup safety spot. If the Redskins have reason to be concerned about the health of Montae Nicholson they might figure out a way to keep Smithson on as a fifth safety. 

ILB Martrell Spaight—It looks like Spaight’s three-year tenure with the team essentially came to an end when they drafted Sean Dion Hamilton in the fifth round. But his play in offseason practices indicates he’s not going to go out without a fight. 

Next five off: OT T.J. Clemmings, QB Kevin Hogan, RB Kapri Bibbs, NT Phil Taylor, CB Danny Johnson

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  @TandlerNBCSand on Instagram @RichTandler

Timeline 

Redskins running back Derrius Guice was born on this date in 1997. 

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 35
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 49
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 72

The Redskins last played a game 172 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 80 days. 

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