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Redskins 2017 depth chart preview: Quarterbacks

Redskins 2017 depth chart preview: Quarterbacks

Over the next few weeks, Rich Tandler will take a position-by-position look at the Redskins’ 2017 depth chart as the team enjoys some R&R ahead of training camp. Some positions are easy to handicap. Others have moving parts and, thus, are more complex. So, who’s in? And who’s in trouble?

Up today…

Position: Quarterback

On the roster: Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy, Nate Sudfeld

The numbers: Have three, will keep three

Locks: Cousins, McCoy, Sudfeld

Right now, there isn’t a whole lot of intrigue here in terms of who makes the team or who the starter will be. There isn’t even a fourth camp arm to stir up the fan base late in preseason games. But there could be some movement as the season goes on.  

Cousins is the starter. He has taken 2,908 snaps since coming into the league and he hasn’t missed a single one due to injury. It only takes one play for that to change, of course, but Cousins’ durability is one of his major strengths.

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If the Redskins play like they have in the two years that Cousins has been the starter, with the team either making the playoffs or remaining in the picture deep into December, the order of things is unlikely to change. McCoy will be second on the depth chart. The Redskins will want the veteran, who has 25 NFL starts under his belt, to be available to go into a game if anything should happen to Cousins.

But let’s suppose things go south for the Redskins and the team is out of contention by the time Thanksgiving rolls around. Let’s also add to that the possible (probable?) scenario that the Redskins and Cousins are unable to come to an agreement on a long-term contract by July 17. Would the Redskins want to see what they had in Sudfeld? Might they move him up to the No. 2 quarterback and let him prepare as though he is one play away from being the starter? Would they perhaps even start Sudfeld in the season finale if Redskins have been eliminated from the playoffs?

How might McCoy react to being demoted to third string? He is under contract through 2018 and he certainly has his sights on the starting job if Cousins isn’t there. Like any quarterback who has waited for his chance, he would like to get any snaps that Cousins, for whatever reason, does not.

Redskins 2017 depth chart previews: Offensive tackle | Wide receiver | Interior O-line | Defensive line | Outside linebacker | Tight end  | Running back  | Inside linebacker 

If Cousins is not signed, the Redskins need to see what they have in Sudfeld. A few preseason games against players who are going to be cut with the opposing coaches doing little game planning isn’t going to accomplish that goal. You can’t replace regular season snaps when it comes to evaluating a quarterback. And the Redskins will need those data points if they need to decide about Cousins in March.

The bottom line: The QB depth chart is a no-drama area for the time being. If Cousins does sign a long-term deal by July 17 that will continue. But if Cousins is playing on the franchise tag, things could change.

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Newly signed WR Jordan Veasy credits Colin Kaepernick for opportunity with Redskins

Newly signed WR Jordan Veasy credits Colin Kaepernick for opportunity with Redskins

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick held a workout in November for a handful of NFL teams with the hopes of returning to the NFL, but the workout helped someone other than the former Super Bowl QB get a job.

Little known 24-year-old wide receiver Jordan Veasy, whom the Redskins signed to their practice squad this week, was on the receiving end of a 50-plus yard pass from Kaepernick at the workout that went viral on social media.

Veasy was undrafted out of the University of California in 2018 and has spent time with the Titans, Jaguars, Colts and Bills organizations, but has never played in an NFL game. He had previously met Kaepernick in 2016, when the two took a class in black representation in pop culture at Berkeley, according to the Washington Post.

"It helped," Veasy said to the Washington Post on the workout that led to him getting another chance in the NFL. "That’s one of the reasons I wanted to be a part of it. Just being a part of the history of it, and I knew it was going to help me."

After being released by the Bills, Veasy had been training in his hometown of Gadsden, Ala., just two hours away from Atlanta, where the workout was held. It was an easy drive for Veasy, who figured that he might as well run routes in front of scouts when given the opportunity.

Just a week or so after the workout, the Cleveland Browns brought him to town, but Veasy left unsigned. He had not heard from any NFL teams since then until the Redskins called this week, according to the Post. 

While Kaepernick remains without a job, at least someone else was able to benefit from the workout.

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Dwayne Haskins has always admired Aaron Rodgers, now he gets to face him

Dwayne Haskins has always admired Aaron Rodgers, now he gets to face him

Sunday's game against the Packers will mark the fifth career start for Dwayne Haskins in the NFL. Yet, this one will be very different from the first four.

So far, Haskins has faced off against Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Jeff Driskel and Kyle Allen. In that group are a pair of second-year passers and a pair of backups who were on the field because of injuries. 

When Haskins makes the trip to Green Bay, he will find himself matched up with a marquee QB in Aaron Rodgers. In Haskins' brief tenure as a pro, he has often talked about how he hopes to one day be associated with the most talented signal callers ever, like Tom Brady and Drew Brees. Rodgers is in that group, too.

"He's one of my favorite quarterbacks," Haskins said on Wednesday. "I just like the way he's able to distribute the ball over the field... He's a very dynamic quarterback."

While Haskins is just beginning his journey in the NFL, Rodgers is putting together yet another sterling season. He's thrown 22 touchdowns to just two interceptions and is on pace to record his fourth straight campaign with a quarterback rating above 97. Since 2008, in fact, the worst rating Rodgers has posted is 92.7.

By comparison, the Redskins rookie currently sports a rating of 58.5. 

Rodgers' presence won't just affect the Burgundy and Gold's defense in Week 14. His ability to catch fire also puts pressure on his opponent's offense, because if he's in a groove it'seven more necessary to try and keep up. 

Haskins, though, explained that he doesn't want to think that way.

"You've got to score points against anybody," he said. "We had to score points to beat McCaffrey and the Panthers. Aaron Rodgers is a great quarterback, he's going to keep his team in every game he plays. So, we've got to go in there scoring points, we know that. There's no press to outduel him or try to throw more than him. I'm just trying to move the chains and make plays when they need to be made."

That's a solid approach for Haskins, but odds are he will have to lead a more effective passing game if the Redskins are to win in Green Bay. Yes, his mediocre play has been hidden in the past two wins thanks to contributions from the special teams and running backs, but at some point a breakout is needed — both for him personally and the overall team.

In addition to battling a future Hall of Famer, Haskins also gets to soon do battle with Green Bay's renowned weather. Fortunately for him, that foe won't be at its most powerful — it doesn't look like it'll be cold enough to snow — and, unlike Rodgers, the 22-year-old knows how to handle low temperatures.

"Try and stay as warm as possible," he said. "Hand warmers, turtlenecks, soup, chicken broth, all that stuff."

So, he's already got the answers for the weather. And in a few days, everyone will get to see if he also has them for Rodgers.

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