The busy portion of free agency is completed. The draft is history. Rookie minicamp is in the rearview. The 90-man offseason roster is full, as well. Now comes the difficult part for second-year head coach Jay Gruden: putting it all together. With OTAs set to begin next Tuesday, Redskins Insiders Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler are going to examine the top items on Gruden’s to-do list as he prepares the Redskins for training camp in Richmond later this summer.
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Quarterback to-do list:
Tandler: The starting job is Robert Griffin III’s to lose, according to Jay Gruden and Scot McCloughan. He won’t lose it in May and June but he can plant seeds of doubt if he doesn’t show signs of progress from last year. On the flip side, if Griffin looks sharp he could dispel some of the concerns about his ability to function as a pocket passer and perhaps buy enough confidence to survive some rough spots in August. Right now it looks like Colt McCoy and Kirk Cousins are tied for the backup job and they both will be looking to gain some ground. Meanwhile, undrafted rookie Hutson Mason will be battling to stick around until training camp.
El-Bashir: This obviously is a huge offseason for Griffin, but since Tandler addressed that, I’ll take a look at the second biggest QB-related question that must be answered in the coming months: who’ll earn the backup job? It’s more important in Washington than other places for a couple of reasons: No. 1, Griffin has missed at least one start in each of his three seasons due to injury or performance. (Last season he started only seven games). And No. 2, I don’t get the feeling that Griffin is entrenched as the starter. Sure, it sounds as though he’ll be The Guy come Week 1. But the season-opening game is still more than three months away; a lot can change in that time. For those reasons, the jockeying for position between Cousins and McCoy figures to be quite intense…in addition to being very important. Because, let’s face it, history suggests that the second string quarterback will probably get the call at some point in 2015. My gut feeling is that McCoy, a Gruden favorite whom McCloughan agreed to re-sign, enters with an edge. But I also don’t think Cousins intends to make it easy on McCoy.
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