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Redskins rookie camp practice observations

Redskins rookie camp practice observations

The Redskins held their rookie camp today in the practice bubble in Ashburn. Here are some observations from the short session that, according to Jay Gruden, was ended early because they didn’t have enough healthy defensive linemen to proceed.

—The only draft picks not participating today were injured DB’s Fabian Moreau (torn pectoral muscle) and Montae Nicholson (torn labrum). They did some stretching and observed practice from the side.

Moreau and Nicholson working off to the side. #Redskins

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—Samaje Perine did some good things that you will read about in a minute here but in the early going he had a swing pass go through his hands. He mentioned after practice that receiving is something he has to work on.

—First impression of fifth-round TE Jeremy Sprinkle is that he is tall and solid. His body fat is approximately 0.3% (that’s an estimate but it’s not far off). He looks the part out on the field.

—I didn’t have much of a chance to look at any of the undrafted players. But I did see Levern Jacobs, a wide receiver out of Maryland, make a very good lunging catch in the corner of the end zone. He got two feet down and held on to the ball as he slid across the artificial turf and onto the warning track that surrounds it. It was a catch that would have withstood a replay challenge. Jacobs is under contract and I’m sure he opened a few eyes.

—The quarterback play was not sharp. This is not surprising given the short time they have had to learn the plays and to work with the other players. Just as some of us were discussing this on the sideline there was a missed connection on a snap under center. Not sure whose fault it was but for the record the center was sixth-round pick Chase Roullier.

—After the dropped pass, Perine looked sharp. On one run he got through the line, made a quick move, and then exploded down the field. Keep in mind that there are no pads and no contact but that move still turned some heads.

Samaje Perine a little tighter on his second time here. #Redskins

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—Jonathan Allen struggled a bit in his first two reps during a one-on-one blocking drill. He got some instruction from D-line coach Jim Tomsula after each rep. The third time he made some progress, using his hands well to push the blocker back as though he was on roller skates.

Allen getting good push after getting instructions from Jim Tomsula. #Redskins

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—I only got to look at Robert Davis, the sixth-round wide receiver, for a few plays. He looked confident and, as you can see in the picture here, he has good form, looking the ball into his hands.

After stretching, the practice only lasted about an hour. There will be more time to look at the drafted players when they take the field next. That will be when OTAs start week after next. They start on the 24th of May with the media attending the following day.

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Need to Know: A look at the Redskins' key 2019 free agents

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Need to Know: A look at the Redskins' key 2019 free agents

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, May 27, 16 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp.  

Note: I am vacationing in the Outer Banks this week. In this space, I’ll be presenting some of the most popular posts of the last few months. I hope you enjoy these “best of” presentations and I’ll see you folks when I get back. 

Here is my sunrise view from this morning:

Looking at next year’s free agents

This post was originally published on March 18. 

There is still work that the Redskins can do in free agency and they still have some of their own players they want to retain. But with a lot of the player movement already in the books, we can take a look forward some of the key Redskin who currently are set to be free agents when the 2019 league year opens. 

QB Colt McCoy (Week 1 age 32)—Lots of questions here. Will the Redskins want to keep him around for another year as Alex Smith’s backup? Or will they want a younger and cheaper backup? Will McCoy want to move on rather than back up another QB who doesn’t miss many games?

OL Ty Nsekhe (32)—The Redskins gave him a second-round restricted free agent tender this year so it’s possible that he could be gone or on a long-term contract in Washington. If he is a free agent, his value and the difficulty of retaining him could depend on if he ends the season as a reserve tackle (easy) or as a starting guard (hard). 

OLB Preston Smith (25)—As we saw with Trent Murphy (three years, $21 million with up to $30 million), pass rushers get paid. Smith also makes big plays. Since Smith came into the NFL, he is the only player with at least 20 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 4 forced fumbles. If the Redskins can’t reach a deal on an extension with him this year the franchise tag is a distinct possibility. 

WR Jamison Crowder (25)—This year the supply of quality receivers both as free agents and in the draft sent contract prices skyrocketing. To guard against that happening next year, the Redskin should start talking to Crowder about an extension soon. 

ILB Zach Vigil (27)—As I noted here, Vigil went from being cut in September to a very valuable reserve in November. Both Zach Brown and Mason Foster will still be under contract, but the Redskin still should make an effort to retain Vigil for special teams and as a capable backup. 

Other Redskins who are slated to be UFA’s next year are DL Ziggy Hood and ILB Martrell Spaight. 

It’s also worth noting that WR Maurice Harris and DE Anthony Lanier will both be restricted free agents next year. Both positions were pricey in free agency this year, so both could require at least second-round tenders, which likely will increase to about $3 million in 2019. 

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Need to Know: A closer look at Alex Smith's contract with the Redskins

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Need to Know: A closer look at Alex Smith's contract with the Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 26, 17 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp.  

Note: I am vacationing in the Outer Banks this week. In this space, I’ll be presenting some of the most popular posts of the last few months. I hope you enjoy these “best of” presentations and I’ll see you folks when I get back. 

Contract makes Alex Smith a Redskins for at least three seasons

This post was originally published on March 19. 

When the Redskins traded for Alex Smith on January 30, news also broke that he had agreed to a four-year extension with Washington in addition to the one year left on his contract with the Chiefs. While we got some top-line numbers on the deal, we have gone since then without any details. 

Until now. 

The details show a deal that has a slightly higher cap hit in 2018 than was on his original Chiefs contract and the numbers rise gradually over the life of the deal, which runs through 2022. 

Smith got a $27 million signing bonus and his salaries for 2018 ($13 million) and 2019 ($15 million) also are fully guaranteed at signing making the total $55 million (information via Over the Cap, which got data from a report by Albert Breer). 

But there I another $16 million that is guaranteed for all practical purposes. On the fifth day of the 2019 league year, his 2020 salary of $16 million becomes fully guaranteed. He almost assuredly will get to the point where that money will become guaranteed since the Redskins are not going to cut him after one year having invested $55 million in him. So the total guarantees come to $71 million. 

His 2021 salary is $19 million and it goes up to $21 million in 2022. There have been reports of some incentives available to Smith but since we have no details we’ll set those aside for now. 

The cap hits on the contract are as follows: 

2018: $18.4 million
2019: $20.0 million
2020: $21.4 million
2021: $24.4 million
2022: $26.4 million

The Redskins can realistically move on from Smith after 2020. There would be net cap savings of $13 million in 2021 and $21 million in 2022. 

The first impression of the deal is that the Redskins did not move on from Kirk Cousins because they didn’t want to guarantee a lot of money to a quarterback. The total practical guarantee of $71 million is second only to Cousins’ $82.5 million. It should be noted that Cousins’ deal runs for three years and Smith’s contract is for five. 

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