Here is what you need to know on this Monday, May 21, one day before the Washington Redskins start OTAs.
Redskins player one-liners, offense
A few weeks ago, I did an early projection of the Redskins’ 53-man roster on offense and defense. As the team gets ready for OTAs here is a comment on each player expected to make the team on offense; the defense will be up tomorrow.
—It seems likely that Alex Smith will jump right into the leadership role on the offense, unlike his predecessor, who often seemed to be a reluctant leader.
—Since Smith has missed a few games with injuries here and there, the chances of the team needing Colt McCoy to come in and win a key game are greater than they were the past three years.
— Kevin Hogan has from now until the end of the season to show that he can be a viable No. 2 quarterback to help ensure that he has a job here in 2019.
—It’s been a while around here since expectations were this high for a player picked late in the second round but Derrius Guice will try to meet them.
— Chris Thompson could be ready to participate in OTAs but look for him to get a very light workload if he puts on a helmet at all.
—If Rob Kelley wants to be a regular on the 46-man game day inactive list he will have to play a lot of special teams, something he has done sparingly in his two years in the league.
—Since the team likely will monitor Guice’s workload as a rookie, Samaje Perine will get some carries in key situations this year.
—While Josh Doctson does need to get more chances to use his huge catch radius and take balls away from defenders, he also could benefit by working to get more separation on a regular basis.
—Smith was one of the best deep ball throwers in the league last year and if he is going to maintain that status he will need to look for Paul Richardson at least a few times per game.
—After his play leveled off in his second and third years in the league, will Jamison Crowder have a contract year breakout?
—It will be interesting to see what Maurice Harris can do if he stays healthy and get some consistent playing time.
—Will Trey Quinn be a project or will the last pick in the draft have some instant impact on the offense?
—Jordan Reed could be an All-Pro or he could be a cap casualty in 2019.
—The numbers say that Vernon Davis needs to have Reed on the field to be consistently productive; he had no more than two receptions in any of the last six games.
—Jeremy Sprinkle will be relied upon to block and play special teams and anything he produces in the receptions department will be a bonus.
—After making the Pro Bowl while dealing with a serious knee injury last year, who knows what Trent Williams can accomplish if he can, you know, practice during the week.
—Right now Shawn Lauvao is the Redskins’ starter at left guard but a trade or free agent signing could change that in a heartbeat.
—Jay Gruden has a great deal of confidence in Chase Roullier as the starting center and the hope is that he keeps the job for many years to come.
—Will Brandon Scherff take the next step and attain All-Pro status?
—Morgan Moses dealt with injuries to both ankles last year, but he was the only offensive lineman who didn’t miss at least two starts.
—If I had to bet right now I’d say that Ty Nsekhe will start the season as the backup tackle on both sides and not as the starting left guard.
—As long as Nsekhe is the swing tackle, Geron Christin is likely to be inactive on game days.
—Tyler Catalina will have to battle his way onto the roster but his ability to play both guard and tackle will land him on the 53.
—Tony Bergstrom is the answer to the question, “Who is the Redskins backup center?”
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