Last week I wrote that the Redskins had fewer starts by their own draft picks in 2011 than any other NFL team. Of a total of 352 starts (22 starters times 16 games), draft picks made 121 of them.With a great emphasis being put on the draft by Mike Shanahan than we saw in the past in Washington, one would expect the Redskins to have more starts by home-grown talent in 2012 than they did last year. Over the next couple of days well look at how many draft pick starts they might have in 2012. Today, the offense.OffenseThe three Redskins draft picks who will almost certainly take the field as starters against the Saints on Sept. 9 and are projected to start the whole season are QB Robert Griffin III, TE Fred Davis and LT Trent Williams. RB Roy Helu and WR Leonard Hankerson are likely to see a substantial number of starts. Beyond that, the top of the depth chart is all players who were acquired by trades or as free agents.To try to project the number of starts they will have we have to take into consideration that Williams has missed four games due to injuries in his two years in the NFL (four others due to suspension). If that pattern holds true hell start 14 in 2012.Will Griffin start all 16? That certainly is the intention of the coaches; he wont get benched unless he is struggling very,very badly. History said he should start 16. The last five quarterbacks drafted in the top five picks all were their teams first-game starters. Only Matthew Stafford, who suffered a shoulder injury, did not play all 16 games.You can pencil in 16 starts by tight ends drafted by the Redskins. Any games that Davis cant start are likely to be started by Chris Cooley or Niles Paul.A combination of questionable endurance and Shanahans propensity to mix up his running backs will prevent Helu from starting every game. Lets say he starts half of the games. The same sounds right for Hankerson, who will be battling with Josh Morgan every week to see who gets the start and the most snaps.That comes to 62 likely starts by draft picks on offense. Lets add in another 16 games that will be started by draft picks due to injuries. Josh LeRibeus will probably emerge as the top option if anyone of the three interior linemen are out. Evan Royster could take a few starts at running back like he did when Helu was banged up last year. And there are always surprises. Last June, nobody would have thought that Maurice Hurt would end up starting eight games at left guard.So that comes to a projected 74 starts by Redskins draft picks on offense. It is worth noting that with the exception of Davis and possibly Cooley, all of those projected starts would come from players draft ed since Shanahan arrived in 2010.In 2011, the Redskins had 48 starts by their own draft picks on offense:WR Hankerson 2LT Williams 10LG Hurt 8C Erik Cook 2TE Cooley 5TE Davis 12RB Helu 5RB Royster 2WR Paul 2
After days of speculation if Bryan Stork would actually end up in Washington, the former Patriots center clarified his next move via Twitter.
Redskins GM Scot McCloughan traded for Stork earlier this week after it became apparent New England intended to release the 2014 draft pick out of Florida State. It was unclear, however, if Stork would accept the trade to the 'Skins as he mulled retirement options.
Stork has dealt with a number of concussions in his two-year NFL career. After playing in a Super Bowl as a rookie, his 2015 season was limited by head injuries.
Coming to the Redskins, Stork may have an opportunity to compete for playing time. Kory Lichtensteiger is installed as the starting center, but he struggled in the third preseason game against the Bills and was lost for much of the 2015 season to injury.
McCloughan has openly said he wants big, tough guys up front on the offensive line. Stork - at 6-foot-4 and 310 lbs. - with a documented nasty streak definitely fits that bill.
Whether or not Stork pushes Lichtensteiger for the starting spot - or even competes for the No. 2 center job with Spencer Long - the price for Stork is tough to argue. McCloughan gave up just a conditional seventh round pick to acquire the former New England starter.
The Redskins have started the process of trimming their roster to 75 players by the Tuesday deadline. The team announced that 10 players have been waived.
- T Al Bond
- T Cody Booth
- LB Shiro Davis
- LB Ejiro Ederaine
- CB Jeremy Harris
- LB Willie Jefferson
- WR Valdez Showers
- WR Dez Stewart
- WR Jarvis Turner
- RB Kelsey Young
The only surprise on the list is Jefferson, who was thought to have a chance at an outside linebacker spot. But apparently the coaches are going to let Houston Bates and Lynden Trail compete for that spot.
The Redskins had 88 players counting against the 90 player limit. So with the 10 players cut today they are a 78, leaving three moves to make before 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Redskins received "good news" after linebacker Ryan Kerrigan underwent an MRI Saturday to further diagnose a groin injury he suffered in Friday night's preseason victory over the Buffalo Bills, according to multiple reports.
Was told It was good news for Ryan Kerrigan on his MRI. Uncertain if he'll have to miss practice time. That is still to be determined.— John Keim (@john_keim) August 27, 2016
Kerrigan was injured in the first quarter on Friday and he was held out for the remainder of the contest. CSN Insider JP Finlay said the injury was thought to be "minor" after the game.
The injury, regardless of the timetable for his return, exposes a larger issue about the lack of depth in Washington's linebacking corps. Finlay expands on that here.