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Need to Know: Twitter Redskins mailbag—Surprise cuts, improvement on defense

Need to Know: Twitter Redskins mailbag—Surprise cuts, improvement on defense

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, June 23, 34 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 173 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles in FedEx Field in 79 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 24
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 48
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 71

Fan questions—Twitter edition

I put up a tweet asking for fan questions and the questions I got required answers of the rapid-fire variety. So here we go (I answered some Facebook questions yesterday).

I think fans should be cautious about believing that new is necessarily better. That said, I would look for some modest improvement. If the pass rush delivers they should be better on third down. If the addition of Jonathan Allen upgrades the line they should be better against the rush. How fast can Allen and Ryan Anderson get up to speed? Enough pieces might come together to move them up from sub-mediocre into the middle of the pack. But a lot can go wrong.

Chances are that when they put out the first depth chart during training camp that rookie Chase Roullier, the sixth-round pick, will be the second-team center. If he is not ready, I think Roullier will be bound for the practice squad and the Redskins will find a veteran backup C on the waiver wire.

I’ve heard that floated around out there and it’s a pretty interesting proposal. There are some issues that would have to be worked out. For one thing, if the money is truly fully guaranteed then the Redskins would have to put every dime of it in escrow. They have a lot of cash but putting $88 million aside would create a cash flow pinch. And I’m not sure if it’s enough of a lure for Cousins. Big, long-term contracts are essentially guaranteed for at least three years because of the painful cap hit it would take to end the contract early so there wouldn’t be much added security.

That’s sort of a contradiction there, Chet. If a cut is “likely” in any way it’s not exactly a “surprise”. But to look at some who may go, I think that DeAngelo Hall could be in danger. His departure would surprise some. On the D-line, numbers may squeeze out Matt Ioannidis, a 2016 draft pick. There are a few more on the bubble but I don’t think any rise to the level of, say, Stephen Paea and Perry Riley getting cut in camp last year, something that in Junen few thought would happen.

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Wizards score key signings in Devin Robinson, Michael Young for summer league

Wizards score key signings in Devin Robinson, Michael Young for summer league

The two most notable additoins to the Wizards' roster for Las Vegas summer league -- Michael Young and Devin Robinson, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com -- were secured late Thursday after the NBA draft ended without them trading or buying in for a pick.

The Wizards traded No. 52 on Wednesday to the New Orleans Pelicans for backup point guard Tim Frazier. They will hold minicamp in Las Vegas rather than Verizon Center before summer league begins at Thomas and Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of UNLV.

Their first game is July 8 vs. the Memphis Grizzlies. They're guaranteed at least five games in the tournament-style format.

Second-year players Sheldon Mac and Daniel Ochefu will be there along with Chris McCullough, who was a late-season addition for the Wizards when he was acquired in a trade for Bojan Bogdanovic.

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Robinson (Florida) and Young (Pittsburgh) went undrafted after the 60 selections were made. The Wizards also will bring in Kris Jenkins (Villanova), a D.C. area player who made the game-winning shot to win the 2016 national championship for the Wildcats, Kevin Pangos, Maalik Wayns and Marcus Keene.

Wayns played for the Wizards at summer league previously but he was derailed by a knee injury. 

The signings aren't fully guaranteed deals. But roster spots are open now that the Wizards have moved on from Brandon Jennings and Trey Burke, both being allowed to become free agents.

In the offseason, teams can carry up to 20 players but will have to trim down by the end of training camp when it wraps in October.

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