A few quick hits to get your Thursday morning going:--Ryan Kerrigan, who was the Redskins defensive iron man last year as he played all 1,056 defensive snaps, talked to the local paper in his college town of West Lafayette, Indiana. He downplayed not missing a play, saying Its my job . . . Thats how I want it to be. Kerrigans goal in 2012? I have to be more consistent.--The more I look at the Redskins numbers in 2011 the more I think that they were undone by their minus-14 turnover differential. They were only outgained by 50 yards over the course of the season (gained 5,387, allowed 5,437) but they were outscored by 79 points (288 scored, 367 allowed). A team that is about even in net yardage will usually be about even in net points if the turnovers are about even. But the 24 interceptions thrown by Rex Grossman and John Beck and the 11 fumbles lost did them in.--Although the Redskins have kicked the tires on former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon it would be surprising if they pulled the trigger and gave up what probably would be a mid-round pick in 2013 to take him in todays supplemental draft. There was a report out there that Robert Griffin III was pushing the organization to take Gordon. Whether thats true or not, Griffin is the rookie QB, not the GM. I think Mike Shanahan will go into the season with the receivers he has.--I predicted that the secondary will undergo some major upheaval in my article yesterday. I have them releasing three players who were on the roster for most of last year including two who saw a substantial amount of playing time, and a draft pick.Days until: Rookies report 4; training camp 14; preseason opener @ Bills; RG3 vs. Luck at FedEx Field 44; final cuts 51; Redskins @ Saints 59; home opener vs Bengals 73
By: Lisa Redmond
Former Redskins GM and football analyst Charley Casserly joined the Junkies Friday morning, just hours after the first round of the NFL Draft, and had nothing but high praises for the Redskins' first round pick Jonathan Allen.
"This guy's a heck of a player. This guy is better than Solomon Thomas who went 2," Casserly said. "Ok and I'm not saying that because the Redskins took him, I said that all spring. He's a better player coming out of college than Ndamukong Suh was. Suh was a Saturday night highlight guy, he wasn't consistent, this guy's consistent. Good hands use, quick, plays the run well, rushes the passer well inside. Gerald McCoy, who was better than Suh coming out, is more explosive than this guy."
Casserly then went on to say,
"So this guy is a legitimately a top five player, as a football player when he plays, and he played.
Casserly recently sat down with the Alabama DE ahead of the draft and reflected on his time with him,
"What I got out of him on that special, and I don't know how much you can pick up because obviously I had him for the whole time a couple hours and obviously a half hour special, but his intelligence and his studying of the game is phenomenal for a rookie. He's going to be way ahead of everybody."
Here is what you need to know on this Friday, April 28, 26 days before the Redskins start OTAs on May 24.
At Redskins Park—Second and third rounds starting at 6 p.m., conference calls with picks shortly after selections are made, Jay Gruden news conference after third round is over.
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 14
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 26
—Training camp starts (7/27) 90
—Redskins opener vs. Eagles (9/10) 135
Some possible Friday picks for the Redskins
Malik McDowell, DL, Michigan State—Who said that the Redskins are done on the defensive line? He has tremendous physical ability but he is very inconsistent, taking off plays and even whole series at times. McDowell was initially considered a first-round talent but it’s possible that his slide continues back to the Redskins’ pick at No. 49 overall.
Chris Wormley, DL, Michigan—Wormley was a captain for the Wolverines and a three-year starter. At 6-5, 298 he has size, which you can’t coach up. He does need some work on consistency and technique but he is a second-round talent who could contribute immediately and perhaps improve over the next few years.
Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut—At 6-4, 224 he is the prototypical big safety that many teams are looking for. While he has good speed (4.40 in the 40 at the combine) some wonder if he has the instincts to play free safety. If the Redskins are convinced he can learn he may be high on their list.
Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma—He was a unanimous first-team All-American with 80 receptions for 1,524 yards and 17 touchdowns. At 6-0, 178 Westbrook is’t a physical presence but has the speed (4.34 in the 40 at his pro day) to be productive. The third round might be a bit too high for them to add to the wide receiver corps but with Terrelle Pryor on a one-year contract and Ryan Grant very much on the roster bubble the Redskins might believe that he is too good to leave on the board.
Desmond King, CB/S, Iowa—King was a four-year starter at Iowa who also played nearly half of the Hawkeyes’ special teams snaps. He doesn’t have ideal size (5-10, 201) but he makes up for it with football IQ and desire.
Tandler on Twitter
Gruden says no calls received about Cousins trade. Report as valid as Cousins-Romo trade report during combine. #Redskins— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) April 28, 2017
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