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Fan questions: Jack linebacker, Breeland's ceiling, and undrafted receivers

Fan questions: Jack linebacker, Breeland's ceiling, and undrafted receivers

We got a great response to the Twitter mailbag this week, enough good questions to do two parts. If you don't see your question answered here, check back tomorrow. Let's dive right in:
@Rich_TandlerCSN #RedskinsTalk Do you think the #Redskins will try to add another TE, OT, and DL before the start of training camp?

— Tony Tambasco (@tambascosauce69) May 20, 2014
Depends on what you mean. Will they add camp fodder types to help them get through practice and play during the first and fourth preseason games? That seems likely, particularly at offensive tackle where they have just four players. Are they going to sign anyone who would seriously challenge for a roster spot? I doubt it. First of all, there aren't very many players who have a legitimate shot at making the 53 on the street right now. Second, they seem to be pretty set at those positions right now. Now, they do have second priority on waiver claims (behind the Texans) so if someone gets cut who would be an upgrade they could make a move if another team releases a useful player.
@Rich_TandlerCSN who is going to play inside backer next to Riley? — Ford Kendrick (@Fckendrick) May 20, 2014
It looks like there's going to be something new, something called, wait for it, a competition. Yes, I know that concept hasn't been heard of much around Redskins Park but right now it looks like Keenan Robinson, Darryl Sharpton, and Akeem Jordan will fight it out for the starting job at Jack linebacker. It could end up being done by committee with Sharpton and Jordan playing on first- and second-down packages and Robinson coming in for nickel situations.
@Rich_TandlerCSN many have praised the high ceiling of Breeland. If he was such a steal, why did some many cbs go before him? #RedskinsTalk

— George Carmi (@Gcarmi21) May 20, 2014
This just in--the draft doesn't always get it right. Perhaps you could have asked the same thing about Richard Sherman a few years ago after he was drafted in the fifth round; a lot of CB's went before he did, too. Not that Breeland is going to be as good as Sherman. But show me a draft where the corner who had the best career was taken first, the second best second, and so on. Breeland's draft stock dropped due to him being a step slow in the 40 and because many think he should have stayed in school for another year. He has room to get better (thus the discussion of "ceiling"). We will see how it turns out.
@Rich_TandlerCSN . #RedskinsTalk . Do you see us keeping Kofi Hughes and Cody Hoffman.

— Danielle Long (@DANIELLECLAUD) May 20, 2014
Danielle is referring to two undrafted free agent receivers the Redskins signed. I think Hoffman, who is listed at 6-4, has a shot. Tarik wrote about him the other day and he is taking the fact that he wasn't drafted as a challenge. But he has a lot to learn, especially when it comes to getting off the line when he's being jammed. We'll follow his progress during the rest of the offseason and in training camp. Hughes seems to be more of a long shot. I didn't see him do much good or bad during the minicamp but we didn't get that long to look at them. Right now I'd say that Hughes' best shot is the practice squad this year.
@Rich_TandlerCSN @RedskinsTalk Who has a better chance of starting on the OL this season: Morgan Moses at RT or Spencer Long at RG?

— B&G (@3igees) May 20, 2014
Good question. It's too soon to tell. The way I see it setting up, I think that Tyler Polumbus is the more vulnerable starter so that could clear a path for Moses. But Long might be a bit more pro ready, especially that guard is nominally an easier position for a rookie to learn. I'll give the edge to Long while allowing for the possibility that Moses could come on strong in training camp and beat out Polumbus while Chris Chester hangs on at right guard.
@Rich_TandlerCSN with the new players along with current how much do you think our pass rush and tackling has improved

— Eric (@farms36) May 21, 2014
I hate to pull out the "too soon to tell" card for a second straight response but that's the case here. We won't know about tackling at least until we see them in pads this summer and probably not until we see a few games. The pass rush should be better with additions of Jason Hatcher and Trent Murphy and the added emphasis on coaching pass rush techniques. It's not hard to imagine them being in the top 10 in the NFL in sacks but the proof will be when they get out there on the field.

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The Final Countdown: Redskins defense can't stop Matt Stafford for 5th worst play of 2016

The Final Countdown: Redskins defense can't stop Matt Stafford for 5th worst play of 2016

As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and, to present a more complete picture of the season, the 10 worst.

No. 5 worst play of 2016

Redskins at Lions Week 7

0:22 left in Q4, Lions ball at the Redskins 18, 3rd and 10, Redskins leading 17-13

Matthew Stafford pass short left to Anquan Boldin for 18 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

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Tandler: The Redskins had just taken the lead on a nifty 19-yard option run by Kirk Cousins with 1:05 left to play. All they had to do was keep the Lions out of the end zone but the defense was not up to the task. In fact, it was laughably easy for Stafford. The first three times he dropped back he completed passes for 23, 14, and 20 yards and just like that the Lions were in the red zone. It looked for a minute like the Redskins might hang on as two passes went incomplete. But on third down Stafford found Boldin open inside the five and the defense couldn’t get there quickly enough to keep him out of the end zone.

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Finlay: 65 seconds was all the 'Skins defense needed to preserve a win by holding the Lions without a touchdown. 65 seconds away from a five-game win streak, and knowing what we do now, a playoff berth. The Redskins defense couldn't stop Stafford, or Boldin, and lost in Detroit. A gut wrenching loss as the momentum on the Washington sideline seemed incredibly high just minutes before when Cousins ran in what looked like the game-winning score. 

10 best plays countdown

10 worst plays countdown

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Who else could be trade partners with the Redskins in a Cousins deal?

Who else could be trade partners with the Redskins in a Cousins deal?

With the offensive and defensive coordinators now in place, the Redskins now turn their attention to two other matters.

One is the NFL combine, which gets underway on February 28. The other is the NFL franchise tag deadline, which happens to come the very next day, on March 1.

There has been plenty of talk lately about the possibility of the Redskins giving Kirk Cousins the franchise tag designation and then trading him if they don’t think that they will be able to sign him to a long-term deal.

While one team, the 49ers, has been talked about as a potential landing spot for Cousins they would not be the only interested team if there is going to be a deal.

Let’s take a look at what teams might be moderately interested or highly interested.

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49ers (2-14)
Head coach:
Vacant, but will be Kyle Shanahan after the Super Bowl
First-round pick: No. 2
2016 leading passer: Colin Kaepernick

Connecting the dots here is easy as Shanahan was the offensive coordinator when Cousins was drafted by the Redskins in 2012. There would be no need for the two to get familiar with each other; they had two years to do that. Cousins seems like a natural fit in Shanahan’s offense. The 49ers are likely to move on from Kaepernick rather than taking his $19.4 million cap hit. They may try to move that No. 2 pick, or a package of other picks, to try to get Cousins. Anticipated interest: High

Bears (3-13)
Head coach:
John Fox
First-round pick: No. 3
2016 leading passer: Matt Barkley

This is the year that the Bears can finally move on from Jay Cutler without taking a crippling cap hit. Releasing Cutler, who played in just five games last year due to injury, would cost them just $2 million in dead cap. But do they really want to move on from Cutler, who wasn’t bad the last two years he was able to play? If they do, it seems unlikely that they would part with the No. 3 pick. Anticipated interest: Moderate

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Jets (5-11)
Head coach:
Todd Bowles
First-round pick: No. 6
2016 leading passer: Ryan Fitzpatrick

In the last four drafts, the Jets have spent a second-round pick on Geno Smith, a fourth on Bryce Petty and a second on Christian Hackeberg. Smith is on his way out, Petty was shaky in four starts last year and Hackenberg didn’t see the field as a rookie. It would not be surprising to see them shop for an established, young-ish starter like Cousins. The No. 6 pick might be too much for Cousins. Another factor to consider is if Cousins would agree to a long-term deal to play in New York. They would have to carve out some cap space to get a deal done; they currently are $7.7 million over the anticipated cap. Anticipated interest: Moderate

Browns (1-15)
Head coach:
Hue Jackson
First-round pick: No. 1 and No. 12
2016 leading passer: Cody Kessler

Robert Griffin III is under contract for 2017 with a $6 million salary plus a $1.5 million roster bonus that the Browns can move on from for a relatively modest $1.75 million cap hit. It would not be outrageous for them to deal the No. 12 pick for Cousins. The question is if Cousins would want to be the latest QB to join the Browns’ Trail of Tears. Anticipated interest: Moderate

Other possibilities: The Cardinals might wonder if Carson Palmer’s slide from MVP candidate to mediocrity will continue and look to bring in an alternative . . . The Broncos can’t be happy with Trevor Simeon as their long-term starter and if they didn’t like what they saw from Paxton Lynch they might want to deal. But John Elway isn’t going to overpay . . . It will be another year before the Texans can move on from Brock Osweiler without a killer cap hit but they could just bench him and bring in their long-term answer a year early . . . Blake Bortles has just one more year left on his rookie deal and the Jaguars may move to get his replacement this year.

Note: The Rams are not mentioned here despite the presence of Sean McVay. They gave up a lot of draft picks to move up to No. 1 overall to take Jarred Goff last year and while he struggled they are not going to move on from him after one season. 

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