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Need to Know: Examining the Redskins updated depth chart—Offense

Need to Know: Examining the Redskins updated depth chart—Offense

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, March 13, 36 days before Washington Redskins start offseason workouts on April 17.  

Timeline

Days until:

—NFL Draft (4/27) 45
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 60
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 72
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 124
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 181

Looking at the 2017 depth chart—offense

The Redskins are likely to make a few more free agent acquisitions but the depth chart is beginning to settle in. Let’s take a look at where the offensive side of the ball stands now. The defense is up tomorrow

Quarterback: Kirk Cousins
Backups: Colt McCoy, draft pick

There is a chance that Cousins will be gone via a trade but the chances are he will still be here. If he hasn’t signed and the vibe in the building is that he won’t, the Redskins could pick a quarterback in any round from the first one. If he has signed or the feeling is that he will, scratch the draft pick and put Nate Sudfeld back at No. 3.

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Running backs: Rob Kelley
Backups: Chris Thompson, Matt Jones

If they carry a fourth running back it could be Mack Brown, or perhaps Keith Marshall of the 2016 draft pick can stay healthy. There was some chatter that Scot McCloughan might target an upgrade at running back in the draft but after his abrupt firing we don’t know where that stands now.

Wide receivers: Terrelle Pryor, Josh Doctson
Backups: Jamison Crowder (slot receiver), Maurice Harris, Ryan Grant, draft pick

This area was in trouble after the departures of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon but the signing of Pryor mitigates that to an extent. The key is Doctson being healthy and being able to step in as a big contributor after only two games of action and very little practice. With Pryor on a one-year contract, a mid-round draft pick could be groomed to replace him in 2018. Another draft pick (they have 10 picks and could trade for more) could take Grant’s roster spot.  

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Tight end: Jordan Reed
Backups: Vernon Davis, draft pick

One specific need that Jay Gruden mentioned when the spoke to reporters at the combine was a blocking tight end. That makes me think that they will find one in a draft that, for a change, is deep at the position. Carrying a fourth tight end and keeping Niles Paul around for special teams is a possibility.  

Offensive line: LT Trent Williams, LG Shawn Lauvao, C Spencer Long, RG Brandon Scherff, RT Morgan Moses
Backups: G Arie Kouandjio, T Ty Nsekhe, 1-2 draft picks

I know that everybody wants to run Lauvao out of town and that may happen at some point. But until I see someone else on the roster I believe Jay Gruden will be comfortable starting I’ll keep Lauvao at the top of the depth chart. Off of the chart from last year is Kory Lichtensteiger, who retired. They could look to bring back John Sullivan as a backup center.

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Redskins' Reed gets back to practice, may play vs. Bengals

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Redskins' Reed gets back to practice, may play vs. Bengals

After missing all of training camp on the physically unable to perform list with a toe injury, Jordan Reed has returned to practice for the Redskins. According to coach Jay Gruden, the Pro Bowl tight end participated in everything in today’s session, the first one open to the media since Reed was activated off of the PUP list on Sunday.

“I'm feeling good,” Reed said. “It felt obviously great to be back out there with my teammates and getting back to work.

Reed said that the toe was “100 percent right now,” a good sign for a Redskins’ offense that has struggled to move the ball in the preseason.

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“We’re easing him back in the offense,” said Gruden. “He did some good things in the passing game, we put him in the running game a little bit. [He] did good, he looks well.”

Gruden said that here is a chance that Reed will play in the Redskins’ preseason game against the Bengals on Sunday.

“I’d like to get him back out there and get in the running game a little bit, get involved, and catch a couple of passes,” he said.

But Gruden emphasized that Reed will not play if the training staff thinks there is a risk of re-injuring the toe.

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Reed wants to get out there and play some.

“I think it's real important just to feel some hits and live bullets at me and things like that - get my feet under me,” said. “I think it's really important.”

Quarterback Kirk Cousins said that he is happy to get one of his favorite weapons back. He noted that he had all of his top pass catchers on the field for the first time since the start of camp.

“I think just as important as having Jordan back was having our whole offense together for the first time,” said Cousins. “Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder, some of the other guys who have at times take off days here and there. We haven’t had many days when the whole group was together.”

Whether the whole group is together on Sunday or not, it looks like they all will be one the field when the games start to count on September 10.

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Junior Galette back on the practice field, but preseason future uncertain

Junior Galette back on the practice field, but preseason future uncertain

Redskins fans really want to see Junior Galette on the field. They really, really want to see him on the field. For his part, Galette wants back out there too, just check his social media. 

Good news then came Wednesday afternoon when Washington coach Jay Gruded revealed that Galette was back at practice after missing the better part of two weeks with a hamstring injury. Galette, remember, hasn't played in two seasons for the Redskins, missing both years with Achilles injuries. 

"[Galette] did some team excercises. He did all the individuals. He did some team stuff, not a lot, but he just wanted to get in there and get his feet wet and see how he felt," Gruden said of the outside linebacker. "He felt pretty good."

Now, assuming Galette practices all week without a setback, Gruden will have a decision to make. After losing Trent Murphy for the season to a knee injury in the first preseason game against Baltimore, the Redskins go from a situation where production from Galette went from a luxury to a necessity. Do the Redskins want, or even need, to see Galette get some live game action before Week 1 against the Eagles? Or is it best to keep Galette safe and sound on the bench during the remaining two preseason games?

"I would like to get him some action before he plays because he hasn't played in a couple years," Gruden said. 

"I would like to get him out there, but I also don't want to jeopardize his hamstring and have him re-injure it. There is a fine line there," the coach said. "We will have to wait and see how he does."

Early in training camp in Richmond, Galette looked like a force. His speed off the edge was apparent, and he showed repeatedly an ability to stop the run as well.

The Redskins need to see that this fall. And Gruden is the only one to decide if he needs to see that in August.

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