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Need to Know: Redskins player one-liners—Defense

Need to Know: Redskins player one-liners—Defense

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, May 18, five days before the Washington Redskins start OTAs on May 23.

Timeline

It’s been 136 days since the Redskins played a game. Their season opener against the Eagles at FedEx Field is in 116 days.

Days until:

—Redskins OTAs start (5/23) 5
—Training camp starts (7/27) 70
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 84

Player one-liners—Defense

Yesterday I gave you some nuggets on the 25 players projected to make the roster on offense. Today, after I projected the defense, that side of the ball is up.

Since there is always a learning curve coming to the NFL, don’t be surprised of DE Jonathan Allen isn’t dominant from the outset.

Despite playing only nine games last year, DL Stacy McGee had career highs in sacks (2.5) and forced fumbles (2).

DE Terrell McClain also is coming off career highs in sacks (2.5) and forced fumbles (2).

DE Anthony Lanier is a project and he might not really catch on and become an asset until late this year or possibly 2018.

DL Ziggy Hood will be much more effective playing 300 or so snaps as a rotational lineman than he was playing 660 as a starter last year.

A lot of fans were disappointed in the performance of DL Matt Ioannidis last year but there should be low expectations for a fifth-round pick.

It will be very interesting to see if the coaches utilize ILB Zach Brown’s speed and athleticism or if they will have him in the same role they always have had at the position.

Last year, ILB Will Compton played 91 percent of the defensive snaps and he missed a game and a half with a knee injury.

ILB Mason Foster may be one of the most underappreciated players on the Redskins.

It will be interesting to see if ILB Martrell Spaight can push for more playing time after getting a start in 2016.

No NFL outside linebacker has a longer streak of consecutive games played than OLB Ryan Kerrigan, who has played in all 96 games the Redskins have played since drafting him.

If OLB Preston Smith always played as well as he has shown in his best games he would be a defensive player of the year candidate.

OLB Ryan Anderson also will have a learning curve so don’t look for double-digit sacks this year.

I’m going to make a bold prediction that OLB Junior Galette sees the field in a regular season game this year.

If CB Josh Norman can hold on to a few more interceptions this year he can regain Pro Bowl status and perhaps be named All-Pro.

I wonder if CB Bashaud Breeland will play too hard in his contract season instead of playing under control.

The Redskins are far from giving up on CB Kendall Fuller after his rough rookie season but he needs to start justifying that faith quickly.

In 2015 I was concerned when then-rookie CB Quinton Dunbar lined up opposite Odell Beckham on some plays but he passed the test just fine.

Rookie CB Josh Holsey will create a lot of fan buzz making plays in training camp.

Like Fuller, CB Fabian Moreau was a third-round pick who may need a redshirt season before becoming an effective player.

I don’t know how well S D.J. Swearinger will adapt to playing free safety but I have a feeling he will hit some people hard trying.

I think that S Su’a Cravens will be able to cover from his relative lack of speed with preparation most of the time but he will get burned from time to time.

It may be going too far to call S DeAngelo Hall a roster lock but both Gruden and Greg Manusky have spoken as though he will be on the team.

S Will Blackmon isn’t necessarily a lock either but his versatility should help him find the right side of the bubble.

Special teams are S Deshazor Everett’s calling card and possibly his job security.

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Report: 'There isn't a real price that will make Kirk Cousins happy' with Redskins

Report: 'There isn't a real price that will make Kirk Cousins happy' with Redskins

Following a slew of reports that cast doubt on the Redskins reaching a long-term deal with Kirk Cousins, ESPN's Dianna Russini tweeted Tuesday that the impass is not about money. 

If the report is true, then Washington has run out of good options for retaining Cousins in the long term.

It's possible the team could use a third-straight franchise tag to keep him next season, but the price tag around $34 million would be astronomical for one season.

The transition tag would be worth in the neighborhood of $28 million. 

Russini doesn't elaborate on the reasons behind her report that Cousins wouldn't be happy in Washington regardless of price. But it's important to note that both teams and players have incentive to create leverage in contract negotiations through the media. 

The Redskins have until July 17 to reach a long-term deal with Cousins. 

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Redskins 2017 depth chart preview: Interior offensive line

Redskins 2017 depth chart preview: Interior offensive line

Over the next few weeks, Rich Tandler will take a position-by-position look at the Redskins’ 2017 depth chart as the team enjoys some R&R ahead of training camp. Some positions are easy to handicap. Others have moving parts and, thus, are more complex. So, who’s in? And who’s in trouble?

Up today…

Position: Interior offensive line

On the roster: Guards Shawn Lauvao, Brandon Scherff, Arie Kouandjio, Tyler Catalina, Kyle Kalis, Isaiah Williams; Centers Spencer Long, Chase Roullier, Ronald Patrick

Locks: Lauvao, Scherff, Kouandjio, Long

As noted here this morning, there seemed to be a pretty good chance that Lauvao would be on his way out. But free agency and the draft went by and no serious challenger for him was acquired. It looks like they will let him play out the last year of his free agent contract and then see what they want to do with him next year when he will be a 30-year-old free agent.

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The Redskins might like Kouandjio, going into his third season, to emerge as a viable option as Lauvao’s successor. He was not up to the task in a couple of spot starts last year. But, just like Lauvao, he can take some comfort in the fact that the organization did not expend any major resources on bringing in another guard for competition.

Scherff went to the Pro Bowl in his second year in the league. He will be a fixture at right guard for the next decade or so, provided the Redskins can figure out a way to get a third high-priced offensive lineman under the salary cap (in addition to tackles Trent Williams and Morgan Moses).

Long did a solid job in his first year as the starting center. He will anchor the line again this year. He is eligible for a contract extension and it will be interesting to see if talks heat up between now and training camp.

On the bubble: Roullier

In an ideal Redskins world, the rookie sixth-round pick would be able to learn center and both guard spots well enough to be a workable fill-in on game days. In the real world, that may not work. During minicamp, offensive line coach Bill Callahan told me that while he had been impressed with how well Roullier had picked things up so far, the real test will come with the pads on in Richmond.

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Long shots: Catalina, Kalais, Williams, Patrick

You never know what will happen during the preseason but it seems that the practice squad is the best hope for any of these guys to be around Ashburn in the fall. If injury or issues with Roullier’s development create a hole in the depth chart in the 53-man roster the organization is likely to go outside to find help off the waiver wire. Two or three on this list are likely to be back for another shot in 2018.  

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