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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Free agency is almost upon us

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Free agency is almost upon us

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 4, 5 days before the March 9 start of NFL free agency.  

Timeline

Days until:

—Redskins offseason workouts start (4/17) 44
—NFL Draft (4/27) 54
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 133
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 190

The Redskins week that was

My take on the most popular posts of. the week from Real Redskins and CSN Mid Atlantic

Report: Redskins' Cousins 'not going anywhere'—The Redskins aren’t going to put up a “for sale” sign on their franchise-tagged quarterback. But if they get a strong impression that they won’t be able to sign Cousins to a long-term deal, you’d best believe that they will at least listen to what other teams have in mind. The odds are still against it but just because they are putting out a message like this don’t believe it is off the table.

NFL Mock Draft Ver. 4.0—In general mock drafts don’t start making sense until after free agency. But in four mock drafts for CSN Ben Standig has had the Redskins taking the same defensive lineman. I don’t think free agency will change the need there enough to change it.

'It's all bullsh**' the latest on McCloughan, per source—The McCloughan situation played out three days ago and we still don’t know much more now than we did then. Perhaps there is something going on but it just doesn’t ring true that a well-paid professional is missing a huge event like the combine because his 100-year-old grandmother died a month ago. Maybe there is another family matter that isn’t being disclosed. But based on the information we have, it doesn't pass the smell test.

Why won’t Redskins brass talk to the media at the NFL Combine? This was written prior to the McCloughan absence becoming common knowledge. Perhaps that’s the answer—they didn’t want Jay Gruden to have to answer questions about why McCloughan wasn’t there. Of course, there was a simple fix available. The team could have put out a statement saying that McCloughan would miss the combine due to personal reasons and Gruden could have taken to the podium and referred to the statement if he had been asked about it. But being transparent about such things just doesn’t seem to be in the organizational DNA. 

Will the Redskins be interested in C Mangold, RB Murray? The combine is just underway and then free agency gets cranked up immediately after that. Seriously, it’s immediately. The last prospect workouts are Monday and at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday teams and player agents can start talking contracts. I don’t think they will go after an aging Nick Mangold or bring Latavius Murray into a crowded backfield depth chart. But, really, after the signed Josh Norman last year I can’t completely rule out anyone.

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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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