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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Future core players, 2018 cap

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Future core players, 2018 cap

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, July 15, 12 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 195 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 57 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 2
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 26
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 49

The Redskins week that was

Here’s a look at some of the most popular and important posts of the week.

Cousins would forgive issues with Redskins if given fair deal—In other words, money talks. Perhaps Cousins is sincere in saying that he doesn’t make his life all about money. Saying that does not mean he must accept any offer the Redskins put in front of him. We should find out just how much it is about the money by late Monday afternoon.

Looking ahead—The Redskins' core offensive players in 2020—I started out taking a look at the Redskins five years down the road but in the NFL, that’s just too long. They have a core of a pretty good offense if they can keep a few players under contract including, of course, the quarterback, or draft comparable replacements. I looked at what the defense might look like in 2020 right here.

Two one-year signings for Redskins who could shine—The Redskins desperately needed to find a receiver to replace two departed free agents so they landed Terrelle Pryor early in free agency. Later, they saw an opportunity to upgrade at inside linebacker and got Zach Brown. Both players are in their late 20’s and looking for a chance at a big, multiyear deal. If motivation means anything, both will be ready to play.

How good can Rob Kelley be if he starts 16 games?—I got a little pushback on the idea that Kelley could be as good a runner as David Johnson if he can start all 16 games. But I took pains to note that the comparison was only on running plays. Johnson has ability as a pass catcher that adds greatly to his value. At this point, Kelley doesn’t have that ability. In any case, it will be fun to see how Kelley produces this year.

Redskins' 2018 cap room not as ample as it first looks—The Redskins can afford to keep Kirk Cousins next year and get some more of their own free agents back in the fold. But there won’t be room for much more. Of course, if they are in search of a quarterback they could either have a lot of space (if they go in the draft or with what they have) or it could be limited (if they try to sign a veteran free agent).

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Need to Know: Five final thoughts on Redskins vs. Raiders

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Need to Know: Five final thoughts on Redskins vs. Raiders

 

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, September 24, eight days before the Washington Redskins play Chiefs in Kansas City.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Redskins Kickoff 7:30 CSN; Redskins vs. Raiders 8:30 NBC

Days until:

—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (10/23) 29
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 35

Five final thoughts on Redskins vs. Raiders

—With Rob Kelley out and Jordan Reed unlikely to play, per Adam Schefter, Samaje Perine will get his first NFL start and Jeremy Sprinkle will be active for the first time. Perine got rolling as the game went on vs. the Rams. In quarters 1-3 he had 11 carries with an average of 2.2 yards per. In the fourth quarter, the rookie carried 10 times for a respectable 4.3 average. If he can get that 4.3 average all game and carry between 15 and 20 times, the Redskins will be fine on the rushing front.

—It was in Week 3 last year that Kirk Cousins got rolling. After throwing one touchdown and three interceptions in his first two games he threw two TD’s and no picks against the Giants. His pattern as the starter has been to start slowly and then pick up steam as the season gets going. Looking at the injury situation and at a Monday night game at Arrowhead Stadium looming next week, today would be a great day for him to get going. The talk in Oakland is that the Raiders will load up to stop the run and challenge Cousins to beat them through the air. Cousins will need to take them up on that challenge.

—The Redskins have four sacks in two games. It will be difficult for them to add to that total today because Raiders QB Derek Carr gets rid of the ball so quickly. The best way to get pressure on a quarterback like that is to take the shortest route. It will be important for Jonathan Allen to get some push up the middle and perhaps Greg Manusky will send Zach Brown or Mason Foster blitzing into the A-gap occasionally. The pressure is also on the secondary to make sure tackles after Carr gets those short completions to make sure they don’t turn into big plays.

—I was skeptical of the impact that Oakland RB Marshawn Lynch would have in his return at age 31 after a poor (417 yards) 2015 season followed by a season in retirement. And although there may be reasons to wonder about his durability over the course of a 16-game season, right now he’s healthy. The Redskins’ worst nightmare would be for Lynch to get 15 carries and grind out four to five yards per pop. That would set up Carr to do whatever he wants to do.

—This looked like a tough one even when it appeared that the Redskins would be at full strength on offense. If Kelley and, especially, Reed are out, the game looks to be an even more daunting task. The Washington defense is going to have to step up and force Carr to make decisions sooner than he wants to. Offensively, the Redskins are going to need to keep Carr and company off the field by controlling the clock. They did it last week against the Rams. If they can take time of possession 35 minutes to 25 again they have a chance to pull off the upset. It’s possible but I’m going to go against it happening.

Raiders 28, Redskins 21

2017 predictions record: 1-1

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Report: Rob Kelley out vs. Raiders, Reed unlikely to play

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Report: Rob Kelley out vs. Raiders, Reed unlikely to play

The Redskins could be without two key offensive players against the Raiders tonight, according to a report.

According to ESPN, Redskins starting running back Rob Kelley (rib) is unlikely to play and that Jordan Reed (chest) is a game-time decision but it also is probable that he will sit out. Bot players were listed as questionable on the final injury report on Friday.

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Kelley was having a career day against the Rams last Sunday before he left the game in the second quarter with a rib cartilage injury. He practiced on a limited basis all week.

Reed, a key target for quarterback Kirk Cousins, missed some snaps after sustaining the injury to his sternum during the game against the Rams. He was out of practice on Wednesday and limited on Thursday and Friday.

Rookie Samaje Perine saw his first NFL action last week and he likely will get his first NFL start in Kelley’s spot tonight. If Reed can’t play, Vernon Davis will start and rookie Jeremy Sprinkle, who was inactive the first two games, will be in uniform.

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