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Need to Know: A lot to be determined on Redskins defense

Need to Know: A lot to be determined on Redskins defense

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, June 11, 47 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 153 days ago. It will be 93 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Redskins training camp starts 47; Preseason opener @ Falcons 61; Final roster cut 84

Hot topics from the Redskins week that was

The Redskins have completed their OTAs and they just have to get through minicamp next week before the long offseason vacation commences. Here are some of the most popular posts from last week from here and from CSNmidatlantic.com.

Barry on Cravens: 'He’s a special one'—I understand fans who want to know right now what role Su’a Craves will play when they line up in September. But the simple fact is that his role has yet to be determined and it probably won’t be until at least a few games into the season. Sit back and enjoy watching it unfold.

Jackson present and accounted for at OTA—I know that the inclusion of this link will prompt some of you to comment that nobody cares whether or not DeSean Jackson is at OTAs. But the fact that it’s included here means that a great number of people checked out what the post had to say about Jackson and his OTA attendance. There are many fans who are interested.

Redskins' Long still 'finding his way' while learning center—There were some who were anxious to project Spencer Long as the Week 1 starting center. This post shows that perhaps these fans should pump the brakes on that thought. Besides, I think he’ll end up being the starting left guard.

Gruden trying to make things difficult on Cousins—The coach wants Kirk Cousins to be ready for anything that comes up so during team drills he had the quarterback working out of situations like third down deep in his own territory and on two-point conversions (which essentially is fourth and goal at the two). You know, as they say, no pressure, no diamonds (oh, wait, that was the other guy).

Depth chart at safety written in pencil, not Sharpie—Right now it’s DeAngelo Hall and David Bruton with the first team at safety. But whether or not they stay on top of the depth chart and who might back them up and get playing time in different packages remains to be seen. Like with Cravens (who will be part of the picture) relax and watch it unfold.

Stat of the day

Yesterday I posted on the Redskins’ stellar offensive performance on third down in the red zone. How did the defense fare? In 33 snaps they gave up an average of 3.1 yards per play (20th in NFL) and 10 touchdowns (T-22nd). They did pick off two passes, recover two fumbles, and get a sack in those situations.

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Kirk Cousins shows off competitive spirit, soft touch - at Jenga (VIDEO)

Kirk Cousins shows off competitive spirit, soft touch - at Jenga (VIDEO)

After NFL minicamps end in mid-June, and before the grind of training camps start in late July, players are free to have a little bit of fun and try to relax. For Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins that evidently means a game of Jenga.

Fun at Kirk's 10 year high school reunion!!!

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The video comes from Cousins' wife Julie, and the caption explains that the couple were attending the quarterback's 10-year high school reunion. Looks like a fun scene, and the Michigan waterfront looks even better.

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For anybody that has watched Cousins on the practice field or listened to him mic'd up during a Redskins game, the competitive outburst is no surprise. Cousins likes to win, period. Even at life-size Jenga during his 10-year high school reunion. 

Obviously, contract talks between Cousins' representatives and the Redskins continue, and likely will until the July 17th franchise tag deadline. Last season, Cousins threw for nearly 5,000 passing yards, completing 67 percent of his passes to go with 25 TDs and 12 INTs. He's allowed to have a little fun here and there.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Pressure on Gruden, Galette confident

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Pressure on Gruden, Galette confident

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, June 24, 33 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 174 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles in FedEx Field in 78 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 23
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 47
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 70

The Redskins week that was

Pressure Points: Focus is on Jay Gruden like never before—So you lost two coordinators and your top two wide receivers? Well, the Redskins gave him a two-year contract extension because they think he can deal with problems like those. Gruden will be cut zero slack.

Post-minicamp 53-man roster projection, offense—Sure, there will be plenty of lip service about everyone having a chance of making the 53-man roster. But this cake is very nearly baked. But the real competition in training camp will be for the 10 practice squad spots. I picked 25 offensive players to make it and I’m confident that 23, maybe 22 of the picks will be right. There seems to be more questions on defense (roster projection here) but even on that side of the ball, few jobs are truly up for grabs.

Redskins in a no-lose situation with confident Galette—We haven’t seen Junior Galette practicing in the spring before. Two years ago, he wasn’t with the team yet and last year he was held out so he could rehab his torn Achilles. That means we don’t have much comparison to make but he did look good. Next step is to do it with the pads on.

Snyder 'THRILLED' with ruling that should protect Redskins name—The legal part of the fight to get the Redskins to change their name is over after the recent Supreme Court ruling. They will not lose their trademark protection, which would effectively force them to change the team. However, it seems likely that the political and social battle will go on.

Is a Redskins-Cousins deal not only possible but probable?—One analyst thinks that the Redskins have too much to lose to not get a deal done by July 17. I think he’s right but I’m not sure if I’ll go along with his odds. 

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