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Need to Know: After trade, a busy Saturday ahead for Redskins

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Need to Know: After trade, a busy Saturday ahead for Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 2, 45 days before the Redskins hold their mandatory minicamp.

A busy day ahead

Scot McCloughan got up to his desired number of draft picks and that sets up a busy Saturday for him and the rest of the Redskins’ staff.

In a trade with the Seahawks, McCloughan added three picks to the Redskins’ stockpile. Added to the three they have already used and the four they already have, Washington has 10 picks.

In his meeting with the media on Monday, McCloughan mentioned a couple of times that he would like to acquire enough picks to have at least 10.

Here are the picks that the Redskins have at their disposal today:

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4-6-105
4-13-112
5-5-141
5-31-167
6-5-181
6-6-182
7-5-222

It seems likely that after meeting some needs in the first three rounds, McCloughan will very much be in best player available mode rather than trying to fill immediate needs. Most of the players chosen on Saturday will be reserves and players the team may try to develop into starters at some point a year or more down the road. Of the 40 players chosen in the fourth round last year, only five started more than half of their teams’ games. Just over half of the fourth rounders, 21 players, did not start any games. The percentages go down in the lower rounds.

The bottom line here is that if you haven’t filled your needs already, it is very risky to figure that you are going to do so on Saturday. That doesn’t mean that you can’t come up with a fourth-round player like Bashaud Breeland (15 starts as a rookie) or a sixth rounder like Alfred Morris (16). But relying on players picked on Saturdays to fill your immediate holes is not a good way to do business.

It should be noted that McCloughan didn’t necessarily want to stockpile extra picks in order to draft more players. He also wants to be able to move up if he wants to.

“If you can acquire them [additional picks], you can still use them to go back up if need be,” he said. “If all of the sudden a good player starts falling, you have more ammunition to go back up and get [him].”

So stay alert and be prepared for some surprises as McCloughan maneuvers to try to get some more depth.

Timeline

—It’s been 125 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 134 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins minicamp starts 45; Redskins training camp starts 89; Redskins @ Giants 145

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Comparing Redskins training camp with the New England Patriots

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Comparing Redskins training camp with the New England Patriots

After a poor first preseason showing and some questions about the physicality of Redskins training camp, JP Finlay talks with Patriots Insider Phil Perry from CSN New England to discuss the differences between Washington's camp and how they run things in New England.

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Redskins Playbook: Jay Gruden calls Ryan Grant "Mr. Consistent"

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Redskins Playbook: Jay Gruden calls Ryan Grant "Mr. Consistent"

Few Redskins players draw more heated fan reaction than Ryan Grant. In three seasons with Washington, Grant has never missed a game, but he also hasn't produced much. His career stats: 39 catches for 412 yards and two touchdowns. 

Regardless, Jay Gruden and the Redskins coaching staff appreciates Grant in a way few fans understand. Grant is able to back up both the slot and outside receivers, and knows the roles of all the players.

"He’s really strong, he’s in great shape, and he’s Mr. Consistent," Gruden said of Grant. "Everything we ask him to do he does, and he does it right."

When Jamison Crowder missed time in Richmond with a hamstring strain, Grant stepped into Crowder's slot role. When Josh Doctson hurt his hamstring and missed time, Grant stepped into his role on the outside of the offense.

Throughout camp, Grant has displayed good hands and an adept knowledge of the offense. 

"No matter where he lines up, no matter what we ask him to do, he can come in the core and block the safety, whatever we want him to do, he can run whatever route from whatever positon and he runs at the right depth, perfect angles coming out of them," Gruden said. "He’s just ‘Steady Eddie,’ and that’s why I like him. I like consistent, smart players and that’s what Ryan is."

Against the Ravens in the Redskins first preseason game, Grant hung on to a tough catch over the middle to give the team one of very few offensive sparks. The problem for fans as it relates to Grant has not been preseason play. It's been inconsistent play in regular season games. 

Gruden believes that could change this year.

"I think people may be surprised with how many balls Ryan Grant might catch. Either way, could happen, I don’t know. I can’t foresee the future there, but I would be just fine with Ryan Grant being the target of a lot of balls."

To state the obvious: Grant is definitely making the roster. Behind Terrelle Pyror, Crowder and Doctson, Grant is the Redskins fourth wideout and one of the few players on the roster that is interchangeable among the Washington receiver positions. 

Grant's career best season came in 2015 when he caught 23 balls for 268 yards and two TDs. Based on his preseason, it seems Grant could surpass those totals in 2017. Much of his early season work has been a result of injuries to Doctson and Crowder, but make no mistake, Grant has been impressive in practice. 

Will it translate to the real games? The opprotunity seems only likely to arise if the Redskins deal with injuries at the receiver spot. 

Last year, Cousins threw for nearly 5,000 yards, but DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon accounted for more than 2,000 of those yards. Doctson, Crowder and certainly Pryor are likely to be the major recepients of Cousins' aerial prowess. Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis and Chris Thompson accounted for another 1,618 yards last year.

Keep in mind, this is the last year of Grant's rookie contract. If there was ever a time to show in games what coaches have long seen and loved in practice, this would be the year. It seems only an injury would give him a major opportunity. If the situation came to pass, Gruden would have faith in Grant. 

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