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Need to Know: After training camp, five Redskins who are now roster locks

Need to Know: After training camp, five Redskins who are now roster locks

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, August 19, one day before Washington Redskins play the Detroit Lions at FedEx Field.

Five players who have become roster locks

Before OTAs started in late May, I did a post on the players I thought were roster locks. I came up with 41 of them. Let’s reexamine that list and look at five players who were on the bubble in May who are now locks to make the 53:

QB Kirk Cousins—I thought that he might be traded and that the Redskins might go with two quarterbacks. But unless they get an expected offer that they can’t refuse I expect Cousins, Colt McCoy, and Robert Griffin III to all be on the Week 1 roster. Cousins is having a pretty good camp and was excellent against the Browns.

CB DeAngelo Hall—I was skeptical that he would be on the field for the start of camp after tearing his Achilles twice last season. But he was there in Richmond and Jay Gruden said that he was in line to be the starter at cornerback opposite Chris Culliver. He has had a couple of nagging injuries in camp but nothing that will cost him his roster spot.

RB Chris Thompson—He was about 75 percent of the way to being a lock when Silas Redd injured his knee and landed on injured reserve. With his main competition for a roster spot gone, Thompson attained lock status. There haven’t been any injury concerns so far; he hasn’t missed so much as a snap. As long as it stays that way, he will make the 53.

S Duke Ihenacho—He wasn’t really on anyone’s radar to become a starter until he started sharing first-team reps with Jeron Johnson during OTAs. With Johnson sidelined with a hamstring injury, Ihenacho has put a stranglehold on the position. While Johnson could still end up with the starting job, Ihenacho will be around in either case.

OT Tom Compton—With Brandon Scherff moving to guard, a spot for a tackle opened up. Then when Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen were injured they needed someone who could fill in as a blocking tight end. Both of those developments pushed Compton off of the bubble and into lock status.

So how many locks are there now and how many roster spots are up for grabs? We started with 41. Paul comes off of the list due to his season ending ankle injury. Junior Galette, who signed just at the start of camp, is a lock. Add these five to the locks and there are now 46. That leaves seven roster spots up for grabs.

Who do you think gets them?

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Walkthrough at Redskins Park, closed to the media

—It’s been 234 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 25 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Preseason Lions @ Redskins 1; final cuts 17; Redskins @ Giants Thursday night 36

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Need to Know: Will the Redskins be interested in C Mangold, RB Murray?

Need to Know: Will the Redskins be interested in C Mangold, RB Murray?

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 27, 2 days before the March 1 NFL franchise tag deadline.  

Timeline

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/2) 3
—Start of NFL free agency (3/9) 10
—Redskins offseason workouts start (4/17) 49
—NFL Draft (4/27) 59
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 195

Monday morning Redskins musings as free agency approaches

1. It appears that the Raiders are going to let Latavius Murray, who rushed for over 1,800 yards combined in the last two seasons, test free agency.

I’d be surprised if the Redskins showed any interest. I’m not sure that they will be jumping into the RB free agent pool, at least not into the deep (expensive) end of it. They might draft a back to compete with Rob Kelley, Matt Jones, and Mack Brown. Chris Thompson will remain the third-down back.

2. Do you wonder why the Redskins have been reluctant to draft a safety?

Eventually, someone will need to figure out the safety position in the NFL. With all the spread offenses that safeties face in college the safeties have become more like additional corner. Also, the better defensive backs in college want to be cornerbacks because it pays better in the pros. The pool coming out is generally small to begin with and then it shrinks even further for each team due to the scheme factors that Farrar discusses. Su'a Cravens could be the solution to one safety spot for the Redskins but they continue to be in search of someone to pair with him. 

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3. The Jets allowed C Nick Mangold to announce his own release. He was one of the best centers of the past decade; Mangold went to seven Pro Bowls and was named first-team All-Pro twice. But I don’t see him being of interest to the Redskins. They are happy with Spencer Long and even if they weren’t, Mangold is 33 and he missed half of last season with an ankle injury. Those factors likely will make the Redskins steer clear.

4. Maybe some fans don’t care if they are getting information from the team through the media at the combine. Or at the Senior Bowl. Or anywhere. And it is the team’s option to have someone available or not during most of the offseason (a press conference prior to the draft is mandatory). But they are missing out on a chance to give their side of the story.

One of the problems with changing what has been a longstanding practice and going into radio silence is that it leaves people speculating. If the team doesn’t want to put any information out there that is the organization’s option. But if you choose not to fill in the blanks, the fans and media will.

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5. We have another D-lineman signed as the Panthers retained DE Mario Addison.

Addison, who was with the Redskins for five games in 2012, also had six and 6.5 sacks the previous two year, not bad for a guy who has started just one game in the last three seasons. That average of just over $7 million per year sets another data point for the Redskins to use to try to retain Chris Baker. Addison is a 4-3 end while Baker is a 3-4 end so it’s not an apples to apples comparison but it will help figuring out what a reasonable contract is. Without seeing the details, it looks like Addison gave the Panthers something of a hometown discount as that’s a good price for a guy who was half a sack away from double digits.

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A Redskin fan's guide to the NFL Draft Combine

A Redskin fan's guide to the NFL Draft Combine

This week in Indianapolis the NFL world will converge at the Scouting Combine to watch college football players work out, sprint and lift weights in anticipation of the upcoming draft. For the Redskins front office, this draft needs to be a win.

The 2016 Draft could still yield strong results for Washington, but overall the class did not play particularly well as rookies. This year, Scot McCloughan has nine picks at his disposal, with the extra picks late in the draft in the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds.

It's no secret that the 'Skins need help along the defensive line, a lot of help. That should be a major area of focus for the Redskins scouts and coaches, and that will make next Sunday arguably the most important of the week in Indianapolis. 

The combine divides players into 11 position groups, but Groups 7, 8 and 9 will matter most. Groups 7 and 8 represent defensive linemen and 9 are the linebackers. That group officially arrives on Thursday but won't work out on the field until Sunday. The days in between include interviews, psychological testing and the bench press.

Obviously the Redskins won't spend all nine picks on only defensive linemen. The team will likely invest in the offensive line as well, and that group will arrive earlier in the week and work out on Friday. Cornerbacks and safeties are the last to work out on Monday, March 6. 

With the likely departure of at least one of DeSean Jackson or Pierre Garçon, and the possible departure of both, it would make sense for the 'Skins to bring in another receiver via the draft. They work out on Saturday, and should the Redskins decide to take a quarterback in the draft, the passers will work out that day too. 

Running back could be another spot the 'Skins invest. Jay Gruden said that Robert Kelley is locked into the RB1 role, but still the team might want increased competition at the position. The backs will work out Friday.

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