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Need to Know: Are there other draft trade back scenarios for the Redskins?

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Need to Know: Are there other draft trade back scenarios for the Redskins?

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, March 29, 32 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.

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I get a lot of good questions during the week that don’t require an answer long enough to make a whole post. So on the weekend I clear out the inbox, Quick Hits style. Let’s get rolling.

We have done a few posts on that subject lately. The free agency market has pretty well dried up. It looks like Jay Gruden would like to let Spencer Long and Chris Chester battle it out at right guard. And he’d like Morgan Moses and Tom Compton to compete at right tackle. It appears that any further additions to the line will come in the draft. Gruden mentioned that he, new O-line coach Bill Callahan and Scot McCloughan are looking for a type of lineman that will fit what they want to do. Whether an O-line draft picks comes early, in the form of LSU OT La’el Collins, Stanford OT Andrus Peat, or perhaps Florida State G Tre Jackson, or later on remains to be seen.

Lefty is referring to Ted Bolser, a seventh-round pick last year. He was released in the final cuts last year and although he bounced around a couple of practice squads he didn’t catch on with anyone. Nobody has picked him up yet this offseason, although he could sign with another team after the draft. But the fact that he was released from the Redskins’ practice squad after about a month says that they think they made a mistake when they drafted him. I wouldn’t rule out a return for Bolser but I would think that if they really wanted him back they would have signed him by now. Update: Bolser has signed with the Cardinals, ht/@IIWIISkinsBlog.

If the Redskins end up taking Amari Cooper or Kevin White with the No. 5 pick a trade would have to be considered a possibility. They could decide that Pierre Garçon’s $7.1 million base salary is not worth keeping and put the “for sale” sign up on the receiver. Perhaps between the first round on Thursday and the final rounds on Saturday a deal could be done. A more likely scenario might be for the Redskins to hold on to Garçon and then see if a contending team that suffers an injury to a receiver in training camp would offer a 2016 draft pick for him in the summer.

Only seven other NFL head coaches call offensive plays (and two others call defenses) so Gruden is definitely in the minority as one who calls his own plays. I would think that eventually he will turn over the duties to McVay, who is viewed as a rising star around the league. But it doesn’t look like the change will take place this season. Usually such things are decided in January and we haven’t heard of any change at this point.

It’s always a possibility. In the last two drafts teams have traded into the top five to draft non-quarterbacks (Miami moved up to take Dion Jordan in 2013, the Bills jumped up for Sammy Watkins last year). White could draw some offers as could one of the edge rushers if a team believes that one is far superior to the others. And the other day I mentioned the possibility that the Redskins’ pick could become a hot commodity if USC DT Leonard Williams slips to No. 5. So there are plenty of possibilities but four weeks out there are no reports that a certain team is interested in trading up for a certain player. Stay tuned.

Timeline

—It’s been 91 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 168 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 22; 2015 NFL Draft 32; Redskins training camp starts 123

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Redskins offseason questions: Can Kirk Cousins take the next step in 2017?

Redskins offseason questions: Can Kirk Cousins take the next step in 2017?

The good news for the 2016 Redskins was that they didn’t collapse after winning the division the previous season as has been their pattern in the past. The bad news was that they didn’t take the next step and improve from a franchise that can compete to make the playoffs into one that is playing multiple postseason games year in and year out.

That work begins right now for Jay Gruden, Scot McCloughan and the players. In the coming weeks, Redskins reporters Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will examine the biggest questions facing the Redskins as another offseason gets rolling.

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Will Kirk Cousins take the next step in 2017?

Finlay: The better question might be what constitutes the next step for Cousins? And going one step further, will it be with the Redskins? Answering the second part first, Cousins will be the 'Skins quarterback in 2017. Taking the next step is trickier, since the passer has thrown for more than 9,000 yards in the last two seasons.

For me, Cousins can still get much better, particularly in the red zone. If the Redskins scored at the same pace they pile up yards, this team would have won 11 games in 2016. 

In 2016, Cousins ranked 3rd in the NFL in passing yards, yet outside of the Top 10 in TDs with 25. To really enter the next phase of his career, Cousins needs to lead an offense that scores more, and that means 30+ touchdowns. He can do it. 

Tandler: I don’t look at the next step for Cousins being about numbers. Sure, maybe he can throw for 5,000 yards and 30-plus touchdowns on year. But being a top quarterback is more than that.

I want to see him go into Seattle next year and rally the Redskins from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter. I want to see him go into a playoff game and, unlike what happened against the Packers after the 2015 season, will the team to a win when the Redskins aren’t playing their best and when a QB like Aaron Rodgers is on the other side. I want to see him glare at a lineman who missed an assignment and correct a receiver who went the wrong way on a route.

To be sure, he has led the team to some comeback wins and he has played very well in some key games, like the division-clinching win in Philadelphia in 2015. But a top-flight quarterback can’t essentially negate one of those with a play like the season-ending pick against the Giants. Sure, any quarterback is going to have an off day. But you have to have more pluses than minuses on the ledger.

Cousins has been a starter for just two years so maybe he can develop into a top-shelf quarterback. Putting up good stats is part of the picture but he won’t be there until he elevates and motivates those around him. Maybe he can take that next step but until he does there is no way of knowing if he will. 

More offseason questions: 

What are reasonable expectations for Josh Doctson?

— Will there be a surprise salary cap cut?

— Should the Redskins defense switch to the 4-3?

— Is Spencer Long the answer at center?

— How many D-linemen do the Redskins need?

— Should the Redskins draft another QB? 

— With Sean McVay gone, will the Redskins run the ball more?

— Can Cravens handle the transition to safety? 

— Will the Redskins re-sign Pierre Garçon? 

— Will Rob Kelley be the lead running back in 2017?

— Defense in the first round?

— Will they make a change at left guard?

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Some good news from Redskins Park: Josh Doctson running, catching football (VIDEO)

Some good news from Redskins Park: Josh Doctson running, catching football (VIDEO)

There hasn't been much good news out of Redskins Park lately, as the team deals with pending free agency for QB Kirk Cousins and others combined with rumors of infighting among the front office. So video of 2016 first round pick Josh Doctson running and cutting comes at a great time for beleaguered 'Skins fans. 

Doctson posted the video to his Snapchat account. When he last spoke after the Washington season ended, Doctson made clear he was feeling much better and that '100 percent health' is his main goal this offseason.

His rookie year, however, was a different matter.

The receiver out of TCU missed all but the first two games of the year. Even in those games, he played a very reduced role. Drafted 22nd overall, he had just two catches all year as an obscure Achilles' injuries landed him on the injured reserve. His plight could not be figured out by a slew of doctors and specialists, and the team finally decided to sit down their prized rookie.

A breakout year in 2017 would serve Jay Gruden's squad well, as the team stands to lose DeSean Jackson and/or Pierre Garçon to free agency. It looks likely the 'Skins will lose at least one of their starting WRs, and losing both is a distinct possibility. That could result in more than 2,000 receiving yards leaving the Redskins offense, and the team will need Doctson to pick up a good chunk of that production.

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