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Need to Know: Both Redskins, Galette get some of what they wanted in new deal

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Need to Know: Both Redskins, Galette get some of what they wanted in new deal

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, March 16, 43 days before the NFL Draft.

Fan questions: Galette deal a solid compromise

I answered some fan questions over the weekend and I had an overflow of good ones so I’m going to take care of some of the overflow today.

Of course, this question was sent prior to last night, when Galette and the Redskins agreed on a one-year contract worth up to $4.1 million. It appears that the deal represents a compromise, with both sides getting some of what they wanted. Galette got the length of deal that he was looking for. If he comes back healthy and has a good year he will get rewarded in free agency in 2017. The cap hit on the deal is more like what the Redskins were looking for, although they did want a multi-year contract. Usually when both sides get something and give something it's a good contract. In any case, it should be interesting to watch a Redskins nickel pass rushing package that includes Galette, Ryan Kerrigan, and Preston Smith. In January Galette said that he anticipates being on the field for the start of OTAs after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon in August.

I wouldn’t call that speculation, I’d call that a near certainty. At the Senior Bowl, Scot McCloughan all but ruled out moving up in the first round but he did say that he was open to trading back. They currently have eight picks; I’ll say that the over/under for the number of picks the Redskins end up with is 10.5. Most of the speculation will center around the first-round pick and that's a possibility but I would start looking at possibilities from about the third round on.

Sure! When and where are they playing? Verizon Center? Jiffy Lube? I’ve got to get my tickets, too. Oh, wait, you asked about Zach, with an “h”, not the Zac Brown Band. That Zach Brown, not so much. He’s a mediocre 3-4 inside linebacker. The Redskins would take an upgrade there but it does not appear that Brown is better than what they have.

This question was submitted before cornerback Will Blackmon was re-signed so it complicates things a bit but the answer is basically the same—it’s up to Dunbar. With Chris Culliver likely to miss OTAs and at least some of training camp while he rehabs his injured knee, Dunbar will get an opportunity to get substantial work with the first unit. If he has prepared for the season and performs well, they will find snaps for him when the season starts regardless of Culliver’s status.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 66 days ago. It will be about 179 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 33; 2016 NFL draft 43; Redskins training camp starts 134

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Over/under: Redskins running backs in 2017

Over/under: Redskins running backs in 2017

Redskins running backs over-under

The Redskins’ running backs depth chart looks quite different from how it did a year ago. Rob Kelley, who was “ninth-string” back last year per Jay Gruden, is the starter. Samaje Perine enters the mix with expectations that exceed those normally assigned to a fourth-round pick. Chris Thompson is the constant as the third-down back. What kind of numbers will they put up this year? Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay go over-under on some Redskins running back stats. 

Rob Kelley, 1,000 rushing yards

Tandler: If you project Kelley’s production in the nine games he started over 16 games it comes to about 1,050 yards. He had his ups and downs in those nine starts and he will have them this year. But he should have enough ups to be able to average the 62.5 yards per game needed to hit the thousand-yard mark. Over

Finlay: Unlike wide receivers, where 25 guys broke the 1,000 yard mark in 2016, it's getting harder and harder for a running back to hit four-figures. In 2016, only 12 RBs ran for more than 1,000 yards, and only eight got over 1,100 yards. As the NFL becomes more and more of a passing league, less backs are getting the carries sufficient for a 1,000 yard season. The Redskins haven't had a 1,000 yard rusher since Alfred Morris in 2014. While I think Kelley gets the bulk of the yardage, I think it caps out about 900 yards and Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine creep into the total. Under

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Kelley, 10 rushing touchdowns

Tandler: He scored six as the starter last year and doing the math that comes to 11 over 16 games. But last year there wasn’t a player like Perine, who could come into the game and vulture some touchdowns after Kelley did the work to get the ball in goal to go position. Under

Finlay: Sorry to keep going back to stats, but last year only seven running backs got to 10 TDs or more. Only seven! Hard to see Kelley getting there on a team that didn't run all that much, or all that well either, in 2016. Under

Samaje Perine, 500 rushing yards

Tandler: It tough to set a line for a guy who hasn’t played. I’ll go off Matt Jones’ 2015 rookie season when he gained 490 yards while sharing time with Alfred Morris. If Perine averages four yards per carry, which is not hard to do, he’ll need about eight carries per game to get to 500. It’s close but if Kelley is effective, as I believe he will be, Perine might not get enough carries to have a chance. Under

Finlay: Tandler's Matt Jones comp pretty much works for Perine, but Jones had explosive speed that Perine doesn't have. A better comp for me was Derrick Henry last year as a rookie with the Titans. DeMarco Murray was established as the top dog, and Henry worked for a productive 490 yards. Under

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Chris Thompson, 60 pass receptions

Tandler: His role is beyond just third down. If the Redskins are behind in the fourth quarter, Thompson is usually in there to try to help spark a rally. Along with TE Jordan Reed and WR Jamison Crowder, Thompson will benefit from Kirk Cousins’ familiarity with him. Over

Finlay: Thompson should be a strong contributor in 2017, but 60 catches is a lot for a running back. Only David Johnson (80) and Le'Veon Bell (75) went over that number in 2016, while James White had exactly 60 catches. Thompson grabbed 49 balls in 2016, an impressive total. I could actually see Thompson getting a bigger percentage increase in carries, he had 68 rushes last season with a very solid 5.2 YPC, than catches. Under

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