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Need to Know: Draft dominates week's top five Redskins posts

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Need to Know: Draft dominates week's top five Redskins posts

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, April 20, nine days before the first veteran minicamp.

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Here are our five most popular posts from the week that was.

1. Draft chatter: Could CB Darqueze Dennard fall to the Redskins?—It’s that time of year when everyone gets interested in the draft. Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network thinks that Dennard, the Jim Thorpe Award winner out of Michigan State, can slide back into the end of the first round, meaning it’s possible that he’ll be there when the Redskins pick at 34. What would they do?

2. Need to Know: Will Santana Moss make the Redskins’ roster?—Five thoughts on the state of the Redskins including whether Santana Moss will play enough on special teams to justify keeping him as a reserve receiver.

3. CSN's Redskins draft board: Quarterback—At some point the Redskins will need a backup quarterback. Even if they don’t trade Kirk Cousins, his contract will be up after the 2015 season. And Colt McCoy doesn’t seem to be a long-term solution. If they right guy is there is this year’s draft will the pull the trigger?

4. Draft chatter: Bridgewater slide could benefit Redskins—Here’s more talk of quarterbacks. Spoiler alert—no discussion of the Redskins drafting Bridgewater here, it’s a trade down scenario.

5. Need to Know: Which five Redskins will benefit most from the change to Gruden?—You don’t know who will thrive under a new coach until the games start but we can look at the tea leaves and try to figure it out.

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There's lots of talk about Trent Williams at guard instead of tackle. Don't listen to it.

There's lots of talk about Trent Williams at guard instead of tackle. Don't listen to it.

With Trent Williams eligible to return to the Redskins after serving a four-game suspension, much chatter has emerged about the All Pro left tackle moving inside to play left guard.

Don't listen to that chatter.

Williams made the move inside to guard once this season, during a win in New York when injuries decimated the Redskins offensive line. He played well, especially considering Williams said after that game that he had never played guard in his life. 

For Washington moving forward, some fans want Williams at left guard and Shawn Lauvao sent to the bench. That would mean Ty Nsekhe stays at left tackle. 

A few problems with this plan: 1) Trent Williams is the best left tackle on the team, and maybe in the NFL. 2) Injuries are mounting up for Nsekhe and right tackle Morgan Moses, not to mention the rest of the offensive line.

RELATED: Nsekhe could move to left guard with Trent Williams back

Nsekhe left the locker room in Arizona with a walking boot on his foot. Moses has dealt with a severely sprained ankle since Halloween. A healthy Williams returning to the team allows Nsekhe or Moses sit and get the rest they need for their injuries. 

Further, on Sunday in a loss to the Cardinals, center Spencer Long sustained a concussion. His backup John Sullivan came in and handled the center duties well. 

Some might suggest that Long move to guard, Sullivan stay at center, and Lauvao go to the bench. That move has more merit than moving Williams inside, but still seems like it would be a reach. And now with Long forced to enter the NFL concussion protocol, it's unclear when he will be back on the field at all.

Another suggestion has been to move Nsekhe inside to left guard. Consider that Nsekhe has been a development project; he's bounced around lower professional football leagues and at age 31 only has six career NFL starts. Couple that with his size - he's 6-foot-8 - and it's a tall task to move from tackle to guard. 

Lauvao played poorly against the Cardinals, that's indisputable. But as much as some fans believe a reworked offensive line is the answer, moving those pieces is not very simple. Coaches and players like and respect Lauvao, and his play can only improve with Trent Williams back standing next to him. 

Like all things in sports, the situation will remain fluid. More injuries could force more changes, but speaking with folks that know the situation, do not expect to see Williams at guard when he returns to the field next week in Philadelphia. 

MORE: Gruden says Redskins "not even close" to thinking about playoffs

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Redskins vs. Eagles: Date, time, TV channel, how to watch, online stream

Redskins vs. Eagles: Date, time, TV channel, how to watch, online stream

Coming off their loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, the Washington Redskins will face the Eagles in Philadelphia in Week 14.

The Redskins (6-5-1) fell to the Cardinals, 31-23, last week and will try to avoid losing their third straight game this week against the Eagles. 

The Redskins offense struggled to get going in the first half against the Cardinals, and the defense had some trouble getting stops on third down.

The Eagles are coming off a 32-14 loss last week to the Bengals, and they'll attempt to stop a losing streak of their own. Philadelphia has lost three games in a row.

The Redskins beat the Eagles by a touchdown when they played them in October. With only a few weeks left and the NFC playoff race looking tight, both teams need a win here. 

Here's everything you need to know about how to watch the game:

Week 14 Eagles vs. Redskins game information:

Who: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins

What: Week 14 of the 2016 NFL Season 

Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

When: 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 11

TV Channel: FOX

How to Watch: Redskins Kickoff begins at noon ET on CSN Mid-Atlantic (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: NFL GamePass

Radio: ESPN 980, Redskins Radio Network

Point Spread: Redskins -1 (oddshark.com)

Over/Under: 47.5

 

WASHINGTON REDSKINS 2016 SCHEDULE: 

Week 1 (Mon. 9/12): 16-38 loss, Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1)

Week 2 (Sun. 9/18): 27-23 loss, Dallas Cowboys (0-2)

Week 3 (Sun. 9/25): 29-27 win, New York Giants (1-2)

Week 4 (Sun. 10/2): 31-20 win, Cleveland Browns, (2-2)

Week 5 (Sun. 10/9): 16-10 win, Baltimore Ravens, (3-2)

Week 6 (Sun. 10/16): 27-20 win, Philadelphia Eagles (4-2)

Week 7 (Sun. 10/23): 17-20 loss, Detroit Lions (4-3)

Week 8 (Sun. 10/30): 27-27 tie, Cincinnati Bengals (4-3-1)

Week 9 (Sun. 11/6): BYE WEEK

Week 10 (Sun. 11/13): 26-20 win, Minnesota Vikings (5-3-1)

Week 11 (Sun. 11/20): 42-24 win, Green Bay Packers (6-3-1)

Week 12 (Thurs. 11/24): 31-26 loss, Dallas Cowboys (6-4-1)

Week 13 (Sun. 12/4): 31-23 loss, Arizona Cardinals (6-5-1)

Week 14 (Sun. 12/11): at Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. — FOX

Week 15 (Mon. 12/19): vs. Carolina Panthers, 8:30 p.m. — ESPN

Week 16 (Sat. 12/24): at Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m. — FOX

Week 17 (Sun. 1/1): vs. New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. — FOX