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Need to Know: Five Redskins veterans who could be on the roster bubble

Need to Know: Five Redskins veterans who could be on the roster bubble

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, July 18, 12 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.

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Here are five Redskins veterans who could find themselves on the wrong side of the roster bubble.

DeAngelo Hall—I’ve noted a few times lately that his $4 million salary puts him in danger of being faced with the choice of being cut or taking a reduction in pay. His job security is that if he left the No. 4 corner would be Tevin Mitchel, a very raw rookie.

Josh LeRibeus—Perhaps he’s not really a veteran because he hasn’t played much but he has been on the roster for three years. If he is going to hang on as the eighth or ninth offensive lineman he will have to beat out 2014 seventh-round pick Austin Reiter and/or first-year player Tyler Larsen. As a player who was drafted by Mike Shanahan for a zone-blocking scheme, LeRibeus will need to be on top of his game to be on the roster Week 1.

Kedric Golston—Right now, the numbers seem to favor him staying. But if they decide to keep a fourth tight end or a tenth offensive lineman the roster spot could come from the defensive line. If it does, the longest-tenured Redskin would be in a fight.

Colt McCoy—I’m putting the possibility of McCoy not making the 53 in the “unlikely but could happen” category. Even though Jay Gruden might prefer to go with two quarterbacks, he likely is inclined to hold onto McCoy as a security blanket. But the final 53 isn’t completely up to Gruden; Scot McCloughan has final say on the roster. If it comes down to the Redskins being able to keep McCoy or a young player that McCloughan believes has potential, could the GM pull rank? Again, it’s not very likely but something to keep an eye on.

Kai Forbath—I don’t think that Ty Long, the undrafted rookie who was signed as the second kicker, has a realistic shot at beating out Forbath. But all it will take is a couple of missed field goals from short range and they’ll be calling in some veterans for tryouts. I sense that their confidence in Forbath is shaky and they might not hesitate to pull the trigger on a change if he should stumble.

Timeline

—It’s been 202 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 57 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Redskins training camp starts 12; Preseason opener @ Browns 26; final cuts 49

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Need to Know: The top five running backs the Redskins will face in 2017

Need to Know: The top five running backs the Redskins will face in 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 25, 32 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 175 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 77 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 22
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 46
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 69

The top five running backs the Redskins will face in 2017

Here are the five running backs on the Redskins’ schedule who gained the most yards in 2017. We looked at the top QBs last week.

Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys, 1,631 yards in 2016—The NFL’s leading rusher didn’t pop for a big day against the Redskins as a rookie last year. He still did plenty of damage in two games with a combined 180 yards and three touchdowns. We’ll find out in Week 8 just how much the Redskins’ rushing defense has improved.

David Johnson, Cardinals, 1,239 yards—Yeah, him again. He chewed up the Redskins in Arizona last year, picking up 84 yards rushing and another 91 yards receiving. I think I might pick Johnson over Elliott in a draft simply due to Johnson’s versatility.

LeGarrette Blount, Eagles, 1,161 yards—Blount picked up those yards with the Patriots last year and rushed for 18 touchdowns for good measure. He averaged 3.9 yards per carry, 27th among qualifying running backs. It should be noted that the Eagles probably have a better offensive line than the Patriots do. It’s safe to say Blount is one dimensional; none of the top 50 in rushing yards had fewer than his seven receptions.

Mark Ingram, Saints, 1,043 yards—While Ingram had a good year, the Saints apparently weren’t overly impressed. They signed Adrian Peterson as a free agent and they drafted RB Alvin Kamara in the third round. We’ll have to see who is healthy and on the field in Week 11

Melvin Gordon, Chargers, 997 yards—The 2015 first-round pick missed the last three games and most of another one with an injury. When healthy, he was very effective. His stats projected over 16 games come to over 1,300 yards.

Best of the rest: Carlos Hyde of the 49ers just missed the top five with 988 rushing yards last year Besides Kamara, the only running backs drafted in the first three rounds the Redskins will face are Dalvin Cook (Vikings) and Kareem Hunt (Chiefs). It will be interesting to see if new Rams coach Sean McVay can revive Todd Gurley, who followed a 1,100-yard rookie season with a 4.8 per carry average by gaining 885 yards with a paltry 3.2 average in 2016. Marshawn Lynch comes to town with the Raiders after spending a year in retirement; with the Seahawks, he picked up 111, 72, and 132 on the ground against the Redskins. 

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Kirk Cousins shows off competitive spirit, soft touch - at Jenga (VIDEO)

Kirk Cousins shows off competitive spirit, soft touch - at Jenga (VIDEO)

After NFL minicamps end in mid-June, and before the grind of training camps start in late July, players are free to have a little bit of fun and try to relax. For Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins that evidently means a game of Jenga.

Fun at Kirk's 10 year high school reunion!!!

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The video comes from Cousins' wife Julie, and the caption explains that the couple were attending the quarterback's 10-year high school reunion. Looks like a fun scene, and the Michigan waterfront looks even better.

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For anybody that has watched Cousins on the practice field or listened to him mic'd up during a Redskins game, the competitive outburst is no surprise. Cousins likes to win, period. Even at life-size Jenga during his 10-year high school reunion. 

Obviously, contract talks between Cousins' representatives and the Redskins continue, and likely will until the July 17th franchise tag deadline. Last season, Cousins threw for nearly 5,000 passing yards, completing 67 percent of his passes to go with 25 TDs and 12 INTs. He's allowed to have a little fun here and there.

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