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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.
—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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Sunday morning quick hitters
—Talk that Greg Manusky is the favorite to get the promotion to Redskins defensive coordinator seems to be based more on deductive reasoning than from any reports from Ashburn. I think he is likely to be the guy but I’m not sure that there won’t be a surprise selection for the job.
—The four-year, $42 million contract extension the Rams gave WR Tavon Austin will set the market for DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon. Both of their expiring contracts averaged about $8 million per year so they could be in line for healthy raises the year after turning 30. As in other sports, the market is often set by what your dumbest competitior is willing to pay.
—I didn’t give a second thought to leaving DeAngelo Hall off my projection of the defensive roster for the coming season. He said that he would be willing to redo his contract, which calls for him to make $4.25 million this year. That’s fine but I think that the organization will look at the 32 games he missed in the last three seasons combined and decide that they can’t keep a player that they can’t rely on at any price.
—How hot is Jay Gruden’s seat in 2017? Assuming he keeps his quarterback, I think that he will be fine with a 10-win season and he will be toast with double-digit losses. The tough call will be if they finish 8-8 or even 9-7 with a playoff miss.
—There was a lot of talk about how the Redskins’ salary cap spending on defense last year ($36 million) was dwarfed by what was spent on offense ($78 million). As of right now, the Redskins’ spending is about even, with $57.3 million going to offense and $59.2 million to defense. We’ll see how even the expenditures wind up being when the season starts in September.
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As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and, to present a more complete picture of the season, the 10 worst.
No. 7 worst play of 2016
Giants at Redskins, Week 17
4:02 left in Q4, Giants ball 1st and 10 at their own 31, game tied 10-10
Eli Manning pass deep left to Tavarres King pushed ob at WAS 25 for 44 yards (Will Blackmon).
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Tandler: It looked like the Redskins were on the verge of saving their season. They were down 10-0 in the third quarter but they battled back to tie it up in the late going. But after lulling the Redskins defense to sleep with running plays and short passes, Manning launched one deep down the left sideline. King, who had one reception for six yards on the season coming into the game, had a step on cornerback Greg Toler and he hauled in the pass for 44 yards. Four plays later Robbie Gould kicked a 40-yard field goal to give the Giants the lead.
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Finlay: In a terrible game that led to many more questions than answers for the Redskins, this play was just a huge, huge disappointment. Washington fought back to tie up a game that they had largely been outplayed in, particulrly in the first half. Remember, the Giants had nothing to play for while for the 'Skins, a win would put them in the playoffs. The New York offense was laregly nonexistent in the second half of this game, as it became obvious Eli Manning did not want to get hit. And still, the embattled Redskins defense gave up a long pass play to a dude that had contrbuted basically nothing all season.
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