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Need to Know: Five Redskins veterans who will be pushed by draft picks

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Need to Know: Five Redskins veterans who will be pushed by draft picks

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, May 4, 43 days before the Washington Redskins hold their mandatory minicamp.

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NFL rosters are a zero sum game; when one player wins a job, another loses his. Here are five Redskins who could get pushed out by players they just drafted.

S Phillip Thomas—He was on top of the depth chart at strong safety for a while but then they signed Jeron Johnson as the presumed starter and Duke Ihenacho as competition. Now comes sixth-round pick Kyshoen Jarrett, who may have an edge due to special teams play.

ILB Will Compton—After going from being an undrafted free agent in 2013 to the practice squad that year to making the 53-man roster in 2014, Compton will have another battle on his hands. Martrell Spaight was a tackling machine at Arkansas and he’ll push Compton hard for a backup spot. There doesn’t appear to be room for both of them.

G Josh LeRibeus—The current coaching staff doesn’t seem to have much faith in LeRibeus, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract. It’s hard to see him holding on to his roster spot if fourth round pick Arie Kouandjio, who is two inches taller and more of the power blocker the team is now looking for, shows much of anything.

RB Silas Redd—Many thought that the Redskins would draft a third-down back, putting Chris Thompson’s job in jeopardy. But Matt Jones is a power back who also might get carries when Alfred Morris needs a rest. Redd was in line for the relief back role so if they only keep three running backs Redd could be on the bubble.

WR Andre Roberts—Jamison Crowder taking Roberts’ roster spot is something of a long shot but I wouldn’t rule it out if Crowder can pick up the slot receiver job in a hurry. Cutting Roberts post-June 1 would cost $1 million in dead money but save $2.75 million against the cap. There would be a leftover dead cap charge of $2 million next year. Jamison’s presence if probably more of a threat to Roberts’ job security in 2016.

Timeline

—It’s been 126 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 133 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins minicamp starts 44; Redskins training camp starts 88; Redskins @ Giants 144

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Need to Know: Did the Redskins underachieve in 2016?

Need to Know: Did the Redskins underachieve in 2016?

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, January 18, 99 days before the NFL draft.

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NFL free agency starts 51
First Sunday of 2017 season 236

The coordinator search and more

Did the Redskins underachieve this year? I know that a metric like Football Outsiders' DVOA is not the final word in the quality of a team but looking at it year after year it usually does work out that the teams with the better numbers in DVOA usually win more games than those with worse numbers. The Redskins finished 2016 eighth in DVOA. Considering that 12 teams make the playoffs, that could be considered a playoff quality team. Yet 15 teams finished with a better record than they did. I’m sure there are some holes in the formula for the stat but just looking at that it sure appears that the Redskins did leave some wins out on the field.

John Keim is reporting that the Redskins are prepared to switch to a 4-3 defense if that is what their new defensive coordinator prefers. They have been in the 3-4 since Mike Shanahan arrived in 2010. Whether it is because of the scheme or lack of draft and free agent resources spent on the line and at safety, the defense hasn’t been very good. As Keim notes, they will need to make some personnel changes if they do change but with a full load of draft picks and $62 million in cap space this may be the time to do it.

I expected the angst that was all over Twitter when word of the Rob Ryan interview got out. But it’s pretty dumb to get all worked up over an interview (with all due respect to readers here who may have been upset). It’s not a hiring. Look, somehow or another Ryan managed to stay employed as an NFL defensive coordinator for 12 straight seasons. I don’t know how to research it without going through some very time consuming and tedious steps but I’d be willing to bet that only about a few dozen men in the history of the league have been able to remain a defensive coordinator for that many season in a row. The organization can learn something from sitting down and talking to him for a few hours.

I understand that we want things to talk about in a relatively slow time. But I just don’t see why there is fear out there over the possibility that Kyle Shanahan will get hired as the coach of the 49ers and somehow steal Kirk Cousins away to be his quarterback. The Redskins can maintain his rights via the franchise tag. They could tag Cousins and trade him to the 49ers but there would be a heavy price in terms of draft picks. But while it’s possible, it’s unlikely. The chances are very, very good that Cousins will be in a Redskins uniform this year via either the tag or a long-term deal. 

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#RedskinsTalk Podcast Episode 40 - Seriously, when will the Redskins pick a coordinator?

#RedskinsTalk Podcast Episode 40 - Seriously, when will the Redskins pick a coordinator?

As the Redskins settle into the offseason without both an offensive and defensive coordinator, JP Finlay and Rich Tandler debate who will get the jobs, and when they will be announced. 

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