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Need to Know: Five under the radar Redskins to watch

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Need to Know: Five under the radar Redskins to watch

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, June 10, 48 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 152 days ago. It will be 94 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Redskins training camp starts 48; Preseason opener @ Falcons 62; Final roster cut to 53, 85

Five players you shouldn’t sleep on

I’m posting about the depth chart and as minicamp approaches it appears that the roster is taking shape. But there are always some surprises, players like Ty Nsekhe and Quinton Dunbar, who come out of nowhere to get a spot on the 53-man roster and contribute. Here are some players to keep an eye on.

OT Takoby Cofield—The first-year player who spent all of last year on the practice squad likely would have to get past Nsekhe to get a role. But he clearly benefitted from being at practice and meetings all of last year and he could be ready to step in if there is an opportunity.

TE Marcel Jensen—They poached the 6-6, 270-pound Jensen off of the Bills’ practice squad last year and kept him on the 53-man roster the last few weeks of last year just to get a look at him this offseason. His position is somewhat crowded but he has the size and athletic ability to step in and contribute should there be an injury.

NT Jarrell Powe—Unlike some of the others on this list, Powe plays a position of need for the Redskins. He was released in the final cut last year and was out of football. But the Redskins need a nose tackle and at 330 pounds, Powe could get a legitimate shot.

CB Dashaun Phillips—He played in the last six games of the season, mostly on special teams. Phillips will have a tough time getting past Dunbar to grab a roster spot but the two have been competing hard in the OTAs open to the media.

CB Lloyd Carrington—This is the only true rookie on this list. He seems to be a Scot McCloughan favorite and since the GM has final say on the roster that’s a good status to have. Carrington could follow Dunbar’s path to the roster this year, starting the season on the practice squad and taking advantage of an opportunity that comes up during the season.

Stat of the day

Kirk Cousins had a tendency to get off to a good start in games. In the first quarter he completed 94 of 123 passes (76.4%) for 1087 yards with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. His 119.5 first-quarter passer rating was the second-best among quarterbacks who threw at least 100 first-quarter passes (Drew Brees, 122.5)

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Need to Know: Washington Redskins free agency needs—Offense

Need to Know: Washington Redskins free agency needs—Offense

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 23, 14 days before the March 9 start of NFL free agency.  

Timeline

Days until:

—NFL Franchise tag deadline (3/1) 6
—NFL Combine (3/2) 7
—Redskins offseason workouts start (4/17) 53
—NFL Draft (4/27) 63
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 199

Free agent moves—Offense

Free agency starts two weeks from today. The Redskins have plenty of needs, both big and small. Let’s take a look around and see what offensive positions they might be looking to bolster when things get going. I’ll follow up with the defense in the next few days.

Quarterback—It could be a yawner at this position or there could be plenty of drama. If Kirk Cousins gets franchise tagged or defies current expectations and signs a long-term deal, the depth chart will remain the same. If he is gone via a trade, things could be shaken up. While they may draft a QB in late April they could go for a mid-priced veteran as insurance.

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Running back—The Redskins have a depth chart loaded with young, unproven talent at this position. If they want a veteran presence in the meeting room they could look at someone like Robert Turbin (McCloughan had a hand in drafting him in Seattle in 2012) or maybe Knile Davis.

Wide receiver—Things will get very interesting if the word on the street comes to pass and both Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson are gone. They have a presumably healthy Josh Doctson in line to replace one but they would need a veteran. Maybe Kenny Stills or Kenny Britt, both young and productive, could be under consideration. If one of the veterans stays they likely will get depth in the draft.

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Tight end—Vernon Davis seems likely to be back. If he’s not, the Redskins probably would rather have an alternative to Niles Paul as Jordan Reed’s primary backup. The probably won’t swim in the deep end of the pool with Martellus Bennett and Jared Cook. But maybe they will look at Jermaine Gresham, who made the Pro Bowl twice in Cincinnati while Jay Gruden was the Bengals’ offensive coordinator.

Offensive line—Yesterday, JP and I discussed what they might do at left guard if they want to upgrade from Shawn Lauvao. Perhaps they could go for Kevin Zeitler, another Bengal who played under Gruden. But he will command a contract in the $8-$10 million range and with Brandon Scherff coming up for an extension next year that might be too much to spend at the guard position. Look for the Redskins to take an eventual Lauvao replacement in the draft.

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If Redskins trade Kirk Cousins to 49ers, 5 prospects to consider with No. 2 pick

If Redskins trade Kirk Cousins to 49ers, 5 prospects to consider with No. 2 pick

It still seems like a long-shot the Redskins trade Kirk Cousins, but if there is one persistent rumor, it's that the San Francisco 49ers want the Washington passer. The story is too familiar at this point: New Niners coach Kyle Shanahan was in D.C. when Cousins was drafted and wants the quarterback to come run his offense in San Francisco. With the second overall pick, the 49ers have a tremendous asset they can dangle in trade talks.

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Whether or not any of this rumor is true, it sure makes for engrossing speculation. With the NFL Draft Combine next week in Indianapolis, NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said he wouldn't be shocked to see the trade go down.

That's the backdrop. Beyond the debate of the merits of trading an established QB like Cousins, which is a very serious debate, there's also the notion of what player the 'Skins would select with the second overall pick.  

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It's worth examining the impact players available to Washington with the second selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, and the options are varied, including perhaps a new QB. Check it out. 

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