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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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NFC East Update - Where everybody is losing except the Cowboys

NFC East Update - Where everybody is losing except the Cowboys

The NFC East was a beast for a while, but in recent weeks, the division is fading. All the teams outside of Dallas lost this weekend, and losing streaks are popping up throughout the I-95 Corridor. Here's the NFC East update:

  1. The Minnesota Vikings gave the Dallas Cowboys all they could handle last Thursday night, and yet, the Cowboys won 17-15. Dak Prescott was not impressive in Minneapolis, but Ezekiel Elliott was and the Cowboys defense did just enough to slow the Vikings terrible offense. At 11-1, Dallas has clinched a playoff berth, and with a date in New York this Sunday night, Jerry Jones' crew has a chance to avenge their only loss of the year, which came in Week 1 to the Giants.
  2. It seemed expectations met reality for the New York Giants last Sunday in Pittsburgh. Ben McAdoo's team had won six games in a row, but largely, faced poor competition. In their first tough test since the leaves started falling, Eli Manning's offense could not get going and the Giants fell to 8-4, still in possession of the first NFC Wild Card spot. Even on their win streak, the Giants didn't pass many eye tests. Beat Dallas on Sunday night and all that changes.
  3. Two weeks ago the Washington Redskins were one of the hottest teams in the NFL. Winners of two straight and with a surging Kirk Cousins, the Redskins marched to Dallas on Thanksgiving and gave the Cowboys a real test. Despite the loss, Washington still held its spot with the second NFC Wild Card. After a deflating loss in Arizona, now the 'Skins are on the outside looking in of the playoffs. Good news for Jay Gruden and company: The team can get right back in the thick of things this week in Philly, and the remaining four-game schedule looks advantageous. 
  4. While the Redskins have lost two in a row and are in danger of falling out of the playoff race, the Philadelphia Eagles have lost three in a row and look to be falling apart. Rookie QB Carson Wentz is devoid of offensive weapons to work with and the Eagles have been outscored 85-42 in their last three games. Philly can get their first NFC East win this week with the 'Skins visiting, but it will take a different effort than they've shown in the last month.

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast - How freaked out should Redskins fans be after Arizona loss?

JP Finlay and Rich Tandler address the most important question for Redskins fans after two straight losses - is it time to freak out?

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