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Need to Know: If the Redskins draft a quarterback, who leaves?

Need to Know: If the Redskins draft a quarterback, who leaves?

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, April 3, 27 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.

If a QB comes, who goes?

The Redskins might draft another quarterback in the upcoming draft. That’s a possibility, not a certainty. But what is certain is that if they do draft a quarterback they intend to keep on the roster they will have to do something with one of the three quarterbacks who are currently under contract.

It doesn’t appear that Robert Griffin III is going anywhere unless the quarterback the Redskins draft is named Marcus Mariota. We’ll set that aside as an unrealistic scenario right now since it looks more and more like Mariota will be gone by the time Washington’s pick at No. 5 rolls around.

If the QB the Redskins draft is taken somewhere in the middle rounds then the Redskins will have a decision to make. Should they keep Kirk Cousins, who has shown some flashes of superb play interrupted by a tendency to throw interceptions in bunches, or Colt McCoy, who was instrumental in half of the Redskins’ four wins last year but isn’t much more than a career backup?

It seems to me that keeping Cousins is a no-brainer. If Griffin is sidelined for a significant period of time due to injury or ineffectiveness, Cousins is the QB you want in there. McCoy is good for a game or two at a time but between the two of them, Cousins gives the team the best chance of winning.

However, there is no reason to make this decision immediately after the draft. The team could go into training camp with the three veteran quarterbacks and the rookie and see how it shakes out. If another team’s quarterback suffers an injury in a preseason game perhaps they will get an attractive offer for Cousins.

It’s also possible that the Redskins will stick with what they have at quarterback and see how it plays out. That could be a risky strategy since none of the three players they have at the position now are under contract for 2016. But anything can happen and at this particular position anything that happens has ripple effects.

Timeline

—It’s been 96 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 163 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 17; 2015 NFL Draft 27; Redskins training camp starts 118

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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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