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Need to Know: Next steps for Redskins' Williams and Moses in 2016?

Need to Know: Next steps for Redskins' Williams and Moses in 2016?

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, June 7, 51 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 149 days ago. It will be 97 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Redskins training camp starts 51; Preseason opener @ Falcons 65; Final roster cut to 53, 88

Player quick hits

Here are some quick thoughts on some Redskins players based on what I’ve heard and what I’ve seen in OTAs.

—We will learn a lot about OT Morgan Moses this year, whether he will continue to improve and work his way into the upper echelon of right tackles in the league or if he will be an adequate player who the team will look to replace on an annual basis.

—A healthy offseason is a good sign for OT Trent Williams. He will almost certainly make his fifth straight Pro Bowl appearance and if the Redskins exceed expectations serious All-Pro consideration is a strong possibility.

—DE Stephen Paea is set up for a solid season, with a year in the system under his belt and a realization that he will have to earn his snaps; nothing will be handed to him because of his contract.

—I don’t think that WR Rashad Ross is in much danger of not making the roster but he is in danger of being stuck on the bottom of the depth chart again. He had some issues handling the ball during OTAs, something that conveys a lack of focus.

—I am wary of talk of how well OLB Junior Galette is recovering from his torn Achilles. Assessments coming from the rehabbing player and his teammates are generally highly optimistic. I’ll be convinced when I see him on the field.

—I’m very interested in seeing how the rest of DB DeAngelo Hall’s career shakes out as he changes positions coming off of two injury-riddled seasons. If he stays healthy and plays well at safety he could add a few more years into his career but if he can’t play at least a dozen games his future will become very cloudy.

Stat of the day

The Redskins were out rushed by 396 yards last year, gaining 1,566 yards on the ground while giving up 1,962. They haven’t been that bad in net rushing yards since 2010 when they gave up 580 more than they gained (1461-2041).

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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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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Pressure on Gruden, Galette confident

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Pressure on Gruden, Galette confident

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, June 24, 33 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 174 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles in FedEx Field in 78 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 23
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 47
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 70

The Redskins week that was

Pressure Points: Focus is on Jay Gruden like never before—So you lost two coordinators and your top two wide receivers? Well, the Redskins gave him a two-year contract extension because they think he can deal with problems like those. Gruden will be cut zero slack.

Post-minicamp 53-man roster projection, offense—Sure, there will be plenty of lip service about everyone having a chance of making the 53-man roster. But this cake is very nearly baked. But the real competition in training camp will be for the 10 practice squad spots. I picked 25 offensive players to make it and I’m confident that 23, maybe 22 of the picks will be right. There seems to be more questions on defense (roster projection here) but even on that side of the ball, few jobs are truly up for grabs.

Redskins in a no-lose situation with confident Galette—We haven’t seen Junior Galette practicing in the spring before. Two years ago, he wasn’t with the team yet and last year he was held out so he could rehab his torn Achilles. That means we don’t have much comparison to make but he did look good. Next step is to do it with the pads on.

Snyder 'THRILLED' with ruling that should protect Redskins name—The legal part of the fight to get the Redskins to change their name is over after the recent Supreme Court ruling. They will not lose their trademark protection, which would effectively force them to change the team. However, it seems likely that the political and social battle will go on.

Is a Redskins-Cousins deal not only possible but probable?—One analyst thinks that the Redskins have too much to lose to not get a deal done by July 17. I think he’s right but I’m not sure if I’ll go along with his odds. 

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