Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 14, 10 days before the Redskins start OTAs.
—At Redskins Park: Rookie minicamp 12:45; media watches session, players available afterward, Jay Gruden press conference after players, approx. 3:00
—The Redskins last played a game 125 days ago. It will be 121 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.
—Days until: OTAs start 10; Redskins training camp starts 75; Preseason opener @ Falcons 90
Here is our weekly look at some of the most popular posts from the Redskins week that was here and CSNmidatlantic.com.
Redskins still have plenty of 2017 cap room—Panic over the team’s ability to pay Kirk Cousins set in when news of Jordan Reed’s extension piled on top of the big 2017 cap hit that Josh Norman’s deal carries. But they still have plenty of cap room to operate, hit the post for details.
Starting jobs up for grabs on Redskins' D—As one commenter pointed out, there darn well should be jobs on the line when a team struggled against the run as much as this one did in 2015. OTAs and training camp should be interesting.
What are the Redskins' most important remaining needs?—It looks like every need but one can probably be filled from within. Check out the post to see where the Redskins likely will need to get outside help.
Way too early roster projections (offense here, defense here)—These are more for fun than anything. But a set of projections I did at this time last year i got 42 of the 53 right and five of the misses were because the player was on injured reserve. So while there can be some surprises the cake is mostly baked.
Redskins depth chart: Stiff competition at ILB—The top three at this position appear to be set (and, yes, that group is likely to include Perry Riley). Behind them there are unproven players like Steven Daniels and Martrell Spaight, special teams specialist Terence Garvin, and veteran Adam Hayward. They will battle for the two, maybe three remaining spots.
In case you missed it
TE Jordan Reed (shoulder)—The word heroic is thrown around too often when talking about what athletes do, in light if what, say, first responders do every day. But Reed playing in the second half out of the Dallas game with a third-degree AC joint sprain certainly was remarkable. But Gruden said that Reed won’t have sufficient range of motion in the shoulder or range of motion to be able to go against the Cardinals.
DE Anthony Lanier (leg)—The reserve lineman missed the second half of the Dallas game with a leg contusion. Gruden said he was kicked in the lower leg against the Cowboys and the swelling is still an issue.
LS Nick Sundberg (back)—He tweaked his back in the weight room before the Packers game and missed that game and the one against the Cowboys. He was a full go in practice all week and will return against the Cardinals.
G Brandon Scherff (ankle)—He has been limited in practice during the week but it seems certain that he will go against the Cardinals.
T Ty Nsekhe (ankle)—Ditto comment on Scherff above.
CB Bashaud Breeland (ankle)—He suffered the injury in practice this week and he was limited in practice on Thursday.
RB Chris Thompson (illness)—He was limited in practice during the week but he said in the locker room he will have his usual role on Sunday.
Also questionable for the Redskins: ILB Terence Garvin (shoulder) and DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee)
Check back for the Cardinals injury update after they release their report later this afternoon.
After separating his shoulder against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, Jordan Reed has officially been ruled out for the Redskins game in Arizona.
Friday, coach Jay Gruden said Reed doesn't have sufficient range of motion to play against the Cardinals but remains hopeful he'll be healthy for the following game against the Eagles. Reed estimated that range was at about 30 percent Monday.
The decision to sit Reed against the Cardinals comes with little surprise. The 'Skins star tight end did not practice all week, even after having a few extra days to rest after the game last Thursday.
Playing without Reed is obviously a blow to the Washington offense, but No. 2 tight end Vernon Davis has been a strong development for Gruden's team this year. Thursday, Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay said that while losing Reed is a blow to the unit, the team can run almost all of the same plays and sets with Davis that they can with Reed.
"Fortunately you’re in a situation where you feel really good about your tight end in Vernon Davis where he’s playing at an extremely high level in both phases in the run and in the pass game," McVay said.
As good as Davis has been, he's not the dynamic threat Reed presents. In the second half against Dallas — while playing with the injured shoulder — Reed hauled in two touchdowns and played arguably the best football of his career.
On the season Reed has 59 catches for 630 yards and five touchdowns despite missing two games earlier this year dealing with a concussion.
Davis has played in all 11 games this season and has 31 catches for 450 yards and two TDs.
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