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Need to Know: Quick Hits--What are the Redskins plans for David Amerson?

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Need to Know: Quick Hits--What are the Redskins plans for David Amerson?

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 21, 40 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.

Question of the day—quick hits edition

I collect a lot of queries for the question of the day and a lot of them are good but they don’t warrant an answer long enough for a full post. So every once in a while I do a quick hits edition to answer those questions.

Since you tweeted this, they did sign Jeron Johnson, who is likely to be the starting strong safety. It is unfortunate that Thomas had the injury issues but, as they say, the more important ability is availability. He didn’t play horribly in his starting opportunities last year but obviously he wasn’t good enough to lock in the first opportunity to win the starting job.

A year ago it looked like Amerson was on his way to a solid career in Washington but he struggled mightily last year after being moved into a starting role. Some of his issues stemmed from missed assignments. A one-game suspension for being late to practice fed into the perception that he needs to take his job more seriously. There is no talk that a position change is in his future but that could happen at any time up until training camp. It certainly looks like he won't be a starting corner after the free agent signing of Chris Culliver.

We need to define some terms here. A draft workout, where the team goes out onto the field with the prospect and has him throw, catch, run patterns, and the like, must take place near the player’s home school. So a team can’t “host” a workout. They do host draft visits, where the prospect comes to the facility, tours the place, meets to coaches, etc. The Redskins tend to keep these visits very secretive so they may have had some workouts and/or visits and kept them under wraps. They get 30 visits and they have seven draft picks so you can figure out how significant each one is.

Just wrote about that yesterday. They are still looking although their main targets at right tackle quickly become too expensive for what the Redskins wanted to do. I think they’ll look for somebody to compete with Tom Compton to serve as a bridge until Morgan Moses is ready to start, which could be 2016. Chris Chester will stay at right guard until Spencer Long can beat him out.

They have brought in Jeron Johnson and Chris Culliver and that’s a start. There really isn’t too much out there on the free agent market that will help. They may wait for the Bucs to release Dashon Goldson, a draft pick of Scot McCloughan’s in San Francisco. They could sign him to a short-term deal and develop a safety taken in this year’s draft to develop into the starter.

Timeline

—It’s been 83 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 176 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 30; 2015 NFL Draft 40; Redskins training camp starts 131

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Redskins Playbook: Niles Paul forcing a fourth tight end roster spot?

Redskins Playbook: Niles Paul forcing a fourth tight end roster spot?

Redskins coaches appreciate Niles Paul. Not just for the immense physical skills, a 6-foot-1, 225 lb. college receiver turned NFL tight end and fullback. He works hard every day at practice, and demands the same from his teammates. 

Last season, Paul landed on the injured reserve after an injury in London during a Week 8 tie against the Bengals. Because of that, some speculation emerged that Paul could be the odd man out in the Redskins tight end group, behind Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis and fighting with 2017 draft pick Jeremy Sprinkle, not to mention veteran Derek Carrier. 

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After two preseason games, it's clear Paul is ready to fight for that spot. Against Green Bay on Saturday night, Paul logged a touchdown catch and a fumble recovery on special teams, showing the versatility that makes him so valuable to Washington. 

For Paul, he's just happy to be back on the field. 

"I got my season cut in half last year. I just want to be back on the field by any means necessary. I've just been missing it. I've been missing football in my life," Paul said after the game (full video above).

Paul's acrobatic TD grab showed that he still has the explosiveness to help the offense, but his special teams play is what will keep him on the roster. It also helps that head coach Jay Gruden complimented Paul for an outstanding camp and work ethic. 

"His speed looks where it was before the injuries. I mean, I think he's had an outstanding training camp so far. He's done so many different things. And that's one of the toughest positions," Gruden said of Paul. 

The Redskins offense hasn't hit full cylinder yet, but Paul thinks the return of Jordan Reed will help. 

"We're missing a major piece and that's Jordan Reed," he said. "We got some fine tuning to do."

Considering Reed's injury history, and backup tight end Vernon Davis starting the season at 33, a healthy Paul is a luxury for the Redskins. He stands to make nearly $2.5 million this season, but he also brings versatility. Paul is happy to play fullback, a role that seems to be growing, as well as all over the field on special teams. 

Washington will absolutely keep Reed and Davis. With his play this preseason, Paul seems a sure thing too. And if the squad wants to keep their draft pick in Sprinkle, who has tremendous size and has shown promise, four tight ends on the 53-man roster looks like the future. 

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With Spencer Long on the shelf, could Redskins make a run at Nick Mangold?

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With Spencer Long on the shelf, could Redskins make a run at Nick Mangold?

News broke late Monday night that Redskins' center Spencer Long underwent a minor knee scope and is expected to miss two weeks. That timetable spells good news for Washington, as that would bring Long back to the team before the first regular season game against the Eagles on September 10th. 

In the meantime, expect rookie Chase Roullier to take over at center for the Redskins. A 6th round draft pick, Bruce Allen and the Washington brass moved up to select Roullier, and the young player out of Wyoming had a strong training camp. 

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"He’s done a great job, he really has. For a rookie to come in here and handle all the things he has to handle, it’s been very impressive," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said of Roullier in early August. 

Still, Jay Gruden has been very clear about the need for a backup center on the roster. Last season the team brought in veteran John Sullivan during the year to provide depth at the position after Kory Lichtensteiger went down with injury.  Sullivan ended up starting one game for Washington, and is now playing with the Rams. 

With Long on the mend, the only other center on the Redskins roster is Roullier. Ronald Patrick is listed with the more generic OL designation though he has played center too.

It seems likely the team will move quickly to add another center, and one name that will get suggested is Nick Mangold. An 11-year veteran that played his entire career with the Jets, Mangold has more experience than Long, Roullier and Patrick combined.

He's also played the position at a very high level. Twice named to the NFL's All Pro team, Mangold has made seven Pro Bowls, most recently in 2015.

It's not entirely clear why Mangold isn't on an NFL roster already. He worked out for the Ravens this offseason, though some reports suggested Mangold wanted more guaranteed money than was discussed. 

A quick look at his Twitter feed does not suggest a guy missing the NFL life. A big soccer fan, Mangold seems very dialed in to London's Tottenham Hotspur and the New York City Football Club. (Check his Twitter out here)

If the team truly believes Long should not miss any regular season action, Mangold is probably not a fit. At 33-years-old with an impressive resume, Mangold likely doesn't want to come back just to be a backup, and Gruden has repeatedly talked about Long's ability and potential in the middle of the line. Should Long suffer a setback, the equation could change. 

Other names are likely to pop up for tryouts, as the 'Skins must consider more interior line depth. Making a run at Mangold might be something fans want to do, though it might not make sense at this point.

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