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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 offseason questions: Will Scot McCloughan go defense in 1st round?

Redskins offseason questions: Will Scot McCloughan go defense in 1st round?

The good news for the 2016 Redskins was that they didn’t collapse after winning the division the previous season as has been their pattern in the past. The bad news was that they didn’t take the next step and improve from a franchise that can compete to make the playoffs into one that is playing multiple postseason games year in and year out.

That work begins right now for Jay Gruden, Scot McCloughan and the players. In the coming weeks, Redskins reporters Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will examine the biggest questions facing the Redskins as another offseason gets rolling.

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Will the Redskins go with a defensive player in the first round of the 2017 Draft?

Finlay: The Redskins haven't drafted a defensive player in the first round since 2011 when the franchise grabbed Ryan Kerrigan with the 16th pick. In fact, the team has only drafted five defensive players in the first round over the last 15 years. 

History suggests Washington will stay away from a defensive player, but sources in Ashburn have suggested otherwise. Assuming the talent is there when the 'Skins pick at No. 17, Scot McCloughan would like to bolster the team's defensive line specifically. 

Things will get complicated should Leonard Fournette or Dalvin Cook slide to 17. Rich Tandler certainly would like to see the Burgundy and Gold add a top-flight running back.

Tandler: Many fans believe that conducting a draft is like going into a grocery store with a list. Defensive lineman is at the top of the list so you go to aisle 12 and put a DL in the cart. Safety is next on the list so you push the cart over to that aisle and pick out one of those.

No, a draft is much more unpredictable. There might not be a defensive lineman who is close to worthy of the No. 17 pick when the Redskins are on the clock. Talk of taking the best available player is like fingernails on a chalkboard to some. But if you’re reaching for need in a draft, you’re losing that draft. Sure, if a player in a position of need is just a spot or two down from the best available you think about it. Still, staying true to your board is the way to build a team.

The other thing to consider here is that we haven’t gone through free agency yet. Needs will shift after that. Suppose the Redskins sign two starting-caliber D-linemen and lose both Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson in free agency? Defensive line is no longer a five-alarm priority and receiver will be. 

More offseason questions: 

What are reasonable expectations for Josh Doctson?

— Will there be a surprise salary cap cut?

— Should the Redskins defense switch to the 4-3?

— Is Spencer Long the answer at center?

— How many D-linemen do the Redskins need?

— Should the Redskins draft another QB? 

— With Sean McVay gone, will the Redskins run the ball more?

— Can Cravens handle the transition to safety? 

— Will the Redskins re-sign Pierre Garçon? 

— Will Rob Kelley be the lead running back in 2017?

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Redskins free agent WR Pierre Garçon has simple question: 'Y'all hiring?'

Redskins free agent WR Pierre Garçon has simple question: 'Y'all hiring?'

Twice in the last five seasons Pierre Garçon logged more than 1,000 yards receiving as a member of the Washington Redskins, including the 2016 season. He's caught 376 passes in Washington for 21 touchdowns over 74 games.

Outside of a foot injury that cost his six games in 2012, Garçon has been arguably the Redskins most durable wide receiver, and he's known to be a hard worker in the weight room and the practice field. 

Despite all that, Garçon doesn't know that he will be back with the Burgundy and Gold once free agency opens. In fact, that uncertainty led the 30-year-old wideout to post a simple question on his Instagram page.

#YallHiring?

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The top of the Redskins offseason questions remains QB Kirk Cousins. Garçon and fellow wideout DeSean Jackson are headed for free agency, as is standout defensive lineman Chris Baker. Reports show that the team has made little to no contact with any of the players or their representatives, though many conversations could be planned for the NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis later this month. 

Garçon's question seems simple, but the answer remains a mystery. 

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