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Need to Know: Redskins news roundup--Jackson doesn't play for you

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Need to Know: Redskins news roundup--Jackson doesn't play for you

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 7, 9 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp.

The week that was

A look back at what we learned the past week and what it means:

—Josh LeRibeus to work at center—This is not a position change but cross training that could keep LeRibeus on the roster. With Chris Chester gone the Redskins need a player who can will in should Kory Lichtensteiger get hurt during a game. They need someone who is active on game day so they need a player who is a reserve at another position. This could get LeRibeus, who is going into the last year of his rookie contract, a shot at making the team and making the game day 46 on a regular basis. If he struggles learning center he would be very much on the roster bubble.

—Jamison Crowder implicated in domestic violence on his own Instagram account—There isn’t much to say about this right now because we don’t know much except for what popped up on the rookie receiver’s since-deleted account. It is worth keeping an eye on because of how tough the NFL is when it comes to domestic violence. A six-game suspension would not be a good way for Crowder to start off his NFL career. But we’re going to have to wait and see how this develops.

—DeSean Jackson doesn’t care what you think about his OTA absence—“As far as any critics or anybody else, I don’t play for them and I don’t worry about them,” Jackson said Wednesday when asked about missing last week’s three OTA sessions. This “controversy” appears to be over.

—Trent Williams out until camp—The Pro Bowl left tackle can’t shake an injury to an ankle ligament that he suffered during the season. This doesn’t appear to be anything to worry about a whole lot, especially since no surgery will be required. But Williams appeared on the injury report 10 times and missed a start last year so his general health is something to monitor.

—Jordan Reed has knee “procedure”—The tight end has missed 12 games in his two NFL seasons so even though what was done to his knee apparently is minor, his health is always a cause for concern. There’s certainly no reason to think that he won’t be ready to go when training camp starts but how long he’ll last after that remains to be seen.

Timeline

—It’s been 161 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 98 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Redskins minicamp starts 9; Redskins training camp starts 53; Thursday night Redskins @ Giants 109

If you have any questions about what's going on at Redskins Park, hit me up in the comments. And I'm always on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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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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