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Need to Know: Redskins' quarterback room remains the same--for now

Need to Know: Redskins' quarterback room remains the same--for now

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, March 18, 43 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.

Redskins QB room remains the same—for now

There won’t be any changes in the Redskins’ quarterback room. At least not for now.

Colt McCoy has re-signed with the Redskins. He got a one-year deal to return to the team that he made four starts for in 2014. You could make a case that he was the team’s best performer at QB last year.

He joins Robert Griffin III, who Jay Gruden has named the starter for at least the beginning of the season, and Kirk Cousins, who played well in 2014 with the damaging exception of a propensity to turn the ball over. As you know, it’s the same trio that “led” the Redskins to a 4-12 season last year.

That is, it’s the same for now. With none of the three under contract for 2016 the Redskins may be keeping their eyes open to add another.

There are plenty of possibilities for adding another quarterback from making a huge splash like drafting Marcus Mariota to taking a quarterback later in the draft to getting a practice-squad quarterback in the undrafted market to getting another veteran who might get released.

If the Redskins do want a QB in the draft, the signing of McCoy is unlikely to deter them from doing that. If they take a quarterback early in the draft either Griffin or Cousins is likely to be traded. Should they take one late, McCoy could be shown the door.

McCoy is a good quarterback to have on the roster. He is a capable backup who can win a game or two for you if you need him. But he has demonstrated that he is not a 16-game starter, not if you want to be better than 6-10 anyway.

If the QB lineup does wind up being the same as it was last year the emphasis needs to be on figuring out if Griffin or Cousins is a guy you can win with going forward. In other words, McCoy should not be taking any snaps if either Cousins or Griffin is healthy enough to play.

How important was bringing back McCoy? It all comes down to Griffin, as usual. If he makes real progress in OTAs and training camp and carries that into the regular season, McCoy will be what everyone thought he would end up being last year, the third QB who rarely even dresses for a game. If Griffin falters, McCoy will be a major topic of conversation and perhaps a pivotal player in the team’s season.

Timeline
—It’s been 80 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 179 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 33; 2015 NFL Draft 43; Redskins training camp starts 134
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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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