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Need to Know: Redskins read and react, the week that was in Richmond

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Need to Know: Redskins read and react, the week that was in Richmond

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, August 5, eight days before Washington Redskins open their preseason against the Browns in Cleveland.

If you need to catch up on what's happening in Richmond, scroll to the bottom for a list of our posts from the last 24 hours. 

Read and react

Here’s a look at some of the headlines from the past week and my quick take on them.

Amerson suffers shoulder injury—He did a good job of covering DeSean Jackson on a deep pass but he tumbled to the ground and immediately went to see the trainers. It turns out it was an AC joint sprain, not a serious injury. That’s good because the Redskins are getting thin at cornerback

Shoulder injury likely to cost Tevin Mitchel full seasonThe coaches were high on the sixth-round pick as a future slot corner. Now he will have to start over again, although he will be at Redskins Park all season for meetings, etc.

Trent Williams contract talks are ongoing—There is no deadline on when a new deal can get done for Williams, perhaps the team’s most important player. The Redskins can negotiate with the knowledge that they could use the franchise tag on Williams next spring. Such a move would cost in the neighborhood of $13 million for the season.

Gruden confirms Breeland will miss 4 to 6 weeks—Breeland’s injury was bad but not nearly as bad as it could have been. His knee bent at an unnatural angle and nobody would have been surprised if his season had ended right there. As it is, it looks like he will miss only one game and that one not due to injury but because of an incident that happened a year ago in Richmond.

Redskins' Breeland will serve a one-game suspension—The wheels of “justice”, if you want to call it that, turn slowly in the NFL. Almost a year after getting arrested for simple possession of marijuana on the VCU campus, Breeland finally found out what his fate would be. As it turns out, he’ll miss a game that he possible would have missed anyway due to his injury.

Redskins and LB Junior Galette agree to deal—The Redskins will test the proposition that you can’t have too many good pass rushers. Galette joins Ryan Kerrigan, Jason Hatcher, Trent Murphy and Preston Smith as players who have a demonstrated ability to get after the quarterback. Kerrigan, Hatcher, and Galette have all had NFL seasons with double-digit sacks, Murphy led the nation in sacks as a senior at Stanford in 2013 and Smith had nine playing in the SEC last year. Sure, there is some character risk with Galette. But his $745k vet minimum salary minimizes that risk.

Kerrigan agrees to long-term extension with Redskins—We arrived to training camp to this news. Good guy, very good player, good move by the Redskins.The average of $11.4 million per year may seem a bit high but like most deals it will shrink in comparison to the rising salary cap over the next few years.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Redskins walkthrough, 10:35 a.m.; Jay Gruden news conference approx. 2:45; Redskins practice, 3 p.m.

—It’s been 220 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 39 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Preseason opener @ Browns 8; final cuts 31; Redskins @ Giants Thursday night 50

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Redskins Playbook: 2017 schedule reveals some good news for Kirk Cousins

Redskins Playbook: 2017 schedule reveals some good news for Kirk Cousins

The Redskins offense performed at a high level in 2016, moving the ball well though the unit struggled in the red zone. Much of the success comes from Kirk Cousins' ability to quickly advance through his progressions and release the football before he takes too many hits.

Expect more of that in 2017, especially early in the season.

The Redskins don't face their first Top 5 sack defense until Week 9 when they travel to Seattle. From there, Cousins will face another Top 5 sack team when the Vikings visit FedEx Field in Week 10. 

After that, Washington's schedule doesn't feature a Top 5 sack defense until nearly Christmas. Unfortunately for Cousins, those two teams will come back to back in December when the Redskins host the Cardinals and the Broncos.

Sacks should not drive too much worry for Redskins fans. The Washington offensive line only allowed 23 sacks last season, two less than the Cowboys vaunted offensive line gave up on Dak Prescott. Cousins quick release and mastery of Jay Gruden's offense helps too. 

The Redskins have plenty to worry about in 2017, though facing fierce sack opponents shouldn't be too high on the list. 

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Need to Know: The top five running backs the Redskins will face in 2017

Need to Know: The top five running backs the Redskins will face in 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 25, 32 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 175 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 77 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 22
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 46
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 69

The top five running backs the Redskins will face in 2017

Here are the five running backs on the Redskins’ schedule who gained the most yards in 2017. We looked at the top QBs last week.

Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys, 1,631 yards in 2016—The NFL’s leading rusher didn’t pop for a big day against the Redskins as a rookie last year. He still did plenty of damage in two games with a combined 180 yards and three touchdowns. We’ll find out in Week 8 just how much the Redskins’ rushing defense has improved.

David Johnson, Cardinals, 1,239 yards—Yeah, him again. He chewed up the Redskins in Arizona last year, picking up 84 yards rushing and another 91 yards receiving. I think I might pick Johnson over Elliott in a draft simply due to Johnson’s versatility.

LeGarrette Blount, Eagles, 1,161 yards—Blount picked up those yards with the Patriots last year and rushed for 18 touchdowns for good measure. He averaged 3.9 yards per carry, 27th among qualifying running backs. It should be noted that the Eagles probably have a better offensive line than the Patriots do. It’s safe to say Blount is one dimensional; none of the top 50 in rushing yards had fewer than his seven receptions.

Mark Ingram, Saints, 1,043 yards—While Ingram had a good year, the Saints apparently weren’t overly impressed. They signed Adrian Peterson as a free agent and they drafted RB Alvin Kamara in the third round. We’ll have to see who is healthy and on the field in Week 11

Melvin Gordon, Chargers, 997 yards—The 2015 first-round pick missed the last three games and most of another one with an injury. When healthy, he was very effective. His stats projected over 16 games come to over 1,300 yards.

Best of the rest: Carlos Hyde of the 49ers just missed the top five with 988 rushing yards last year Besides Kamara, the only running backs drafted in the first three rounds the Redskins will face are Dalvin Cook (Vikings) and Kareem Hunt (Chiefs). It will be interesting to see if new Rams coach Sean McVay can revive Todd Gurley, who followed a 1,100-yard rookie season with a 4.8 per carry average by gaining 885 yards with a paltry 3.2 average in 2016. Marshawn Lynch comes to town with the Raiders after spending a year in retirement; with the Seahawks, he picked up 111, 72, and 132 on the ground against the Redskins. 

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