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Need to Know: RG3, safety depth chart of interest at today's Redskins OTA

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Need to Know: RG3, safety depth chart of interest at today's Redskins OTA

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

What I’ll be looking for at today’s OTA session:

Texans practices—The team announced them yesterday so we’ll ask Jay Gruden how it came about and what they hope to get out of it.

Jamison Crowder’s situation—The story of domestic violence accusations coming via Crowder’s own since-deleted Instagram account has hung in the air since it came to light last week. If he is there we hopefully will get a chance to get his side of the story. In either case we will see what Gruden has to say about it.

RG3’s progress—The question virtually every week will be if he is better than he was the week before. Griffin threw some nice passes last week but at times he looked like he did on worst days in 2014. Fewer bad plays and/or more quick, solid decisions will be a good sign that he is making enough progress to hold on to his job.

Strong safety—Duke Ihenacho has been lining up as the starting safety during the OTA sessions that have been open to the media. But we only see one out of three OTAs per week and the word is that Jeron Johnson is lining up with the starters on some of the closed days. This likely will be a competition that will last into training camp and maybe into the regular season.

Follow me @Rich_TandlerCSN and Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) to keep up with what’s going on at OTAs today. Things get going at 11:15. I’ll have the practice report up in the afternoon.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: OTA 11:15, open to media. Player availability and Jay Gruden and Sean McVay news conferences after OTA, approx. 1:10.

—It’s been 163 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 97 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Redskins minicamp starts 8; Redskins training camp starts 52; Preseason opener @ Browns 67

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 roster by the numbers: Defense

Redskins roster by the numbers: Defense

The Redskins currently have 75 players on their roster. They are about to add some more in the draft and as undrafted free agents. They can have up to 90 players on their offseason roster. Year after year the distribution of those players to positions are consistent. We can look at what they have and see what they need to sign to get through OTAs, minicamp, and training camp.

Let’s break down the numbers by position and see where they will need to add players to get to where they want to be going into training camp. Last week we looked at the offense; today we’ll look at the numbers on defense.

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Have: 6
Need: 8

Just like in a game, you want plenty of players to rotate through the line in the heat of training camp. They could carry one or two additional players here since they are legitimately in search of players who can have an impact beyond starters Terrelle McClain and Stacy McGee and pass rushing project Anthony Lanier.  

Nose Tackle

Have: 2
Need: 4

Like with the ends, you want to have a few big guys to rotate in when it gets hot in Richmond. It would be surprising if the Redskins didn’t add a nose tackle to the mix in the draft, probably on Saturday.

Inside linebacker

Have: 9
Need: 8

If the Redskins take an inside linebacker in the draft, as many expect that will, this position would get very crowded. They could keep as many as six on the final 53-man roster if there are a couple of key special teams players in the group.

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Outside linebacker

Have: 7
Need: 7

They could keep an extra one or two if they find some in the draft. You can’t have too many pass rushers, although they have kept just four on the final roster recently.  

Cornerback

Have: 7
Need: 8

It has always seemed to be a little odd to me that they’ll bring in a dozen wide receivers and only seven or eight corners.

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Safety

Have: 7
Need: 7

The depth chart here is unusual in that all seven players have significant NFL playing time; there is no “training camp fodder” here. If the draft one, an experienced player might be let go.  

Total defensive players under contract: 38
Total needed for camp: 41

There are 34 offensive players and three specialists on the roster, making the total 75. If they don’t make deals and use all 10 of their draft picks that will leave just five spots to sign undrafted free agents. They likely will want to sign more than that meaning that some of the players currently on the roster will end up getting cut, particularly those on the defensive side.

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