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Need to Know: Which Redskins 2015 draft picks have a chance to start this year?

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Need to Know: Which Redskins 2015 draft picks have a chance to start this year?

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, May 7, 83 days before the Washington Redskins open training camp in Richmond, VA.

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Today's question is from the Real Redskins Facebook page:

Let’s look at each of the Redskins’ draft picks that has a realistic chance of earning a starting job this year and see what it would take for that to happen.

To keep it a bit more concise here, it doesn’t appear to me that Austin Reiter, Evan Spencer, or Tevin Mitchell have realistic shots at starting this season barring multiple injuries, so we will leave them out of the discussion here.

OT Brandon Scherff—All he really has to do is show up. Yes, Scot McCloughan said that he would have to compete for the job but if he can’t push out Tom Compton the Redskins made a big mistake.

OLB Preston Smith—This is a tough one to figure out because it’s unclear how Smith and Trent Murphy will be utilized. We could see Murphy at OLB on first and 10 and Smith on the edge in nickel situations. That would mean Murphy is the “starter” even though Smith could play an equal number of snaps, perhaps more. Or maybe the bigger Smith will line up in the regular defense, Murphy will come in on nickel and Smith will put his hand in the dirt and rush from the line. Bottom line is that Smith could play a substantial number of snaps without a start to his credit.

RB Matt Jones—Jay Gruden said that Alfred Morris’ role would be unchanged. Since Morris has started the Redskins’ last 48 games it doesn’t look like Jones will get a shot at starting barring injury.

WR Jamison Crowder—The Redskins do start a slot receiver on occasion; Andre Robert had four starts last year. Can Crowder push past Roberts and become the top slot receiver? It’s possible as Roberts was something of a free-agent disappointment last year but it seems more likely that Crowder’s main role is as a returner.

G Arie Kouandjio—There clearly is opportunity at guard on this team, particularly on the right side. It doesn’t seem that Chris Chester is a fit for the team’s new power-oriented scheme and Spencer Long wasn’t able to push him aside last year. I’m probably a bit more bullish on Kouandjio than most so I won’t rule out him being able to claw his way into the starting lineup at some point later in the year.

ILB Martrell Spaight—How fast can Spaight pick things up? Keenan Robinson missed three games last year and Perry Riley missed two. If he can push ahead of Will Compton to become that injury fill in, he has a shot at getting some starts. He may not be fully ready but it could happen.

SS Kyshoen Jarrett—He has a real good chance to make the 53 because of special teams play so he could be the backup to Jeron Johnson. It’s hard to see him pushing past Johnson to first string, however.

Timeline

—It’s been 131 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 128 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins minicamp starts 39; Redskins training camp starts 83; Redskins @ Giants 139

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Kirk Cousins shows off competitive spirit, soft touch - at Jenga (VIDEO)

Kirk Cousins shows off competitive spirit, soft touch - at Jenga (VIDEO)

After NFL minicamps end in mid-June, and before the grind of training camps start in late July, players are free to have a little bit of fun and try to relax. For Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins that evidently means a game of Jenga.

Fun at Kirk's 10 year high school reunion!!!

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The video comes from Cousins' wife Julie, and the caption explains that the couple were attending the quarterback's 10-year high school reunion. Looks like a fun scene, and the Michigan waterfront looks even better.

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For anybody that has watched Cousins on the practice field or listened to him mic'd up during a Redskins game, the competitive outburst is no surprise. Cousins likes to win, period. Even at life-size Jenga during his 10-year high school reunion. 

Obviously, contract talks between Cousins' representatives and the Redskins continue, and likely will until the July 17th franchise tag deadline. Last season, Cousins threw for nearly 5,000 passing yards, completing 67 percent of his passes to go with 25 TDs and 12 INTs. He's allowed to have a little fun here and there.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Pressure on Gruden, Galette confident

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Pressure on Gruden, Galette confident

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, June 24, 33 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 174 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles in FedEx Field in 78 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 23
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 47
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 70

The Redskins week that was

Pressure Points: Focus is on Jay Gruden like never before—So you lost two coordinators and your top two wide receivers? Well, the Redskins gave him a two-year contract extension because they think he can deal with problems like those. Gruden will be cut zero slack.

Post-minicamp 53-man roster projection, offense—Sure, there will be plenty of lip service about everyone having a chance of making the 53-man roster. But this cake is very nearly baked. But the real competition in training camp will be for the 10 practice squad spots. I picked 25 offensive players to make it and I’m confident that 23, maybe 22 of the picks will be right. There seems to be more questions on defense (roster projection here) but even on that side of the ball, few jobs are truly up for grabs.

Redskins in a no-lose situation with confident Galette—We haven’t seen Junior Galette practicing in the spring before. Two years ago, he wasn’t with the team yet and last year he was held out so he could rehab his torn Achilles. That means we don’t have much comparison to make but he did look good. Next step is to do it with the pads on.

Snyder 'THRILLED' with ruling that should protect Redskins name—The legal part of the fight to get the Redskins to change their name is over after the recent Supreme Court ruling. They will not lose their trademark protection, which would effectively force them to change the team. However, it seems likely that the political and social battle will go on.

Is a Redskins-Cousins deal not only possible but probable?—One analyst thinks that the Redskins have too much to lose to not get a deal done by July 17. I think he’s right but I’m not sure if I’ll go along with his odds. 

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