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Need to Know: Will any Redskins players be traded before the draft?

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Need to Know: Will any Redskins players be traded before the draft?

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, April 5, 25 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.

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A few days a week I’ll give an in-depth answer to a question submitted by a fan on my Twitter feed, via the Real Redskins Facebook page, or in the comments section here. On Twitter address the questions to me at @Rich_TandlerCSN with the #NTK hashtag. There will be a comment thread set up on the Facebook page and if you’re asking your question here, put “for NTK” at the start of the comment.

On the weekends I do quick-hit answers to some good questions that don’t require an in-depth reply. Let’s get going with one from the Real Redskins Facebook page:

Despite what you calendar may say, Gern, June 1 has already come and gone, at least in terms of NFL teams cutting players while trying to save 2015 cap room. The CBA permits each team to designate two players it releases after the start of the league year as post-June 1 cuts. It has the same cap effect but the player can hit the market during the prime of free agency while there still is money to be made. And the team avoids the prospect of having a player they know they are going to cut coming into the facility, working out, and possibly getting injured. So, for the past six years or so there have been nothing but very minor moves on June 1. Those cuts are already done. McCloughan and company will continue to evaluate any players that are released.

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I’m not sure I see a market for either player, at least not one that would generate an offer the Redskins would have a hard time turning down. Cousins was relegated to the bench after throwing interceptions in bunches last year and not reacting well to them. Garçon might be an attractive player but I don’t see a team giving up much for a good, not great, player with $7.5 million in salary and bonuses this year and $8 million in 2016. If there is any interest I’d say it comes after the draft if some teams didn’t get what they wanted in Chicago. But for right now I think that both players are worth more to the Redskins than they could get in return for them.

From what can be determined at this point, left guard is up for grabs only to the extent there is supposed to be competition for every position. It would be surprising of Shawn Lauvao was not the starting guard in Week 1. That could change if they draft a guard early on and that player is able to push out the starter. I’m doubtful that Josh LeRibeus has much of a shot at ousting Lauvao.

I would say that the chances of Moss being on the 53-man roster for Week 1 are very slim and it seems unlikely that he would even be signed to get a shot. But you can’t rule it out entirely, especially if the Redskins don’t draft a receiver or suffer an injury at some point. Last week Jay Gruden said that they would keep him in mind and might consider Moss after the draft so there is the proverbial chance.

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I don’t know if you’re crazy or not but a wide receiver could well be the best player available at No. 5. I’m partial to Kevin White but Amari Cooper could well be a better prospect. The Redskins will take a long look if those two are on the board. And, despite what some may tell you, there is a need at wide receiver. Both Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson both will turn 30 next year and will have cap hits in excess of $10 million and $9 million, respectively. If you don’t see a need there, you don’t know what a need is.

Timeline

—It’s been 98 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 161 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 15; 2015 NFL Draft 25; Redskins training camp starts 116

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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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