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NTK: The Redskins week that was—Moss' top five, final word on Cousins contract

NTK: The Redskins week that was—Moss' top five, final word on Cousins contract

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, July 23, five days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 195 days ago. It will be 51 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Preseason opener @ Falcons 19; Final roster cut 42; Cowboys @ Redskins 57

The Redskins week that was

NTK: Redskins face a numbers crunch at cornerback—We’re not talking about the team facing the prospect of releasing Pro Bowl corners or anything like that. But after the additions of Josh Norman and Kendall Fuller will push some corners that the team would like to develop off of the 53-man roster. They also like veteran Greg Toler but his prospects look dim; they signed him as a free agent before Norman and Fuller came on board.

Moss ranks top 5 QBs he played with in D.C.—Santana really liked playing with No. 8. No, not the one who will be behind center this year. And not Rex. The other QB he played with who wore No. 8.

Amerson blames video games for struggles with Redskins—My first reaction when I saw this headline was wondering when they put video games in the clubs in downtown DC. Seriously, good for David Amerson. You could see the talent he had but it just wasn’t coming out on the field. Perhaps the Redskins gave up on him too soon but it seems like he needed the jolt of getting cut for him to change his ways and get something out of his abilities.

Was Cousins asking for too much?—Yes, the Redskins best offer of $16 million per year with $24 million guaranteed was not a deal that he ever was going to sign. But his $22 million demand was way out of whack for a quarterback with one year as a starter under his belt. So if both sides have positions that are not in touch with reality and neither shows a willingness to move towards the middle in an effort to reach a deal is anyone being unreasonable? Both sides were perfectly happy to have Cousins play 2016 on the tag and that is what happened.

NTK: The Redskins' top five offseason moves—The organization indicated that nobody was going to be content with a one and done playoff appearance. They backed up the talk with some bold moves (and non-moves) in the offseason.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Who will surprise, who will play NT

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Who will surprise, who will play NT

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 27, 17 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp on June 13.

Timeline

It’s been 146 days since the Redskins played a game. Their season opener against the Eagles at FedEx Field is in 106 days.

Days until:

—Redskins minicamp (6/13) 17
—Training camp starts (7/27) 61
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 75

The Redskins week that was

Here are some of the most popular post from the last week on www.CSNmidatlantic.com and on www.RealRedskins.com

How well will the Redskins' defense adjust to six new starters? The Redskins unquestionably got an infusion of defensive talent but as we have seen in the past that does not guarantee better results. Throw a new defensive coordinator into the mix and it could take some time for this unit to reach its full potential. I think that there will be struggles early in the season and a better (but not dominant) unit by the time November rolls around.

Which Redskins will surprise in 2017? Every player carries expectations into the season. Some will be better than we believe right now (think of what many thought Vernon Davis would do last year) and some will play worse (Josh Doctson). I take out the crystal ball to figure out who will exceed expectations and who will fall below them.

Don't count out 3rd straight franchise tag for Cousins—Yes, Bruce Allen said that he is willing to franchise tag Kirk Cousins for a third time next year, a move that would cost $34 million for one season. But I think that’s a total bluff; the Redskins’ salary cap situation for 2018 would make such a move very difficult for them to pull off. The best hope for Cousins being a Redskin in 2018 is getting him signed to a long-term contract by July 15 of this year. The tone of the conversation regarding a new deal has been positive lately but the team must come up with a serious offer for a deal to happen.

For Redskins, finding a nose tackle needs to be a priority—Well, it’s up to Jim Tomsula to “make” a nose tackle. Phil Taylor is a true NT and he will get a shot. But he hasn’t played a snap since 2014. Undrafted free agent Ondre Pipkins also has nose tackle size at 6-3, 325. But he is a long shot, as are the Redskins’ chances of being significantly better against the run if they don’t find someone, anyone to be an adequate solution as the nose tackle.

Did Vernon Davis make the NFL change celebration rules? Although I prefer the John Riggins way of celebrating a touchdown—hand the ball to the referee because you’ve been in the end zone before and you expect to be back again soon—elaborate celebrations don’t bother me. After a TD in a game I’m covering I’m focused on writing about the scoring drive. When I’m watching at home, my attention goes to Twitter or to the refrigerator. I do think that it was dumb for the Redskins to lose 15 yards of field position because Vernon Davis put a jump shot over the crossbar so that’s why I’m glad that the NFL changed the celebration rules.

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85-year-old woman unafraid to coach Kirk Cousins

85-year-old woman unafraid to coach Kirk Cousins

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is always open to some coaching no matter who it comes from. On Friday that coaching came from Veronica, an 85-year old woman who works at Congressional Country Club and is a die-hard Redskins fan.

Cousins posted a picture of the pair together on his Instagram account Friday afternoon. 

Veronica made some solid suggestions, especially the one about him getting the ball out of his hands quicker. 

Despite the rocky contract situation with the team, there's no question that Cousins loves the passionate Redskins fan base. 

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