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Projecting 2012 starts by Redskins draft picks--offense

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Projecting 2012 starts by Redskins draft picks--offense

Last week I wrote that the Redskins had fewer starts by their own draft picks in 2011 than any other NFL team. Of a total of 352 starts (22 starters times 16 games), draft picks made 121 of them.With a great emphasis being put on the draft by Mike Shanahan than we saw in the past in Washington, one would expect the Redskins to have more starts by home-grown talent in 2012 than they did last year. Over the next couple of days well look at how many draft pick starts they might have in 2012. Today, the offense.OffenseThe three Redskins draft picks who will almost certainly take the field as starters against the Saints on Sept. 9 and are projected to start the whole season are QB Robert Griffin III, TE Fred Davis and LT Trent Williams. RB Roy Helu and WR Leonard Hankerson are likely to see a substantial number of starts. Beyond that, the top of the depth chart is all players who were acquired by trades or as free agents.To try to project the number of starts they will have we have to take into consideration that Williams has missed four games due to injuries in his two years in the NFL (four others due to suspension). If that pattern holds true hell start 14 in 2012.Will Griffin start all 16? That certainly is the intention of the coaches; he wont get benched unless he is struggling very,very badly. History said he should start 16. The last five quarterbacks drafted in the top five picks all were their teams first-game starters. Only Matthew Stafford, who suffered a shoulder injury, did not play all 16 games.You can pencil in 16 starts by tight ends drafted by the Redskins. Any games that Davis cant start are likely to be started by Chris Cooley or Niles Paul.A combination of questionable endurance and Shanahans propensity to mix up his running backs will prevent Helu from starting every game. Lets say he starts half of the games. The same sounds right for Hankerson, who will be battling with Josh Morgan every week to see who gets the start and the most snaps.That comes to 62 likely starts by draft picks on offense. Lets add in another 16 games that will be started by draft picks due to injuries. Josh LeRibeus will probably emerge as the top option if anyone of the three interior linemen are out. Evan Royster could take a few starts at running back like he did when Helu was banged up last year. And there are always surprises. Last June, nobody would have thought that Maurice Hurt would end up starting eight games at left guard.So that comes to a projected 74 starts by Redskins draft picks on offense. It is worth noting that with the exception of Davis and possibly Cooley, all of those projected starts would come from players draft ed since Shanahan arrived in 2010.In 2011, the Redskins had 48 starts by their own draft picks on offense:WR Hankerson 2LT Williams 10LG Hurt 8C Erik Cook 2TE Cooley 5TE Davis 12RB Helu 5RB Royster 2WR Paul 2

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The due date of Kirk Cousins' baby is getting closer to a critical part of the NFL schedule

The due date of Kirk Cousins' baby is getting closer to a critical part of the NFL schedule

Once upon a time, one Redskins quarterback infamously announced that he was all in for Week 1. The Redskins' current QB, however, is most certainly not.

While talking to the media on Wednesday at his team's OTAs, Kirk Cousins said that the baby he and his wife, Julie, are expecting is projected to come earlier than the couple originally thought. That's, of course, tremendous news for the two, but it could also present a large issue due to what Cousins does for a living.

"Yeah, the baby's due in mid-September," he said. "Was supposed to be Week 2, but we got the 20-week ultrasound and they moved it up a week. So, we're looking for around Week 1, between Week 1 and Week 2. We're praying that it'll come on a day where it doesn't conflict with any important football matters."

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Again — congratulations to Kirk and Julie. Babies are fun and cute and they're worth a ton of Instagram likes and, overall, they're something worth celebrating. But when Cousins says he's hoping that the baby arrives on a non-gameday, he's not alone; the Redskins will have a much better shot of beating the Eagles on September 10 if he's under center and not Colt McCoy, after all.

Fortunately, any day that isn't a Sunday during that month should mean that the 28-year-old can enjoy the birth of his first child and Washington can enjoy having their franchise passer take the field in crucial early matchups. And whenever the next member of the Cousins clan finally does show up, Julie is prepared to run the show so her husband can run the offense.

"We're excited, and Julie's been great," Kirk said. "She's just been outstanding the whole time and she's already told me that she's going to carry the weight the first few months so I can focus on football, and she's gonna be a big help. We're looking forward to that. Lots to look forward to right now, I'm in a good place."

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The biggest addition, strength and question for each Redskins' 2017 opponent

The biggest addition, strength and question for each Redskins' 2017 opponent

You already know the Redskins' 2017 schedule. But do you know what makes each opponent on that schedule a threat, or what pressing question each of those teams needs to answer?

With free agency and the draft in the past, and OTAs now picking up, it's finally time to really start previewing the upcoming NFL season. With that in mind, CSNmidatlantic.com has created a gallery that does just that. 

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Look no further than the link above or below to find out the new faces the Redskins will be dealing with starting this fall, as well as where their foes are strongest. Plus, you'll get a look at a to-do item the 13 franchises that Washington's slated to play must address out in order for their own campaigns to be successful. 

As a Redskins fan, you're familiar with all things Burgundy and Gold. Allow this gallery to update you on everyone else.

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