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Redskins among NFL's most stable teams

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Redskins among NFL's most stable teams

The Redskins have had one of the most stable rosters in the NFL since 2011.

Yes, that is “Redskins” and the concept of “stability” being used in the same statement.

A couple of bloggers at NFL.com took a look at how many players each NFL team had on its current roster who suited up for at least one game at some point during the 2011 season. According to the article, the Redskins have 25 such players, tied with the Packers for the most in the NFL.

I went through and came up with 24 such players. I’m not sure where the difference is as they don’t list the players. It’s possible that they counted Aldrick Robinson, who was moved up from the practice squad to the 53-man roster for the last game of the season but he was inactive and so he did not “suit up”.

In any case, here are the 24 players left from 2011:

  1. Chris Baker
  2. Stephen Bowen
  3. Chris Chester
  4. Barry Cofield
  5. Kedric Golston
  6. DeAngelo Hall
  7. Leonard Hankerson
  8. Roy Helu
  9. Maurice Hurt
  10. Rob Jackson
  11. Jarvis Jenkins
  12. Ryan Kerrigan
  13. Kory Lichtensteiger
  14. Santana Moss
  15. Chris Neild
  16. Brian Orakpo
  17. Niles Paul
  18. Logan Paulsen
  19. Tyler Polumbus
  20. Perry Riley
  21. Evan Royster
  22. Nick Sundberg
  23. Trent Williams
  24. Darrel Young

There seems to be a pretty good chance that most of them will make it past the final cuts in August. Moss, Hurt and Royster could be on the bubble and some players like Bowen and Chester might be forced to choose between taking a cut in pay and being released. There will be some surprises here and there, too.

But even if a few fall by the wayside, the Redskins will still go into the season in the top 25 percent in terms of stability. The group has been through something of a roller coaster ride with the team going 5-11 in 2011, improving to 10-6 and winning the NFC East in 2012 and crashing to 3-13 last year.

All but six of them (Golston, Hall, Jackson, Moss, Orakpo, Young) were brought to the team by Mike Shanahan. Six of them had expiring contracts this spring and have been re-signed by the team (Baker, Hall, Jackson, Moss, Orakpo, Riley) The outcome of Jay Gruden’s first couple of years on the job will hinge largely on the performance of players brought in by his predecessor, who was fired in December.

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Need to Know: Five pre-training camp questions for Jay Gruden

Need to Know: Five pre-training camp questions for Jay Gruden

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, July 26, one day before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 206 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 46 days.

Today’s schedule: Players report to training camp for physicals and conditioning test. Jay Gruden news conference 2 p.m.

Days until:

—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 15
—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 24
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 38

Five pre-camp questions for Jay Gruden

RICHMOND—The media portion of training camp gets underway on Wednesday as Jay Gruden holds his pre-camp presser at 2 pm at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center (that’s probably the last time I’ll use the full name of the facility).

Here are some questions we will ask of Gruden as he enters his fourth season as the Redskins head coach.

Will Kirk Cousins’ contract situation be a distraction? This must be asked, even though we know that the answer will be no. Yes, Cousins handled a similar situation just fine last year. But a quarterback playing on a second franchise tag is unprecedented. Certainly, Gruden has to guard against things getting out of hand if the season starts to turn sour.

In his fourth training camp, what is he doing now that he wishes he would have done in 2014? One very visible change has been a reduction in the amount of contact that takes place on the field. Will this continue to decline or, give the issues the team had tackling last year, will it ramp up? What used to be the morning practice and afternoon walkthrough were flipped a couple of years ago. Has there been any thought to changing it back?

How has the adjustment process to having so many new coaches gone so far? The Redskins have new coordinators on both sides of the ball and several new position coaches. As happens when any group of co-workers gets added to a workplace, there is an adjustment period. In the NFL, the coaches have to get up to speed with each other in a hurry.

Will Gruden use the season-ending loss to the Giants as a motivational/learning tool or just bury it in the past? It’s a fine line between learning from past mistakes and dwelling on them. While Cousin should make sure that he doesn’t throw another late-game interception like the one he threw in that game, he can’t have it spook him to the point where he can’t pull the trigger on a pass late in a close game. How Gruden handles the 2016 finale could have a major effect on how 2017 unfolds.

After having one of the highest pass ratios in the league, will Gruden look to run the ball more often? Last year, Sean McVay called passes on 62.4 percent of the Redskins’ snaps. The Redskins drafted a fourth-round running back in Samaje Perine and they may team him with starter Rob Kelley and call to keep the ball on the ground a few more times per game.

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Is Kirk Cousins the most overrated player in the NFL? One analyst says so

Is Kirk Cousins the most overrated player in the NFL? One analyst says so

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports declared Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins the most overrated player in the NFL. Prisco repeatedly points out that while Cousins is a good quarterback, the notion that he should be paid like one of the best passers in the league is what makes him overrated.

From Prisco:

After having six 300-yard-plus passing games in his first 11 games, including two over 400, Cousins had one in the final five games last season as the Redskins pushed for a playoff spot. He had five touchdown passes and five interceptions in those games, going 2-3 as Washington folded. It wasn't all on him, but that's the point. I don't think he's a quarterback who rises above situations when the team isn't going right. I am not going to sit here and pan him as a starter. He has proven to be that, and a pretty good one. It's just that the perception is he's much better than that, which is why he's my most overrated player in the NFL in 2017.

Here's the problem with Prisco's login: Simple market economics. 

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An argument can be made Cousins is a Top 10 passer. He's certainly in the top half of the league at the position. Few, if any, would argue Cousins is a Top 5 quarterback, but his contract situation forces him to be paid like he is. Those are the exact terms of the franchise tag, even before the 20 percent increase Washington paid this season to use a second-straight tag.  

Since the Redskins lost their window to sign their single-season passing yards record holder to a team-friendly deal last year, Cousins has leverage and the advantage of inflated QB salaries on his side.

That doesn't mean Cousins is overrated. 

If the threshold for being overrated is money, then Brock Osweiler wins this thing in a landslide. After the 2016 season in Houston, Osweiler seems unlikely to ever again be considered a starting QB in the NFL. He's due to be paid $18 million this fall and his offseason trade to the Browns will go down as the first-ever salary dump in NFL history. 

Is Cousins overpaid? Probably. That's the way contracts work in pro football. 

Is Cousins overrated? Probably not. He's thrown for more than 9,000 yards and completed about 68 percent of his passes over the last two seasons. 

There just aren't enough quarterbacks to go around in the NFL, and guys who can play the position get paid handsomely. That doesn't make Cousins overrated. 

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