We’re counting down to the start of training camp here by looking at some numbers that will be keys to the Redskins’ 2014 season.
19—Points allowed per game
This is another ambitious goal for the Redskins. They allowed 29.9 points per game last year, tied for 30th in the NFL. It is no easy task to shave a touchdown and a field goal off of your points allowed from one season to the next. It will be especially challenging for the Redskins, who might open the season with just three new starters from last year.
A team giving up 19 points per game (304 points) would have tied for fourth in the NFL with the Saints. The Bengals and Chiefs were just behind, giving up 305 points.
Many things will have to fall into place, Jim Haslett’s more aggressive scheme geared towards putting pressure on the quarterback among them. Good health will be important as will players like Jason Hatcher and Brian Orakpo living up to their sizeable contracts.
But it’s not all about the defensive side of the ball. Special teams need to improve. The kicking teams gave up five touchdowns directly and cost the team field position that led to scores on many other occasions. Moving the ball more consistently on offense and avoiding giveaways (34 in 2013, tied for second-worst total in the NFL).
The 2017 NFL Draft isn't officially here, but it's very near. And for the Washington Redskins, this year's NFL Draft brings with it a lot of intrigue.
The Redskins are coming off an 8-7-1 season and are in the middle of an offseason that's included a lot of change. Therefore, the team needs to ace their 2017 NFL Draft and bring in a rookie class with a lot of talent.
How will they do that, though? Starting with pick No. 17, will the Redskins draft a player based on need or based on their board? And which prospects would be the best fits for Washington?
Scroll through CSNmidatlantic.com's 2017 Redskins draft preview for the most in-depth coverage of the team's draft you'll find before the big night.
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- Feeling a safety? Malik Hooker and Budda Baker both figure to be in the mix when the Redskins first pick on Thursday night.
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From February to July of 2016, Redskins fans anxiously waited for news that quarterback Kirk Cousins would agree to a contract extension with the franchise. It never happened. It's late April, and Cousins and Washington are on the same track in 2017.
While fans grow wary of the lack of movement towards a new deal, some league sources think contract talks will heat up as the calendar draws closer to the July 15 deadline.
That doesn't mean Cousins can't have a good sense of humor about things.
To be clear, this is another year of Cousins working to promote the Holland Hospital in his hometown in Michigan. This is not an extension with the Redskins. And it gave a number of Redskins fans an outburst of excitement before a stark realization. Below are a few Twitter responses:
Considering how testy the contract talks between the 'Skins and Cousins representatives have been at times, it's good to see the club's all-time single season passing yards record holder be able to laugh about things.
It doesn't, however, mean much about the actual negotiations between Washington and Cousins.
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