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Redskins pre-draft depth chart, offense

Redskins pre-draft depth chart, offense

Just before free agency started we took a look at the depth chart as it stood then. There have been a few changes and draft talk and rumors bring up the possibility of more shifting. Here’s a look at the offensive side as it stands now.

Starters in bold

QB: Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy
Griffin is the guy here until he’s not. It looks like Cousins and McCoy will fight it out to see who will be waiting in the wings if Griffin falters or gets injured. That is, unless a QB comes in the draft, bringing up the possibility that a roster spot will need to be carved out.

RB: Alfred Morris, Darrel Young, Chris Thompson, Silas Redd
Morris and Young are going into the last year of their contracts and Redd and Thompson are very much unproven. Do they go with Redd and/or Thompson to take the relief and third-down role held by the departed Roy Helu? Or do they go into what is said to be a deep pool of running backs in the draft?

WR: DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garçon, Andre Roberts, Ryan Grant
A wide receiver could be the best available player when the No. 5 pick and we’ll have to see how things sort out if Amari Cooper or Kevin White is the selection. Barring a selection at the top, they will need to find a fifth WR elsewhere, perhaps in the latter rounds of the draft.

TE: Jordan Reed, Niles Paul, Logan Paulsen
Reed’s health is the key to this unit’s effectiveness. This seems likely to remain the same into the season unless Scot McCloughan acquires some extra picks and sees a tight end he likes. Otherwise it’s a group that they can work with this year.

OL: Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Chris Chester, Tom Compton, Spencer Long, Morgan Moses, Josh LeRibeus, Tyler Larsen, Xavier Nixon
This is a copy and paste from the O-line depth chart prior to free agency; to the shock of many, there have been no additions or subtractions. It seems likely that at least one lineman will come in the draft. What remains to be see is if they take someone with a high pick with the idea of inserting him into the starting lineup sooner rather than later or if they late a mid- to late-round developmental type.

 

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Need to Know: What is the Redskins' plan for QB Kirk Cousins?

Need to Know: What is the Redskins' plan for QB Kirk Cousins?

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, March 28, 30 days before the April 27 NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 20
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 45
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 57
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 109
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 157

Tuesday three and out

1. Maybe Bruce Allen and the Redskins have a master plan for saving the whole Kirk Cousins situation but right now it just looks like they’re stuck without a solution to paying $24 million to a quarterback who likely will be gone in a year. That’s money that could either be rolled over into future seasons if Cousins gets traded or used as a down payment on a long-term Cousins deal. Maybe there’s a master plan there somewhere but right now it looks an awful lot like the organization is just stumbling around in the dark, stubbing its toe while trying to find the light switch.

2. WR Brian Quick will cost the Redskins less against the salary cap than they are paying him. That’s because his contract takes advantage of the minimum salary benefit. He gets the sixth-year minimum salary of $775,000 plus an $85,000 signing bonus, a total of $860,000. Because of the minimum salary and low signing bonus the CBA rules allow the team to essentially discount the cap hit for the contract down to $695,000. The rule is designed so that younger players are necessarily cheaper, at least when it comes to the salary cap.

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3. Allen hinted that the Redskins won’t necessarily hire a general manager after the draft. While talking to colleague JP Finlay he said, “We’ll talk about what we need after the draft from a staffing standpoint.” Not “we’ll search high and low for the best GM in the business” but that needs will be examined. It’s going to be interesting to see how it all shakes out.

And out—Allen didn’t have much to say when JP asked about the stadium project that was a hot topic a year or so ago, only confirming that talks are ongoing. The fact that he had so little to say, not even some platitudes about the desire to build a great environment for the fans. Reading between the lines, this makes me think that a deal is getting close and the less that is said about it at this point the better. Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe will be term limited out of office next January and the feeling is that he will want to leave a Redskins stadium deal as his legacy.

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Bruce Allen goes full Belichick when talking about Snapchat

Bruce Allen goes full Belichick when talking about Snapchat

When it comes to incorrectly identifying the names of social media platforms, Bill Belichick is the standard-bearer and industry leader. Examples of terms recently uttered by the head coach include gems like "MyFace" and "Yearbook," as the football icon has demonstrated he's somewhat aware of the sites and apps yet doesn't really care about them.

Bruce Allen, though, may have just laid claim to Belichick's crown. In a 1-on-1 interview with CSN Redskins Insider JP Finlay, Allen discussed how he's not involved at all on social media and then proceeded to give Snapchat a glorious new name.

"I don't get to pay attention to everything," Allen told Finlay when asked if the team president keeps up with the constant rumors surrounding Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins.

"You're not on Twitter all the time?" Finlay interjected.

"No, I don't have Twitter," Allen answered, laughing, "and I'm not on Snapper-chapper or whatever it's called."

Allen was in the neighborhood by starting off with "Snap," but the rest of his attempt showed he's not exactly on the right street. Fortunately, unlike Belichick, Jay Gruden has gotten Snapchat's name right in the past, and could likely help Allen get used to the app if Allen ever decides to start using it.

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