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Need to Know: The five youngest Redskins and their 2014 prospects

Jan 27, 2014, 5:06 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Monday, January 27, 23 days before the NFL Combine.

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Here are the five youngest Redskins who saw action on the field in 2013 and their prospects for 2014:

CB David Amerson (22.1 years old as of today)—It was thought that he would be something of a project when he was drafted in the second round last year and that has proven to be the case. He had two interceptions, one of which was a key pick six against the Raiders but he had issues in coverage and with tackling as well. With both 2013 starters hitting the free agent market, Amerson should be a 2014 starter.

RB Chris Thompson (23.3)—Some thought that he was a scapegoat for overall poor special teams play when he was pulled from kick return duties after four games. Still, it’s hard to say that he was getting the job done on either kickoffs (20.0-yard average) or punts (5.1). Thompson has two things you can’t coach, one good, one bad. He’s fast and he’s injury prone. How much he can emphasize the former and avoid the latter will determine if Jay Gruden will be able to use Thompson as a weapon.

TE Jordan Reed (23.6)—It appears that the only thing that may stand between Reed and a stellar NFL career is the injury bug. Reed was on pace to catch 80 passes for almost 900 yards but a Week 11 concussion ended his season prematurely. You can never tell about concussions but if he turns out have no higher risk than any other player he will be a key part of the offense.

S Bacarri Rambo (23.6)—After starting the first two games, Rambo virtually disappeared from the lineup for much of the season. Injuries forced him back into the lineup and while his play improved, his coverage and tackling still were not up to snuff. His role in 2014 may well depend on how well he can play on special teams.

QB Robert Griffin III (23.9)—Yes, even after two years on the roster Griffin still is one of the five youngest on the team, nosing out LB Brandon Jenkins for the spot by three days. He’s about five months younger than Andrew Luck and about a year and a half younger than Russell Wilson. Oh, in case you didn’t know, he’s projected to be the starting QB this year.

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Timeline

—It’s been 29 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 223 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL Free agency starts 43; Offseason workouts start 70; NFL Draft 101

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  1. Joseph Mandell - Jan 27, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Is Philip Thomas just a forgotten man?

    • Rich Tandler - Jan 27, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      Well, no, but he isn’t on this list for two reasons. For one thing, I limited it to players who took a snap on the field in 2013 and Thomas was on IR the entire season. Second, he’s almost a full year older than RG3, the oldest player on the list.

  2. internetcareer - Jan 27, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Rich thanks for the info but one suggestion for info that you left out. What is the point in talking about youth and age unless we know where the Skins rank within the league. We used to be the oldest team and now we should be about the youngest with Moss, Fletcher, and Grossman off the roster. Where do we rank?

    • Rich Tandler - Jan 27, 2014 at 10:17 AM

      Latest data had Redskins as the second-oldest team in the NFL based on the opening 53-man rosters for the 2013 season. Nothing newer is out now. It’s a heck of a lot of work to calculate it for 32 teams and, besides, rosters will be undergoing a lot of change over the next several months so the numbers will be quickly outdated. I might tackle it during the summer but even then you get a false reading because all of the 90-man rosters have 37 players, a lot of them young, who aren’t going to be around for the season.

      So I’m going to pass on making that particular calculation right now.

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