May 2, 2014, 11:55 AM EST
A good mix of draft and non-draft questions today, let’s jump right into it.
— Hol Dat Noise (@_CountUpMOB) May 1, 2014
Pass defense starts with pass pressure. If the front seven can consistently get pressure rushing four or five, yes, the secondary will be better. How much better? The unit has a patchwork feel to it with one draft pick in David Amerson and some spare parts that the team will be looking to replace over the next couple of years. I don’t see the secondary becoming one of the strengths of the team but if they can intercept a couple of dozen passes and prevent too many big plays they will be effective.
— Matt Holtzman (@DCHurricane21) May 1, 2014
There’s no question that they would like for Thomas to work out and become a starter. He may or may not be able to to do that by the start of the year so they have Ryan Clark and Brandon Meriweather in place until Thomas is ready. I’m not sure what their degree of confidence in Thomas and nobody knows if he and/or Bacarri Rambo will ever work out. If a safety is the best player available at any point that they are on the clock during the draft I don’t think they’ll hesitate to pull the trigger.
— Burgundy N Gold (@ForeverBNG) May 1, 2014
Usually one question per tweet but since it’s the offseason we can go with two here. I don’t think that Carriker is in the Redskins’ plans. It looks like Stephen Bowen will be ready for training camp. I have a post coming up later today about the defensive line depth chart and there isn’t much room on it as is and they could add another one in the draft. Bottom line, I don’t think they will call Carriker unless there is an injury or two. As far as the offensive line, they are probably not done making changes anywhere on the depth chart. Although you never know what will happen in the draft it would be surprising if they didn’t come out of it without an O-lineman or two. They could pick up a veteran free agent. And there should be legitimate competitions for starting jobs at least at both positions on the right side if not everywhere on the line except left tackle.
@Rich_TandlerCSN It seems RT or Safety is the way to go at pick34 from the outside looking in…what is the consensus internally?
— Sean McNemar (@SPMcNemar) May 2, 2014
Redskins Park has been a leak-free zone this year so we don’t know what the internal consensus is. But they are not getting locked in on a position. That’s really a fan/media myth unless you’re picking in the top 10 or so. Otherwise you have to go with the best available player on your board when you’re on the clock. To be sure, need does guide the evaluation of best available. It would be almost impossible, for example, for a QB to be the best available with the 34th pick from the Redskins’ perspective because there wouldn’t be enough value in the pick. But they can’t say right now that they’re going to take a safety or a right tackle or a guard or a pass rusher or any other position because they don’t know what is going to transpire with the 33 picks in front of them.
— B in DC (@B_in_DC) May 2, 2014
The easy, cop-out answer here is that we won’t know until September. I’m a big believer in believing what people do, not what they say. But as far as when has been said, the defense should be more aggressive in getting after the quarterback. This means that Orakpo and Kerrigan will drop back in coverage less often and rush the quarterback more. They will have fewer other responsibilities such as containment and that will allow them to take a faster, more direct route into the backfield. Again, we’ll see what actually happens when they take the field but that’s what we’ve heard so far.
@Rich_TandlerCSN are veterans like Bowen, Chester, Lichtensteiger and Polumbus in danger of getting cut? If so, how would they impact cap?
— Rémy LeBeau (@Lil_Tem) May 2, 2014
Not that they are all 100 percent safe but I’d be moderately surprised if they don’t all make it to September. I discuss Bowen in a post that coming out this afternoon on CSN Washington. He appears to be very much in the Redskins’ plans for this year. And, as of right now, the other three are 60 percent of the starting offensive line. That could change subject to the draft and preseason competition and they are all have salary cap numbers that are at lest very close to being too high for a backup. If they do make a move the net cap saves would be as follows: Bowen $1.98 million; Chester $2.7 million; Lichtensteiger $1.1 million; Polumbus $2.5 million.
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