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Need to Know: 5 thoughts on the state of the Redskins after Week 2 of OTAs

Jun 8, 2014, 5:25 AM EST

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Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 8, nine days before the start of Redskins minicamp.

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With Week 2 of OTAs is in the books and here are five thoughts on the state of the Redskins.

—The Redskins carried eight offensive linemen last season—the five starters, swing tackle Tom Compton, and interior backups Josh LeRibeus and Adam Gettis. I think they’ll carry at least nine this year. “Depth is very important at every position, but probably none more important than the offensive line because offensive line people get dinged up quite a bit,” Jay Gruden said on Wednesday. Where will the additional roster spot come from? That remains to be seen.

—After two years of rarely seeing Robert Griffin III speaking to the media anyone other then behind a podium or in some other controlled press conference environment it was odd to see him holding court with the media out near the practice field like most players do (as in the picture with this post). I’m not sure which Griffin prefers but he seemed very relaxed in the less formal setting. This probably doesn’t mean a whole lot in the grand scheme of things but it’s a sign that things are more normal around Redskins Park.

—I talked to DeSean Jackson for the first time last week. Not that it matters, but I don’t think he’ll become a media favorite. He was very polite but very vanilla. But the important thing is for him to get it done on the field. By the way, if I was forced to guess I think he’ll be very limited in his participation in OTAs this week and will be full go for minicamp the following week. And, no, it’s nothing to worry about for the long run.

—In Richmond yesterday, Jay Gruden talked about the Patriots coming to town in August for three days of joint practices there prior to their preseason game at FedEx Field. He said that he’s not sure how much Griffin would be able to learn from Tom Brady since they wouldn’t be facing each other. However, Griffin should be able to get quite an education going up against Darrelle Revis, who is (sorry Richard Sherman) the best cornerback in the business. It will be a rare opportunity for a quarterback to dissect how Revis Island operates over an extended period of time. It will be interesting to see who gets the better of whom.

—The two punters on the team, Robert Malone and Blake Clingan, have kicked some during the OTAs that have been open to the media but neither has made much an impression. Between the two I’d have to say that Malone, who has some NFL punting experience, is the favorite. But there is a good chance that a player named “none of the above” ends up punting against the Texans in Week 1. If neither is getting the job done in the preseason, a veteran punter could be pulled off of the street.

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Timeline

—It’s been 161 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 91 days until they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Minicamp starts 9; Training camp 46; Redskins @ Eagles 105

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  1. shermanp79 - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:35 AM

    A few things came to mind reading this, I think going against Revis is a great thing. The WRs will benefit as well. It would be smart for Gruden to put all the WRs in front of him. I also wonder if 9 OL are needed? I know the “what if” thing could allow it to make sense but I think it depends on who they like and how position flexible they end up being. I think Moses is a key, if he can’t get RT down, that will cause some issues. I said the other day that it causes some worry how much Gruden has mentioned it. If they are thinking 2 K then I don’t see them keeping nine linemen. The usual extra guys at LB, S, CB or even WR, are ST guys. The P situation needs to be fixed. It killed us last year. I know you can sign a guy late but after last year I’m not thrilled with that idea.

  2. kenlinkins - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    IMO most NFL (3-4) teams start off with 5WR, 9OL,4RB, 3TE, 2QB, 6DL, 8LB,5CB,4S,3ST (P-K-LS)=49. That leaves 4 roster stops open. Maybe the best 4 players make the team. The problem is how you define the 4 best players. Is it guys who could back up Free Agents who might leave next year, Special Teams players, a return man, a systems that requires extra WR, TE or a fresh 7 DL, or 3rd down LB, Nickle CB’s, or a guy who is just too good or too high a draft pick to place on the Practice Squad. Then there is the PUP list and IR, who is worth paying for and counting against the Cap (which might cause a high price back up to be cut). I do not think Coach Gruden has a set roster number at each position, IMO if he is smart, he will allow the play in preseason to tell him who to keep, and who to let go. Better players make better teams. This will be an interesting preseason as many “name” players could find themselves without a job on Sept 5th. So of us may be shocked at the names on the Wire, and that is a good thing and sign that the talent level is getting better (well that, or the Redskins made mistakes on who they kept).

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