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Need to Know: Quick Hits–Will Redskins’ Forbath get challenged?

Mar 22, 2015, 5:06 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, March 22, 39 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.

Question of the day—quick hits edition

I collect a lot of queries for the question of the day and a lot of them are good but they don’t warrant an answer long enough for a full post. So every once in a while I do a quick hits edition to answer those questions. Still some good ones left so let’s get going.

It’s still Bruce along with capologist Eric Schaffer (actually his title is VP of Football Administration/General Counsel) doing the contracts. I’m sure McCloughan is somewhat involved in the process and has final say since a good player acquired with a bad contract is a bad player.

For a long time it was Dante Fowler, the edge rusher out of Florida. He’s explosive with long arms. Fowler played all around the front seven in Florida’s defense, preparing him well for a versatile “you never know where he’s coming from” role in the NFL. But now I’m leaning towards West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White. He’s the big, fast, athletic receiver the Redskins haven’t had since, well, forever.

It sounds like Brandon is concerned that scouts and others on the personnel department who may be lame ducks. McCloughan could well be planning to clean house once the draft is over in May. But besides sheer professional pride, the scouts have every reason to give their very best efforts. If they do go looking for jobs, whoever might want to hire them will put a call in to McCloughan. He will give the potential employer his honest assessment and if that includes dogging it because the scout thought he was a lame duck, well, that scout might as well find a job selling insurance. Word gets around quickly.

Although Forbath is a very accurate field goal kicker his leg strength is still suspect. He annually ranks near the bottom of the league in touchbacks and there’s a pretty good chance that they will keep their eye on kickers who can both consistently boot the ball through the end zone and be reasonably accurate on field goals. I suspect there will be a second kicker in OTAs and training camp but how serious the competition is remains to be seen. The chances are pretty good that Forbath will be the Week 1 kicker.


—It’s been 84 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 175 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 29; 2015 NFL Draft 39; Redskins training camp starts 130

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  1. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 22, 2015 at 8:04 AM

    Unless no one takes Mariota, I’d say the chances of us having either Kevin White or Dante Fowler, Jr. on the board at pick 5 are good.

    (I’m guessing that Leonard Williams and Jameis Winston are two of the top 3 picks.)

  2. mr.moneylover - Mar 22, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    WR Kevin white or dante flower will be there around the fifth pick if titans pick a QB…some ppl say redskins interested in amari cooper but I think its a bad pick at number 5 and they say on game tape he dont like when CBs get physical with him in man to man coverage and playing in the NFL its the most physical sport…ill go pick the best CB in the draft before I pick amari cooper…if titans smart they will draft marcus mariota but I doubt that they will even tho they need a QB

  3. troylok - Mar 22, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    I’d be happy with Kevin White or Dante Fowler, Jr. Each one will make the team better. If they take White, it will probably lead to a trade or a straight on cut of one of the more senior recievers like Roberts or Garcon.

    • bangkokben - Mar 22, 2015 at 10:16 AM


      • troylok - Mar 22, 2015 at 12:57 PM

        I believe the Redskins need a tall receiver for the red zone passing attack. I was hoping they would try to get taller tight ends, but in the absence of that, a tall receiver would be nice. As far as an edge rusher, I’ve come full circle on this. I still think we have a good developing player in Murphy, but I acknowledge that he just isn’t as quick as someone like Fowler.

    • mr.moneylover - Mar 22, 2015 at 11:09 AM

      I doubt they will cut p.garcon…I think they will cut andre roberts before they cut p.garcon …andre Roberts repeatedly drop easy catches he wasnt that third wide receiver threat that we needed to open things up for p.garcon and other wide receivers…anytime when word get out about ryan grant getting more playing time this year or might start as the third wide receiver coach jay gruden might not trust andre roberts just like he dont trust david amerson…jay gruden will start his guys that he drafted over the ones mike shanahan drafted

      • mr.moneylover - Mar 22, 2015 at 11:17 AM

        I think andre roberts is a diva…he cried about being the third wide receiver but would if he was the second wide receiver we wouldve been worst then we was…we dont need divas on this team we need men on this team that fight together and thats what scot m. Gonna put together…

  4. Jax4 - Mar 22, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Have to sign Forbath first for him the be challenged

  5. mr.moneylover - Mar 22, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    I think andre roberts is a diva…he cried about being the third wide receiver but would if he was the second wide receiver we wouldve been worst then we was…we dont need divas on this team we need men on this team that fight together and thats what scot m. Gonna put together…

    • captblood3000 - Mar 22, 2015 at 2:41 PM

      What a mean spirited comment, and you made it twice on one post. Roberts probably would have signed elsewhere if he had known that DJax would sign with the Redskins. He wanted to do great things for the team you root for. Why is that a bad thing?

      • mr.moneylover - Mar 22, 2015 at 3:07 PM

        But he didnt do good things for the team he only caught 31 out of 71 balls for the season the worst percentage out of the other wide receivers we had on the field… and you telling me he want to do good things for the team yeah right…he drop the ball when he thinks hes about to get hit…all we seen was the football go threw his hands most the season and we seen him get mad at breeland in practice because breeland was getting physical wit him and kept knocking the ball away from him and that spark a fight

        • captblood3000 - Mar 23, 2015 at 9:26 AM

          36 receptions, 73 targets. So you assume he dropped 37 targets. Check.

  6. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 22, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    This year’s safety class is pretty weak. Maybe a guy like Damarious Randall if he’s around when we pick in the 3rd?

    • 214hof - Mar 22, 2015 at 2:23 PM

      Would rather see this guys name in the 3rd

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 22, 2015 at 3:02 PM

        I was looking at Amos yesterday, coincidentally.

        Whichever one can best cover receivers, that’s the skill we’re lacking and is also in short supply at safety in this draft.

        • 214hof - Mar 22, 2015 at 3:18 PM

          Amos has decent (not great) size, but he plays the game with attitude. I think he is right up McCs’ ally in terms of being a “football player”. He seems to have the proper checkmarks the new GM “said” he was looking for in a players. There is not many players I’m excited for in this years draft, but I got my fingers crossed the Skins’ draft this guy.

    • captblood3000 - Mar 22, 2015 at 2:42 PM

      Too small.

  7. kenlinkins - Mar 22, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    Rich: It seems that the Redskins new GM has picked most of the low hanging fruit (i.e. easy moves with low risk) but has done so on his own time table and at his own pace. He also seems to have checked his ego at the door and has not tried to “out bid” or “over play his hand” to prove he is a “Power GM”. How is this new style playing at the “top floor” (i.e. Owners and Presidents Office) at Redskins park? In the past it seemed like the Redskins would win the bidding battles but lose the Win / Lost wars! The key words so far seems to be “young with up/side that the GM has insight with”. What is the over-all feeling at Redskins Park?

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 22, 2015 at 1:18 PM

      They hired McCloughan, they are going to let him do his job.

      > > >

  8. troylok - Mar 22, 2015 at 1:01 PM

    As far as Forbath, I think the Redskins desperately need a long kicker if they are going to improve on special teams. Forbath is usually money on field goals, so maybe they keep two kickers on the roster. It is still worth it if they can reduce the number of opportunities the defender has to take it to the house by kicking touchbacks. BTW, I’m not so sure they couldn’t develop their punter into a dual threat kickoff specialist and punter. Archives

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