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Need to Know: Two to watch during Redskins rookie camp

May 13, 2015, 5:10 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, May 13, 78 days before the Washington Redskins open training camp in Richmond, VA.

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Five thoughts about the buzz around the Redskins.

—It looks like the Redskins and the agents for both Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Williams are moving towards contract extensions for the two players. That doesn’t mean that anything is going to get done any time soon. There is no deadline this year to drive getting these deals done since both players are under contract for this season. The real deadline is the start of the next league year in March. The worst-case scenario for the Redskins is to have both of them unsigned then and only one franchise tag to use. They re working to avoid that dilemma but nothing is guaranteed.

—It also should be noted that if and when either of the deals are announced it will probably seem like Williams and/or Kerrigan got overpaid. They are both very good players but a cut or two below the All-Pros at their positions but they could well get paid close to what some of the best in the game are making. Both sides know that the salary cap will continue to go up in the neighborhood of $10 million per year or more. What looks like big deal today won’t look as costly in a couple of years.

—To more immediate concerns, there are two players I’m looking forward to seeing on Saturday. On is wide receiver Jamison Crowder. It’s hard to judge return ability with no pads and against a bunch of other rookies so I’m not look at that as much as I am his pass routes. If he is a polished route runner he may be able to push Andre Roberts for some snaps at slot receiver this year and possible take the job in 2016.

—The other is 5-7, 195-lb. scatback Trey Williams out of Texas A&M (if you’re not up to speed on him, this article will give you the story). It’s usually better the wait until the pads go on to reach any conclusions about a running back but it should be fun to watch the quick, elusive Williams in shorts. He may or may not have a realistic shot at making the team but it should be interesting to watching him try.

—Jay Gruden has said that he wants to spread out the rushing attempts among more running backs and a look at Alfred Morris’ numbers from last year indicate why. Morris rushed for 4.0 yards per carry in the first quarter and he improved to 4.8 in the second. But in the third period his average fell to 3.9 per attempt and it bottomed out in the fourth quarter at 3.2. Gruden wants to run the ball more while keeping Morris fresher and that, along with an improved offensive line, will greatly benefit the running game.


—It’s been 136 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 123 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins minicamp starts 34; Redskins training camp starts 78; Thursday night Redskins @ Giants 134

If you have any questions about what’s going on at Redskins Park, hit me up in the comments. And I’m always on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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  1. obxskins - May 13, 2015 at 8:04 AM

    Greetings Rich! One of the biggest pros about Kerrigan is he is a great person off the field and has a high motor when on it. No stop guy that is always fighting. He is what we should want all our young guys to have as an example. T Williams is a very good LT with the only draw back being he does get hot headed and loses control BUT I would rather him be intense than not. The 2 rookies you named our good choices. I am interested in hearing what Smith looks like at OLB. One last thing, is Ryan Grant forgotten? Seems he was on the verge of breaking out but have not heard his name at all any thoughts Mr. Tandler? Thanks dude.Oh, our HWY 12 down here on the OBX took a beaten right b4 the storm, road was washed away in places. #HTTR!

    • Rich Tandler - May 13, 2015 at 9:53 AM

      Grant will be in the mix; I’m not sure when he was on the verge of “breaking out”.

  2. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - May 13, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    The team needs to hit on some more long shots, for sure.

  3. renhoekk2 - May 13, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Interested in Halliday and Trey Williams. Also the Div III All American WR Rutenbeck. He’s a taller WR with good speed. See if he can make the jump in competition. Three players I’d like to see at least make the PS.

  4. bangkokben - May 13, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    The Redskins have two 26 year-old homegrown players on the cusp of being All-Pros. The team also has no other similar star talent on the team. Pay these guys. The cost to replace them would exceed the cost to retain them. Either you have to outbid everyone else in free agency – assuming there is comparable talent available – or you have to use your high draft picks to replace what you lost instead of filling other obvious holes on the team (BPA, of course). Surely we as Redskins fan realize how hard it is to draft and develop. Did you see how much Brian Orakpo got?! We wanted to ship him out to the island of misfit toys. How much more would Williams and Kerrigan get from a desperate team? Stop with the offensive (to the player) incentive based contract talk. That is for players that are past their prime or players that clearly have potential but have not come close reaching it due to injury or otherwise. Do you even know how the cap works considering incentives? Many of these count against the cap so whose money are you saving?

    As for the 4-12 record, that is on the sum of the parts – not two players. These two players were integral to the 10-6 division title team or was that all on someone else?

    Kerrigan can easily get a 5-year, $50M deal with $15M of guaranteed signing bonus. That is probably the starting point for negotiations. It could have cap hits of $8M, $9M, $10M, $11M, $12M. That would put him right around the top five 3-4 OLBs. That’s top five for now and it’s not like the other 31 teams don’t have guys that need extensions. The contract I proposed would also be comparable to what he is making now, relative to the cap. it would keep him here in the prime of his career and in no way would cripple the team. Williams should have a similar contract – higher for left tackles and higher for where he figures to fit in the next year or so. Basically, at some point during the next five years Trent Williams figures to be one of the top two or three left tackles and contract should gradually reflect that.

    • bowlregard - May 13, 2015 at 1:44 PM

      Agree with your essential points. I expect Kerrigan gets more than 15M guaranteed. Good teams, Seahawks, Patriots, Ravens, typically have to let player go because they can’t pay them all. But they have loads of talent and must choose who to keep. That’s why you need to constantly draft well so you’re developing quality starters who earn less their first years. I look forward to the Redskins having this sort of problem.

  5. mr.moneylover - May 13, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    If I was invited to redskins park for rookie minicamp ill keep my eyes on if they have WR Jamison Crowder run offense plays because that will say alot on andre roberts role this coming season…ill keep my eyes on how fast martrell spaights pick up things because that was his downfall in college he had trouble learning the defense plays but when he did learn the defense he was a monster on the field and had a monster year in his final year in college…I wanna know how fast these rookies pickup things before the vets join them…

    • ET - May 13, 2015 at 2:07 PM

      His coach at Arkansas said Spaight has an exceptional football IQ, so I think he’ll pick up the plays as quickly as any rookie can. Spaight’s hurdle will be adjusting to the speed of the pro game, I think. Fortunately he’ll have the chance to grow on special teams first.

  6. ET - May 13, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    The article about Trey Williams that Rich linked to above is a worthwhile read.

    Looks like a smart UDFA signing to me. The kid sounds elusive. I’m hoping Scot & Co. found one or two gems in the murky waters of the undrafted. Whether Williams makes the cut remains to be seen, but he should be fun to watch.

    • bowlregard - May 13, 2015 at 1:47 PM

      I like that phrasing: the murky waters of the undrafted. Is that where Tyrion was last episode?

  7. Joe from jersey - May 13, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    I’m interested in seeing the rookie center reiter pushing for a starting spot.

  8. Steve Levine - May 16, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    I’ve been a redskins fan for a long time and talk to a lot of other redskins fans and if there’s one thing we all agree on is that RG3 is not an NFL quarterback. I don’t understand why everyone else can see that but the organization. He may have been a great college quarterback but he can’t make the jump to the pros. Time to get a new quarterback. Archives

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