Jun 3, 2015, 5:09 AM EDT
Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, June 3, 13 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp.
Question of the day
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Today’s question comes from Twitter:
When I did my roster projection a few weeks ago (defense, offense) I figured that there will be 16 players who were not with the Redskins last year who would make the final 53. What positions will take in those new players in the greatest numbers?
On the defensive side of the ball the most changeover is likely to take place on the line and at safety. If they keep seven defensive linemen, 43 percent of them will be new with the additions of Terrance Knighton, Stephen Paea, and Ricky Jean Francois. If newly acquired nose tackle Jarrell Powe can push his way onto the roster the D-line turnover could top 50 percent.
There could be a 75 percent turnover rate at safety. Dashon Goldson and Jeron Johnson are projected to be the starters and 6th-round pick Kyshoen Jarrett could make it as a reserve and special teams player. It’s possible that the only holdover would be either Phillip Thomas or Duke Ihenacho (who barely had a cup of coffee here last year before ending up on injured reserve).
The offense should be considerably more stable. We’re not looking at any changes at quarterback or tight end. There could be only one new running back with Matt Jones replacing Roy Helu.
We’re looking at a changeover of 33 percent of the receivers with rookies Jamison Crowder and Evan Spencer taking two of the six spots there.
WR is likely to be the area that sees the most change unless free agent Tyler Larsen or Austin Reiter can win a spot on the offensive line. As it stands now it looks like just two of the nine spots will go to players new to the team in rookies Brandon Scherff and Arie Kouandjio.
—Today’s schedule: OTA practice 11:15; player availability and Jay Gruden news conference follow, approx. 1:15.
—It’s been 157 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 102 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.
—Days until: Redskins minicamp starts 13; Redskins training camp starts 57; Thursday night Redskins @ Giants 113
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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