May 4, 2016, 5:01 AM EDT
Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, May 4, nine days before the Washington Redskins hold their rookie minicamp.
—The Redskins last played a game 115 days ago. It will be 131 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.
—Days until: Rookie minicamp 9; OTAs start 20; Redskins training camp starts 85
We’ve already seen the draft, along with the signing of Josh Norman, cost veteran Chris Culliver his roster spot. Here are some other veterans whose roster spots are in danger after the Redskins picked seven players in the draft.
WR DeSean Jackson—Unlike the others on this list Jackson isn’t in danger of being released before the 2016 season starts. But it’s clear that with Josh Doctson on board the organization will choose to keep either Jackson or Garçon. Keeping neither is also a possibility; keeping both is not. Although Doctson is not the same type of receiver that Jackson is that doesn’t mean that he can’t take his spot as a No. 1 receiver, sending Jackson into the free agent market at age 30.
S Duke Ihenacho—I’m not betting against Su’a Cravens being the Week 1 starting strong safety and that could prove to be problematic for Ihenacho’s job security. Cravens joins DeAngelo Hall, Will Blacksmon, and David Bruton on the safety depth chart with the status of Kyshoen Jarrett pending injury rehab. Ihenacho could be on the outside looking in.
DL Kedric Golston—It’s pretty clear that Matt Ioannidis is a threat to Golston’s position on the D-line rotation. Chris Baker, Stephen Paea, Ricky Jean Francois, and Kendall Reyes are safe. It appears that Trent Murphy will join the group, leaving one spot for Ioannidis, Golston, and Ziggy Hood. I think we know who will get the nod if that is the case.
RB Chris Thompson—When your calling card is speed and a GM who didn’t draft you takes another speedy running back you could be in trouble. Actually, Thompson doesn’t have to worry as much about Keith Marshall as he does about a veteran like Pierre Thomas getting signed. That could make the veteran Matt Jones’ tag team partner and have Marshall and Thompson competing to be the third-down back. I think you know who would be favored in a battle between a McCloughan draft pick and a Shanahan draft pick.
Stat of the day
In 2015 the Redskins recovered 16 opponents’ fumbles, leading the NFL in that category.
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