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Need to Know: Plenty of competition will highlight Redskins’ OTAs, camps

May 14, 2016, 5:51 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 14, 10 days before the Redskins start OTAs.


At Redskins Park: Rookie minicamp 12:45; media watches session, players available afterward, Jay Gruden press conference after players, approx. 3:00

—The Redskins last played a game 125 days ago. It will be 121 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: OTAs start 10; Redskins training camp starts 75; Preseason opener @ Falcons 90

Hot topics

Here is our weekly look at some of the most popular posts from the Redskins week that was here and

Redskins still have plenty of 2017 cap room—Panic over the team’s ability to pay Kirk Cousins set in when news of Jordan Reed’s extension piled on top of the big 2017 cap hit that Josh Norman’s deal carries. But they still have plenty of cap room to operate, hit the post for details.

Starting jobs up for grabs on Redskins’ D—As one commenter pointed out, there darn well should be jobs on the line when a team struggled against the run as much as this one did in 2015. OTAs and training camp should be interesting.

What are the Redskins’ most important remaining needs?—It looks like every need but one can probably be filled from within. Check out the post to see where the Redskins likely will need to get outside help.

Way too early roster projections (offense here, defense here)—These are more for fun than anything. But a set of projections I did at this time last year i got 42 of the 53 right and five of the misses were because the player was on injured reserve. So while there can be some surprises the cake is mostly baked.

Redskins depth chart: Stiff competition at ILB—The top three at this position appear to be set (and, yes, that group is likely to include Perry Riley). Behind them there are unproven players like Steven Daniels and Martrell Spaight, special teams specialist Terence Garvin, and veteran Adam Hayward. They will battle for the two, maybe three remaining spots.

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  1. redskins12thman - May 14, 2016 at 6:22 AM

    After today, I would like to learn who you think are the leading candidates to be this year’s Quinton Dunbar (CFA) and Houston Bates (tryout rookie)? I hope DL and OL are hotly contested.

  2. colorofmyskinz - May 14, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    I think this year Hayward is out. The combination of age, 2 major injuries with tons of lost time at starter, and stiff new talent… I thank him for the leadership but I don’t think this year looks good for him.

    We will for sure make some key high dollar cuts and pick up some key free agents after June 1. My guess is Roberts, Lauvao, and Lichtenstein could be on that list. Those cuts would save us $11.3M. We have about $1.5M right now.

    We could pick up a Center, RB, and Dline with that $12.8 M. I think we are good with Long, Arie K at guard, and rookie Dominic Jackson. Lauvao foot surgeries on both feet is not a good thing. I would only cut Kory if we had a line on a better center after June 1. This would allow us to get the key pieces we need, NT/DT and proven RB.

    Maybe we use a trade at WR depth to do it, maybe we use a 2017 draft pick, or the cuts mentioned to clear cap. But either way, I see a new RB, NT/DT, and potentially Center joining our team after June 1.

    • bangkokben - May 14, 2016 at 9:19 AM

      What center, running back, and d-linemen are available that would need to be paid that kind of money? The Redskins are just $1,247,751 under the cap BUT will get $8,000,000 once Culliver clears the books June 1st. The need to release those players and sign other players with that money doesn’t exist. The Redskins don’t need more money to get a back to camp. Now those players you mentioned may get cut but it’ll do more with their performance not equaling their contracts — not by a little but a lot. Culliver got released because Norman AND Fuller made him expendable. Lichstensteiger and Lauvao will need similar circumstances. Roberts still being on the team is a head-scratcher.

      • colorofmyskinz - May 14, 2016 at 9:24 AM

        I am not saying replace cap with cap, just saying we might need that cap. I was wondering if that $8 M was factored into our cap number yet or not. Thanks for the clarification. Just saying those guys could be cut because I don’t feel they offer a ton, except for Kory. Again only cut him if we can replace him with better. Roberts and Lauvao are expendable imo.

        • ET - May 15, 2016 at 10:50 AM

          Lauvao’s gonna get a fair shot this summer. His play early in 2016 was just too good to ignore. Maybe the multiple injuries / surgeries are too much, I don’t know. But he’ll have an opportunity.

          With Kory, I think the coaches view him much more favorably than the fans. He stays this season unless his performance nosedives or someone else emerges as a well above-average option. Both scenarios seem unlikely.

      • colorofmyskinz - May 14, 2016 at 9:25 AM

        Oh your other question, who is available? We won’t know until after June 1 when they are cut. There has to be a RB and NT/DT available that currently is not on the market.

        • bangkokben - May 14, 2016 at 9:32 AM

          Fair enough on the three mentioned as possible cap casualties the writings been on the wall for those three. As to potential releases, I just don’t see it. Teams can cut guys before June 1st and designate them post June 1st. I’d think if there was RB or NT similar to Andre Roberts on a team, we’d hear wind of it by now. Otherwise, we’re waiting for the Andre Roberts version of a RB and NT? No thank you.

  3. Mr.moneylover - May 14, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Training camp is rapidly approaching… Wow only 75 days…I’m looking for some new faces to make plays for this team this year…once training camp is here basically the season is here cause its only 2 weeks of training camp then pre-season starts…I hope kirk cousins improved his game because they go as far as he go…we had a defense that improved on takeaways but just couldn’t do nothing with it…I’m curious on the center position and left guard position Spencer long didn’t do much to stamp his name on the open position pass protection was OK but struggle run blocking…I’m curious on the D-line depth…i don’t know how well Trent Murphy gonna do if he struggle then he will be just taking up space on the roster same with Kendrick gholston he’s old.. question is if he get stuck in the game when a team like the packers run no huddle is he able to keep up with the more younger guys????? last year he only did spot duty ….its very questionable depth and I still think we will see new faces on the D-line and in the rotation…. I think they might end up keeping 8 D-linemen knowing its questions there that’s not answered

  4. Mr.moneylover - May 14, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    I Hear matt Jones looking better then last year I guess he wanna stamp his name on the starting RB postion

    • chad - May 14, 2016 at 1:47 PM

      2nd year player, most players do better. he’s more comfortable with the players and coaches as well as he knows what the expect from an NFL season. he’s no longer a rookie learning the schedules

    • John - May 14, 2016 at 3:11 PM

      Its the difference between sharing the duties last year with another runner and being told this year that your “the guy”. If its yours your going to assume responsibility unless you don’t want the weight of responsibility on your shoulders.

  5. Chad - May 14, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Mr. Tandler,
    I kinda had a theory about when we brought in WR Boldin. he’s a lil old, and still productive player, but what I seen was alot of TE type routes from him last year. This begs the question, did the redskins view him as a possible TE/WR hybrid? of course all this before we signed Davis. I was wondering your thoughts on this and if you may of heard anything or maybe thought that same thing at that time?

    • John - May 14, 2016 at 3:18 PM

      A bigger red zone target and for leverage in Garcon contract negotiations as he’ll give you what Garcon does for less $, especially since Garcon has been unwilling to entertain restructuring.

      • bangkokben - May 14, 2016 at 5:09 PM

        This theory would have merit if it was followed up by any action. Alas, it doesn’t — unless you consider drafting Doctson.

    • Rich Tandler - May 15, 2016 at 4:47 AM

      I think you’re over analyzing. AB is a wide receiver. I suppose he could run some TE type routes just like some TE’s can run WR routes. At the time they didn’t know if they would be able to draft another WR so they talked to him. He visited and there wasn’t much serious conversation after that.

  6. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - May 14, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    File under “Heh!”


    • bangkokben - May 14, 2016 at 4:51 PM

      File that under: What you don’t want hear on your rookie tryout.

      Poor QB. So nervous and SO INACCURATE.

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - May 14, 2016 at 5:00 PM

        So was it about our 6th round pick, or him and the newest tryout (Vernon Adams), I wonder?

        • bangkokben - May 14, 2016 at 5:07 PM

          Rewatching the instagram. It looks like it was both of the guys wearing yellow jerseys. Might be both of them or it could be two other guys altogether.

        • rtcwon - May 14, 2016 at 5:41 PM

          Looked to me like short sleeve guy with one bad, one good throw on come backs & long sleeve guy with two bad throws, slant & deep.

        • rtcwon - May 14, 2016 at 5:46 PM

          5’11” v 6’6″ should be more obvious but from that angle hard to tell but think Sudfeld was long sleeve & Adams was short sleeve. Archives

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