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Need to Know: The light has turned on for Redskins’ Preston Smith

May 17, 2016, 5:10 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Monday Tuesday, May 17, seven days before the Washington Redskins start OTAs.


—The Redskins last played a game 128 days ago. It will be 118 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: OTAs start 7; Redskins training camp starts 72; Preseason opener @ Falcons 86

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It takes some players a season or two to understand the level of work it takes to succeed in the NFL. A select few understand right off the bat; many more talented players never get it and either struggle to hang on or end up out of the league altogether.

Preston Smith didn’t get it during a good chunk of his rookie season. Joe Barry gave the team’s second-round pick a while to catch on but he finally had to pull him aside and talk to him.

“He had no clue what it took to be an NFL football player,” Barry said on Inside the Locker Room on ESPN 980. “You’ve got to tell guys. I sat him down and said, ‘If you want to play in this league, the way you’re preparing and the way you’re practicing, you’re not a bad kid, but you won’t last three years in his league if you continue to prepare and if you act the way you act.’”

It took more than one such sit down session for the bulb to go off but eventually it did for the rookie. He racked up six sacks in the Redskins’ last four games including one for a safety against the Packers in the playoff game.

Smith has continued to impress during the offseason. “Even three months [ago], he was here,” said Barry. “He was working, he was grinding, he changed his body, and he changed his mindset on the way he’s approaching everything.”

Scot McCloughan also praised Smith for his work this offseason, particularly in helping the rookie players who have arrived in the last few weeks pointed in the right direction.

It will be fun to see how Smith plays with a full offseason of quality work under his belt. It probably won’t be much fun for opposing quarterbacks.

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  1. colorofmyskinz - May 17, 2016 at 6:21 AM

    Love to hear that inside tip on how Prestons offseason is going! He will be amazing I am sure. Our defense is going to be a beast! With the addition of Gallette, Cravens, Fuller, Norman, Bruton, Murphy on the line… These are some big additions. Then add the development of Preston, a healthy Riley, healthy Paea, healthy Inhencho, potentially the addition of a mean Ioannadis… Could be a very potent defense.

    I am beginning to see the type of defense Scot built for the 49ers when they went to the big one, and the defense he built for Seattle when they went.

    Defense wins championships and our offense is not that shabby. Going to be fun to watch domination this year!!


    • colorofmyskinz - May 17, 2016 at 8:04 AM

      Bye bye Roberts!! Another $4M in the bank.

      • Mr.moneylover - May 17, 2016 at 10:49 AM

        Non of our free agent additions the pass two seasons haven’t played at a high level at all only one remain…nacho…everybody else gone now…anytime rookies making more of a impact then a free agent vet then that’s a clear sign what route the team gotta take…sign college free agents and develop them to make the team stronger

        • Anonymous - May 17, 2016 at 10:58 AM

          What are you talking about?! DJax, Paea, Ricky Jean-F, and Mason Foster among others were all free agent additions the last two seasons.

        • Mr.moneylover - May 17, 2016 at 7:37 PM

          Maybe djax…but paea only had 1 sack in six games he played in last season

    • abanig - May 17, 2016 at 8:17 AM

      I wouldn’t expect too much out of the rookies. Especially Fuller because he’s coming off his knee injury.

      I expect our defensive starting line up to look pretty similar to end of last year except Paea & RJF will be starting on the DL instead of Knighton & Hatcher. Obviously Norman will be starting at RCB over Blackmon. Hall will be at FS over Goldson who’s gone and Ihenacho will be back starting at SS.

      At some point Cravens may take over or Bruton for Ihenacho but I don’t expect it to be week 1.

      Fuller is a total enigma because of his knee injury. He may start the year off on PUP or inactive while guys like Dunbar, Toler and Blackmon take those snaps as the 3rd & 4th corners.

      I understand we have the talent, but just like with Galette coming back from injury we do have question marks and I don’t expect our starting lineup to look that much different than what we ended with last year except for what I mentioned in my first paragraph.

      • celeoinc - May 17, 2016 at 9:42 AM

        It will look very different. 4-5 different starters out of 11 is a lot. Norman, ihenacho, Galette, Paea. Plus our depth will be much better, specially with all different packages that this defense requires. Riley will be a starter next to Compton. Riley did not play at the end of the season. Of course all can change with injuries.

        • abanig - May 17, 2016 at 10:51 AM

          I guess it depends on what part of the season we use. Ihenacho was the stater at SS the first two weeks.

          I’m not sure yet that Galette starts – it depends on how healthy he is coming off the achillies – Riley & Foster is a toss up to me.

          When Compton took over as the starter, Riley played well for a few weeks, but to me it was night and day once Foster started over Riley. We seemed to stuff the run better and Mason Foster had forced fumble and I believe recovered a fumble. He seemed to be around the ball more than Riley was earlier in the season.

          It’s nice that we can finally discuss different pieces we have on defense though and go back and forth on who will start at S, OLB & ILB. Years past we didn’t have much competition there.

      • Mr.moneylover - May 17, 2016 at 10:44 AM

        Actually jay gruden said they want Kendall fuller out there they think he can play at a high level once he’s healthy and they gonna throw a lil bit at him at OTAs but he will mostly get mental reps before training camp…training camp is expected to be full go…he said he’s about 90% healthy now

        • abanig - May 17, 2016 at 10:56 AM

          That’s why I was talking about his health. It’s one thing for a player and a coach to say a players going to be healthy for camp, and it’s another thing for it to actually happen. The same can be said for Galette.

          Right now I’d have to say it’s a question mark that either or both are full go at training camp. I hope it happens but we just don’t know for sure.

          Let’s also not forget how much the coaching staff has talked up Quinton Dunbar and his development since he started playing corner during last season. It wouldn’t shock me at all if Dunbar ends up being the #3 and we still have Blackmon and added Toler.

          There’s a lot of competition for the nickel corner spot for a rookie who’s coming in off of micro-fracture surgery.

        • Mr.moneylover - May 17, 2016 at 7:40 PM

          Junior Gallette won’t be full go in training camp jay gruden said he’s gonna hold him back some until maybe third preseason game

      • Mr.moneylover - May 17, 2016 at 10:52 AM

        Will blackmon is officially listed as a safety on the depth chart…I think will blackmon has a better chance at playing safety because he can cover and I think he will play some nickle too

        • abanig - May 17, 2016 at 11:00 AM

          The listing of depth charts in May mean very little. I think we’ve all learned that over the years.

          Also, with competition for Fuller, we are talking about the nickel corner position/slot position. Blackmon has experience there and that’s my point.

          We have a lot of interchangeable parts right now on defense so it’s hard – at least for me – to sit here in late May and say that Cravens is going to start or that Fuller is going to be the nickel corner.

          I think it’s impossible to know.

        • Mr.moneylover - May 17, 2016 at 7:41 PM

          Brandon Scherff was officially listed as a guard…I guess that don’t mean nothing either

      • Trey Gregory - May 17, 2016 at 8:46 PM

        I agree about Fuller but not Galette. Week 1 will be over a year since that injury. He’s already out there running around.

        I also think they’re planning on starting Cravens week 1. And, again, I’m doubtful Ihenacho even makes the team.

        • abanig - May 18, 2016 at 5:28 PM

          Achillies tears are serious injuries. I don’t think we should assume he’s going to be 100% what he was and better than Smith week 1.

          I don’t think they have a clue who will start week 1 right now at Rolb, RDE, NT, LILB, SS or the nickel corner spot.

          “Planning” for someone to start over a former starter on a team that made the super bowl is a whole lot different than that player actually starting.

        • Trey Gregory - May 19, 2016 at 3:17 AM

          I a completely aware about how serious an Achillies injury is. I’m also aware it takes about 11 months to recover and many athletes have torn their Achillies recently and returned to form. Such as Suggs (in 2012, not this past one.) Suggs was still pretty okay after that tear right? Or Jason Peters in 2012, Brent Grimes in 2012, Vince Wilfork I’m 2013, Robert Mathis, Derrick Johnson, Leon Hall, and of course our DHall. Michale Crabtree played a playoff game 7 months after tearing his and had 125 yards. Oh and Demarius Thomas tore his in 2011 only to have a 90 reception season in 2012. And I know that’s not a complete list.

          You’re not wrong to be cautiously optimistic about Galette’s return. But if he’s healthy, he’s starting. I love Preston Smith’s potential, but he’s not Junior Galette. That’s just wishful thinking.

          And what does Ihenacho being on a Super Bowl team have to do with anything? He didn’t even start. Terrance Knghton was on that team too. Cut. Bruton was on that team, maybe we shoul pencil him as a starter too? Ihenacho hasn’t played in two years because he can’t stay healthy. And he was awful in coverage even when he was healthy. Denver cut him a couple years into his rookie contract. He was costing them nothing but they found him so useless that they didn’t even want to keep him around for depth. Think about that. The only thing he does well is thump. But that’s why he’s always hurt. It’s a damn shame things are looking bad for Jarrett or else Ide say there’s no chance Ihenacho makes this team.

        • abanig - May 19, 2016 at 5:53 PM

          If I remember correctly, Suggs had a partial tear, not a full tear of his achillies. Preston Smith had 6 sacks in the second half of last season as a rookie. I think his health and that momentum will win out over Galette. I guess we’ll see.

          Ihenacho started 14 games for the Broncos in 2013. We need Ihenacho for his run defense. He may be just a two down safety or something. Still, having him on the field on run downs is like having an extra inside linebacker. Our run defense looked better when he was healthy last year and shooting gaps and making tackles around the line of scrimmage.

          Bruton also has a chance to start IMO. I don’t know anyone would just automatically grant Cravens the starting SS spot over those two veterans to start the season.

          Cravens has talent but often times at least to start the season experience is chosen first until the rookie proves he can handle everything and the entire playbook and not blow assignments.

          For example, Trent Murphy started over Preston Smith last year for 3/4 of the season and everyone knows Smith has more pass rushing talent than Murphy.

        • Trey Gregory - May 20, 2016 at 2:06 AM

          There were a lot of other guys on that list than Suggs that you conveniently glossed over. Modern medicine (mostly the recovery process) is a beautiful thing.

          And yeah, I know Smith’s performance last year. The guy was great. I love that he’s in my team and I’m excited for his future. He had 5 sacks in the final 3 games. But it’s completely unreasonable to expect that ratio to extend over an entire season. He got 3 sacks against Philly in week 16. A team that had obviously given up. Sacks also seem to come in spurts. They’re weird like that. And I dont want it to seem like I’m talking bad about Smith, because I’m not. But it’s absolutely insane to think Preston Smith would beat out a healthy Junior Gallette for the starting job. Smith had a great half a season. Gallette is a proven, and consistent, top tier edge rusher. It’s arguable that Gallette is better than Kerrigan. There’s really no debate if Gallette is healthy.

          The rub is his health. But as I tried to illustrate in my last post, plenty of guy have come back from that injury and played at a high level. Every report I’ve seen from Washington’s camp is saying his explosiveness is back. He posts videos of him exploding off the line in practice on his Twitter all the time. Nothing is guaranteed, but it’s looking good.

          And my bad, yes, Ihenacho started some games for Denver in 2013. I had to say some games because, shocker, he was injuried for some of them. And yup, he started in one of the biggest SuperBowl blowouts ever. Then the Broncos were so impressed that they cut him even though his UFA contract cost them nothing. What a ringing endorsement.

          And we don’t need him to stop the run. Run stuffing safties are one of the least valuable NFL assets in 2016. It’s a passing league. That’s why all those fantastic run stuffing defensive linemen fell so far in the draft. Do you honestly feel comfortable trusting him to stay healthy to help our D anyway? He can’t cover and he’s always hurt. Let’s move on and develop a guy who could have a future.

          But you’re not wrong to say people are getting ahead of themselves penciling I’m Cravens as a starter. Especially week 1. I can’t remember the % of rookies who started in 2015 but it was shockingly low. Including 1st and 2nd round picks. Our safety situation isn’t great. It could end up being Hall and Blackmon for all I know.

        • abanig - May 20, 2016 at 7:11 AM

          Just to let you know, Sua Cravebs and guys like Kam Chancelor are run safeties. They have importance we sure could have used a safety who could have tackles a running back last year after Ihenacho got hurt, and that’s one reason we drafted Sua Cravens we needed safeties that could tackle better than guys like Goldson

    • Trey Gregory - May 17, 2016 at 8:41 PM

      I’m doubtful Ihenacho even makes the team if Cravens plays safety. That’s still very much in the air but I’m not holding my breath for Ihenacho either way. I’m also not sure I would call Bruton a “big addition.”

      But yes, there are some things to be excited about with this defense. Just keep it all in perspective. One injury and out OLB death is garbage now that Murphy is moved inside. There’s also huge question marks about the interior line. And, before someone tries it, listing off a bunch of names on the roster isn’t the answer.

  2. redskins12thman - May 17, 2016 at 6:47 AM

    Way to go Preston!

    Colorofmyskinz – I hope Scot found good additions on d-line too in Reyes and Hood.

    • colorofmyskinz - May 17, 2016 at 7:26 AM

      You bet!! Scot is the talent whisper…

      • sidepull - May 17, 2016 at 10:09 AM

        Lots of good stuff on players, positions etc. but what I want to see is how coach Barry use tshem. To me, if he produces a dynamic game plans where the defense is unpredictable, provides, pressure and stops he run then the Redskins are on to something. There are no excuses for Barry right now unless all of his defenders get injured. He has players, lets see what he does. I am on the fence and still not a believer in this guy yet. Willing to be for sure but I want to see more. Scot can get the players sure, but he was pretty clear Barry was Grudens choice.

        • bangkokben - May 17, 2016 at 10:47 AM

          “…unless all of his defenders get injured.”

          That is exactly right. IF Galette comes up lame and Norman injures a knee, we’re right back to 2015.

      • lezziemcdykerson - May 17, 2016 at 3:34 PM

        I guess this is why he prefers “football players”

  3. troylok - May 17, 2016 at 7:39 AM

    It will be interesting to see how they sub in and out Galette, Smith and Kerrigan. I am betting Barry is developing a few plays where he gets all three of them on the field at the same time.

    • colorofmyskinz - May 17, 2016 at 8:02 AM

      That would be sick. Imagine Gallette, Smith, Kerrigan, Baker, Ioannadis, Murphy, Compton, Sua, getting after the QB as Dhall, Normam, and Bree shut the pass down… OMG the options for Heat are endless…

      • lezziemcdykerson - May 17, 2016 at 3:37 PM

        *Lays down some chicken bones and feathers and performs the no injuries ritual.*

    • colorofmyskinz - May 17, 2016 at 8:03 AM

      Defense is just plain freakish.

      • lezziemcdykerson - May 17, 2016 at 3:38 PM

        Imagine if we would’ve gotten Lean Roast back on a team friendly deal… Saul Goodman.. we got younger and hopefully, eventually, better.

        • Trey Gregory - May 17, 2016 at 11:12 PM

          I’m still holding out some completely irrational hope that Scot will find a massive and talented defensive tackle to sign before the season starts.

          I have no idea who or where to even start looking. But I’m hominid out hope. Maybe there’s a UFA somewhere. Or a massive college Olinemen who could make the swap. Still wish we used our 4th pick on a DT or RB. But it is what it is.

        • lezziemcdykerson - May 18, 2016 at 12:13 AM

          Yeah especially with Billings still on the board but we just have to have faith in the fact that the MADTV guy is a late round gem finder. I can’t think of who the hot commodity CB was in Sherman’s draft class but I can blindly say he doesn’t have a ring yet.

        • Trey Gregory - May 18, 2016 at 3:04 PM

          Yeah it’s not even about the round they were picked in or anything like that. I just want good played. I’m a huge believer that strong lines are the most important thing for a team (outside of a QB but if the QB doesn’t have a line….)

          I just wish we used that pick to strengthen the interior Dline instead of punting for next year. The draft is about the future but teams only have a certain window because of free agency. We have a few studs who I would like to see on a real contender before they retire or leave in free agency. A 2016 4th round draft pick may not contribute right away, but they probably would sooner than a 2017 4th rounder.

          And I don’t care what anyone says. Billings was a day one starting NT who has the ceiling to be that 3 down pass rushing DT. The kid is 21. He’s not even down growing yet and he’s already freakishly strong (even by NFL standards). I’m excited about Ioannidis. But I would be more excited about Billings and Ioannidis. Trading back doesn’t always pay off, and I can give multiple examples if anyone really wants to challenge me on that. I just wish Scot used that pick to help the run game on either side of the ball.

        • lezziemcdykerson - May 18, 2016 at 5:03 PM

          I agree with everything. Billings was there and we should have taken him. I was pissed because I was literally on my way to Selection Square (I had seat filler tickets) and when I got there I thought we’d already picked but when I saw we traded… and not even back but into next year. I was a little HOT. Billings played against top tier college talent so I’m puzzled as to why he wouldn’t have been BPA on Scot’s board. Ironside might have some hidden upside that only Scot can see but to have Billings slide to us in the 4th when he was a projected 1st round maybe 2nd round talent… plus at that point we were already having a great draft. Doctson, Cravens and Fuller, Billings would have really put our defense over the top.

        • Trey Gregory - May 19, 2016 at 3:30 AM

          Man, I said I was going to stop talking about this because I know people are sick of hearing it AND I AM HAPOY WITH THE DRAFT. But maybe you didn’t see my posts about it so I’ll do it once more.

          I’m a Baylor Alumni. Literally just graduated Saturday. Andrew Billings is my guy. I watched every single snap he took. The guy is a monster. I watched him put double teams on straight skates. It’s like they were sprinting backward. He’s freakishly strong. Remember Mark Henry? Gold Medal Olympic weight lifter who went to the WWF (now WWE)? Billings broke his Texas State high school weight lifting record. He’s a genetic freak. And he’s only 21. He’s still growing and will get stronger. He has an amazing motor and a great work ethic. I work in the local media and have talked to a lot of people about him. They all say he’s a great person, quiet, blue collar, hard working, not flashy kind of guy. Just like McCloughan likes. He’s surprisingly athletic. It blows my mind how guys are saying he’s only a run stuffer. He’s explosive and fast.

          He’s slightly undersized for a nose, but his strength makes up for it. Teams will have to double him. And I see his size as a positive because he’s a tweener. He can play 0 technique on 1st and 2nd and the. Shade over and pass rush on 3rd. I’ve seen him do it in college and I know the NFL coaches can get that from him.

          He is my all time favorite college player. Not RG3 or Corey Coleman, but Andrew Billings. And I was convinced we were taking him. My eye literally started to water yo when he fell to us in the second. Then we pass and so on.

          But the. The fourth round. People were saying he was overvalued and all that but he fell to us in the fourth. That had to be the pick right? Na, Scot wanted to trade and he goes two later. So the McCloughan Cult will say all kinds of over value or we gained a pick but I’ll never be convinced that was the right move. We had a 2nd round talent, in a position of need, right in front of us and instead we took nobody.

          I loved the draft other than that. But I’ll never quite forgive Scot for that one

    • babyteal1 - May 17, 2016 at 8:03 AM

      He better or they are wasting their talents!!!

    • John - May 17, 2016 at 9:41 AM

      Smith will most likely be up against the center on passing downs, working mismatches at the A gap and elsewhere along the line.

      • Trey Gregory - May 17, 2016 at 11:17 PM

        You think Smith, and outside linebacker, is lining up as a 1 technique defensive tackle? Where would everyone else be in this scenario?

        • lezziemcdykerson - May 18, 2016 at 12:17 AM

          They (and by they I mean fellow commenters don’t think I’ve heard the skins entertain this) talked about him putting on weight and maybe moving him to DE but this is a reach.

  4. abanig - May 17, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    I do think Smith is the man, he started to show that at the end of last year. He was playing better than Kerrigan. It wouldn’t shock me at all if Smith is starting at ROLB and not Galette as Galette is working his way back from the torn achillies.

    • lezziemcdykerson - May 17, 2016 at 3:40 PM

      Moment of silence in remembrance of Orakpo.

  5. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - May 17, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Andre Roberts has been released.

  6. bangkokben - May 17, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    With Mike Jones tweet about Griffin lobbying for Andre Roberts back in 2014, could’ve the reason for holding on to him so long been because the team had hoped to get a conditional draft pick from some team? Just grasping at straws as to why he was still on the roster for as long as he was.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - May 17, 2016 at 9:33 AM

      Seems as plausible a reason as any.

      But it’s not like holding onto him until now has affected us adversely.

      • bangkokben - May 17, 2016 at 9:52 AM

        No, it did not and that seems to be the crux of most of the decisions to retain players they have no plans for. The primary beneficiary of a timely release is the player. Seems as if McCloughan is going to hold on to “assets” as long as possible before cutting bait.

      • bangkokben - May 17, 2016 at 10:07 AM

        My latest theory on “why now” for Roberts is that they want the roster spot for some guy who has virtually no chance of making the final 53.

    • John - May 17, 2016 at 9:37 AM

      Waited for the injury situation to clear up. Post June 1 would have been better but at least he is outta here!

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - May 17, 2016 at 9:42 AM

        Teams can designate 2 players as June 1 cuts.
        I think where many people get confused, though, is when they hear that “player x” could be designated a June 1 cut and immediately jump to conclusions that it means a spending spree in March. The league allows each team to designate up to two players per year as a June 1 cut for cap purposes prior to June 1. It’s the one concession that was given to the players as it allows a player to be cut in March and have time to explore free agency but have his cap hit spread out over two seasons, thus creating more cap space in the current year. The issue though is the mechanism by which this works.

      • bangkokben - May 17, 2016 at 9:44 AM

        That seemed like a working theory until they cut Culliver.

        • renhoekk2 - May 17, 2016 at 9:59 AM

          Would not mind if they brought Culliver back for depth on a more team friendly deal.

        • lezziemcdykerson - May 17, 2016 at 3:43 PM

          Or Goldson @Renhoek

  7. mtskins - May 17, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    I missed it on ESPN but I have more respect for Barry after reading this article. Always great when a coach is able to make it click for his players. That being said I think he and a the defense have a lot to prove this year. Injuries and a lack of talent definitely limited them last year, but with the additions of Galette, Norman, and the growth of players like Smith the expectations will be a lot higher for 2016.

    • wvredskins - May 17, 2016 at 5:35 PM

      If you listen to the whole segment with Barry on ESPN radio he makes alot of good points on there. I to after listening to him have more respect as well as faith in Barry.

  8. Mr.moneylover - May 17, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Preston Smith can be a special player…very few players got long arms like he do that can get to the QB the way he do…I remembered he made Ryan tannahill fumble in his first game and I said it then he’s gonna be dominant once he figure out everything… I think he’s a double digit sack player that’s bound to happen

  9. Mr.moneylover - May 17, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    A tryout player do have a chance to make the team…it’s all about making your 90 man roster as strong as possible before OTAs and training camp…another guy who I was told look good in rookie minicamp was Maurice Harris from CAL but he’s a guy already signed to go with them to training camp

  10. kenlinkins - May 17, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    Rich, The Redskins seem to have a lot of young talented DB’s on the roster. Breeland, Norman, Fuller, Carrington, Cooper, Dunbar, Harris, Phillips, Cravens, Everett, Jarrett, Ihenacho and Matias-Smith. They also have 4 guys who already have 8 or more years in the NFL (Toler, Blackmon, Bruton and Hall). The Redskins will carry 9 or maybe 10 (if you count Cravens as DB) DB’s on the 53 man roster. Do you think the Redskins would carry 3 or 4 on the practice squad? I like everyone I see on the roster and IMO all of the young DB’s could develop into very good backs and Special Teams members. Also, IMO many of these guys might not be able to be kept there long as they could be pick off by teams. Do the Redskins feel like me that they have a very good crop of DB’s on the 90 man roster.

    • Rich Tandler - May 17, 2016 at 2:20 PM

      I think three is possible. Four on a 10-man practice squad is too much.

      Depends in part of how many they carry at other position. If they go 8 OL (unlikely but it’s been done) you want at least two of those on the PS. They always carry a couple of WR’s to work the scout team. So you can run out of space pretty fast.

      If they carry 10 on the 53 (9 is the norm) then probably only 2 on the PS.

  11. kenlinkins - May 17, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    As for Smith, you just never know where that next great player is coming from. I remember sitting drinking a beer with Alonzo Johnson (2nd round pick of Eagles in 1986) talking with the 8th and 9th round picks. He told them he was holding out. The Eagles had offered $1.1 million over 3 years and his agent wanted $1.4 million. Both the 8th and 9th round picks said ” wish I had your problems, just making the team would be great for us”. A few days later news hit that Johnson popped hot on a drug test and ended up signing for about $900K for three years. He only played 1.5 years in the NFL. The 8th round pick was Seth Joyner and the 9th round pick was Clyde Simmons. You just never know who is going to break out and be that next great player.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - May 17, 2016 at 6:02 PM

      It didn’t work out with him. But I feel better about our WR situation now than in years.

      And the same goes for cornerback. We have depth, baby!

  12. goback2rfk - May 17, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    They need to with hold the deal from kirks cousins. i want to see a little more of him before i can fully decide.
    with that being said, i will see yall at the Cleveland game where preston smith is going to make minced meat out of rg3andout.

    • bangkokben - May 17, 2016 at 8:11 PM

      It seems stupid to me to pay Cousins more next year when they can pay him less this year BUT the Redskins continue to make chunks of cap space for next year so they’ll be prepared to pay him whatever price he deserves. By my calculations the Redskins will have approximately $55 million in cap room next season with only two big position needs and a QB to sign.

      • John - May 18, 2016 at 2:05 PM

        Go back:

        They don’t have the luxury. Consider the number of aging QBs out there (Brady, Brees, Rivers, Manning, Rothlinsberger, Romo, Palmer etc.,) and the number of available or up and coming QBs to fill those slots, not to mention what Brock Osweiler got based on 7 games with a much better defense to back him up and they can’t exactly take a wait and see approach. They are probably not far apart on money, just details (years, outs, etc.,). Archives

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