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    With the only Redskins news of the week being related to Kirk Cousins playing on the franchise tag (Boo!) but with there now being less than 50 days until meaningful football (Yea!) the weekly Bacon Bits space will be filled with the following graphic which may help to get fans back into the mood for some Washington Redskins football as training camps approach.

     

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    The Future Is (Burgundy And) Gold

    Ordinarily, here would be your weekly Bacon Bits blog recapping the week in Washington Redskins news, however, there was literally no news to recap.  Therefore, in the interest of having something to fill the white space the following is being cobbled together from a general upward tick in positive media coverage.  Among those praising the future of the Redskins is ESPN’s collection of pundits in their annual future power rankings.  The full article is, of course, Insider material hidden behind a paywall but fortunately the pertinent information is available in the local newspaper, which is also hidden behind a paywall after a certain number of views per month.  The ethics of excerpting one media outlet’s paid content and then placing same behind another paywall are questionable to say the least but let us digress.

     

    The following are the actual numbers of ESPN’s 2016 futures rankings.  Numbers in parentheses indicate the change from the 2015 rankings.

    Roster: 71.7 (+11.7)
    QB: 77.3 (+36)
    Coaching: 72.3 (+11.6)
    Draft: 78.3 (+14)
    Front Office: 73.3 (-1.7)
    Overall Score: 74.2 (+14.9)

    Sufficed to say the roster has most certainly improved.  Off-season free agent acquisitions Josh Norman, David Bruton, Kendall Reyes, Vernon Davis, Cody Booth, and Al Bond, the return of Junior Galette, Stephen Paea, Niles Paul, and Shawn Lauvao from injured reserve should make the roster both more stable and more competitive.

     

    Without reliving the past, let’s just say quarterback play has undoubtedly improved and leave it there.  Moving on. Nothing to see here.

     

    Coaching is always judged by the results.  More wins invariably means higher coaching rankings.  Playoff wins are the next step.  It’s a big step.

     

    The draft additions of Josh Doctson, Su’a Cravens, Kendall Fuller, Matthew Ioannidis, Keith Marshall, and Nate Sudfield infuse the roster with youth, size, and potential.  Undrafted free agent signings Rob Kelley and Lloyd Carrington have an excellent chance of making the roster based upon their play thus far.

     

    How exactly the front office rankings decline when the team has virtually the same front office personnel, had a better season, a better draft according to the very same source, and a brighter future according to the very same source is beyond comprehension.  One would surmise ownership owning rather than managing would be worth it’s weight in gold futures.

     

    Overall, the Redskins were ranked as having the brightest future of any NFC East team, Kirk Cousins playing the 2016 on the franchise tag not withstanding.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dc-sports-bog/wp/2016/07/11/redskins-jump-15-spots-in-espns-future-power-rankings/

     

    Former Redskins player personnel man Morocco Brown spoke recently on NFL Network about how an NFL roster is constructed.  His formula consists of ten core players, five on offense and five on defense, based upon position.  The positions specifically ordered in rank of importance are: QB, LT, RB, WR, TE and RDE, 3Tech NT/DT, LCB, MLB, FS.  In terms of futures, Kirk Cousins, Trent Williams, Matt Jones, Josh Doctson, and Jordan Reed make for a nice group.  Defensively, NT is a major concern beyond this season.  It’s possible Jerrell Powe or Ziggy hood can fill that role but that remains to bee seen.  By Brown’s “elite or starter standards” this is an area of need.  One of Trent Murphy or Matthew Ioannidis is likely to be around in three seasons.  Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland are both likely to be on the roster.  Take your pick at LCB.  Free Safety is definitely an issue.  It’s a difficult position to address in the draft.  Safeties with speed want to be cornerbacks.  It pays more.  A lot more.  Safeties without elite speed are generally relegated to strong safety.  Expect this position to be addressed in the next two drafts.

     

    In summary, if Scot McCloughan is on the same page with Morocco Brown it stands to reason he will focus on defense in the next free agency and draft period.  While the offense appears largely set, the defense has more long-term holes which will need to be filled.

     

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    One final note, for what it’s worth:  The Redskins have poor fan equity for a professional sports franchise ranked #8 globally in net worth.

    Fewer and fewer fans are spending the money to fill the seats.  Even more discouraging, fewer and fewer fans are discussing the team on social media.

    It’s often said winning cures a lot but of the teams that are ahead of the Redskins, Dallas is at #2.  Someone remind us what they’ve won in recent memory?

     

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    Apologies for the rehash drivel.  Typically every effort is made to keep the content fresh, unique, and relevant.  There just wasn’t anything of the kind to discuss this week.

    If reading the “Captain Obvious” material is your thing, let me know.  I have a list of it from the people paid to come up with material even when there is none.

     

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    Bacon Bits: Redskins News From Around The Web For The Week Of July 6th 2016

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    ESPN’s Adam Schefter does not believe the Redskins and franchise-tagged QB Kirk Cousins will reach a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline.

    Schefter thinks it will be “too difficult” to find the right value. “I think there would be teams willing to pay him if he were on the open market today more than Washington feels like it needs to pay him,” Schefter said. “I think a team like the Cleveland Browns would’ve given him $20 million a year, maybe more.” Already set to earn $19.95 million guaranteed this season, there is little reason for Cousins to take less than $20 million per year on a new deal, and the Redskins might want to see another season before shelling out that kind of cash. These deals tend to get done on deadline day, but it is certainly possible Cousins plays out the season under the tag.
    Jun 30 – 10:06 AM

    CSN Mid-Atlantic expects first-rounder Josh Doctson to flirt with six touchdowns as a rookie.

    Beat writers Rich Tandler and Tarik El-Bashir both predicted around a “half dozen” touchdowns for Doctson in year one. Tandler doesn’t believe Doctson will be much of a factor outside of the red zone, however, predicting he catches fewer than 35 passes. Doctson will need to outplay Pierre Garcon and/or Jamison Crowder to earn a regular role in the Redskins’ three-receiver packages.
    Jul 1 – 12:05 PM

    CSN Mid-Atlantic reports David Bruton is getting the “first crack” at the Redskins’ strong safety job.

    Rich Tandler said Duke Ihenacho would have to be “clearly superior” in training camp to unseat Bruton, who started just eight games in his seven years with the Broncos. He does have a fourth-round pedigree, however, and showed well as a short stint as a starter before breaking his leg last season. DeAngelo Hall is locked in at free safety.
    Jul 2 – 12:18 PM

    RealRedskins.com believes Shawn Lauvao could be released if he doesn’t win left guard duties.

    The injury-prone veteran is competing with Spencer Long. Lauvao underwent five surgeries after landing on injured reserve with a foot issue last year, and struggled mightily before going down. Lauvao will probably be eased into camp, giving Long a leg up.
    Jul 4 – 2:20 PM

    The Washington Post’s Mike Jones reports franchise-tagged QB Kirk Cousins and the Redskins have “made no strides toward an agreement.”

    Jones reports the Redskins will make another push before the July 15 deadline, but “there’s not a high level of optimism that those efforts will prove successful.” ESPN’s Adam Schefter agrees, recently saying the deal will prove “too difficult” to get done. Franchise tagged players tend to sign long-term deals on deadline day, but this situation is trending in the other direction. It would not be surprising if Cousins played out this year under the tag.
    Jul 5 – 11:29 AM

    The Washington Post reports Redskins OLB Junior Galette “(looked) explosive” in padless offseason practices.

    Galette is questionable for the start of training camp, but has been progressing without setbacks. GM Scot McCloughan said his “explosion” was already back in April. Galette will be 11 months removed from going down when Washington reports. Galette notched 10 sacks in 2014 for the Saints.
    Jul 5 – 2:51 PM

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    Bacon Bits: Redskins News From Around The Web For The Week Of June 29th 2016

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    CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Rich Tandler said ILB Will Compton is written “in Sharpie” at the top of the depth chart.

    Compton started the final nine games last season including the playoffs, but he was a liability in run defense. He should enter this season as a starter, but he will need to take a big step forward to nail down a full-time role. Perry Riley and Mason Foster will vie for the other starting spot. Rookie Su’a Cravens could emerge as the team’s primary sub-package inside linebacker.
    Jun 20 – 12:12 PM

     

    MMQB’s Albert Breer reports contract negotiations between the Redskins and franchise-tagged QB Kirk Cousins are “going nowhere.”

    Breer reports both sides expect Cousins to play out 2016 under the terms of the franchise tag, which would pay him $19.95 million. Likely thinking he will be in an even better negotiating position this time next year, Cousins has little reason to accept a cut-rate deal before the July 15 deadline, and Washington likely wants to see him do it again before they shell out franchise-quarterback money. No matter how grim it looks in June, these deals usually get done at the deadline, but it would not be surprising if Cousins played out the season under the tag.
    Source:MMQB
    Jun 24 – 9:05 AM

    ESPN’s John Keim reports the Redskins “loved how [Jamison] Crowder looked” in the offseason program.

    Keim thinks the sophomore will continue to have a role in three-wide sets despite the presence of first-round pick Josh Doctson. That will likely be true early, especially with Doctson missing time with Achilles’ and foot injuries, but Crowder is at best the No. 4 passing-game option either way. A low point-per-target player with limited touchdown upside, Crowder does not need to be drafted in standard leagues.
    Source:ESPN
    Jun 25 – 12:00 PM

    CSN Mid-Atlantic expects Redskins ILB Mason Foster to start opposite Will Compton.

    Perry Riley was expected to occupy one of the starting spots, but he was held out of spring practices because of a lingering foot injury. That opened the door for Compton and Foster to cement themselves in starting roles. Set to count $5.05 million against the cap in the final year of his deal, Riley could end up a cap cut if he is not able to claim a starting job.
    Jun 26 – 6:41 PM

    The Washington Post’s Mike Jones left seventh-round RB Keith Marshall off his 53-man roster projection.

    Jones has Matt Jones, Chris Thompson, and Mack Brown making the final roster, but he acknowledged it is possible the Redskins keep four running backs. A 219-pound back with 4.31 wheels, Marshall’s college career was sidetracked by an ACL injury as a sophomore, and he dealt with hamstring issues during the offseason program. Marshall has a ton of athletic upside, but he needs to stay healthy through training camp.
    Jun 27 – 12:02 PM

    CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Rich Tandler believes Redskins third-round rookie Kendall Fuller “will emerge” as the slot corner.

    Fuller was fully cleared in his return from microfracture surgery in May and will be ready to compete for a role in training camp. Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland are locked in as the starters, but the Redskins are still looking for a No. 3. Fuller will have to beat out undrafted sophomore Quinton Dunbar for the job.
    Jun 28 – 9:48 AM

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    From In The Bubble To On The Bubble

    Taking a gander at the 2016 Washington Redskins depth chart it seems abundantly clear there are some veterans whose job security is in question.  One recent development which will benefit at least two rookies is the approval of the league to keep the practice squad at ten players for the next two seasons.  Here are the players who are and are not locks to make the 2016 roster:

     

    The Quarterback position is etched in stone with Kirk Cousins starting and Colt McCoy backing him up.  2016 6th round draft selection Nate Sudfeld is likely headed for the practice squad.

     

    The Running Back position is also largely etched in stone.  Matt Jones has been named the starter, Chris Thompson is the only experienced backup on the roster, and Robert Kelley has impressed thus far with limited non-contact action.  Keith Marshall is currently behind 2015 practice squad player Mack Brown on the depth chart and his recent hamstring tweak issue is not helping his cause.  Marshall will have to be ready for and produce in training camp to avoid the practice squad.  There are veterans available in free agency.

     

    The Wide Receiver position is etched in stone.  Desean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson, Ryan Grant, and Rashad Ross are locked in.  It would not be surprising to see Maurice Harris or Reginald Diggs on the practice squad.

     

    The Tight End position is one where there is more talent than there are roster positions.  Certainly Jordan Reed is the starter but behind him could be Niles Paul or Vernon Davis.  It seems all three are safe which leaves Logan Paulsen, Derek Carrier, and Marcel Jensen fighting for one roster spot.  Carrier will start the season on IR, leaving Paul and Jensen to battle for one job.  The team likes Paulsen as a blocker but also likes Jensen as a red zone receiving target.  Jensen is, according to the NFL rule change in 2014, eligible for the practice squad as the league allows two players with two accrued seasons or less to be on each team’s PS.

     

    The team will not carry a Fullback this season.  A Tight End or Tackle will be used in the rare instances the team goes “Heavy Jumbo” as Joe Bugel used to call it.

     

    Offensive line is anything but etched in stone.  Trent Williams is a lock at Left Tackle.  Brandon Scherff is a lock at Right Guard.  Morgan Moses is a lock at Right Tackle.  The team has three players battling for the starting Left Guard position in Spencer Long, Arie Kouandjio, and Shawn Lauvao.  Of the three, Long can play multiple positions.  The team has three Centers in Korey Lichtensteiger, Austin Reiter, and Josh LeRibeus, not including Long, who has been working at Center during mini camps and OTAs.  Lauvao and Lichtensteiger are both coming off major injuries.  It would not be surprising to see Kouandjio at starting Left Guard and Long at starting Center by September.  The team will keep at least nine offensive linemen but they may elect to keep ten.  By position, the locks are probably Williams, Moses, Ty Nsekhe, and Cody Booth at Tackle, Scherff, Long, Kouandjio, and Takoby Cofield at Guard, and Reiter at Center.  That’s nine players.  That would leave Long starting at Center and both Lauvao and Lichtensteiger out.  Al Bond is potential practice squad material.

     

    The line is a tough read because Scot McCloughan is known to prefer larger linemen more suited to a power blocking scheme.  Lauvao is that, and the running game was effective until he went down last season, but Left guard Shawn Lauvao, who was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 30 after having left ankle surgery, also had surgery on his right foot and leg. He said he had five total procedures during the last three months. Lauvao said doctors sawed the bone of the first metatarsal in his right foot and did a “slight incision” on the peroneal tendon of his right leg. In addition, Lauvao ruptured the peroneal tendon and tore the ligaments in his left ankle, which was the reason he was placed on IR. Doctors also shaved the bone of his first metatarsal in his left foot.  And then there’s the matter of his $5.0MM salary for the 2016 season.

     

    Likewise, Lichtensteiger is costing $3.878MM for the 2016 season.  He’s on the other side of 30 and is undersized for a power blocking scheme.  The fact Long has been working at Center even with both Reiter and LeRibeus on the roster, says the team is looking to go bigger.  One way of accomplishing that would be to retain a healthy Shawn Lauvao at Left Guard and to start Spencer Long at Center.  If Lauvao is not able to start, however, Long may have to start at Left Guard, leaving the Center position to Lichtensteiger.

     

    Stay tuned on the offensive line.

     

    Next Up: The Defense

     

     

     

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    Bacon Bits: Redskins News From Around The Web For The Week Of June 22nd 2016

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    Redskins ILB Perry Riley (foot) will be ready for training camp.

    Riley has been shut down since December. He shed his walking boot last week and is on track for a late July return. OLB Junior Galette (Achilles) is also expected to be cleared for camp.
    Jun 16 – 9:16 AM

    Josh Doctson (Achilles) is expected to be ready for training camp.

    Doctson missed most of OTAs and all of minicamp, but the Redskins aren’t concerned about him falling behind. “Doctson will be fine,” WRs coach Ike Hilliard said. “I’m not worried about him. He can spit out [all the terminology]. He’s going to be real good.” Doctson will compete for the No. 3 role behind DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon when he gets cleared.
    Jun 16 – 11:41 AM

    ESPN’s John Keim reports second-year slot receiver Jamison Crowder has “left folks at Redskins Park excited.”

    Per Keim, Crowder has “looked decisive and explosive in his routes,” and the Redskins will be “reluctant” to remove him from three-receiver sets because of how good he’s looked. Removing Crowder is a question because first-rounder Josh Doctson is joining DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in the Redskins’ receiver corps. Crowder has also drawn praise from Kirk Cousins. With so many other mouths to feed in D.C., Crowder probably won’t be a weekly WR4.
    Source:ESPN.com
    Jun 16 – 8:40 PM

    ESPN’s John Keim reports the Redskins have “(seen) what they wanted” from Matt Jones this spring.

    Per Keim, the “sense” is that the Redskins will be much better off at running back than they were in 2015 if Jones “performs this season the way he has practiced this spring.” Jones spent most of the offseason working on fundamentals, like taking handoffs and better ball security. He’s being set up for success, but it’s not a guarantee it will come. He’s a risk/reward RB2.
    Source:ESPN.com
    Jun 16 – 8:44 PM

    CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Rich Tandler said ILB Will Compton is written “in Sharpie” at the top of the depth chart.

    Compton started the final nine games of last season including the playoffs, but he was a massive liability in the run game. He should enter this season as a starter as well, but he will need to take a big step forward for Washington’s defense to improve. Perry Riley and Mason Foster will compete for the starting spot opposite Compton.
    Jun 20 – 12:12 PM

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    Happy Father’s Day Redskins Dads!

    Happy Father’s Day to all the Redskins Dads out there!

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    Being a dad is the greatest thing in the world. We hope all the Redskins dads out there in Redskins Nation have a great day, and are celebrated for all the great daddy things they do.

    Hail to all of you!!

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    Wallpaper: Ralphie Is Ready For Some Football

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    Wallpaper: 2016 Redskins Calendar

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