This is a good time of the year for questions: some about the draft; some about new additions and a lot about a variety of topics. Makes for a well-rounded mailbag. Look for Part 2 Saturday morning. Enjoy:
Back to a hodgepodge, or mish mash if you prefer, of questions for the second part of the Redskins mailbag. A little bit on the offensive line, some tight end and Chris Thompson and, of course, wide receiver talk with the addition of DeSean Jackson. Enjoy.
The Redskins drafted seven players in 2013 and after they cut seventh-round pick RB Jawan Jamison last month they have six of them left on the roster. The two players they picked on Friday, second-round CB David Amerson and third-round TE Jordan Reed, are expected to be key contributors in 2014. But the late round picks make or break a draft. Of the remaining four players who were picked on Saturday last year, who will step up and play a key role? S Phillip Thomas spent the year on injured reserve while RB Chris Thompson, OLB Brandon Jenkins, and S Bacarri Rambo all got some playing time with very limited success.
The Redskins franchised Brian Orakpo last month, essentially tying the star pass rusher to the team for the 2014 season. The cost? A team-high $11.5 million. The decision was no slam-dunk, either; officials debated whether to invest heavily in one player or use the money to address a whole host of needs. But now that the decision has been made and Rak's going to be a Redskin for (at least) another season, the focus must shift to maximizing the 27-year-old's immense-yet not totally realized-potential. If Orakpo breaks out, he'll get the lucrative long term he so badly wants. If he doesn't, the team and the player will find themselves in a similar bind a year from now.