John Keim: Good question. My initial thought a while ago was that Mariota would face a difficult adjustment, just like Robert Griffin III. It's not the exact same offense, but he certainly wasn't a traditional drop-back passer; then again neither was Andy Dalton when he arrived in Cincinnati with Jay Gruden. But this isn't about style, it's about personality and whether they feel Mariota can develop, because they're not confident that Griffin will. It's about a lot of the intangibles. People will scream about that and cry about some nonsensical bias, but just telling you the truth since, you know, I talk to people. If they felt Griffin would "get it" then this discussion would not be taking place. So the upgrade comes, honestly, from working with a different talented young quarterback.
S Jeron Johnson: He arrives Sunday to visit with the Redskins (per the usual: dinner Sunday, meeting Monday). General manager Scot McCloughan was in Seattle when he made the team as an undrafted free agent. Good special-teamer with one career start playing behind two of the best safeties in football: Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas. He backed up both players, but is listed as a strong safety.
Redskins Fill Needs, but Still Have Holes
The Redskins have filled some major needs in free agency so far, reaching deals with defensive tackles Terrance ‘Pot-Roast’ Knighton and Stephen Paea as well as cornerback Chris Culliver.
Should Culliver end up getting suspended for the 2014 incident the Redskins would not be liable for any of the guaranteed salary while he is suspended. Such discipline would also void any future guarantees so if Culliver should get into any trouble in the future the Redskins could be off the hook and able to wash their hands of him without a huge dead cap hit.