Pierre Garcon: The Redskins say nothing changes for him with the addition of Doctson. Garcon remains a key part of their offense, though he is not a flashy player. Yes, cutting Garcon would save $8 million -- it would also make the Redskins worse, unless you view Doctson as an impact player. He's a guy who can certainly help, but in all areas? That's asking a lot right away. Losing Garcon, though, would take away the one receiver who can block consistently well in addition to help on third downs. But it's hard to imagine both he and Jackson returning in 2017.
My take: I like that Washington continues to add players who have a certain mindset, guys who can do a few things and seem to have a passion for the game. When you make the NFL as an undersized linebacker -- or as a tweener between linebacker and safety -- then it's probably because you have some good skills and just love to play. But you need to do more than that and Cravens has the ability to do so. He said the Redskins told him he'll play immediately as their dime linebacker, someone who can cover but also defend the run -- their version of Deone Bucannon, the Arizona safety who plays like a linebacker. In this era, it's important to have players such as this. And it's hard to imagine them seeing him strictly as a dime linebacker after this season. If he develops, he'd provide the Redskins good versatility in multiple packages.
My take: The big question for Fuller is when he'll be able to play because of his knee -- and how effective will he be? Fuller tore his meniscus last season and said he'll soon visit with Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery, to see when he'll be able to return to full workouts. Fuller said before the surgery they thought he wouldn't miss much time, but when Andrews went in he saw he had to perform the dreaded micro-fracture surgery. However, coach Jay Gruden said he won't be ready for the rookie minicamp May 13-15. And in a worst-case scenario, Fuller wouldn't be ready until training camp. But Fuller said he's able to do defensive back drills already; it's just a matter of his strength level. If Fuller regains his game -- there doesn't appear to be a great deal of concern that he won't be able to do so. Washington had other needs, but the Redskins continue to stick to their board with their desire to simply add good players. They've added terrific depth at corner this offseason, but could use another interior defensive linemen.
Let's look at last year. There were 156 players selected on the final day of the 2015 draft. Of those, only nine started in at least half of their teams' games. Far more third-day draft picks, 101 to be exact, didn't start a single game.