Washington Redskins

Washington Redskins: Remaining Offseason Priorities

May 5, 2013; Ashburn, VA, USA; Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan (R) talks to his players during rookie minicamp at Redskins Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistMay 8, 2013

The draft is over, free agency has faded and the Washington Redskins are beginning to get a feel for what they'll look like in 2013. As the 'Skins enter organized team activities this month, here's an updated checklist of things the team has to concern itself with between now and the beginning of the regular season.

 

1. Prepare for life without Robert Griffin III

While reports regarding RG3's recovery from January knee surgery have been almost entirely positive (such as NFL.com's here), there remains a chance the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year won't be ready to go come Sept. 9 when the 'Skins open up against the Eagles on Monday Night Football.

With that in mind, Washington has to enter training camp completely prepared to run the offense with Kirk Cousins under center. That could mean ditching the read-option, or it could mean teaching Cousins to run some of those plays. Oh, and it could also mean keeping Pat White around. 

Deadline: Late July

 

2. Name a starting right tackle

Tyler Polumbus was not good in 2012, but the Redskins either decided against investing in a top-tier free-agent right tackle or didn't have the capital to. Instead, they brought in two bargain-basement options in Jeremy Trueblood and Tony Pashos. Those three will compete, but don't be surprised if undrafted free-agent Xavier Nixon also makes a run at the role. 

Deadline: Early September

 

3. Sort out the secondary

The Redskins roster is pretty set in stone, except in the defensive backfield. There, DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson and E.J. Biggers are locked in as the top three cornerbacks.

But the jury's still out on safeties Brandon Meriweather, Reed Doughty, DeJon Gomes, Jordan Pugh, Jordan Bernstine, Phillip Thomas and Bacarri Rambo, as well as reserve corners David Amerson, Richard Crawford and Chase Minnifield.

In camp, the 'Skins will have to determine who will start, who will stay and who will go.

Deadline: Early September

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