How new Redskins fit in

April, 7, 2014
Apr 7
11:35
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Because I've been off since Wednesday, just wanted to catch up on some leftover thoughts:
  1. The Colt McCoy signing shouldn't have any immediate impact on Kirk Cousins. McCoy's lack of arm strength doesn't make him a good fit for what the Redskins want to do -- or should be doing -- offensively, which is to get downfield more often.
  2. McCoy
    McCoy
    In 22 career games in which McCoy has attempted at least 17 passes, he's averaged 5.9 yards or less per attempt 11 times (it happened in 10 of his last 17 games). And his career yards per attempt average is 6.3.
  3. McCoy has moxie, is tough and moves well (ran the 40-yard dash in 4.79 seconds at the 2010 combine). He makes quick decisions, and he gets high marks for work ethic and character. But I wouldn't yet trust him as the No. 2 and trade Cousins now. It's not as if Cousins has a big-time arm, but it's stronger than McCoy's.
  4. What McCoy gives the Redskins is more solid insurance should anything happen to Robert Griffin III. When Jay Gruden was in Cincinnati, the Bengals kept only two quarterbacks -- I'm not sure if that was his idea or Marvin Lewis'. Perhaps until he's comfortable with Griffin's durability, Gruden will opt for three in Washington. Don't know that yet. But if that's the case, they could do a lot worse than McCoy at No. 3. Just like they could have done a ton worse than Rex Grossman as the No. 3 the past couple seasons.
  5. This also gives the Redskins a chance to evaluate McCoy and see how his game fits. If they decide to trade Cousins next offseason, then they'd have someone experienced in the offense ready to elevate to No. 2. The arm strength would always be an issue, but Gruden did make it work with Andy Dalton, who does not have a cannon arm, either.
  6. Jackson
    As for Rob Jackson's return, I was surprised but not stunned. Early in the process, I'd heard that they had mild interest in bringing him back and would monitor his situation. But the interest wasn't that strong as they made no contact with his side before the legal tampering period. Jackson did not draw much interest on the open market. He had desired to go somewhere he could compete for a starting job. That wasn't going to be here; apparently that wasn't going to be anywhere else, either.
  7. Again, Jackson provides depth if anything happens to Brian Orakpo or Ryan Kerrigan. But that's all the Redskins should expect from Jackson. Even if Orakpo walks after next season, the Redskins would need to find a strong replacement. Jackson does have value, but it's as a quality backup. The coaches know what he can do and that helps.
  8. I get asked this question quite a bit, and I'm sure it won't stop now, but, no, I don't see him as an inside linebacker. At 266 pounds, he's the right size for an outside linebacker in the 3-4, but about 25 pounds bigger than the typical inside linebacker. Also, he'd have to learn every position on the defense to effectively not only play there but make calls and adjustments if need be. It would be a huge undertaking, one I don't think he'd be well served taking.
  9. Receiver DeSean Jackson has posted vacation photos on Instagram, so I'm not sure that he'll be in Washington for the start of the voluntary offseason workouts. But as the Washington Post's Mike Jones pointed out on Twitter, it could be that Jackson's trip was scheduled long ago -- before he knew he'd be cut by Philadelphia. The Eagles don't start workouts until April 21.

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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