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Redskins mailbag: Part 1

7/17/2014

A little Adam Carriker, two questions on special teams and some significant moments that I've covered. ... It's all here in Part 1 of the Redskins mailbag. Enjoy.

John Keim: He and the Redskins have been mum on this. I know there was talk when he was released about possibly getting another tryout in June. That did not happen, at least not to my knowledge. I also know he still has fans in the organization and the feeling among some is that if anyone can make it back from this it's Carriker. I do know he's healthy and has been cleared. He feels good about where his speed is at to go with that power. I think the best I can say is: stay tuned.

Keim: Probably more so between Bacarri Rambo and Akeem Davis/others. Rambo did such a poor job in this area last year and there's no way you can be a backup safety and not contribute on special teams. He will not bump Ryan Clark from the starting job so Rambo had better improve on special teams. Trenton Robinson does a nice job on special teams. As for the running back battle, it will matter but not to the same extent. The Redskins likely will use Andre Roberts as a returner, so that removes one possibility of special teams impact for both players (Seastrunk has minimal experience in this area anyway). They drafted Seastrunk so I think, provided he looks fine this summer, that he'll make it. Thompson's fight could be with someone from another position. In that case, those who can help special teams usually win.

Keim: No. Or, if they have, that hasn't come out -- and they would have made that move a while ago. Polumbus is a right tackle, though he had to play some guard here, too, in the past. Keep in mind, though that while he played guard in Seattle, he also was cut by Seattle. But he's better as a tackle. Besides, they drafted Spencer Long in the third round and they like him at guard. Moses did not look close to being ready in the spring. They need Tyler Polumbus to stay at tackle (I will be curious to see how much Tom Compton has improved).

Keim: Yes I do. They did an excellent job of improving their linebacking depth, with an eye toward special teams. When you have depth at linebacker, you typically end up with good special teams because of the backups (big guys who can run). Also, rookies such as Trent Murphy and Bashaud Breeland were drafted in part because they could help on special teams. They should be improved in the return game with Andre Roberts. The organization has taken a more serious approach to special teams, whether because of the coaching change or the absence of the salary-cap penalty. That sends a message that it's important. Players such as Bacarri Rambo and Brandon Jenkins won't get away with being non-contributors in this area for a second straight season. I'm curious to see what happens in the punting battle (not crazy about the choices, though if Robert Malone becomes more consistent he has a strong leg). And if Zach Hocker unseats Kai Forbath then that would help the kickoff coverage if nothing else.

Keim: Man. Well, I haven't covered many significant wins. Then again, I've only covered the team since 1994 so I shouldn't be greedy. But to show you how little they've won in this time, the list of significant moments often includes coaching hirings or free-agent signings in the offseason. But among the moments: Sean Taylor's death; Joe Gibbs return; Gibbs' departure; Darrell Green's retirement; Green and Art Monk entering the Hall of Fame; division title winning games in 1999 and 2012; the last game at RFK Stadium; Jack Kent Cooke's funeral; the sale of the team; Robert Griffin III's arrival and the anticipation of his first game. The playoff games all were big. I'm sure there is something I've missed (Steve Spurrier's arrival? Um, Osaka anyone?), but there just haven't been a whole lot. Is Gus Frerotte's head butt a significant moment?