Running the Tweetbag a day early because of the OTA's media availability. Let's dive right in to your questions:
@rich_tandlercsn If you had to pick one guy on the 90 who's gonna surprise people good or bad, who would you pick and why?— Zack Jenkins (@RedskinsST21) May 21, 2013
Might be a better question to ask in a few weeks after I've had a chance to look at the whole team during OTA's. However, I'll give you a guy I've been hyping all offseason--OT Tom Compton. He has the physical tools to be in the mix at right tackle and I think he will make a strong push to win the starting right tackle job. Even if he's not quite ready in September, he could be in November.
@rich_tandlercsn any Tony Pashos love ? Is he healthy ?— brian(@briz1744) May 21, 2013
On the first questions, mone from me, at this point. I'm generally wary of players who were out of the league for a year as Pashos was last year; the league generally finds a way to employ those who have some ability. I reserve the right to change my mind when I see him on the field over the next few weeks. As to the second part, I don't believe he would have been signed if he wasn't healthy.
@rich_tandlercsn How is Pat White settling in?— JBIII (@JBeaver3083) May 21, 2013
@rich_tandlercsn Does Pat White make the team If RGIII is not near returning by the end of pre-season?— Suggside11 (@Suggside11) May 21, 2013
Let's hit both of these Pat White questions at once here. White is settling in just fine from what I've heard. It will be interesting to watch what he does during practice. I wouldn't rule out White making the team if RG3 starts the season on the PUP list but that seems to be such a remote possibility that it's not worth thinking about in much depth. I think that the one chance White has to make the team would be as a "slash" type player, doing some of the stuff out of the backfield that the attempted to do with Brandon Banks last year.
@rich_tandlercsn What r your thoughts on putting in synthetic turf at FedEx? Last season grass looked real bad.— Allen Sisson (@AllenSisson) May 21, 2013
They are going to redo the field at FedEx from the drainage system on up. And they are not going to fumble on resodding the field at midseason. The current team brain trust (Shanahan, Allen, Snyder) would rather play on grass. We'll see if they can deliver a quality surface.
@rich_tandlercsn With all of the recent controversy any indication that the Redskin's suits want RGIII to back off of tweeting so much?— Suggside11 (@Suggside11) May 21, 2013
@rich_tandlercsn do u think the RG3 tweeter issues will become distraction for the team?— Javier (@Mexskins36) May 21, 2013
No and no, at least not at this point. I don't think that the team would get involve unless he tweeted something that was offensive, racist, or something along those lines. The team really has no reason to get involved otherwise. It won't become a distraction unless teammates are getting asked about his tweets. I don't see this rising to a level where anyone with the media is going to ask anyone else about his tweeting.
@rich_tandlercsn What's the word on Merriweather's recovery?If fully healthy, is he the lock at starting SS?— Matthew Holtzman (@Redskins1046) May 21, 2013
It doesn't look like we'll see too much out of Meriweather during OTA's but he could be ready for training camp and almost certainly for the start of the season. Camp will open just over nine months after he suffered his torn ACL and that should be enough time for recovery. It's hard to see him not being the starter if healthy.
@rich_tandlercsn How do you expect the defensive schemes to change with the return of a healthy orakpo, merriweather & the new draft picks?— Fayssal (@Ali_Island) May 21, 2013
I'm not sure the schemes will change all that much. What I see is fewer blitzes being called with the ability to get pressure on the QB by sending just Rak or Kerrigan and the deisre not to leave any of the DB's, especially the rookies, on an island. Might get more create once the rookie DB's get their legs under them.
@rich_tandlercsn any chance moss starts opposite garcon?hes better than the rest.i know they want him in slot but he can do that too.— Paul S (@theoxtalls) May 22, 2013
Uh, no. At his age you don't want him out there playing 900 snaps. Moss started to slide back in 2011; even if you factor in the games he missed with the broken hand he still had his worst season since his second year in the league, when he was a Jet. Limiting his snaps and keeping him on the slot is the best way to keep him effective.