One of the more popular charity events involving the Washington Redskins takes place Monday: The golf tournament to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It used to be hosted by Jason Campbell, then Brian Orakpo and now it's Ryan Kerrigan's turn. Many players turn out, so it's a good opportunity to speak with guys we haven't seen in several months. Even the decision-makers will attend: coach Jay Gruden, general manager Scot McCloughan, president Bruce Allen. It's a great chance to catch up with players for the first time in a while. Here are three areas of interest (could probably do 10 areas today but let's stay consistent):
Newcomers. The Redskins don't make their new acquisitions available, so this is often the first chance to speak with some of these players -- not all, but certainly some such as safety Dashon Goldson or corner Chris Culliver. I don't know if those two will attend, but I'm guessing some of the newcomers will.
Linebacker Trent Murphy. How does he feel about the Redskins drafting Preston Smith in the second round? Murphy will still play, probably quite a bit, but there's still an impact on his game. He played the run well last season and he knew he needed to figure things out as a pass-rusher in the NFL. But like I said, the Redskins drafted Smith to give them three outside pass-rushers and to add creativity to their schemes, not to bench Murphy. Heck, for that matter if Alfred Morris attends then there's plenty to ask him about with the drafting of Matt Jones in the third round. Or any of the offensive linemen about Brandon Scherff and the focus on more size.
Kirk Cousins. A bonus area of interest. But we all know Cousins' thoughts on competing for the starting job. To reiterate: He wants to be somewhere with a legitimate chance to compete for the starting job. Not that he's ever had much say in the matter. The Redskins weren't going to trade him short of an extraordinary offer. I'm curious how he views the current situation: the job is Robert Griffin III's to lose, but the coaches have made it clear nothing is guaranteed beyond his entering camp with the starting job.