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Redskins DE Stephen Bowen (knee) remains questionable for Week 1.

Bowen is eight months removed from microfracture surgery. He agreed to a pay-cut earlier this month, and is a strong candidate for reserve/PUP, which would cost him the first six games of the season.
Aug 21 - 2:31 PM

Chris Thompson (ankle) will practice on a limited basis Wednesday.

The oft-injured Thompson is nearing a return from his mild ankle sprain. He's well behind Roy Helu for third-down duties and is firmly on the roster bubble.
Aug 20 - 11:50 AM

Robert Griffin III came out of Monday night's preseason game with a bruised thigh and admitted he needs to work on avoiding unnecessary hits.

The bruised thigh isn't a concern, but RGIII's inability to protect himself is. He played wildly out of control against the Browns and took several hits at the end of runs. If he keeps it up, Griffin won't last a full season. The times he did slide, they were so awkward that he almost ended up hurting himself. Following the game, coach Jay Gruden stressed that RGIII "needs to protect himself." It's a habit RGIII needs to shake to stay healthy.
Source: USA Today
Aug 19 - 10:52 AM

DeSean Jackson caught 2-of-4 targets for 34 yards in Washington's second preseason game versus Cleveland on Monday night.

They were Jackson's first grabs as a Redskin. It was nothing spectacular, as Robert Griffin III was a bit off on Monday night. D-Jax was the target on a comeback route on RGIII's interception. RGIII has a rocket arm and can unleash one of the better deep balls in the league, so he's likely to fall in love with his new weapon on the outside. We're not very bullish on D-Jax at his current early-fifth-round ADP, as Jackson is sharing No. 1 receiver duties with Pierre Garcon.
Aug 18 - 9:43 PM

Alfred Morris rushed for 29 yards on 11 carries in the Redskins' second preseason game against the Browns on Monday night.

Morris had a rough night outside of a long run of 11 yards. He was stuffed at the goal line on four consecutive carries, turning the ball over on downs. Prior to that, Morris showed off his questionable hands by dropping a simple toss from Robert Griffin III, and the Browns recovered the fumble. Through two preseason games, Morris has rushed for 56 yards on 16 carries (3.5 YPC).
Aug 18 - 9:13 PM

Robert Griffin III completed 6-of-9 passes for 112 yards and one interception in Washington's second preseason game against Cleveland on Monday night.

He added 24 yards rushing on four carries. The numbers look better than Griffin actually played. His footwork was poor, and he took several unnecessary hits as a runner, instead of getting out of bounds. On RGIII's pick, Joe Haden jumped a comeback route to DeSean Jackson for the easy INT. Griffin's lone highlight of the night was a beautiful 49-yard bomb to Andre Roberts. Through two preseason games, RGIII is 8-of-13 passing for 121 yards and the pick. He remains a risky middle-round QB1 fantasy target.
Aug 18 - 9:06 PM

Coach Jay Gruden confirmed Roy Helu is the favorite to remain Washington's third-down back.

Helu was PFF's No. 3 running back in pass protection last season, and a top-five pass-protecting back in 2011 as a rookie. "I feel most confident with him on third down other than Alfred," Gruden said. "[Lache] Seastrunk has got a little way to go and Silas Redd's doing a much better job coming in here." Helu is worth rostering in all leagues as a Morris handcuff and backup PPR flex.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 16 - 2:20 PM

CSN Washington believes RB Chris Thompson (ankle) will make the Redskins' final roster.

Coach Jay Gruden recently expressed frustration at Thompson's inability to stay on the field, prompting speculation that his roster spot was in question. Thompson may be safe now, but that could change if he is unable play in Washington's third and fourth preseason games.
Aug 16 - 11:18 AM

Redskins DE Stephen Bowen has agreed to renegotiate his contract.

Bowen had a 2014 cap charge of $7 million and was due $4.4 million in base salary. The move likely secures his roster spot. Eight months removed from microfracture surgery, Bowen has yet to practice in training camp.
Aug 15 - 6:00 PM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim is skeptical Alfred Morris will even catch 20-25 passes this season.

Morris' teammates have talked his alleged improvements in the pass game, but we've seen no evidence it's a reality. He's going to stick to his two-down role, which will also include goal-line work. Roy Helu is entrenched as the passing-down back with rookie Lache Seastrunk failing to make up ground.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 14 - 11:40 PM

Speaking Thursday, Redskins coach Jay Gruden praised Alfred Morris, calling him "Steady Eddie" for his practice habits.

"Just about everything about him is an impressive to me — the way he prepares, the way he works, the way he practices," Gruden said. Meanwhile, FB Darrel Young praised Morris' improvement as a pass catcher. "He’s catching everything," Young said. "He’s on a hot streak right now, running his routes, doing the little things better." Although we still don't expect a meaningful role for Morris in passing situations, it's clear Gruden and Co. aren't going to shy away from him on early downs. Morris could prove to be a high-end RB2 at a bargain.
Aug 14 - 2:54 PM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden acknowledged Thursday that reserve/PUP is a realistic option for WR Leonard Hankerson (ACL, LCL surgery).

Rookie Ryan Grant's strong training camp has given the Redskins reason to be patient with Hankerson, who underwent surgery last November. At age 25, Hankerson's career has reached a crossroads with a new regime in D.C.
Aug 14 - 11:34 AM

Redskins fourth-round DB Bashaud Breeland was cited for misdemeanor marijuana possession in Richmond, Va. on Monday.

Breeland was on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University and was stopped by a university police officer at 10:40 PM. He was issued a summons and will have a hearing on August 26. Breeland had pre-draft concerns due to "several run-ins with the law." It's not a good start to his NFL career. Breeland has been working as a second-team corner and occasional nickel back.
Aug 13 - 5:40 PM

Alfred Morris has been "working on his receiving skills," and catching extra passes before each practice.

Morris has been working 1-on-1 with RBs coach Randy Jordan, but from the sound of things, is still quite raw. No matter how much work he puts in, it's hard to expect much pass-catching improvement from a player who has only 20 grabs through 32 career games.
Aug 12 - 9:36 PM

Coach Jay Gruden expressed frustration with RB Chris Thompson's inability to stay healthy.

"It’s disappointing," Gruden said. "He’s got to figure out how to stay healthy." Thompson tore his ACL in October 2012 at Florida State, and landed on I.R. with a torn labrum in his shoulder last season. He's now dealing with a low-ankle sprain, causing him to miss the past five days. After a strong spring that had the team excited about Thompson, he's now on the roster bubble.
Aug 12 - 9:33 AM


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