Player News - Redskins

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Redskins selected USC LB Su'a Cravens with the No. 53 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Cravens (6'1/226) played a hybrid safety-linebacker role in USC's defense, logging 33.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks and nine interceptions as a three-year starter. He showed linebacker-level athleticism in pre-draft workouts, running 4.69 with a 30 1/2-inch vertical. Cravens compared himself to Deone Bucannon in Combine interviews, but isn't as good of an athlete. In Washington, expect Cravens to play a dime linebacker/strong safety hybrid role as a physical playmaker over the middle and near the line of scrimmage.
Apr 29 - 8:56 PM

Coach Jay Gruden said watching first-round WR Josh Doctson's tape "reminded him in some ways" of A.J. Green.

Gruden, of course, coached Green before becoming the Redskins' coach. Doctson gives the Redskins something they lacked before Thursday night: size at wide receiver. Pierre Garcon was their biggest weapon outside at 6-feet tall. Doctson stands 6-foot-2 and has the leaping ability to high-point the ball downfield and as an option to pair with Jordan Reed in the red zone.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 29 - 9:53 AM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim reports "nothing will change" regarding Pierre Garcon's roster status after Washington used the No. 22 overall pick on WR Josh Doctson.

In the final year of his contract, soon-to-be 30-year-old Garcon is set to count $10.2 million against the cap, and the Redskins can clear $8 million of that by releasing him. Already up against the cap after inking CB Josh Norman to a big deal last week, the Redskins plan to stand pat and ease in Doctson. Cutting WR Andre Roberts and his $4 million salary should be as easier call.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 29 - 9:49 AM

Redskins WR Josh Doctson said his wrist is 100 percent.

Doctson broke his wrist in November and missed TCU's final three games, but he's recovered now and shouldn't have any restrictions during OTAs. The 23-year-old was a surprise pick by the Redskins. The addition of Doctson should prompt Washington to release one of their veteran wide receivers.
Apr 28 - 11:37 PM

Redskins selected TCU WR Josh Doctson with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

It's means one of Pierre Garcon or DeSean Jackson will be released, likely Garcon. Doctson (6'2/202) needed only three seasons at TCU to set school records in career receiving yards (2,785) and receiving TDs (29), averaging 15.5 yards per catch. Doctson made NFL teams drool at the Combine, blazing 4.5-flat with explosive vertical (41") and broad (10'11") jumps. The lone drawback on Doctson's profile is his age, turning 24 late in his rookie year. Docston is an elite athlete with plus size, a consistent winner in the contested-catch game, and one of the top vertical wideouts in this year's draft. He's drawn comparisons ranging from DeAndre Hopkins to Allen Robinson.
Apr 28 - 10:38 PM

NFL.com's Gil Brandt said the Vikings and Bengals are interested in TCU WR Josh Doctson.

Doctson is arguably the best receiver prospect in the draft, and both teams are in the sweet spot for a potential receiver run. The Vikings have been talking up other positions in the first round, but their top need is a playmaker outside for Teddy Bridgewater. It would not be surprising if they grabbed Doctson, Laquon Treadwell or Corey Coleman at No. 23. The Bengals desperately need help at receiver after losing Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, and they could attempt to leapfrog the Vikings and Texans (No. 22) to land the player they covet. Even if they stay put, Cincinnati should be able to grab one of the top receivers at No. 24.
Apr 28 - 10:21 AM

The Washington Post's Mike Jones hears Redskins DB Kyshoen Jarrett has lost over 30 pounds since his January neck injury.

Jones reports Jarrett "hasn't made much significant progress" while rehabbing nerve damage in his neck. Per Jones, Jarrett's neck injury "has severely diminished the strength in his right shoulder," he "still doesn’t have a lot of feeling in that side," and Jarrett's weight "has dropped drastically because he can't lift." After a promising rookie year, Jones believes "it's hard to imagine" Jarrett contributing in his second NFL season.
Apr 27 - 12:29 AM

Redskins GM Scot McCloughan said contract negotiations with franchise-tagged QB Kirk Cousins have been "positive."

McCloughan added the team "would love" to get a long-term deal done prior to the July 15 deadline. While that is certainly true, McCloughan made it sound like he was comfortable with Cousins playing out the year under the tag in an interview earlier this month. These deals usually get done close to or on deadline day, so it is unlikely there is much movement in negotiations until July.
Apr 26 - 11:14 AM

Redskins GM Scot McCloughan said the Josh Norman signing will not prevent the team from adding a corner in the draft.

Washington has their starters locked in with Norman and Bashaud Breeland, but it never hurts to add depth, especially with Chris Culliver's (ACL, MCL) availability in question. That said, signing Norman almost certainly takes them out of the corner market in the first round. With corner strengthened, the Redskins will likely look to the defensive front seven on Day 1.
Apr 25 - 6:15 PM

Redskins GM Scot McCloughan says Junior Galette's (Achilles') "explosion" is already back.

"He's still rehabbing, but he looks excellent," McCloughan said. Galette is now eight months removed from going down late in Redskins camp. An Achilles' tear is still one of the more difficult injuries to come back from, but there have been more success stories in recent years.
Apr 25 - 3:21 PM

New Redskins CB Josh Norman reportedly tried to sign his franchise tag with the Panthers last week.

After Norman and his agent went seven weeks without signing the tag in a failed bid to create leverage, Norman tried to sign it when he was "blindsided" by GM Dave Gettleman rescinding his one-year, $13.95 million tender. By that time, Gettleman had already made the move official. "It came out of nowhere, it really did," Norman told the Redskins' website. "I got sideswiped. I didn't see it coming." The Panthers' final offer to Norman was a four-year, $44 million deal. He wound up with a five-year, $75 million pact from Washington.
Apr 25 - 12:15 AM

NFL Network's Albert Breer reports Josh Norman's deal with the Redskins is really for two years, $36.5 million.

Those two years are fully guaranteed, but the Redskins have what amounts to options for the other three years. Another $13.5 million becomes fully guaranteed in March of 2018. Norman will already be 30 by then, and corners have not traditionally aged gracefully. It is still a nice chunk of change for Norman, but, as always, the originally reported numbers were heavily inflated.
Apr 23 - 10:11 AM

Redskins signed CB Josh Norman to a five-year, $75 million contract.

The Saints made a late push, but Dan Snyder met Norman's asking price. The deal includes $50 million guaranteed, and Norman's $15 million annual average makes him the highest paid corner in the league. It's a massive commitment from the Redskins, but Norman gives them a true shutdown force in DC Joe Barry's Cover-3 scheme. With DeAngelo Hall moving to safety, the Redskins have a much improved 2016 secondary. Norman will combine with underrated CB Bashaud Breeland and the Ryan Kerrigan-Preston Smith-Junior Galette pass-rush trio to give Washington one of the NFL's most formidable perimeter defenses. They still need more talent in the middle of the field.
Apr 22 - 7:45 PM

FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports the 49ers' interest in free agent Josh Norman was always "lukewarm."

NFL Network's Mike Silver tweeted Friday that he didn't expect the Niners to pursue Norman, and multiple reports since have echoed the sentiment. Per CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco, the 49ers showed "initial interest," but were only interested in Norman "at the right price." The Redskins appear willing to meet Norman's contract demands. They're now competing with the Saints.
Apr 22 - 7:40 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Saints are "making a strong push" to sign free agent Josh Norman.

Norman will decide between Washington and New Orleans. The Saints have one of the worst cap situations, but there's enough room for them to get creative. Norman would be a massive upgrade to a secondary that's ranked in the bottom-third of the league the last two seasons. He's expected to command $15M-plus annually.
Apr 22 - 6:54 PM


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