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Redskins OLB Ryan Kerrigan (knee scope) has resumed running.

"My leg feels really good, and I'm glad I got the surgery – not just for football but it makes my everyday life feel better, so I'm glad I got it done," Kerrigan said. "Now it's just a matter of getting strong and getting into shape." The contract-year pass rusher is expected to be ready for training camp. He's never missed a game in four seasons.
Jul 2 - 1:44 PM

Coach Jay Gruden said WR Ryan Grant could see more playing time this season.

"Ryan Grant, he’s awesome, man. He really is. He runs every route exactly like you tell him to," Gruden said. "He doesn’t make any mental mistakes. Plays like a 10-year veteran." The Redskins limited Grant to 187 rookie-year snaps, but have been talking up his development. Grant is Washington’s No. 4 receiver behind Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, and Andre Roberts.
Jul 1 - 5:15 PM

CSN Washington's Rich Tandler said "it will be a surprise" if rookie WR Jamison Crowder is not the Redskins' primary return man Week 1.

Crowder had four punt return touchdowns and averaged 13.4 yards a punt return at Duke. Crowder's history as a kick returner is less stellar, but he should be given every opportunity to win that job as well. Washington was in the bottom half of the league in both kick and punt return average last season.
Jun 27 - 10:00 AM

Pierre Garcon is expected to be "featured more prominently" in 2015.

Coach Jay Gruden and his staff haven't been shy about praising Garcon this offseason, saying numerous times how they want to get him more involved after he took a backseat to DeSean Jackson in 2014. Garcon isn't going to catch 113 balls like he did in 2013, but if he can get into the 80-plus range after catching just 68 last season, Garcon will have value.
Jun 24 - 1:35 PM

New Redskins offensive line coach Bill Callahan has coached four top-nine rushing attacks in the last six years.

Three of those units were the Jets (2008, 2009, 2010) and one was last year's Cowboys. Those teams had more offensive line talent and more run-committed coaches than this year's Redskins, but Callahan's arrival can only mean good things for Alfred Morris. He should be able to reach 1,000 yards for the fourth straight season and will maintain goal-line work.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 23 - 10:22 AM

Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy will keep alternating with the second unit through training camp.

The Redskins have named Robert Griffin III their starter, leaving Cousins and McCoy to battle. They've rotated daily and will keep doing so until coach Jay Gruden names his backup. Given RG3's injury history, uneven play and contract situation, there's a good chance the winner of this battle will make starts.
Jun 22 - 9:27 AM

Coach Jay Gruden said Robert Griffin III did an "excellent job every day" during OTAs and minicamp.

We'd normally brush off this kind of standard coachspeak, but Gruden wasn't afraid to express his displeasure with Griffin last year. For now at least, it appears the coach is in RG3's corner. "When you have the same system going in for year two, I think he’s going to get better," Gruden said. "You can see the progress every day that he makes, and it’s exciting to watch." Griffin will be starting Week 1 in his make-or-break fourth NFL season.
Jun 22 - 7:50 AM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim projects third-round pick Matt Jones as the team's third-down back.

The Redskins love Jones' physical pass blocking and were impressed by his pass catching at spring practices. Keim believes Jones could steal a handful of carries per game from Alfred Morris, but isn't a true threat to Morris' bellcow role. Jones will be a worth late-round handcuff for 2015 Morris owners.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 21 - 4:35 PM

CSN Washington's Rich Tandler believes Redskins RBs Chris Thompson and Silas Redd are competing for one roster spot.

Thompson has been a favorite of coach Jay Gruden despite his long history of injuries, but this offseason will be his last in Washington if he cannot stay healthy. Redd lacks the speed and playmaking ability of Thompson, but he is a more durable and consistent player. Neither figures to see the field often behind starter Alfred Morris and rookie Matt Jones.
Jun 20 - 12:15 PM

Redskins DC DeAngelo Hall (Achilles') expects to be full-go for training camp.

Hall was held out of mandatory minicamp after missing OTAs. The Redskins plan to continue to move him along slowly. Hall is expected to compete for playing time at slot corner and perhaps even safety when he gets healthy.
Jun 19 - 8:07 PM

Coach Jay Gruden expects LT Trent Williams (ankle) to be ready for training camp.

Williams is setback-free in his recovery from a cleanup procedure. There hasn't been any concern about his status for the start of camp. Entering a contract year, the Redskins could extend Williams when healthy.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 17 - 7:24 PM

Redskins rookie RB Matt Jones expects to push Alfred Morris in training camp.

"I'm just grinding every day to be the starter," Jones said. "I will put some pressure on Alfred." The Redskins view Jones as the favorite for third-down snaps, but he remains the clear No. 2 back behind Morris. Jones has potential to cut into Morris’s workload with a strong camp.
Jun 17 - 5:07 PM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim said Niles Paul has been a "different player" at OTAs.

Keim commented that the Skins "love his footwork in the blocking game," and that despite putting on 10 pounds of muscle this offseason, Paul "hasn't lost his speed." The Redskins re-signed Paul to a three-year, $6 million deal in March. Not yet 26 years old, Paul should be given every opportunity to unseat injury-riddled Jordan Reed, who is already on the shelf (knee).
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 10 - 8:22 AM

ESPN's Britt McHenry reports the Redskins are "doing more to incorporate" Pierre Garcon into their 2015 offense.

McHenry also passes along "praise for how Niles Paul has done/improved (in) these OTAs." Garcon has moved from X to Z, which is ordinarily the featured position in coach Jay Gruden's passing offense. It doesn't mean new "X" DeSean Jackson's role will be downsized; just that the Redskins intend to feed Garcon more than they did last year, when his catch total tumbled from 113 to 68. When fed the ball with volume, Garcon is a yards-creating playmaker after the catch.
Jun 8 - 4:00 PM

Redskins second-round pick Preston Smith has been splitting first-team reps with Trevardo Williams at OTAs.

Keep in mind Ryan Kerrigan is sitting out following a knee scope. Trent Murphy is locked in at strong-side outside linebacker. Though Smith is mostly known for his pass-rushing skills, the versatile 22-year-old is quick enough to contain the edge and can even drop back in coverage when needed. Smith will likely end up as a regular part of Washington's oft-used nickel alignment.
Jun 7 - 11:23 AM


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