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The Redskins are holding DeAngelo Hall (Achilles) out of OTAs.

Just eight months removed from his tendon rupture, Hall says he feels good enough to be out there. But the Redskins will play it safe, giving him another couple months. If truly healthy, Hall could challenge Bashaud Breeland for the No. 2 corner job opposite Chris Culliver.
Source: ESPN.com
May 28 - 9:32 AM

Redskins RE Jason Hatcher is excited about new DC Joe Barry's scheme that will allow him to play more one-gap techniques.

Old DC Jim Haslett had the Redskins' defensive linemen playing two-gap, which concentrated on stopping the run and freeing up the linebackers to make plays. As a result, Hatcher's sack total dipped from 11 in 2013 to 5.5 in 2014. In one-gap, Hatcher will be allowed to shoot lanes and get after the quarterback.
May 27 - 9:12 AM

Alfred Morris said he feels more refreshed heading into this season because he didn't lift weights as much as he had in previous offseasons.

Morris averaged a career-low 4.05 YPC last season. "The last couple offseasons I'd wear myself out," he said. "I decided what's best is to rest a lot more. I feel a lot better. I feel recovered." Morris will lose passing-down work to third-round RB Matt Jones, but should remain the bellcow in the Redskins' backfield on early downs like he's been in the past. There's still RB1/2 value here.
Source: ESPN.com
May 27 - 8:53 AM

Per ESPN 980 Washington, "several people in the organization" have voiced concerns about Redskins TE Jordan Reed's (knee) health.

Reed was present for the start of OTAs on Tuesday, but wasn't taking part and instead having his knee checked out by the training staff. Beat reporter Chris Russell believes it's "something to be concerned about." Reed has been highly injury-prone recently, and it appears he's starting 2015 on the trainer's table.
May 26 - 8:42 PM

Colt McCoy and Kirk Cousins have been alternating reps behind Robert Griffin III in OTAs.

This will be the case all summer. Cousins is the superior player, but McCoy seems to be something of a teacher's pet for coach Jay Gruden. We'd give McCoy the slight edge for a job that will probably make starts in 2015.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 7:38 PM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden says Duke Ihenacho is "in the mix" with Jeron Johnson at strong safety.

Playing on a one-year, $660,000 deal, Ihenacho missed all but three games last season with a fractured heel. Perhaps he's "in the mix" in May, but Johnson is expected to earn the starting job opposite FS Dashon Goldson.
May 26 - 2:07 PM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden says third-round pick Matt Jones has shown more versatility than the team expected.

He served as the team's third-down back in Tuesday's OTAs session, a role he should seize from Silas Redd and Chris Thompson. Both Gruden and GM Scot McCloughan have talked up Jones since the draft, with Gruden even allowing that he could steal some work from Alfred Morris on early downs.
May 26 - 1:56 PM

Redskins TE Jordan Reed is "getting checked for soreness" in his knee.

It appears the injury-prone tight end is undergoing tests. Reed dealt with knee issues his rookie offseason, but has primarily been sidelined by hamstring issues. It's extremely unwelcome news that Reed is already at less than 100 percent.
May 26 - 1:41 PM

Redskins special teams coach Ben Kotwica is "intrigued" by Jamison Crowder's potential as a punt returner.

He was a productive special teamer in college, returning four punts for touchdowns in his last two seasons at Duke. At 5'8" and only 185 pounds, Crowder is probably too small to be anything more than a part-time player at wide receiver. Andre Roberts returned kicks for the Redskins last season.
May 24 - 12:14 PM

CSN Washington's Tarik El-Bashir believes rookie RB Matt Jones will have "a bigger role in 2015 than some are anticipating."

El-Bashir concedes Alfred Morris is the starter but believes Jones will earn snaps as a third-down back. El-Bashir's colleague Rich Tandler agrees, saying Jones "will spend a lot of time catching passes and doing what he can to master pass protection" this offseason. Morris should be the early-down thumper, but he offers almost nothing in the passing game. If Jones is a quick study in pass protection, he should beat out Silas Redd and Chris Thompson for third-down duties.
May 23 - 10:45 AM

Redskins OLB Ryan Kerrigan underwent arthroscopic knee surgery.

Kerrigan had been dealing with knee soreness throughout the offseason. He'll be sidelined for the majority of OTAs, but isn't expected to miss significant time. The injury comes at a bad time for Kerrigan, who had been in extension talks with the Redskins. Kerrigan's knee scope shouldn't impact his training camp status.
May 20 - 5:03 PM

The Redskins thought CB David Amerson regressed last season.

That's putting it nicely. Amerson was a walking blowtorch last season, grading out 108th among 108 qualifying corners in PFF's grades. Quarterbacks had an outrageous 140.2 rating when throwing at him and he surrendered 10 touchdowns. Fantasy owners should be praying the Redskins are forced into starting Amerson instead of LCB Bashaud Breeland or DeAngelo Hall at some point this year. Chris Culliver was signed to be their every-down right corner.
Source: ESPN.com
May 19 - 9:08 AM

Third-round RB Matt Jones said he knows Alfred Morris is "going to be the starter."

The question isn't if Alf will start -- it's how much of the work Jones will be able to siphon off. The Washington Post says the 6'2/231 Jones "certainly could see the field often as a rookie" and coach Jay Gruden has already left room for some kind of RBBC. Morris losing any early-down work will be devastating to his value because he is already a non-factor on passing downs.
May 18 - 9:18 AM

Coach Jay Gruden wouldn’t rule out third-round RB Matt Jones cutting into Alfred Morris’ workload.

"We'll see," Gruden said. "That's what training camp is for. We've been very impressed." Jones' running ability is difficult to evaluate on college tape because Florida's Jeff Driskel-led offense was so putrid, but the rookie offers good receiving skills for a power back and can hold up in pass protection. Jones could be an option to replace Morris on third downs over Silas Redd and Chris Thompson. The Redskins seem open to using a committee backfield after investing a top-100 pick into Jones.
May 16 - 7:10 PM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim believes there's a "50-percent chance" the team extends Alfred Morris' contract.

The Skins are currently trying to extend OLB Ryan Kerrigan and LT Trent Williams. Although Morris has been durable and largely productive, he is a two-down grinder only, and was not drafted by Washington's current regime, which did invest a second-day pick into Florida RB Matt Jones. We'd go as far as to guess there's a less than 50 percent chance the Redskins lock up Morris.
Source: ESPN.com
May 14 - 9:35 AM


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