Player News - Redskins

Date: Team: Pos:

Redskins OLB Junior Galette (Achilles) will be sidelined until training camp.

Galette says he's about "85 percent recovered." The Redskins will continue to move him slowly to avoid setbacks. Galette will be 11 months removed from surgery for the start of camp.
May 25 - 7:21 PM

Coach Jay Gruden said SS David Bruton is the early favorite to start.

Bruton is getting first-team reps opposite DeAngelo Hall at OTAs. He's been a rotational safety/backup his entire career, but is coming off a strong 2015 before going down late in the year. With second-rounder Su'a Cravens also slated for snaps, Bruton may not have an every-down role even if he wins the job.
May 25 - 7:10 PM

Niles Paul (ankle) is participating in team drills at OTAs.

It's a pretty big surprise, as Paul was expected to be questionable for the start of training camp in roughly two months. Paul probably isn't exactly 100 percent, but he appears to be on or ahead of schedule in his recovery from a gruesome ankle fracture and dislocation that happened last summer.
May 25 - 12:28 PM

DeSean Jackson didn't report for the start of Redskins' OTAs.

OTAs are voluntary, and the Redskins don't seem interested in making a mess of this via the media, as the team "expects [Jackson] will eventually be here." Jackson sat out the voluntary portion of the offseason last year as well.
May 25 - 9:55 AM

CSN Mid-Atlantic's Tarik El-Bashir believes DeAngelo Hall has one of the starting safety spots locked down.

The Washington Post said the same in early April. The real question will come at the other safety position, where ex-Bronco David Bruton, run-stuffer Duke Ihenacho, and second-round pick Su'a Cravens will do battle in training camp.
May 21 - 10:43 AM

Redskins DC Joe Barry said sophomore Preston Smith turned the corner late last season.

Barry said Smith "had no clue" how to be an NFL player early in his rookie year, but he found his way after several heart-to-heart meetings with his coordinator. Smith recorded six sacks in Washington's last four games including a safety against the Packers in the playoffs, and he has earned praise for his work in the offseason program. If Smith keeps growing and Junior Galette (Achilles') comes back healthy, the Redskins should have no problem getting to the quarterback.
May 21 - 9:57 AM

Redskins third-round CB Kendall Fuller (microfracture) estimates he has "90-95 percent" strength in his surgically-repaired knee.

Fuller is confident he'll make a full recovery, and expects to be 100 percent for training camp. "My surgery wasn’t that extreme," Fuller said. "I won’t get into the details but we know I’ll get back to 100 percent." The Washington Post considers Fuller the favorite for No. 3 duties behind Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland.
Source: ESPN.com
May 19 - 4:47 PM

Kirk Cousins said he "can't wait" to utilize the talented weapons surrounding him on offense.

Not coincidentally, Cousins' big second-half surge correlated with the emergence of Jordan Reed and the healthy return of DeSean Jackson. With those two back and first-round WR Josh Doctson added to the mix, Cousins has an even better group of weapons to target this year. With all that talent around him, Cousins would make for an upside QB2 pick, but his affinity for the band Creed renders him nearly undraftable.
May 19 - 12:04 PM

Redskins sophomore OG Arie Kouandjio added 15 pounds this offseason.

A fourth-round pick last year, Kouandjio played just one snap on offense as a rookie, but he should push for a bigger role this year. There have been rumblings about LG Spencer Long switching to center, which would open a spot for Kouandjio. Washington has the makings of a solid offensive line, but they have to find a way to create more push in the running game this season.
May 19 - 8:28 AM

The Washington Post considers third-round CB Kendall Fuller the favorite for No. 3 duties.

Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland are locked in as starters. Fuller's path to No. 3 duties opened up after the Skins cut Chris Culliver. Fuller is recovering from microfracture surgery, but he's expected to be ready for training camp. If Fuller indeed locks down No. 3 status, reporter Mike Jones is unsure if he would cover the slot in sub-packages or kick outside with Breeland moving in. Will Blackmon will be Fuller's top competition at nickel corner.
May 17 - 5:17 PM

The Washington Post reports Redskins DB Kyshoen Jarrett is "unlikely" to play this season, and that "some people in the organization wonder" if his career is over.

Injured by a Week 17 hit, Jarrett "still doesn’t have much feeling in (his) arm." He's dealing with nerve damage to his neck and shoulder. It's a tremendous shame for a 2015 sixth-rounder who was effective and versatile throughout a 616-snap rookie campaign. Jarrett turned 23 earlier this month. He'll likely spend 2016 on injured reserve before being reassessed.
May 17 - 5:13 PM

First-round pick Josh Doctson admitted he'll face a learning curve transitioning from TCU's offense to the Redskins'.

"A lot of the routes are deeper," observed Doctson. "A lot of deep in-breaking routes. I probably didn't run one double move in college and we have a whole arsenal of double moves here. It's a little different in and out of breaks, getting your hips around. Things like that." We fully expect Doctson to pick up Jay Gruden's offense and be a factor by Week 1. It remains to be seen whether he'll win a starting job to begin the season.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 4:14 PM

Redskins GM Scot McCloughan said he has no concerns about Matt Jones' ball security or ability to stay healthy.

Jones fumbled five times in just 163 touches as a rookie before going down with a hip injury, but the Redskins do not have much choice but to rely on him as their workhorse. Chris Thompson is just a passing-down guy, and the rest of the depth chart has a grand total of zero career carries. Unless a veteran like Arian Foster is added over the summer, Jones is in line for a big workload.
May 16 - 12:37 PM

Redskins GM Scot McCloughan said franchise-tagged QB Kirk Cousins will be with the team "a long time."

McCloughan once again called the ongoing negotiations "positive," but he admitted there has not been any significant progress. For his part, Cousins said he is not worrying about a long-term deal. This situation will almost certainly go down to the July 15 deadline, but it would be a surprise if the two sides did not work something out.
Source: ESPN
May 16 - 12:16 PM

Redskins seventh-round pick Keith Marshall played behind Mack Brown at rookie minicamp this weekend.

Brown was on the Redskins' practice squad last year. Marshall was favoring his leg a bit after tweaking his hamstring on Friday. That might explain his relatively light workload. Marshall said his knee is completely healthy after battling injuries for much of his time at the University of Georgia. The Redskins are hoping Matt Jones becomes their every-down back for 2016. Marshall is fighting Brown and Chris Thompson for backup duties.
May 15 - 9:25 AM


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