Player News - Redskins

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MMQB's Albert Breer reports contract negotiations between the Redskins and franchise-tagged QB Kirk Cousins are "going nowhere."

Breer reports both sides expect Cousins to play out 2016 under the terms of the franchise tag, which would pay him $19.95 million. Likely thinking he will be in an even better negotiating position this time next year, Cousins has little reason to accept a cut-rate deal before the July 15 deadline, and Washington likely wants to see him do it again before they shell out franchise-quarterback money. No matter how grim it looks in June, these deals usually get done at the deadline, but it would not be surprising if Cousins played out the season under the tag.
Source: MMQB
Jun 24 - 9:05 AM

CSN Mid-Atlantic's Rich Tandler said ILB Will Compton is written "in Sharpie" at the top of the depth chart.

Compton started the final nine games last season including the playoffs, but he was a liability in run defense. He should enter this season as a starter, but he will need to take a big step forward to nail down a full-time role. Perry Riley and Mason Foster will vie for the other starting spot. Rookie Su'a Cravens could emerge as the team's primary sub-package inside linebacker.
Jun 20 - 12:12 PM

ESPN's John Keim reports the Redskins have "(seen) what they wanted" from Matt Jones this spring.

Per Keim, the "sense" is that the Redskins will be much better off at running back than they were in 2015 if Jones "performs this season the way he has practiced this spring." Jones spent most of the offseason working on fundamentals, like taking handoffs and better ball security. He's being set up for success, but it's not a guarantee it will come. He's a risk/reward RB2.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 16 - 8:44 PM

ESPN's John Keim reports second-year slot receiver Jamison Crowder has "left folks at Redskins Park excited."

Per Keim, Crowder has "looked decisive and explosive in his routes," and the Redskins will be "reluctant" to remove him from three-receiver sets because of how good he's looked. Removing Crowder is a question because first-rounder Josh Doctson is joining DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in the Redskins' receiver corps. Crowder has also drawn praise from Kirk Cousins. With so many other mouths to feed in D.C., Crowder probably won't be a weekly WR4.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 16 - 8:40 PM

Josh Doctson (Achilles) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Doctson missed most of OTAs and all of minicamp, but the Redskins aren’t concerned about him falling behind. "Doctson will be fine," WRs coach Ike Hilliard said. "I’m not worried about him. He can spit out [all the terminology]. He’s going to be real good." Doctson will compete for the No. 3 role behind DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon when he gets cleared.
Jun 16 - 11:41 AM

Redskins ILB Perry Riley (foot) will be ready for training camp.

Riley has been shut down since December. He shed his walking boot last week and is on track for a late July return. OLB Junior Galette (Achilles) is also expected to be cleared for camp.
Jun 16 - 9:16 AM

Redskins TE Derek Carrier (knee) isn't expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Carrier tore his ACL and MCL in Week 14 last season and remains in question for the start of the season. It's possible he opens the year on reserve/PUP.
Jun 15 - 2:08 PM

Jordan Reed is sitting out minicamp after suffering an ankle injury last week.

It shouldn't affect Reed's camp status, but any injury news is unwelcome for a player with Reed's history. It's a reminder of the TE1's fragility. Signed to a five-year, $46.5 million extension last month, Reed has missed 14 games in three years, though he made a career-high 14 appearances in 2015.
Jun 14 - 2:24 PM

Redskins first-round WR Josh Doctson (Achilles') still isn't practicing.

He's sat out the last three weeks with a left Achilles' injury. Coach Jay Gruden is calling it tendinitis. Doctson's lack of progress is a little concerning, though we're guessing the Redskins are just being extra cautious with their top rookie. The real test will come when training camp opens.
Jun 14 - 1:01 PM

Kirk Cousins said there has been "no progress to speak of" in contract negotiations.

Franchise tagged in March, Cousins and the Redskins have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal. While the two sides might not have made much headway to this point, these deals usually go down the deadline, and Cousins appeared to acknowledge that reality. "July 15th will be a determining day," he said. "So stay tuned." We will Mr. Cousins.
Jun 11 - 11:10 AM

Coach Jay Gruden said third-year WR Ryan Grant has had a "great camp" at OTAs.

Gruden noted Grant's crazy work ethic and precise route-running chops. With Josh Doctson (foot) and DeSean Jackson (voluntary) sitting out practices, Grant has been getting increased reps with the first- and second-team offenses. He's expected to open the season as Washington's No. 5 receiver.
Jun 10 - 12:52 PM

Redskins ILB Perry Riley (foot) has shed his walking boot.

Riley's foot has been giving him trouble since undergoing surgery in December. He's not yet practicing, but Riley should be ready well in time for training camp. Riley is due a $4 million salary in the final year of his deal.
Jun 8 - 11:46 AM

The Washington Post reports Redskins LG Shawn Lauvao (foot, ankle) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Lauvao underwent five foot surgeries after landing on injured reserve last season, but he said last month he will be ready for camp. If he can get healthy, Lauvao will compete with Spencer Long for the starting spot at left guard. Long has also seen some snaps at center this offseason.
Jun 7 - 9:57 AM

Matt Jones is practicing with a football which emits a warning signal if he does not apply pressure to every key point.

After Jones fumbled five times in just 163 touches last year, the Redskins are pulling out all the stops to improve his ball security. "We’ve got all kinds of things that help him out," coach Jay Gruden said, "mainly focus on the ball not just when he’s in contact or in the line of scrimmage, but outside of contact where he had a lot of trouble last year." Jones is expected to carry the load for Washington, but he will have to protect the ball better to retain the workhorse role. Jones is shaping up as a risk/reward RB2.
Jun 7 - 9:20 AM

DeSean Jackson was on the field for practice Monday.

Jackson had been skipping OTAs to this point, forfeiting a $500,000 workout bonus along the way. He is still owed $7.5 million in salary and bonuses in the final year of his deal. He will turn 30 in December.
Jun 6 - 12:24 PM


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