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Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Josh Doctson (Achilles') has "been impressive."

"The big thing for him is the confidence in his Achilles', and I think he's got that right now," Gruden said. "Now we've just got to continue to put one day after another after another." Doctson twice tried to return from his injury last season, and both times he had to be shut back down. For now, it looks like he is on the right track, but the Redskins will certainly be cautious. Doctson should play a big role if he can stay healthy this season.
Source: ESPN
May 25 - 10:45 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports RB Matt Jones will not report for Redskins OTAs.

Jones has nothing to gain by reporting for the voluntary workouts. He already knows he's out of the team's plans after being a healthy scratch much of last year and then seeing the team draft Samaje Perine to go with Rob Kelley, Chris Thompson, and Mack Brown. Jones likely hopes to get released or traded soon and will sit out the OTA sessions to prevent himself from some sort of injury.
May 24 - 9:16 AM

Team president Bruce Allen said the Redskins would be willing to place the franchise tag on Kirk Cousins next offseason.

"Yes," Allen said when asked directly about tagging Cousins for the third year in a row. "We really have one year and an option that we can do at the end of next season if we don’t get a contract." Tagging a player three years in a row is intentionally cost prohibitive, and Cousins would be due $34 million if Washington tags him again next spring. The Redskins do have other options, including the transition tag ($28 million) and non-exclusive franchise tag which would both offer the right of first refusal if Cousins signs an offer sheet somewhere else. Of course, all of this madness could be avoided if Washington matches Cousins' contract demands by the July 15 deadline, but that is unlikely at this point.
May 23 - 10:03 AM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said sophomore WR Josh Doctson (Achilles') will be a full-go for OTAs.

Just last month Gruden said Doctson would be moved slowly through OTAs, so this is a promising development. It is not a surprise, however, considering CSN Mid-Atlantic's JP Finlay recently reported Doctson "has looked quick and healthy this offseason." Even with Terrelle Pryor in the fold, Doctson has an opportunity to earn a big role this year if he can stay healthy.
May 22 - 10:31 AM

Redskins president Bruce Allen said they are "getting close to having a final plan" on the structure of the front office.

Allen danced around a question about someone getting the general manager title, but he did say the organization will add "at least one, two, maybe three people" to the front office. It will be a surprise if Washington adds a true general manager, but it sounds like we will know for sure in the next couple weeks.
May 22 - 9:59 AM

Redskins president Bruce Allen said the July 15 deadline for a long-term deal is "the driving point" in negotiations with franchise-tagged QB Kirk Cousins.

Allen said the team has maintained "constant dialogue" with Cousins' camp and he is "still optimistic" something will get done. That optimism seems unsupported by the facts on the ground, but Allen is right that deadlines drive action. Perhaps the Redskins and Cousins will surprise us this summer.
May 22 - 9:52 AM

Redskins RB Chris Thompson expects to see more work this season after proving he can stay healthy the last two years.

One of the best third-down backs in the league according to coach Jay Gruden, Thompson rushed 68 times and saw 62 targets last season, turning the touches into 705 total yards and five scores. Thompson has alway been effective when given the opportunity, but his slight frame (195 pounds) and long injury history make it unlikely Washington ever views him as anything more than a complementary back. That said, there is no reason he cannot top 125 touches behind Rob Kelley and/or rookie Samaje Perine.
Source: ESPN
May 22 - 8:56 AM

CSN Mid-Atlantic's JP Finlay reports 2016 first-round WR Josh Doctson (Achilles') "has looked quick and healthy this offseason."

Doctson missed most of the offseason program and training camp last year with a mysterious Achilles' injury before landing on injured reserve after two games. Even after signing Terrelle Pryor, Washington needs much more from Doctson this season to help replace DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. If he can stay healthy, Doctson should push for 100 targets and be a big factor in the red zone.
May 20 - 11:13 AM

ESPN's John Keim thinks there is less than a 50-percent chance walk-year QB Kirk Cousins signs a long-term deal with the Redskins before the season.

It is not a surprising belief considering neither side has expressed optimism and coach Jay Gruden recently dodged the question entirely, saying, "I know he’s gonna be here this season, and that’s all I care about." Perhaps something changes if Washington is able to put together a playoff run, but right now the two sides seem headed toward a divorce next spring.
May 20 - 9:27 AM

CSN Mid-Atlantic's Rich Tandler reports Redskins coaches are "very, very high" on second-year WR Maurice Harris.

Harris (6'3/200) spent the first six weeks of last season on the practice squad before earning a promotion to the 53-man roster. He played 129 snaps, catching 8-of-11 targets for 66 yards. Harris will likely compete with Brian Quick, Ryan Grant, and sixth-round rookie Robert Davis for the Redskins' final 2-3 roster spots among receivers.
May 17 - 8:36 AM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden came away "impressed" with fourth-round RB Samaje Perine following rookie minicamp.

"You see him out there running around – were you impressed?" Gruden asked reporters rhetorically on Saturday. "Yeah, so was I. I like guys who come in here and love football and he does. He’s a very smart guy. You can tell that he’s going to be a very hard worker and, of course, he runs hard." Padless practice without veterans isn't exactly the hardest place to stand out, but it's another nugget to file away as Perine prepares to challenge Rob Kelley on early downs. Perine appears to be the favorite.
May 16 - 7:57 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Jay Gruden said DB DeAngelo Hall (torn ACL) could be forced to start the season on the reserve/PUP list.

Injured last Week 3, Hall is without a target date for a return. Hall has missed 31 of the past 48 games because of injury. He will count $5.1 million against the cap, and the Redskins have safeties D.J. Swearinger, Su'a Cravens and Will Blackmon on the roster. Not an impact player since transitioning from corner to safety, Hall could be forced to take a pay cut, or perhaps be cut outright.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 2:39 PM

Redskins OLB Junior Galette (Achilles') has resumed running and lifting, and is still targeting the beginning of training camp for his return.

Galette hasn't played since 2014 after shredding both of his Achilles' tendons. He's also dealing with more off-the-field trouble after an April arrest for "disorderly conduct and failure to comply with police orders." Galette was briefly one of the league's most electric pass rushers, but now 29, anything he provides in 2017 will be a bonus. It's possible he's left off the 53-man roster.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 1:38 PM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim projects Samaje Perine as the team's Week 1 starter at running back.

Keim calls incumbent Rob Kelley a "complementary piece to Perine." The all-time leading rusher at Oklahoma, Perine packs 233 pounds onto a 5-foot-11 frame and caught 40 passes in his three-year college career despite sharing the Sooners' backfield with all-purpose dynamo Joe Mixon. In an efficient Redskins offense, Perine will offer considerable TD upside should he win the job.
Source: ESPN.com
May 15 - 3:56 PM

Asked about Kirk Cousins' contract situation, coach Jay Gruden said "I know he’s gonna be here this season, and that’s all I care about."

"My approach, really: I’m not gonna be concerned about it," Gruden insisted. We wouldn't expect Gruden to be expansive on the matter, but the fact he wouldn't offer up even a boilerplate quote about Cousins remaining with the team beyond 2017 is interesting. The Redskins committed to hardball with their quarterback, and have not let up. It's safe to say Cousins won't forget that during talks.
May 15 - 3:08 PM


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