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Mediocre record makes it hard for Redskins players to get individual honors

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Mediocre record makes it hard for Redskins players to get individual honors

You could complain that linebacker Zach Brown, still the NFL’s leading tackler after missing the Redskins’ game against the Cardinals on Sunday, should have been on the Pro Bowl roster instead of being named an alternate.

If you ask the Redskins players they might tell you than cornerback Kendall Fuller is having a Pro Bowl caliber season and that he was snubbed. There also is tremendous respect for what tackle Morgan Moses has done this year while battling through ankle injuries.

But the reality is that the Redskins got what they deserved when the Pro Bowl selections were announced on Tuesday night. OLB Ryan Kerrigan, OT Trent Williams, and G Brandon Scherff were named to the NFC roster for the game, which will be played in Orlando a week before the Super Bowl.


All three were selected to play last year, and a few repeat appearances is what you get when you are 6-8. Had the Redskins pulled out a few games and remained in playoff contention throughout this month, they might have been able to get in a couple of first-time honorees such as Fuller and Moses. Maybe Brown, who was on the AFC Pro Bowl roster last year as a member of the Bills, would have been recognized.

The reality is that a team’s record and relevance have a lot to do with who makes the Pro Bowl, even though it is supposed to be an individual honor.

Anyone who follows the game with any degree of sophistication knows that the Pro Bowl roster is not a list of the best, most impactful players in the game. A lot of it comes down to name recognition and past selections. If you make it one year and you don’t screw up too badly the next year and your team doesn’t flame out, you’re probably in again the following year.

You could make a case that Moses, who has played at a high level and is the only Redskins offensive lineman to start every game, should make it over Williams, who has missed three games and has struggled at times due to his injured knee. Williams is unlikely to play but Moses wasn’t named as an alternate. CB Josh Norman is an alternate but even he might lobby for Fuller, who leads the team with four interceptions, to go if there is an opening on the roster.


Williams almost certainly will not play in the game as he will have surgery to repair his injured right knee shortly after the season ends. Scherff missed a couple of games with a knee injury so it would not be surprising if he bypassed the opportunity to spend a week in Orlando. He was selected but did not play last year due to an ankle injury. Kerrigan also skipped the festivities after being picked last year, citing a finger injury.

The Pro Bowl withdrawals happen at such a rate that players who are not even alternates end up getting a phone call so we could see Fuller and Moses, perhaps the most deserving Redskins and two players who likely would jump at the opportunity to play, going to Disney World in late January.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

It looks like Ryant Grant has found his new home, again.

After a failed physical with the Ravens, James Jones of NFL Network reports Grant plans to sign with the Colts.


Grant originally agreed to a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens, before the team pulled the offer citing an ankle injury that dated to the Redskins' final regular-season game, according to reports.

Baltimore eventually signed Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal, while Grant had visits with the Colts and Raiders.

His agent, Rocky Arceneaux, says Grant has been working out, running routes, and his ankle had been cleared by Dr. Robert Anderson in a second opinion.

In 2017 with the Redskins, he appeared in all 16 games, with 45 receptions for 573 yards and four touchdowns.


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Redskins bring in another defensive lineman for free agency visit, per source


Redskins bring in another defensive lineman for free agency visit, per source

The Redskins hosted Sylvester Williams for a free agency visit on Tuesday morning, per a source with knowledge of the situation. 

Williams played in 2017 with the Titans, logging 20 tackles in 11 starts. Tennessee released Williams this offseason, just one year into a three-year, $16 million deal. 

Drafted in the first round by the Broncos in 2013, the 6-foot-3, 313 lbs. Williams' stat line has never really popped. That isn't uncommon for a nose tackle though, as the job is less about tackles than it is holding leverage against the interior of an offensive line. 


Should the Redskins sign 29-year-old Williams, it would represent the first true nose tackle free agency addition since Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton joined the team in 2015 from Denver. In an ironic twist, Williams took over at nose in Denver when Knighton left for Washington, and posted his best season as a Bronco. 

Washington restructured its deal with Terrell McClain, reported first by ESPN, which could allow more flexibility to add another defensive lineman. That could come in the draft, but the club has been very active talking with free agents to play on the defensive front. 

On Monday, Johnathan Hankins and Pernell McPhee visited with Redskins officials in Ashburn. Hankins would carry the heaviest price tag, but his past performance would also indicate the most promise. 

McPhee is an edge rusher with enough bulk to play against the run as well. Williams compares more with Hankins, and could be seen as the secondary option.

Among 79 nose tackles Pro Football Focus graded, Williams ranked 36th. For comparison, Bengals star Geno Atkins ranked No. 1, Dontari Poe ranked 26th, former Redskin Chris Baker ranked 65th and current Redskin Ziggy Hood ranked 79th. 

It's also worth noting that since the Titans released Williams, should the Redskins sign the nose tackle, his contract would not count towards the NFL compensatory pick formula. 

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