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Bruton Jr., Garvin expected to give Redskins' improving special teams a boost


Bruton Jr., Garvin expected to give Redskins' improving special teams a boost

Although the Redskins haven’t signed many free agents from outside of the organization, there has been a common theme to the few that they have added: they’re strong, experienced special teamers.

Sitting atop that list are safety David Bruton Jr. and linebacker Terence Garvin—a pair of special teams aces that are aiming to contribute on defense, too.

“Those guys are going to help [but] they’re also going to compete for starting jobs,” Coach Jay Gruden said. “I think that’s part of the [reason] they came here. But the bonus is that they’re very good special teams players too, which helps.”

Bruton, 28, is an accomplished and versatile special teamer, having served as the Broncos’ unit captain the past three seasons. During that span, he averaged about six tackles per season while also chipping in with a blocked punt, a fumble recovery as well as a pair of converted fake punts.

Garvin, meantime, ranked among the Steelers’ top three in special teams tackles each of the last three seasons. The 25-year-old's best campaign came in 2014, when he was credited with 15 tackles, which was tied for seventh best in the NFL.

The addition of Bruton and Garvin should go a long way toward offsetting the loss of fullback Darrel Young, who departed via free agency, and safety Jeron Johnson, who was released. Young and Johnson finished first and second in special teams snaps last season.

Overall, though, 13 of the Redskins’ top-15 special teamers in terms of playing time will return in 2016. Two other special teams standouts—tight end Niles Paul and Adam Hayward—are expected to return after missing the entire 2015 season with injuries. The Redskins also signed defensive lineman Kendall Reyes, who played the 10th most special teams snaps among all Chargers last season. 

Gruden, speaking at the NFL owners meetings a couple of weeks ago, also mentioned the emergence of second-year corner Deshazor Everett as well as the need to continue building the special teams units, which have shown drastic improvement across the board over the past year.

“Everett is a very good special teams player; he’s going to have to continue to step up and play good special teams,” Gruden said. “But it’s an area that we really have to be serious about finding the right people. Not just adding good wide receivers, we have to find a wide receiver that’s good on special teams also to fill out our 53-man roster but our 46-man [game day] roster.”

Gruden added: “Our fourth corner has got to be a dynamo on special teams, whoever that is. Your third and fourth inside linebacker, they’ve got to be good special teams players. You’d like to have your fourth outside linebacker be good special teams player [and] your third running back, possibly a good special teamer. We’ve got to find those spots. We’ve got to really dial in our search to the players that fit those spots and continue to address special teams.”

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Terrelle Pryor reportedly closing in on deal with new team

Terrelle Pryor reportedly closing in on deal with new team

Former Washington Redskin Terrelle Pryor may have found a new home after a tumultuous season in Washington.

The 28-year-old wide receiver appears to be on the way to the New York Jets for the 2018 season according to Ian Rappaport.

Last season, Pryor only played in nine games for Washington and was sent to injured reserve after Week 11. His season ended with ankle surgery and it closed the book on a short stint in the nation’s capital.

In his nine games, he never got on the same page with former Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins. Targeted only 37 times, the six-year veteran only had 20 receptions for 240 yards and a single touchdown.

This is coming after a 1,000-yard season on the dismal Cleveland Browns team that went 1-15 in 2016. As a free-agent, he signed with Washington on a ‘prove-it’ deal for one-year, eight million last off-season. He was expected to a significant amount of touches alongside Josh Doctson.


With so much anticipation it was easy to say that Pryor’s lone season in Washington was a disappointment.

If he does sign with the Jets, Pryor joins a New York franchise that is still continuing to rebuild. They currently own the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and are in search of a quarterback.  A year ago they finished 5-11 under third-year head coach Todd Bowles.

Transitioned to wide receiver in Cleveland, Pryor was drafted into the league as a quarterback.  He spent three seasons in Oakland (2011-13) all as a quarterback making 10 starts. In Cleveland (2015-16) he made the transition to wide receiver before going to Washington in 2017.


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Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East


Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East

The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.

Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction. 

What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb. 


For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined. 

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