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Despite testy past, Terrelle Pryor excited to team up with Josh Norman

Despite testy past, Terrelle Pryor excited to team up with Josh Norman

Like many receviers before and after, Terrelle Pryor had some pointed comments before facing Josh Norman in an October matchup between the Redskins and Browns. Going into the Week 4 matchup, which was immediately following Norman's matchup against Odell Beckham, Pryor made clear he wasn't scared of the 'Skins $75 million corner. 

"I'm 6-5, 230. I'm not worried about no corner talking about me. Period," Pryor told the Cleveland Plain Dealer at the time. 

In the game, Pryor got the better of the two men in the first half, but Norman got the last laugh. The Washington cornerback made a key, late interception to seal the Redskins victory, and the ball was thrown in Pryor's direction. 

Now, the two competitors will be on the same team, and that won't be any issue for Pryor.

"I'm very excited, you know, because at the end of the day, iron sharpens iron," the new Redskins wideout said Monday on a conference call.

"I'm not saying whether I'm on his level or I’m not saying anything like that. What I do know is that he's a competitor and I competed against him at a high level. He competed against me at a high level and he's a very competitive guy, a very fiery guy. The opportunity to compete with somebody that wants to be great, I mean, I'll take that every day."

With the departures of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon, the Redskins will need a lot from Pryor this fall. Working against Norman in the offseason and training camp could help that development. Though he had more than 1,000 receiving yards in 2016, Pryor is still learning how to play wideout after being a QB most of his life. 

"I'm very excited about that because I know he's going to help me and I can help him because I’m going to compete my butt off. I think at the end of the day that's what helps get your team better."

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Maybe the Redskins aren't as banged up on defense as we thought they were

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Maybe the Redskins aren't as banged up on defense as we thought they were

The Redskins’ defense may not be as banged up as we thought it was.

On Thursday, the first day of serious preparation for their Monday night game in Philadelphia, injured defenders CB Josh Norman (rib), CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), and S Deshazor Everett (hamstring) all practiced on a limited basis.

Norman was inactive against the 49ers after suffering a broken rib against the Chiefs on October 2. Breeland injured his knee against San Francisco. They are the starters, and if they both can play against the 5-1 Eagles it would be a huge boost to the defense.

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It should be noted that both cornerbacks only took part in individual drills, so it is no sure thing that either will be ready to play in Philadelphia. But having them at practice was a good start.

Everett is a reserve safety and a key special teams contributor. His presence in the latter area could be important as the Eagles’ performance on special teams is among the best in the league.

LB Ryan Anderson (back) and S Stefan McClure (knee) both practiced on a limited basis.

Also practicing was S DeAngelo Hall. He has been on the physically unable to perform list since the start of training camp rehabbing a torn ACL he suffered in 2016. The team now has a 21-day window during which they can activate him. However, he must sit out at least one more game.

On offense, Trent Williams (knee) did not practice. That is not ideal but he was able to play last Sunday after being out of practice all last week.

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Jay Gruden announced roster moves that had been reported previously, with K Dustin Hopkins (hip) and DE Jonathan Allen (foot) going on injured reserve. First-year player Nick Rose will handle the place kicking duties and A.J. Francis will take Allen’s roster spot.

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A.J. Francis promoted to Redskins' 53-man roster

A.J. Francis promoted to Redskins' 53-man roster

The Redskins put Jonathan Allen on injured reserve and brought in a familiar face to replace him on the roster.

Jay Gruden announced that the team has signed former practice squad member A.J. Francis to take the place of Allen, who suffered a Lisfranc injury last Sunday in the game against the 49ers. Francis spent part of last season on the Redskins practice squad and he was on the 53-man roster for a couple of weeks, although he did not appear in a game. Francis also was on the team this year before being released in the cut to 53 on September 2.  

The former Maryland standout has played in three NFL games, all in 2015, appearing in two for the Seahawks and one for the Dolphins.

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In all, Francis has been a part of 22 transactions, starting when he signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

Allen has undergone surgery to repair the foot already. The normal schedule for a Lisfranc calls for a player to stay off of the foot for 6-8 weeks and then start rehabbing, which can take a month or possibly a lot longer.

He would be eligible to be activated off of injured reserve after missing eight games, which means he technically could play in Week 15 against the Cardinals. But that would be an extremely optimistic timetable for such an injury.

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