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Manusky: DeAngelo Hall will return to try to play his 10th season with the Redskins

Manusky: DeAngelo Hall will return to try to play his 10th season with the Redskins

The immediate future of the longest-tenured member of the Redskins has been determined and the decision may come as a surprise to many.

New defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, speaking on ESPN 980, said that defensive back DeAngelo Hall will get a chance to return for his 10th season with the Redskins.

"Across the board, we'd like him back to see what he has left," Manusky told Chris Cooley and Kevin Sheehan on Thursday morning.

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Hall has been a fixture in the Redskins’ defensive backfield from when he joined the team midway through the 2008 season through Week 3 of 2014. In that game he suffered a torn Achilles that cost him the rest of that season. Since then he has played in 14 of 45 games, missing five games with a toe injury and 13 after he tore his ACL last year.

The 33-year-old Hall is scheduled to make $4.25 million in salary this year. Given his recent history the Redskins will be reluctant to pay him that much. The day after the season ended, Hall said that he is willing to talk about reducing his salary and including some incentives to make some of that money back.

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“I ain't here to rob nobody or keep making the same thing,” he said. “If I show I can't be healthy and play 16 weeks then maybe we incentivize it. That's something that me and my agents have talked about and I expressed the same concerns to him. I signed that deal four years ago and I've been hurt every game since then. I want to ultimately do what's good for the team.”

Hall moved from cornerback to safety last year and the Redskins could use some depth there. However, if they pick up some safety help in the draft Hall could be pushed hard to even make the 53-man roster. And even if he does make it, the Redskins need to be very aware of the injury factor with Hall and have a solid succession plan in mind should he wind up on the injured list again.

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Once undrafted, how Trey Edmunds found his way as a rookie in a crowded backfield

Once undrafted, how Trey Edmunds found his way as a rookie in a crowded backfield

NBC Sports Washington’s four-part digital series ‘E-Boyz’ -- chronicling the illustrious past, decorated present and bright future of the Edmunds family -- is NOW LIVE. Check out a new episode daily, leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft. Watch the third episode above and more here.

A position change. A school change. A season-ending injury. 

Those are the kinds of things that prevent an NFL career from ever starting. But none of those things stopped Trey Edmunds from reaching the league and contributing for the Saints as a rookie in 2017.

Trey, the oldest brother in a family that features 2018 prospects Tremaine and Terrell, came out of high school as a linebacker, but became a running back after enrolling at Virginia Tech. After three productive seasons with the Hokies, he transferred to finish up his career with Maryland, yet his senior season was cut short after fracturing his foot five games in to the schedule.

That injury was a big reason why the 2017 NFL Draft came and went without a phone call for Edmunds, so he signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent in May. There, he played spot duty on special teams for much of his rookie campaign before his breakout moment in November:

Now, heading into his second pro year, Edmunds will reportedly have to fight for a roster spot in New Orleans again. But hey, adversity is something the 23-year-old is very familiar with, so don't bet against him.

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The Redskins aren't big on analytics but the numbers are likely to influence their top draft pick

The Redskins aren't big on analytics but the numbers are likely to influence their top draft pick

There are always surprises in the NFL draft, but the 2018 edition may be the most unpredictable in years. There are a few factors at play here and they will affect who is available to the Redskins in the first round and who they end up drafting there. 

One factor is analytics. Not all teams have a big analytics department but all 32 are aware of the trends in the game. One is that teams no longer emphasize establishing the run early in games. Teams pass in the first quarter on about 57 percent of the snaps. That run-pass ratio is about the same as it is during the other three quarters. It’s still a passing league from the opening kickoff until the clock hits 0:00. 

So why, then, is Vita Vea, a pure nose tackle who likely will be of limited help against the pass, a possible top-10 pick who the Redskins reportedly would like to take at 13? 

The way it looks now, Vea is going to be one of the best available players with a significant drop off to any players associated with the passing game except quarterbacks—wide receiver, left tackle, edge rusher, and outside cornerback. 

The Redskins might rate Vea as more valuable than other teams because of how weak their rushing defense is. Teams ran at them on 47 percent of first-quarter plays, taking advantage of the weakness. This kept up through all four quarters; teams ran against the Redskins on 46 percent of the plays compared to 42 percent of all plays league-wide. Washington’s vulnerability against the rush may push Vea and probably Da’Ron Payne up on their draft boards even if they are of limited utility in the nickel defense. 

Here is one more example of the numbers and talent affecting this draft. Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick played a variety of positions in Alabama’s secondary. The consensus opinion is that his best NFL fit is slot corner. Traditionally, that is not a first-round position because it’s has been a role, a part-time position. 

But the view is shifting. Offenses take 62.6 percent of their snaps with three or more wide receivers on the field. That number only counts true wide receivers, so you can add a percentage point or two in for when a running back or tight end lines up out wide. As you would expect, a comparable number of defensive snaps (65.3%) are with five or more defensive backs on the field. The Redskins were in line with this. Slot corner Kendall Fuller played nearly 66 percent of the snaps last year. 

Since you will utilize your slot corner on nearly two-thirds of your plays, if you can get a good one with the 13th pick you shouldn’t hesitate just because of the old view of the position. When you add in the fact that Fitzpatrick can play safety and outside corner as well the Redskins could well pull the trigger if he’s still there. 

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