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Monday Up-Downs: Jackson has stellar first start


Monday Up-Downs: Jackson has stellar first start

Whos up and whos down after the Redskins 38-31 loss to the Bengals on Sunday?UpAlfred Morriscontinues to impress. The rookie running back rushed 17 times for 78 yards on Sunday, giving him 263 yards for the year. Thats good for eighth in the NFL pending tonights game.DownSantana Mosshad just one catch yesterday for three yards. On the season he has eight receptions for 67 yards, an average of 8.4 yardscatch.UpMaking his first NFL start,Rob Jacksonmade a diving interception in the end zone for a touchdown. For the game he had three tackles, all of them behind the line of scrimmage.DownThe other new starter on defense, end JarvisJenkins, was largely invisible with no tackles and one assist.UpThere were many who questioned whyBrandon Banksis on the roster but he made a pretty good case for himself on Sunday. His 55-yard kickoff return late in the first half jump-started a struggling offense. They scored a field goal that got the Redskins on the road to tying the game after being down by 17 points. In the second half took some pressure off of Robert Griffin III on the option play by presenting an outside speed threat.DownRookie Richard Crawford, playing nickel corner in place of the injured Cedric Griffin, was burned on Andrew Hawkins 59-yard touchdown catch and run that ultimately turned out to be the margin of victory.UpTight end Fred Davis came into the game with just four receptions for 52 yards in the first two games. Against the Bengals he caught seven for 90 yards.DownThe defense. Adding any more would just be piling on.

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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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