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Need to Know: Examining the Redskins' updated depth chart—Defense

Need to Know: Examining the Redskins' updated depth chart—Defense

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, March 14, 35 days before Washington Redskins start offseason workouts on April 17.  


Days until:

—NFL Draft (4/27) 44
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 59
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 71
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 123
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 180

Looking at the 2017 depth chart—defense

The Redskins are likely to make a few more free agent acquisitions but the depth chart is beginning to settle in. Let’s take a look at where the defense stands now. The offense was up yesterday.

Defensive line: Ricky Jean Francois, Phil Taylor, Stacy McGee
Backups: Terrell McClain, Anthony Lanier, Matt Ioannidis

This is based on the players who are on the roster now. None of the three listed starters should be starting. If they get a top-line free agent like Jonathan Hankins or Dontari Poe, that is one starter. A solid draft could bring one or two more. This unit is very much a work in progress (as it has been the last couple of years).

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Linebackers: OLBs Preston Smith, Ryan Kerrigan; ILBs Mason Foster, Will Compton
Backups: Junior Galette, Trent Murphy, Martrell Spaight, Steven Daniels

There will be some competition here from Lynden Trail and Houston Bates on the outside and Zach Vigil on the inside. The draft could add some more talent both on the inside and on the edge.

Defensive backs: CBs Bashaud Breeland, Josh Norman; SS Su’a Cravens, FS D.J. Swearinger
Backups: Kendall Fuller, Quinton Dunbar, Tharold Simon, Will Blackmon, Deshazor Everett, 1-2 draft picks

The starters seem to be set although we have to see if Swearinger can play free safety. Fuller struggled for long stretches of last year and they hope that he can get his feet under him in his second year. Simon, Blackmon, and Everett could all be replaced by draft picks or free agents. DeAngelo Hall may be released but he could get a chance to come back on a reduced salary.

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Redskins getting thin at receiver with two more injured wideouts out on Sunday


Redskins getting thin at receiver with two more injured wideouts out on Sunday

In August, Redskins fans would freak out if they heard Jordan Reed and Terrelle Pryor would both miss a November game.

In November, that news doesn’t carry much worry.

Washington coach Jay Gruden announced that Reed and Pryor, along with center Spencer Long, won’t play Sunday against the Saints.


Reed hasn’t played in a few weeks as he is dealing with a hamstring injury. It seemed he might have returned last week before a setback slowed down his progress.

In his place, Vernon Davis has proved to be a sturdy backup capable of some big games.

Long injured his knee and while he played last week, he did not practice this week.

Not having Pryor is a bit of a surprise. His ankle injury popped up this week and he will see a specialist next week to examine the joint. In the middle of a disappointing season, the Redskins offense won’t lose much with his absence.

Elsewhere on the injury list, a number of players will be questionable for Sunday’s contest against the 7-2 Saints.

Perhaps most important, Trent Williams is questionable but will probably play.


Receivers Ryan Grant and Brian Quick are expected to play after undergoing concussion protocol, but that will leave the Redskins with only three fully healthy wideouts: Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson and Maurice Harris.

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Redskins' Josh Norman earns Week 10 NFLPA community MVP


Redskins' Josh Norman earns Week 10 NFLPA community MVP

Redskins' Josh Norman is using his platform as a professional football player to help those in need, and this week it earned him NFLPA's community MVP.

The cornerback has been raising funds for youth enrichment programs in the D.C. area, as well as starting a campaign to help those affected in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. 

Norman's foundation, Starz24, provides backpacks and school supplies for children in need and creates initiatives for students at Jefferson Middle School Academy in D.C.. He recently raised almost $100,000 for Starz24's Imagination Team Rooms, a STEM-based "makerspaces" that will be placed in several inner city middle and high schools. 

Then, when Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria back in September, Norman started a social media campaign to help those affected. The campaign brought in $150,000. Norman also donated $100,000 of his own with part of the money going to the Boys & Girls clubs in Puerto Rico.

I look at it as I’m on this earth to help people and help them be the best that they can be,” Norman said. “I have the means to do so. I’m going to do that.

Every week during the regular season, the NFLPA selects a NFL player who is making a difference in their community. They are going to be making a $10,000 contribution to his foundation or a charity of his choice in addition to an in-kind donation on behalf of their supporting partner, Delta Private Jets.

I am so honored to be recognized by the NFLPA for my work in the community,” Norman said. “All of this work is bigger than football. I want to make an impact in the lives of children who need it most and to help develop those children to help change the future.