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Need to Know: 5 'on the bubble' Redskins whose jobs are safe

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Need to Know: 5 'on the bubble' Redskins whose jobs are safe

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, June 13, four days before the start of Redskins minicamp.

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Here are five Redskins who many fans think are in danger of not making the 53-man roster whose jobs are, in reality, safe.

Niles Paul—Many complain because he doesn’t produce much as a tight end. But he’s a core special teams guy and the focus on that area will keep him on the roster.

Ryan Grant—Sure, the rookie fifth-round pick is not very fast. But he has a knack for getting open and holding on to the ball when it gets thrown in his direction. During OTAs he did line up with RG3 and the other starters for some series. That’s not a sure sign he’s in the plans but a good indicator.

Tyler Polumbus—I guess this constitutes a flip-flop since when I did my “way too early” 53-man roster projection a month ago, Polumbus wasn’t on it. But I don’t think they’re going to force Morgan Moses to start before he’s ready and I think the chances are good that he won’t be ready by September.

Darrel Young—Jay Gruden’s Bengals ran with just one running back on 83 percent of their snaps last year, leading many to wonder if the team would even keep a fullback on the roster. Like Paul, Young is a core special teams player and it’s hard for me to picture him not being one of the 53 best players, regardless of how underutilized his primary position might be.

Stephen Bowen—Many think that Bowen will fall victim to his injury, age, salary cap number, or some combination of all three. I do think a contract redo might be coming but I’m hearing he’s in the plans.

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Timeline

—Redskins defensive back E. J. Biggers was born on this date in 1987.

—It’s been 166 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 86 days until they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Minicamp starts 4; Training camp 41; Preseason opener vs. Patriots 55

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Redskins fans go crazy after refs miss unnecessary roughness call involving Brandon Scherff

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Redskins fans go crazy after refs miss unnecessary roughness call involving Brandon Scherff

Last week vs. the 49ers, Brandon Scherff was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness after the guard pushed a San Fran defender to the ground around the same time that the whistle blown.

A week later against the Eagles, Scherff was the one who was shoved. But this time, there was no penalty.

Derek Barnett played the role of aggressor in the Week 7 matchup. On a third-and-9, Kirk Cousins was hit as he threw, and players pursued the loose ball with some thinking it was a fumble. That's when Barnett came up and laid a late hit on Scherff, sending him to the turf.

Here's what it looked like:

The refs were chucking flags left and right in the early stages of the rivalry game. This one, though, somehow wasn't called.

MORE: REDSKINS WEEKLY MVPS ON OFFENSE AND DEFENSE

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Redskins Week 7 Inactives: Bashaud Breeland is good to go vs. the Eagles

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Redskins Week 7 Inactives: Bashaud Breeland is good to go vs. the Eagles

There are no big surprises on the Redskins’ inactive list Monday before the Eagles matchup:

  • CB Josh Norman
  • OL Tyler Catalina
  • OL Ty Nsekhe
  • DL A.J. Francis
  • TE Jeremy Sprinkle
  • OLB Josh Harvey-Clemons
  • S Deshazor Everett

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland, who suffered a knee injury last Sunday against the 49ers, is active. With Norman out, that is very good news for the Redskins’ chances.

Norman was declared out on the final injury report. He reportedly wanted to play with a broken rib that he sustained on October 3 against the Chiefs. But the medical staff would not clear him to play and Norman will miss his second consecutive game. Quinton Dunbar will start in his place.

RELATED: REDSKINS WEEKLY MVPS ON OFFENSE AND DEFENSE

Reserve offensive linemen Catalina (concussion) and Nsekhe (core muscle) also were declared out on Saturday.

Starting RB Rob Kelley returns after missing the 49ers game with an ankle injury.

MORE: TRENT WILLIAMS IS PLAYING ON A BADLY INJURED KNEE

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