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Need to Know: Is Redskins RB Matt Jones' fumbling problem already solved?

Need to Know: Is Redskins RB Matt Jones' fumbling problem already solved?

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, June 13, 45 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.


—The Redskins last played a game 155 days ago. It will be 91 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Redskins training camp starts 45; Preseason opener @ Falcons 59; Final roster cut 82

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—Is Matt Jones’ fumbling issue overblown? Jones lost four fumbles in his first 104 touches of the season. He didn’t lose any in his final 65 touches. It is best to proceed as though the problem has not been solved but the good finish to the season is perhaps a sign for optimism.

—Tress Way’s numbers were off a bit last year. He went from averaging 47.5 yards per punt in 2014 to 46.1 last year. His net average dropped from 40.0 to 39.8. It’s not particularly alarming and perhaps it’s due to him placing his punts better to prevent big returns. Opponent punt return yards did drop from 397 in 2014 to 258 last year.

—I’m not sure what to think of Logan Paulsen’s prospects this year. Before he got injured last year I was hearing that he was on his way out. I wasn’t the only one surprised when he was re-signed. For right now he could end up making the roster as the fourth tight end, although that may depend on whether or not Derek Carrier has recovered from his knee injury.

—Trent Murphy is listed at 290 now and that appears to be pretty close to reality. I don’t see how he is going to be able to put on enough additional weight to get into the 310-320 range that is the ideal for a 3-4 defensive end. I would look for him to play almost exclusively in nickel situations as a 4-3 end.

—The starter at right end in the base 3-4 defense has yet to be determined and it probably won’t be until well into training camp. I would not bet against Ricky Jean Francois claiming the job. He seemed to make a play every time he was in there last year.

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Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report


Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report

Free agent pass rusher Pernell McPhee visited the Redskins on Monday, and by Tuesday night a report emerged that Washington offered the veteran outside linebacker a contract.

Last week, Trent Murphy signed with the Buffalo Bills and things remain uncertain between the Redskins and Junior Galette. That means the organization has a need for an edge rushing linebacker, and that's exactly the role McPhee can play. 

A 29-year-old that played the last three seasons with the Bears, McPhee posted 14 sacks while in Chicago. Prior to his time with the Bears, McPhee was a solid contributor on some good Ravens teams. 


His best season in Baltimore came in 2014 when he posted 7.5 sacks. That's also the last season McPhee played a full 16 game schedule. He's missed 12 games over the last three years in Chicago. 

McPhee could provide the Redskins with solid veteran depth at outside linebacker, and he's also considered a plus defender against the run. With Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith cemented as the starting outside linebackers, if signed, McPhee would pair up with Ryan Anderson on Washington's second unit. At 6-foot-2 and 275 lbs., McPhee carries more weight on his frame than either Kerrigan or Smith. 

Pro Football Focus gave McPhee a strong grade for the 2017 season. He notched a +11.5 and ranked 13th out of 46 outside linebackers graded. For comparison, Broncos star Von Miller ranked 1st at +57, Kerrigan ranked 8th at +22.9 and Galette ranked 10th at +16.2.

It's unclear what a move for McPhee would mean between the Redskins and Galette, but it's hard to imagine it helps.

Free agent Johnathan Hankins also visited Washington on Monday, and while he plays an interior defensive line position different from McPhee, it's also unclear what this offer would do to any negotiations between the Redskins and Hankins. 

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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.