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Need to Know: Redskins camp news and notes, Day 4--Gruden praises Cody Hoffman


Need to Know: Redskins camp news and notes, Day 4--Gruden praises Cody Hoffman

RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Monday, July 28, 10 days before the Redskins open the preseason against the Patriots.

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Some news, notes, and quotes from Day 4 of Redskins training camp.

—Former Steeler Ryan Clark reminded us that he played on a pretty good defense for a Super Bowl winning team not too long ago. “We were watching TV the other day and they had Seattle’s stats from last year and I referenced the defense that won the 2008-2009 Super Bowl that was much better than they were – we just didn’t talk as much – and so I just reference that in a joking way. But seriously, like just explaining to them Seattle is good because they have good players, but if you put their film on, they run to the ball. They tackle well, and those are all the things that make you good. When we were good back in the day, we had one star – the guy with the hair. Everybody else just played hard and they made themselves good.” The “guy with the hair” is All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu

—Mo Hurt survives, at least for now. He was activated from the non-football injury list on Sunday afternoon. Hurt was on the list because he failed the conditioning test on Wednesday. Jay Gruden initially told us it was because he was not in shape but he retracted that on Sunday. “Well, it wasn’t so much that he was out of shape,” he said. “After further review he lost some weight in the offseason and we came back for the conditioning test and something wasn’t right. We wanted to make sure he was healthy enough to resume practice. He did not finish his conditioning test, but I don’t think it was because he was out of shape because his weight was down.” Hurt still has an uphill battle to get a roster spot.

—At least for now, you can cross the cornerback spot opposite DeAngelo Hall off of your list of concerns. David Amerson has taken ownership of the spot and it doesn’t look like he’s going to give it up. “I’ve definitely [seen a difference] with Amerson,” Gruden said. “Amerson is playing with a lot of confidence, a lot of swag about him and that’s very important. You’ve got have confidence and a little bit of swagger about you.” Of course we won’t know much more until preseason games start and we won’t really know until the regular-season games start. But so far, so good with Amerson.

—I get more questions about undrafted free agent wide receiver Cody Hoffman than I do about most rookies. He caught a couple of long passes during practice on Sunday and in the afternoon Gruden was asked if he valued the height that Hoffman (listed at 6-4) offers. “He’s made some big plays,” said Gruden. “There’s some things he’s got to work on and fight through from discipline as far as routes go, but he is a big target. That’s something if you look at our receiving corps we may be lacking so to speak.”

—If you had plans to go to the walkthrough scheduled for 4:10 tomorrow, change them. The session has been cancelled. Gruden explained why. “Tomorrow will be our third day in a row in pads,” he said. “We’re going to go full pads tomorrow with the pants included. We might do some live drills tomorrow and we are going to cancel the meeting and go through our meetings. Instead of having a walkthrough we will have a dinner and I will probably give them off that night just to get away from everybody.” The 8:35 practice will be held as scheduled. If you can skip out of work on a Monday, I’d recommend that you go to this one. There will be live drills.

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Today’s schedule: Full practice 8:35; player availability after practice; Jay Gruden media availability after practice approx. 11:30;

—It’s been 211 days since the Redskins played a game; in 41 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Preseason opener vs. Patriots 10; Final cuts 33; Redskins @ Eagles 55

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The Redskins had to say good bye to several key players as the 2018 NFL free agency period began.

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland was one of those players.

On Tuesday, Breeland reported agreed to a 3-year, $24 million deal with the Carolina Panthers.

But on Friday afternoon it was reported that Breeland failed a physical, which means he won't be signing with the Panthers, per Panthers reporter Bill Voth.


If this sounds familiar, it's because it is familiar.

Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant intended on signing a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens. But a failed physical just a day before his introductory press conference meant a voided contract and back to the drawing board.

According to multiple reports, Breeland's failed physical was due to a recent non-football injury. Breeland and the Panthers could still come to an agreement, but the former Clemson star is now back to being a free agent and will have to pass a physical before officially signing with a new team.

According to ESPN's David Newton, Breeland injured his foot on vacation in the Dominican Republic and will need his skin grafted in order to repair the injury.

The Redskins were one of the NFL's most injured teams in 2017, and that trend appears to have extended to the offseason.


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The Redskins went into the offseason with their inside linebacker position very much up in the air. Starters Zach Brown and Mason Foster and top backup Will Compton were all heading into unrestricted free agency. They faced the prospect of needing to start all over.

Things started to look better in late January when Foster re-signed, agreeing to a two-year deal. “I had unfinished business here,” Foster said at the time.

As long as Brown remained unsigned, the Redskins also had unfinished business. They got it done yesterday as Brown inked what is reported to be a three-year deal worth $24 million. We will need to see some details to know just what the contract entails but it looks like a fair deal for both sides.


Compton remains unsigned. With Brown and Foster back he will not be in line for a starting job. We will see how things shake out for him.

Looking at the players under contract, the Redskins have Zach Vigil, who played well as a starter late in the season after injuries struck, Martrell Spaight, and Josh Harvey-Clemons.  

Vigil was released on the final roster cut and returned on November 15 after Compton went to injured reserve. He had 55 total tackles in seven games. If you project that out over a 16-game season that’s 126 tackles, which would have placed him in the top 10 in the NFL. He also plays special teams well. Vigil went from expendable last September to a very valued reserve at this point in time.

Spaight has been a spot starter when starters have been injured. This will be an important year for him as he goes into the final year of the contract he signed after the Redskins made him a fifth-round pick in the 2015 draft.


The Redskins might have been happier if Harvey-Clemons, a 2017 seventh-round pick, didn’t have to play all last year but injuries forced him into a regular role. He was converting from college safety to NFL nickel linebacker and was very much considered to be a project. Harvey-Clemons still needs to add some weight and he has a lot to learn. Still, even if injuries don’t hit this year he should play considerably more than the 93 snaps he logged as a rookie.

The Redskins usually carry nine total linebackers, going with either five inside and four outside or vice versa. So they could be set or perhaps they will bring back Compton or sign another veteran to compete with Spaight for the last roster spot.  

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