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Need to Know: Redskins camp news and notes Day 6--More receptions for Morris?

Need to Know: Redskins camp news and notes Day 6--More receptions for Morris?

RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, July 31, seven days before the Redskins open the preseason against the Patriots.

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News, notes, and quotes from Day 6 of Redskins training camp.

—The 2011 CBA brought about training camp walkthroughs. Since moving training camp to Richmond, the Redskins have opened them to the public. I’m never sure if it’s more interesting to watch the players go through the “activities” or watch the grass grow under their feet. But, says Jay Gruden, they are useful. “They are [boring], but we do get a lot out of them. It’s a chance for us to walkthrough certain areas of the game that we need work on. Maybe it’s base blitz, maybe it’s nickel blitz, maybe it’s red zone, maybe it’s spread and empty, maybe it’s no-huddle, maybe it’s two-minute. And it’s a chance to just take it at a different pace and try to utilize it the best way we can as coaches to get as much out of it as we can.

—Trent Williams thinks that he could take some snaps if necessary. He was asked if he could be the emergency QB. “I think I definitely could be,” he said with a smile. “I definitely could be. I do have a talented arm. Not to toot my own horn, but, you know, just telling the truth.”

—Gruden wasn’t real keen on the idea, however. “Emergency quarterback? No. We’d run a read option with Trent maybe,” he said, laughing. “Trent’s a great athlete obviously but I think he’s going to stick at the left tackle spot. That’s what he’s built for, that’s what he is born to do and he loves it.

—Gruden confirmed what the many in the media had heard, that Tyler Polumbus missed Wednesday’s practice for personal reasons. Tom Compton filled in on the first unit. “Tom did good,” said Gruden. “Tyler missed today for personal reasons and we expect him back soon. But Tyler did a good job. Morgan [Moses] stayed at left tackle and Mo Hurt played a little bit at right tackle, so both of them filled in very well.”

—I’ll believe it when I see it but Gruden indicated that Alfred Morris will catch more passes out of the backfield. “Alfred is not flying under the radar in our eyes, that’s for sure. He’s done a great job,” said Gruden. “He’s had a great camp. He’s caught the ball very well too which is a pleasant surprise for us out of the backfield, so Alfred’s going to get his touches.” Morris has 20 career receptions in 32 games.

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—Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo was born on this date in 1986.

Today’s schedule: Full practice 8:35; Media rules seminar 3:00Jay Gruden media availability 3:45; Walkthrough 4:10; players availability after both practices.

—It’s been 214 days since the Redskins played a game; in 38 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Preseason opener vs. Patriots 7; Final cuts 30; Redskins @ Eagles 52

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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.