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Need to Know: Redskins' Garçon stays late, shows leadership

Need to Know: Redskins' Garçon stays late, shows leadership

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, August 1, 12 days before Washington Redskins open their preseason against the Browns.

Garçon demonstrates Leadership

RICHMOND—On Thursday, I was observing some of the Redskins receivers as they practiced making catches from the automatic ball thrower called the JUGS machine. The receivers line up about five yards away from the machine and it fires balls at the player at a fairly high rate of speed.

After Pierre Garçon spent some time catching balls, Andre Roberts, who currently is the team’s top slot receiver, took his turn in front of the machine. Roberts was struggling to catch the ball and I tweeted the following:

The tweet drew a lot of retweets and comments from fans who wanted to see Roberts cut or at least benched. The calls certainly are premature but disappointment in Roberts’ ability to hold on to the ball is certainly justified. Among NFL receivers who were targeted at least 55 times last year, Roberts had the worst drop rate at 11 percent; none of the others in that group had even a 10 percent drop rate.

But Roberts isn’t the story here. Garçon, who could have gone inside and hit the showers when he was done, stayed out and gave Roberts some pointers. He demonstrated the proper technique, watched as Roberts didn’t quite get it, and then explain and demonstrated again.

I was standing with my CSN Washington colleague Brian Mitchell while this was going on. “That’s leadership,” said Mitchell. “That’s how it’s done.”

Earlier in the offseason there was some talk on social media and in the media that the Redskins may consider releasing Garçon to save the $5.3 million in cap space that such a move would create. But the reality was that the Redskins never even considered putting Garçon on the waiver wire.

And the leadership he displayed after practice on Thursday is a big reason why he remains in burgundy and gold. Between that and his on-field productivity, writing out the checks for his $7.1 million salary this year was a very easy decision.


Today’s schedule: Redskins walkthrough, 10:35 a.m.; Jay Gruden news conference approx. 2:45; Redskins practice, 3 p.m.

—It’s been 216 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 43 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Preseason opener @ Browns 12; final cuts 35; Redskins @ Giants Thursday night 54

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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.  

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.