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Need to Know: Redskins Park quick hits--Ex-QB Gruden couldn't slide either


Need to Know: Redskins Park quick hits--Ex-QB Gruden couldn't slide either

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, August 21, two days before the Redskins play their third preseason game against the Ravens.

Redskins Park quick hits

The buzz from Redskins Park on Wednesday:

—There never was much of a competition but Keenan Robinson has won the job to succeed London Fletcher at Mike linebacker. “He’s the first team Mike linebacker for sure,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said of Robinson. “He’s done a great job, he’s flying around, and so far he’s done nothing to relinquish that.”

Chris Thompson got back to practice but Gruden did not sound too bullish on his prospects of playing against the Ravens. "Chris Thompson was limited; he went in individual drills only,” said Gruden. “Still looked a little tentative on it but he was doing it which was a good start, but he's got a little ways to go.” If Thompson missed the Ravens game his shot at a roster spot would come down to the fourth and final preseason game in Tampa Bay.

—Gruden jokingly lamented that the new illegal contact emphasis came after he was only responsible for the offensive side of the ball as the coordinator in Cincinnati. “Being an offensive coordinator the last three years, the rule [illegal contact] has always been in place,” he said. “I don’t know why they didn’t call it the last three years when I was an Offensive Coordinator.”

—The coach especially didn’t like the two false starts called against Robert Griffin III. On the press conference podium he tried to demonstrate how difficult it was to yell “hut!” loud enough to be heard in noisy stadium you almost had to bob your head. “That to me was a little insane.”

—Gruden was on something of a comic roll. Asked if he knew how to slide when he played quarterback (Louisville and the Arena League), he laughed and said, ““No. I usually just got killed. That's why I limp a lot.”

—Leonard Hankerson doesn’t think he’ll play in any of the preseason games. He thinks he’ll be ready to come off of the PUP list in two weeks but final cuts are nine days away. The odds that he will start the season on the PUP list, which would put him on the shelf for a minimum of six weeks, seem pretty strong.

—Gruden said that Jason Hatcher was good to go for his Redskins debut in Baltimore. “Yeah, he did practice and team drills today,” he said. “He’s fired up and ready to go. He looked good today. So, he’s going to play against Baltimore and we’re excited to see him in his first action as a Redskin.”

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Today’s schedule: Practice 11:00 a.m.; Player availability and Jay Gruden news conference after practice (approx. 1:00).

—It’s been 235 days since the Redskins played a game; in 17 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Final cuts 9; Home opener vs. Jaguars 24; Redskins @ Eagles 31

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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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With Zach Brown back, a look at the Redskins' inside linebackers depth chart

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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