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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was includes starter turnover, stability in key spots

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was includes starter turnover, stability in key spots

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, June 18, 40 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.


—The Redskins last played a game 160 days ago. It will be 86 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Redskins training camp starts 40; Preseason opener @ Falcons 54; Final roster cut 77

Hot topics from the Redskins week that was

Five under the radar Redskins to watch—Articles about obscure players who have a shot at making it generally draw a lot of attention. I guess fans like to root for the underdog and learn something about the lesser-known players. Out of the five I listed, I think that Dashaun Phillips has the best chance of playing a role this year without having someone else get injured.

Redskins right side is set, for a change—Even in the offseason work a year ago the right side of the Redskins’ O-line was somewhat up in the air. Spencer Long was a question mark after seeing no action in his first season and not everyone was sure if top draft pick Brandon Scherff was suited to play tackle in the NFL. Now the massive Morgan Moses is a very promising right tackle and Scherff seems to be a can’t-miss star at guard.

Gruden has high hopes for Grant after 'great' OTAs—The first thing that stuck in my head about Ryan Grant came during a practice during the last week of the lost 2014 season. He was practicing as though they were getting ready to play in the Super Bowl, focused, intense, and making sure that every route was run just right. I think that if fans could see this side of him he would be much more of a fan favorite than he is now.

How many new starters for the Redskins?—There’s a lot more starter turnover than you might anticipate on a 9-7 division champ. But 75 percent of the change is on defense and that unit certainly needed a boost.

Cousins: 'I haven’t plateaued—and that’s exciting'—Kirk Cousins seems to have a pretty good handle on his own abilities. In spite of the fact that he was pretty successful last year he realizes that he has a lot to work on to get to where he needs to be.

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Terrelle Pryor reportedly closing in on deal with new team

Terrelle Pryor reportedly closing in on deal with new team

Former Washington Redskin Terrelle Pryor may have found a new home after a tumultuous season in Washington.

The 28-year-old wide receiver appears to be on the way to the New York Jets for the 2018 season according to Ian Rappaport.

Last season, Pryor only played in nine games for Washington and was sent to injured reserve after Week 11. His season ended with ankle surgery and it closed the book on a short stint in the nation’s capital.

In his nine games, he never got on the same page with former Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins. Targeted only 37 times, the six-year veteran only had 20 receptions for 240 yards and a single touchdown.

This is coming after a 1,000-yard season on the dismal Cleveland Browns team that went 1-15 in 2016. As a free-agent, he signed with Washington on a ‘prove-it’ deal for one-year, eight million last off-season. He was expected to a significant amount of touches alongside Josh Doctson.


With so much anticipation it was easy to say that Pryor’s lone season in Washington was a disappointment.

If he does sign with the Jets, Pryor joins a New York franchise that is still continuing to rebuild. They currently own the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and are in search of a quarterback.  A year ago they finished 5-11 under third-year head coach Todd Bowles.

Transitioned to wide receiver in Cleveland, Pryor was drafted into the league as a quarterback.  He spent three seasons in Oakland (2011-13) all as a quarterback making 10 starts. In Cleveland (2015-16) he made the transition to wide receiver before going to Washington in 2017.


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Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East


Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East

The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.

Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction. 

What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb. 


For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined. 

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