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Need to Know: Which positions on the Redskins will see the most change?


Need to Know: Which positions on the Redskins will see the most change?

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, June 3, 13 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp.

Question of the day

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Today’s question comes from Twitter:

When I did my roster projection a few weeks ago (defense, offense) I figured that there will be 16 players who were not with the Redskins last year who would make the final 53. What positions will take in those new players in the greatest numbers?

On the defensive side of the ball the most changeover is likely to take place on the line and at safety. If they keep seven defensive linemen, 43 percent of them will be new with the additions of Terrance Knighton, Stephen Paea, and Ricky Jean Francois. If newly acquired nose tackle Jarrell Powe can push his way onto the roster the D-line turnover could top 50 percent.

There could be a 75 percent turnover rate at safety. Dashon Goldson and Jeron Johnson are projected to be the starters and 6th-round pick Kyshoen Jarrett could make it as a reserve and special teams player. It’s possible that the only holdover would be either Phillip Thomas or Duke Ihenacho (who barely had a cup of coffee here last year before ending up on injured reserve).

The offense should be considerably more stable. We’re not looking at any changes at quarterback or tight end. There could be only one new running back with Matt Jones replacing Roy Helu.

We’re looking at a changeover of 33 percent of the receivers with rookies Jamison Crowder and Evan Spencer taking two of the six spots there.

WR is likely to be the area that sees the most change unless free agent Tyler Larsen or Austin Reiter can win a spot on the offensive line. As it stands now it looks like just two of the nine spots will go to players new to the team in rookies Brandon Scherff and Arie Kouandjio.


—Today's schedule: OTA practice 11:15; player availability and Jay Gruden news conference follow, approx. 1:15.

—It’s been 157 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 102 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Redskins minicamp starts 13; Redskins training camp starts 57; Thursday night Redskins @ Giants 113

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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.