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OPEN THREAD: What NFL team will jump worst to first?


OPEN THREAD: What NFL team will jump worst to first?

So what if the Redskins have won just seven games in the last two seasons. So what if questions remain for a rebuilt offensive and defensive line, and more importantly, at quarterback. So what if Washington has a new defensive coordinator and is overhauling the bottom two thirds of its roster.

This is the NFL, and almost every year, one surprising team makes a run to completely shift the outlook of the franchise. Could that be the Redskins in 2015?

The good news is that it was a tumultuous offseason throughout the NFC East. The Cowboys lost star running back DeMarco Murray, and with him much of their offensive identity. The Eagles gained Murray, but lost QB Nick Foles and brought in the ever-injured Sam Bradford. Philadelphia should have a very strong run game, but can Bradford last 16 games? If not, expect more of Mark Sanchez. The Giants had the least major turnover, but with an aging Eli Manning and defensive holes, stability in the Meadowlands might not be enough to overcome last season's 6-10 record.


A scenario can be explained where the 'Skins go on a run, but it must start with strong QB play. Robert Griffin III needs to revert back to his 2012 form, which means using his legs to penetrate defenses and setting up the play action pass. There is little reason to believe it will happen this fall, but the NFL is chock full of surprises. 

Elsewhere around the league, one team stands out as the type that could make a jump in the Minnesota Vikings. MMQB's Peter King predicted Mike Zimmer will win the NFL Coach of the Year award this season, and with star running back Adrian Peterson back and young QB Teddy Bridgewater developing, the Vikes offense should have enough firepower to keep up with a very stout defense.

Looking at other sub-.500 teams from 2014, the Atlanta Falcons could be in line for a jump in wins, especially playing in a down NFC South. The Falcons have a ton of offensive weapons - Matt Ryan, Julio Jones top among them - and a new coach and scheme. If Atlanta went from 6-10 in 2014 to 10-6 in 2015, it would not register as a total shock. 

Somebody will make a worst to first run. Who will it be? Could it be the Redskins? Let us know in the comments.

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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.


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Redskins bring in another defensive lineman for free agency visit, per source


Redskins bring in another defensive lineman for free agency visit, per source

The Redskins hosted Sylvester Williams for a free agency visit on Tuesday morning, per a source with knowledge of the situation. 

Williams played in 2017 with the Titans, logging 20 tackles in 11 starts. Tennessee released Williams this offseason, just one year into a three-year, $16 million deal. 

Drafted in the first round by the Broncos in 2013, the 6-foot-3, 313 lbs. Williams' stat line has never really popped. That isn't uncommon for a nose tackle though, as the job is less about tackles than it is holding leverage against the interior of an offensive line. 


Should the Redskins sign 29-year-old Williams, it would represent the first true nose tackle free agency addition since Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton joined the team in 2015 from Denver. In an ironic twist, Williams took over at nose in Denver when Knighton left for Washington, and posted his best season as a Bronco. 

Washington restructured its deal with Terrell McClain, reported first by ESPN, which could allow more flexibility to add another defensive lineman. That could come in the draft, but the club has been very active talking with free agents to play on the defensive front. 

On Monday, Johnathan Hankins and Pernell McPhee visited with Redskins officials in Ashburn. Hankins would carry the heaviest price tag, but his past performance would also indicate the most promise. 

McPhee is an edge rusher with enough bulk to play against the run as well. Williams compares more with Hankins, and could be seen as the secondary option.

Among 79 nose tackles Pro Football Focus graded, Williams ranked 36th. For comparison, Bengals star Geno Atkins ranked No. 1, Dontari Poe ranked 26th, former Redskin Chris Baker ranked 65th and current Redskin Ziggy Hood ranked 79th. 

It's also worth noting that since the Titans released Williams, should the Redskins sign the nose tackle, his contract would not count towards the NFL compensatory pick formula. 

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