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Redskins 2017 depth chart preview: Tight ends

Redskins 2017 depth chart preview: Tight ends

Over the next few weeks, Rich Tandler will take a position-by-position look at the Redskins’ 2017 depth chart as the team enjoys some R&R ahead of training camp. Some positions are easy to handicap. Others have moving parts and, thus, are more complex. So, who’s in? And who’s in trouble?

Up today…

Position: Tight end

On the roster: Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, Niles Paul, Jeremy Sprinkle, Derek Carrier, Manasseh Garner

Locks: Reed, Davis

Reed creates a lot of fear. Defensive coordinators don’t get much sleep as they try to prepare for the mismatches he creates. In addition, Redskins fans are terrified every time he takes a hard hit or takes an extra couple of seconds to get off the ground. The injury concerns are real. It’s not a coincidence that the Redskins slid from solid playoff contenders to being eliminated in Week 17 during a time when Reed was out and, when playing, struggling with a shoulder injury.    

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Davis is a very capable backup but last year he was more effective as a second tight end with Reed in the lineup. In the first 10 games of the season, Davis averaged 14.7 yards per catch and scored two touchdowns. After Reed’s shoulder injury, he averaged 11.2 per catch and didn’t get into the end zone. If Reed can stay healthy, the Redskins get his production and better numbers from Davis as well.

On the bubble: Paul, Sprinkle

Paul is probably close to being a lock but he must stay healthy and the organization must be convinced that he is worth his $2.2 million cap hit. As long as he remains a leader on special teams and is a capable fill-in at fullback he should be safe.

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Sprinkle looked like, well, a fifth-round rookie during the offseason practices that were open to the media. The Redskins would like to have him on board to be the blocking tight end and the hope is that he will make sufficient progress during training camp to justify keeping him on the 53-man roster.

Long shots: Carrier, Garner

Carrier has had a rough go of it in his two seasons in Washington. He was acquired after training camp in 2015 to fill the hole created after season-ending injuries were suffered by Paul and Logan Paulsen. That season, he got some opportunities (411 snaps) but he only caught 17 passes for an 8.3-yard average. But he sustained a serious knee injury in December and he started last year on the PUP list. When Paul was put on IR, Carrier was moved to the active roster but he caught only 2 passes in eight games, even though Reed was dealing with his shoulder injury.

Redskins 2017 depth chart previews: Offensive tackle | Wide receiver | Interior O-line | Defensive line | Outside linebacker  

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 24, 33 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

Free agency update: What's next for the Redskins on the D-line? The Redskins have been casting out lines for defensive linemen since before free agency officially started but they haven’t been able to reel one in. Part of the issue might be that they know that Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are likely to be available in the draft. They have to balance spending big on a lineman vs. being able to get one pretty cheap for the next five years.

Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility—Speaking of the D-line, the team negotiated the removal of a salary guarantee for one player to give themselves more flexibility when it comes time to cut the roster down to 53 in September. See the post for details.

Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract—In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big f-----g deal. It showed that the Redskins aren’t afraid to pay a quarterback big money if they think it’s the right guy. It should be noted that whether or not they chose the right guy is something that remains to be seen. Although the post shows that it’s plausible for the Redskins to terminate the deal after three years, I anticipate Smith playing out at least four if not all five years of the contract.

Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign Scandrick—Orlando Scandrick has struggled with injuries the past few years and Redskins fans did not greet the news of his signing with great enthusiasm, to say the least. To point out the bright side, his contract is not pricey by NFL terms ($2.6 million cap hit this year, no guaranteed money beyond a $1 million signing bonus) and from what I have been able to gather it’s possible that change of scenery might give him a boost for a year or two.

Tweet of the week

Well before free agency started, I wrote that the Redskins’ top priorities in free agency should be to get extensions done for Smith, Brandon Scherff, and Jamison Crowder. They should have about $15 million to work with after a few more free agent signings and that would be plenty to get all of those extensions done. And if they do score a big free agent signing, it would be worth it to restructure the contract of someone like Ryan Kerrigan to get them done.

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Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 23
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 124
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 169

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

Philadelphia Eagles lineman Michael Bennett has been indicted on felony abuse for allegedly pushing an elderly NRG Stadium worker during Super Bowl LI.

Bennett was indicted by the Harris County, Texas district attorney's office for injury to the elderly — which is intentionally and knowingly causing injury to a person 65 years or older, according to a press release from the Harris County Sheriffs' Office.

A warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest.

The 66-year-old paraplegic stadium worker was attempting to control field access when Bennett allegedly pushed her. 

The maximum penalty Bennett faces is ten years in prison in addition to a $10,000 fine.


Bennett — whose brother Martellus played in that Super Bowl for New England — was a member of the Seattle Seahawks during the incident and was in attendance as a noncompetitive player.

The NFL has been made aware of the situation and is looking into the matter, according to Pro Football Talk.

The 32-year-old 10-year NFL veteran could potentially face NFL discipline under the league's personal conduct policy.