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Redskins rookie camp will feature nearly 40 tryout players, including 4 QBs

Redskins rookie camp will feature nearly 40 tryout players, including 4 QBs

The TV cameras will be focused on Jonathan Allen and Ryan Anderson, but the Redskins brass will also have their eyes on 37 tryout players at Redskins rookie camp this weekend. 

The list goes long, but at the top come four quarterbacks trying out. It's highly unlikely any of the passers make the 53-man roster this fall, but it's certainly possible one of the passers could stay with the team through OTAs and maybe even minicamp later this summer. 

Mike Fafaul headlines the QB group. In eight games at UCLA last season he threw for more than 1,600 yards to go with 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Below is the full list of tryout players, beginning with the signal callers.


  • Cody Keith, Quarterback, New Mexico Highlands             
  • Alex Snyder, Quarterback, Tufts
  • Mike Fafaul, Quarterback, UCLA
  • Oluwafemi Bamiro, Quarterback, North Carolina A&T
  • Tyler Hull, Punter, South Carolina
  • Hunter Windmuller, Punter, William & Mary
  • Conrad Ukropina, Kicker, Stanford
  • Verlan Hunter, Wide Receiver, Grambling State
  • Brian Hunca, Wide Receiver, Kenyon College
  • Marrio Norman, Defensive Back, Coastal Carolina
  • Jarrett Ross, Defensive Back, Maryland 
  • Kelvin Rainey, Defensive Back, Virginia
  • Jamar Baynard, Running Back, Wesley College   
  • Blake McCain, Defensive Back, Kentucky
  • Deadrick Jones, Defensive Back, Morgan State
  • Anthony Wales, Running Back, Western Kentucky
  • Emmanuel Holder, Fullback, Towson
  • Titus Howard, Defensive Back, Slippery Rock
  • Jameel Jackson, Defensive Back, Grambling State
  • Tarean Folston, Running Back, Notre Dame        
  • Bradley Street, Defensive Back, Alabama State   
  • Se'Von Pittman, Linebacker, Akron         
  • Paul Kelly, Long Snapper, Nebraska        
  • Tevin Homer, Defensive Back, Florida Atlantic    
  • Cass Weitl, Linebacker, Northwest Missouri State            
  • Arkez Cooper, Linebacker, Grambling State         
  • Zack Ryan, Linebacker, Ball State
  • Nico Marley, Linebacker, Tulane
  • Denzell Dotson, Offensive Lineman, Midwestern State   
  • Tino Tuilata, Offensive Lineman, Midwestern State
  • Mario Yakoo, Offensive Lineman, Boise State     
  • Jordan Thompson, Tight End, Ohio         
  • Manasseh Garner, Tight End, Pittsburgh
  • Nicholas Norris, Wide Receiver, Western Kentucky          
  • B.J. Singleton, Defensive Lineman, Houston        
  • James Duberg, Defensive Lineman, Harvard       
  • Kevin Kavalec, Defensive Lineman, Boston College


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Need to Know: The five highest-paid 2018 Redskins

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Need to Know: The five highest-paid 2018 Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 24, 18 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The five highest-paid Redskins in 2018

Originally published 1/12/18

This is how the five highest-paid Redskins per their 2018 salary cap numbers stack up as of now. The list could change, of course during free agency and if a particular quarterback returns. Cap numbers via Over the Cap.

CB Josh Norman, $17 million—The Redskins do have a window which would allow them to move on from Norman. His $13.5 million salary for this year doesn’t become guaranteed until the fifth day of the league year so it would be “only” a $9 million cap charge to move on from Norman, who turned 30 in December. Don’t look for that to happen but the possibility is there.

OT Trent Williams, $13.86 million—He is one of the best left tackles in the business. Those of you out there who have advocated moving him to left guard should look at this cap number, which is way out of line for what a team can afford to pay a guard. At his pay, he needs to be playing on the edge.

OLB Ryan Kerrigan, $12.45 million—He has delivered double-digit sacks in each of the two seasons that his contract extension has been in effect. That’s good value in a league that values the ability to get to the quarterback.

TE Jordan Reed, $10.14 million—The Redskins knew that he might have a year like last year when he played in only six games when they agreed to Reed’s five-year, $50 million extension. They can live with one such season. If he has another one in 2018 they may rethink things.

G Brandon Scherff, $6.75 million—The fact that a rookie contract is No. 5 on this list is a good sign that, as of now, the Redskins’ cap is not top heavy like it was last year. The top three cap hits from Norman, Williams, and Kirk Cousins totaled $59 million, which was about 35 percent of the cap. This year the total cap numbers of the top three come to $43.3 million, 24.3 percent of the estimated $178 million salary cap.

Next five: OT Morgan Moses ($5.4 million), TE Vernon Davis ($5.33 million), DL Stacy McGee ($4.8 million), DL Terrell McClain ($4.75 million), S D.J. Swearinger ($4.33 million)

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 5
—NFL Draft (4/26) 61
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 197

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Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price


Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price

A 2017 midseason trade for Martavis Bryant made no sense for the Redskins. A 2018 offseason trade for Martavis Bryant, however, might make sense for the Redskins. 

Bryant is on the trade block, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and will be an intriguing prospect for receiver-needy teams across the NFL. In parts of three seasons with the Steelers, Bryant has 17 touchdowns and a 15.2 yards-per-reception average. 

A big play threat from any place on the field, Bryant would immediately make the Redskins receiving unit more athletic and explosive. 

It's not all good news with Bryant, though.

He was suspended for the entire 2016 season after repeated drug violations and caused some distraction for Pittsburgh during the 2017 season when he asked for a trade via social media. 


Is the talent enough to overcome the off-field distractions? Many would say it is. 

Last year, in just eight starts, Bryant grabbed 50 catches for more than 600 yards and three TDs. In their lone playoff loss to the Jaguars, Bryant caught two passes for 78 yards and a TD. 

Remember, too, the Steelers have an explosive offense, and Bryant is coupled with Antonio Brown on the receiver front along with Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback and Le'Veon Bell at running back. The Pittsburgh offense is loaded. 

Washington's offense is not nearly the prolific unit that the Steelers send out, but Jay Gruden does design a good offense. 

The real question surrounding any talk of trading for Bryant is the cost.

The Redskins are not in a position to send away any more draft picks this offseason after giving up a third-round pick, in addition to Kendall Fuller, to acquire Alex Smith. Bruce Allen and the Redskins front office need to improve their team in plenty of spots, and the team's draft picks are quite valuable. 

Bryant only has one year remaining on his rookie deal, and it's hard to balance that sort of short-term investment with the value of adding a rookie committed to the team for at least four years. Perhaps a late-round pick would make sense, but it would need to be a sixth-rounder. 

This could be one of those rare situations in the NFL where a player for player swap could work, though pulling that type of maneuver requires a lot of moving parts. 

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