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Redskins Training Camp: 3 things to watch, including rookie RB missing practice

Redskins Training Camp: 3 things to watch, including rookie RB missing practice

RICHMOND - Monday's practice session seemed to be less sharp than Saturday's, and at one point, even drew a flash of anger from Redskins coach Jay Gruden. With that as background, maybe Tuesday will be more focused. Here are three things to watch from 'Skins camp:

  1. Rookie RB held out - The Redskins do not have tremendous depth at the running back position. RB1 Matt Jones showed glimpses of talent in an up-and-down rookie year, while Chris Thompson is a very capable third-down back. Beyond that, nothing but questions. Rookie Keith Marshall has looked good in camp, but his injury history leaves plenty of reason for concern. The competition at RB4 is wide open, however, between a number of young guys like Mack Brown, Robert Kelley and Kelsey Young. Kelley, an undrafted rookie from Tulane with a similar body type to now Dallas Cowboy Alfred Morris, did not practice Monday afternoon, instead watching without pads or a helmet. Kelley's roster spot is certainly not a lock, but the Redskins will be forced to keep some guys at RB after Jones and Thompson, and missing practices will not help Kelley's cause. 
  2. Depth at CB - Signing Josh Norman was the talk of the Redskins offseason, and despite a few Internet videos, he is having a strong camp. But third-year man Bashaud Breeland looks to be Washington's best corner so far in Richmond. On Monday, Breeland made an outstanding leaping interception of Kirk Cousins in the end zone, and that's not the first time the former Clemson Tiger has shown the ability to locate a ball at its highest point and go get it. But even beyond Norman and Breeland, the Skins seem to be deeper at CB than they have for years. Rookie Kendall Fuller looks like an immediate player at slot corner in nickel packages, veteran free agent signings Greg Toler and Dashaun Philips look quite capable, and don't sleep on last year's success story Quinton Dunbar. The coaches have all talked up the entire CB group.
  3. O-Line back in order? - Monday's return of Shawn Lauvao from the PUP list means the Redskins are now able to put their planned starting offensive line on the field: Trent Williams, Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Brandon Scherff and Morgan Moses. That doesn't mean, however, that the O-Line will gel right away. That group hasn't all played together since 11 months ago, and it will take time to get used to one another again. Also, figure the Redskins will bring Lauvao back slowly, and continue to give reps to guys like Spencer Long and Arie Kouandjio.

These are a few of the storylines to watch for Day 6 of camp. Check back with throughout the day for updates and stories from Richmond, or follow @JPFinlayCSN for live updates from the practice field.


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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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