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RT's 5: A muddled picture at cornerback


RT's 5: A muddled picture at cornerback

Rich Tandlers five things possibly related to the Washington Redskins and other matters.5. The decision to make Robert Griffin III the starter at quarterback without a competition taking place was sound if only for one reasonpractice reps are limited and Griffin needs all them he can get with the first team. Was there some PR value in the move? Possibly there was some desire to nip any talk of a competition with fourth-round draft pick Kirk Cousins. But naming RG3 the starter just makes sense when it comes to the on-field aspects of it and any public relations value is peripheral.4. It would not be surprising at all to see Josh LeRibeus get a lot of work at center during the offseason and in training camp. A look at the Redskins depth chart there shows starter Will Montgomery, 2010 draft pick Erik Cook, and rookie free agent Grant Garner. Cook did not play well when he was pressed into action at center last year and at 6-6 he may be too tall to succeed there in any case. Garner is likely a practice squad guy at best for the time being. They need depth in the middle and LeRibeus, who practiced as the backup center at SMU and played there during the rookie camp, could be the guy to bring it.3. It will be interesting to see how things play out at cornerback. There are eight on the roster and none of them appears to be training camp fodder. DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson are the starters but everything is muddled behind that. Holdovers Kevin Barnes and Brandyn Thompson will compete with free agent signees Cedric Griffin and Leigh Torrence, seventh-round draft pick Richard Crawford and undrafted free agent Chase Minnifield. It would not shock me if any of them ended up playing a key role and it would not be surprising if any of them was cut.2. The situation is not so complicated at outside linebacker. There are six of them currently on the roster and five are likely to stick around for the season. Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan will be backed up by Rob Jackson, Markus White and Chris Wilson. Rookie free agent Monte Lewis will be the odd man out.1. OK, thats enough of the peripheral, on-field stuff and on to whats really important. I like the throwback uniforms a lot because, well, they actually are throwbacks. Sure, some modern touches were added to the uniform worn by Sammy Baugh but not so much that they lost their essential character. The best part is the simulated leather helmet, although I have to say that it comes off much better when actually looking at it rather than looking at pictures. Its hard to capture the look in two dimensions.Days until: OTAs start 7; Minicamp 29; Preseason opener 87; Redskins @ Saints 118Rich Tandler blogs about the Redskins at You can reach him by email at and follow him on Twitter @Rich_Tandler.

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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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