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Watt vs. Scherff will highlight Redskins-Texans practices


Watt vs. Scherff will highlight Redskins-Texans practices

Although nothing has been announced as of now, it looks like the reported joint practices between the Redskins and Houston Texans are on. They will be held August 6-8 at the Redskins’ training camp site in Richmond.

Those dates include a Saturday, a nice perk for fans who want to come see the Redskins go up against J. J. Watt and Airan Foster. The three days of joint practices with the Patriots came on a Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Washington and New England played a Thursday night preseason game at FedEx Field immediately after finishing up the practices. The Redskins and Texans aren't scheduled to play each other in the preseason so they had flexibility in scheduling the practice sessions. 

The matchup that will get the most attention is Watt against right tackle Brandon Scherff. The Redskins’ top draft pick will have spent a little over a week in pads in an NFL camp before going up against the man who has been the NFL defensive player of the year two of the last three years.

Watt and Scherff will tangle both in 11-on-11 work and almost certainly in one on one pass blocking drills. The advantage is with the defensive player in the latter since he knows he has to pass rush and he doesn’t need to worry about being double-teamed. It will be a great test for Scherff.

The joint practices also will be another look at the way the Patriots do business, albeit a secondhand look. Texans head coach Bill O’Brien worked under Bill Belichick from 2007-2011.

Last year they saw the Patriots being dissatisfied with any result that was short of perfection, listening intently to their coaches, and running sprints across the field at the end of practice. Earlier this year, Robert Griffin III said that the Redskins didn’t change much of anything in the immediate wake of last year’s exposure to the Patriot Way. Perhaps they will try to glean some tips from a Texans team that finished the 2013 season with a worse record than did the Redskins but improved to 9-7 last year and put them into practice. 

Update: The Redskins have officially announced the joint practices with the Texans, confirming the reported August 6-8 dates. 

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Bashaud Breeland the latest former Redskin to fail a physical; won't be signing with Panthers

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Bashaud Breeland the latest former Redskin to fail a physical; won't be signing with Panthers

The Redskins had to say good bye to several key players as the 2018 NFL free agency period began.

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland was one of those players.

On Tuesday, Breeland reported agreed to a 3-year, $24 million deal with the Carolina Panthers.

But on Friday afternoon it was reported that Breeland failed a physical, which means he won't be signing with the Panthers, per Panthers reporter Bill Voth.


If this sounds familiar, it's because it is familiar.

Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant intended on signing a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens. But a failed physical just a day before his introductory press conference meant a voided contract and back to the drawing board.

According to multiple reports, Breeland's failed physical was due to a recent non-football injury. Breeland and the Panthers could still come to an agreement, but the former Clemson star is now back to being a free agent and will have to pass a physical before officially signing with a new team.

According to ESPN's David Newton, Breeland injured his foot on vacation in the Dominican Republic and will need his skin grafted in order to repair the injury.

The Redskins were one of the NFL's most injured teams in 2017, and that trend appears to have extended to the offseason.


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With Zach Brown back, a look at the Redskins' inside linebackers depth chart

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With Zach Brown back, a look at the Redskins' inside linebackers depth chart

The Redskins went into the offseason with their inside linebacker position very much up in the air. Starters Zach Brown and Mason Foster and top backup Will Compton were all heading into unrestricted free agency. They faced the prospect of needing to start all over.

Things started to look better in late January when Foster re-signed, agreeing to a two-year deal. “I had unfinished business here,” Foster said at the time.

As long as Brown remained unsigned, the Redskins also had unfinished business. They got it done yesterday as Brown inked what is reported to be a three-year deal worth $24 million. We will need to see some details to know just what the contract entails but it looks like a fair deal for both sides.


Compton remains unsigned. With Brown and Foster back he will not be in line for a starting job. We will see how things shake out for him.

Looking at the players under contract, the Redskins have Zach Vigil, who played well as a starter late in the season after injuries struck, Martrell Spaight, and Josh Harvey-Clemons.  

Vigil was released on the final roster cut and returned on November 15 after Compton went to injured reserve. He had 55 total tackles in seven games. If you project that out over a 16-game season that’s 126 tackles, which would have placed him in the top 10 in the NFL. He also plays special teams well. Vigil went from expendable last September to a very valued reserve at this point in time.

Spaight has been a spot starter when starters have been injured. This will be an important year for him as he goes into the final year of the contract he signed after the Redskins made him a fifth-round pick in the 2015 draft.


The Redskins might have been happier if Harvey-Clemons, a 2017 seventh-round pick, didn’t have to play all last year but injuries forced him into a regular role. He was converting from college safety to NFL nickel linebacker and was very much considered to be a project. Harvey-Clemons still needs to add some weight and he has a lot to learn. Still, even if injuries don’t hit this year he should play considerably more than the 93 snaps he logged as a rookie.

The Redskins usually carry nine total linebackers, going with either five inside and four outside or vice versa. So they could be set or perhaps they will bring back Compton or sign another veteran to compete with Spaight for the last roster spot.  

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.