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Will the key injuries heal in time for Redskins training camp?


Will the key injuries heal in time for Redskins training camp?

With a new general manager in charge, new faces throughout the lineup as well as new assistant coaches bringing new ideas to the table, the Redskins are a team in transition. Between now and the start of training camp, reporters Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler will examine the top questions facing Jay Gruden and Co. as they prepare for the season.

Are any of the rehabbing Redskins a concern entering training camp?

Key veterans Trent Williams, Ryan Kerrigan, DeAngelo Hall and Jordan Reed all spent OTAs and minicamp on the sidelines because of injuries. Each has said they’ll be on the field later this month in Richmond. But anyone who’s followed pro football long enough knows that a player’s expectations and the medical staff’s timetable aren’t always in perfect agreement. Should Redskins fans be concerned that any of the injuries could linger into the season?

El-Bashir: I’m not all that worried about Kerrigan or Reed, both of whom underwent knee procedures after experiencing some soreness. At last check, Kerrigan’s recovery was on schedule and the team expected Reed to be ready for the start of camp.

As for Williams and Hall, I’m a little more concerned about them.

Williams is tough and able to play through pain; we witnessed that last season. But this ankle injury, which he suffered in the regular season finale and aggravated in Pro Bowl practice a few weeks later, was still sore enough six months later to keep him out of veteran minicamp. Six months. That’s an awfully long time to be dealing with a sprain, and you can bet it’s something everyone will be watching closely in the opening days of camp.

Hall, on the other hand, has recently said he hopes to be full-go on Day 1 of camp, while also conceding that the training staff will probably attempt to ease him back into football situations. Here’s why I’m worried: Hall is 31. He tore his Achilles not once but twice. And because he’s battling for a job, he might feel pressure to get on the field sooner rather than later, putting himself at risk for a setback.

Tandler: I’m not necessarily worried about Reed’s knee, at least not this particular issue with this particular joint at this particular time. But the fact that he had a problem that sidelined him for virtually all of the offseason is a big red flag. He has been on the Redskins’ roster for 32 games and he was either on injured reserve or the injury report for 17 of them. His ability to stay on the field is a major question mark.

As for Hall, I’ll reiterate something I discussed in a post this morning. His contract, which calls for a $4 million salary, puts him in a very sticky situation. The Redskins will rightfully be concerned about the possibility that the Achilles will be reinjured, which could leave them on the hook for his entire $4 million salary. There may be some contract renegotiation before Hall steps on the field.

And speaking of contracts, Williams is on the last year of his deal. It’s great that he can play through pain as Tarik noted. But the Redskins, or any team, will be hesitant to pay premium left tackle dollars to someone who seems to be playing on one leg on a regular basis. As to the question at hand, he’ll be ready for camp and for Week 1.

Previously on Redskins offseason Q&A:

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Redskins Draft Countdown: WR James Washington's numbers don't impress but he could be a solution for the Redskins

Redskins Draft Countdown: WR James Washington's numbers don't impress but he could be a solution for the Redskins

Redskins Draft Countdown

James Washington

Wide receiver
Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington measured at 5 feet 11 inches at the combine and his 40 time was a pedestrian 4.54.

But forget about the numbers. His catch radius is larger than his height would indicate, and he plays much faster than the stopwatch says he does.

His route tree needs to be cleaned up but his ability to get open deep, make receptions on back shoulder throws and, yes, Redskins fans, fade patterns will make him a productive receiver while he learns.

Height: 5-11
Weight: 213
40-yard dash: 4.54

Projected draft round: 1-2

What they’re saying

He doesn't look like a receiver and he doesn't run routes like a receiver, but then you see him get open deep and make all those explosive plays, and you know exactly what he does for an offense.

—A Big 12 assistant coach via

How he fits the Redskins: The Redskins needed a wide receiver to line up opposite Josh Doctson after Terrelle Pryor fizzled out last year. They went out and signed Paul Richardson to a free agent contract, solving the immediate need.

But in the NFL, you should always be looking for your next receiver. It takes most of them at least a season to develop so if you wait until you really need a pass catcher it’s too late to draft one. Washington has the capability to contribute early and develop from there.  

Film review: vs. Pitt, vs. TCU, vs. Oklahoma

—Like most coaches, Jay Gruden wants his wide receivers to block and Washington certainly gives it the effort. He helped backs gain extra yards on stretch plays with hustling blocks downfield. His technique may need some work—a long touchdown run against Oklahoma was called back when he was hit for holding—but the effort is there.

—Against the Sooners, Washington got by a cornerback who was in off coverage and beat him for a long gain. Later in the game, the corner was in press coverage and Washington made one move and beat the defender on a post for a touchdown. We can insert the usual cautions about Big 12 defenses here, but it still was impressive to watch.

—Speed is important but so is how fast a receiver can stop to catch a pass. On one underthrown fade pattern, Washington was able to slam on the brakes while the cornerback kept on running, making the catch for a nice gain out of the end zone an easy one.

—Against TCU he split two defenders on a deep pass. He caught the ball in stride and then he found a second gear and easily outraced the defensive backs to the end zone to complete the 86-yard play. This is a good example of Washington playing faster than his 40 time.

Potential issues: Washington is not a good enough prospect to warrant the No. 13 pick, but he could easily be gone by the time the time their second-round pick is on the clock. As noted above, the quality of the defenses he faced in compiling 74 receptions for 1,549 yards (20.9 per catch) and 13 touchdowns has to be considered.

Bottom line: If I’m the Redskins, I have a talk with Jamison Crowder’s agent before the draft to gauge what his client would want in order to sign an extension prior to the 2018 season. If it’s something the Redskins consider reasonable, they should look elsewhere in the second round. But if a 2019 Crowder departure seems likely,  they should look at Washington if he’s there in the second round. 

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.


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Redskins withdraw contract offer to Junior Galette

Redskins withdraw contract offer to Junior Galette

It looks like the Redskins are moving on from Junior Galette.

Citing a team source, Chick Hernandez of NBC Sports Washington is reporting that the team has withdrawn its contract offer to Galette, the veteran pass rusher who finally got on the field last year after missing all of his first two seasons in Washington with injuries. He is an unrestricted free agent.

The Redskins may have a replacement for Galette lined up. They had former Bear Pernell McPhee in for a visit earlier this week and there was a report that they made him a contract offer after that. McPhee subsequently visited the Falcons facility, but he has not signed anywhere. However, there have been no reports that a deal is imminent as of this morning.


As for Galette, Hernandez mentions two possible destinations. One is the Browns, who have two key connections to Galette. Scot McCloughan, the former Redskins GM who signed Galette after he was cut by the Saints after the 2014 season is in the personnel department in Cleveland. In addition, Gregg Williams, who was the Saints’ defensive coordinator when Galette made the team as an undrafted rookie, currently has the same position with the Browns.

Another possibility is the Rams. The connections there are Joe Barry, the linebackers coach in LA who was Redskins’ defensive coordinator during Galette’s first two years with the team, and head coach Sean McVay, who was the offensive coordinator in Washington while Galette was on the other side of the ball.

Galette has said on social media lately that his first choice is to remain with the Redskins but that the money had to be “fair”. The interest in a return to Washington was mutual but evidently, the organization’s idea of fair and Galette’s differed by too great a margin to bridge the gap.  

Last year, Galette didn’t have an impressive sack total, getting three in a backup role. But he got plenty of pressure on the quarterback and that can be just as important as sacks.


Galette developed into a feared pass rusher with the Saints, getting double-digit sacks his last two seasons there. After signing him to a lucrative contract extension, the Saints abruptly released Galette due to some off-field issues. McCloughan and the Redskins signed him soon after the start of training camp in 2015 but before he could even play in a preseason game, he suffered a torn Achilles tendon in practice and he was out for the year.

His much-anticipated return the following year ended before it even started. Shortly before it was time to report to training camp, he tore the other Achilles and he was on the shelf again.

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.