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Amid struggles and injuries, Redskins finally bench Josh Norman

Amid struggles and injuries, Redskins finally bench Josh Norman

UPDATE at 11:25 a.m.: Redskins cornerback Josh Norman is active against the Lions, despite previous reports that he would be a healthy scratch.

The Redskins intend to bench cornerback Josh Norman in Sunday's game against the Lions, leaving him inactive despite being healthy enough to play. 

The news comes amid Norman's worst season in Washington. On the year he has one interception and 40 tackles, but repeatedly in what seems week after week, Norman gets beat for touchdowns by opposing receivers.

Signed in 2016 to a five-year, $75 million contract, Norman never delivered on the immense hype that followed him from an All-Pro 2015 season in Carolina. It needs to be pointed out that the Redskins never properly used Norman's skillset either. He has elite ball skills and is best when playing zone pass coverage. The Redskins defensive staff, in all their wisdom, rarely deployed Norman in those situations where we could watch a quarterback's eyes and react. 

This year, however, Norman has been bad. Pro Football Focus rated him among the bottom five percent of cornerbacks in the NFL and earlier this week Redskins defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said he didn't know what was causing Norman's struggles.

"Couldn't tell you why, you got to ask him," Manusky said of Norman. "I think from our situation, we're putting him in situations to make some plays, and we're just not making the plays. Sometimes that's across the board as well on a lot of other players too."

The Redskins tried to bench Norman earlier this season, against Minnesota, but injuries forced him on the field. A full participant in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, Norman was limited with a hamstring issue for Friday's practice, per the Redskins injury report. 

He has one year remaining on his contract, but with a salary cap charge of more than $15 million and no guaranteed money, it's quite hard to see him actually on the Redskins roster in 2020. 

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Chase Young, potential Redskins No. 2 pick, does not plan to work out during NFL Scouting Combine

Chase Young, potential Redskins No. 2 pick, does not plan to work out during NFL Scouting Combine

Chase Young has thrown a wrinkle into this week's NFL Scouting Combine, as the Ohio State pass rusher does not plan on participating in drills during the event. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the news first.

Young will still fly to Indianapolis for the combine, as he will be present for medicals and interviews, according to Rapoport. All 32 NFL teams are permitted to individually interview 45 different NFL Draft prospects at the combine.

With LSU quarterback Joe Burrow likely headed to the Bengals with the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Young is widely expected to be selected by the Redskins with the No. 2 overall pick.

As it stands now, Young's draft stock practically as high as it possibly could be. Thus, his decision to sit out combine drills is not necessarily a surprising choice. The 20-year-old also has the opportunity to showcase his talents during Ohio State's Pro Day, which will occur sometime between the middle of March and the beginning of April.

Several current Redskins, including Young's former Buckeye teammates Dwayne Haskins and Terry McLaurin, have lobbied for the Burgundy and Gold to select Young.

NFL experts have wavered back and forth on what Washington should do with the pick. NBC Sports' Peter King thinks Washington could "remake their franchise" by trading the pick and acquiring multiple assets. Chris Simms doesn't think the Redskins should lock in on Young, either.

But most NFL experts believe Young to Washington should be a done deal. Danny Kanell says the team should take Young and not look back. NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah said Washington should take Young unless a team "blows their doors off" with a trade offer. Almost every single mock draft across all websites has the Redskins inking Young with their pick.

The NFL Draft is eight weeks away and a lot can change between now and then. The Scouting Combine workouts begin on Thursday with tight ends, quarterbacks and wide receivers taking the field.

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Former Redskins QB Josh Johnson destroys Defenders in Week 3

Former Redskins QB Josh Johnson destroys Defenders in Week 3

Former Redskins quarterback Josh Johnson carved up the visiting DC Defenders for 278 yards and three touchdowns Sunday night in the Los Angeles Wildcats' commanding 39-9 victory.

The Wildcats obliterated Cardale Jones (13-of-26, 4 INT) and the Defenders, who fall to 2-1 on the season.

Johnson completed passes to eight different receivers, including William and Mary standout Tre McBride, who was traded from the Defenders to the Wildcats in the preseason.

McBride finished the night with five catches for 109 yards and two touchdowns.

Johnson played for the Redskins during the 2018 NFL season, suiting up for the final four games after the team lost both Alex Smith and Colt McCoy to season-ending injuries. Johnson led the Redskins to a 16-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars during Week 15, throwing for 151 yards and a touchdown.

Johnson was selected by the Wildcats in the XFL Supplemental Draft in Nov. 2019. 

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