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How Redskins plan to regroup at safety after Ha Ha Clinton-Dix chooses Bears

How Redskins plan to regroup at safety after Ha Ha Clinton-Dix chooses Bears

ASHBURN -- The news broke moments after Landon Collins revealed a smidgen of information on his injured shoulder – and a fellow safety he hoped would become his teammate once again.

Collins became the seventh former player from the University of Alabama on the Redskins roster when he agreed this week to a 6-year, $84 million contract. Washington re-signing Ha Ha Clinton-Dix would make it eight and reunite the former Crimson Tide safety tag-team.

"I talked to Ha Ha today,” Collins told a small group of reporters near the end of an emotional first day at Redskins Park. “I don't know what he's going to do right now. I just tell him that we want him here. He's visiting Chicago right now, so we'll see what he's going to do with that. But we want him here."

The Bears also wanted Clinton-Dix. He never made it out of Chicago. The two sides agreed to a contract Thursday afternoon.

Doug Williams stood a few feet away from where Collins held court when he heard Clinton-Dix made a decision. For a moment, his eyes showed surprise and at least a tinge of disappointment.

The Redskins senior vice president of player personnel quickly recovered.

“You’ve got to keep working, go forward,” Williams said. “You can’t put on brakes. You got to go find players.”

In terms of a starter, that likely means adding a free agent or targeting a safety in the early rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft. 

Williams provided updates on two in-house options, though both are more about depth for now.

Monte Nicholson opened the 2018 season as Washington’s starting free safety. Midway through the year, Nicholson went to the bench after the Redskins acquired Clinton-Dix from the Packers for a 2019 fourth-round choice. Nicholson’s year ended two weeks early following assault charges.

“We want Montae back. No matter who we sign we still want Montae,” Williams said. “It’s up to him. He’s got to get himself together. He’s doing that. We hope when the time comes he’s there.”

The Redskins drafted Troy Apke in the fourth round last season but received virtually nothing initially for their investment. The Penn State product only played in two games before a lingering hamstring sidelined him and eventually put Apke on injured reserve.

Williams said Apke remains in the team’s plans as they consider an overall safety plan.

“Oh, yeah. His [hamstring] is a lot better,” Williams said. “He was running when he was here. Apke is a big part of it.”

Collins underwent surgery in December for a partially torn labrum that cost the ex-Giant the final four games of the season. 

Asked for an update, Collins said in the same breath “I’m way ahead” of the original 4-6 month recovery timeline and “It's definitely on schedule." As to whether that means he would be ready for any work in the spring, Collins said, “I don't know. I don't know yet.”

What’s clear is Collins provides the secondary with another weapon. The Redskins need more at safety. Maybe that help comes before the weekend or next week or later. Williams plans on practicing patience despite losing Clinton-Dix.

“You’re going to miss people anyway. There’s a whole lot of folks we missed out on already. Every team misses out on people,” Williams said. “I wish we could get everything we want. We’ve still got time. Free agency is not over until it’s over. There’s post-June (1) cuts, the draft. You just have to wait and see what falls your way. If there’s a guy you like and want, make a push at him.”

The Redskins hold the 15th and 46th overall selections. Safety in the first round seems unlikely this year, but several options are projected in the 30-46 range including Delaware’ Nassir Adderley, Washington’s Taylor Rapp and Alabama’s Deionte Thompson. 

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Who is Josh Woodrum? Three facts about the former AAF and new Redskins QB

Who is Josh Woodrum? Three facts about the former AAF and new Redskins QB

The search for "QBX" — the term the Redskins Talk podcast has given to the unidentified third passer the team should add to their roster — is over.

Well, it probably isn't. But regardless, Washington does have a new signal caller. 

On Thursday, the Redskins reportedly signed Josh Woodrum, who last played in the AAF for the Salt Lake Stallions. He's also been a part of plenty of NFL teams, but mostly in practice squad stints and for brief preseason action.

Here are three things to know about the 26-year-old.

1) He was at his best with the Ravens in 2017

This comes with the caveat, of course, that he has yet to appear in a real NFL game. With that being said, he did ball out for Baltimore in the 2017 exhibition portion.

Overall, he finished 25 of 36 for 321 yards and four total TDs. He was still cut before Week 1, but for someone who's bounced around with other franchises like Giants, Bears, Colts, Browns and Bills, it was by far his best stretch.

2) He's a former first-round pick... of the AAF QB Draft

OK, so he was undrafted by the NFL. When it comes to the AAF, though, Woodrum was a first-rounder. 

Actually, "first-rounder" might be a better way to put it. The Stallions took him eighth overall (of eight teams) in the league's four-round QB Draft.

In seven starts for Salt Lake, Woodrum completed just over 64 percent of his passes and posted a 6:8 TD-to-INT ratio. The team finished 3-5 before, well, the whole thing shut down.

3) He's a local guy   

Sure, it's not like he's from right down the road from the team's headquarters, but Woodrum's hometown is Roanoke, Va. and he played at Liberty University. Joining the Burgundy and Gold will be a quasi-homecoming for a QB who just spent a good chunk of time out in Utah.

Here's a bonus fact, since you've made it this far into a Josh Woodrum blog: It looks like he likes the Chainsmokers. That means he should get a long-term deal immediately and probably also start in September, too.

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2019 NFL Draft: Updated Big Board expands to 100, Nick Bosa rises above all

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2019 NFL Draft: Updated Big Board expands to 100, Nick Bosa rises above all

We are officially one week away from the start of the three-day 2019 NFL Draft. Therefore, it’s time for a Big Board update.

This Big Board doubles in size from 50 to 100. Two defensive linemen, Ohio State’s Nick Bosa and Alabama’s Quinnen Williams, remain at the top while Maryland safety Darnell Savage steadily keeps moving up the list.

Make sure to check out the updated two-round NFL mock draft and our look at different 7-round, Redskins-only mock drafts. Paths oneand two are available now. But first…

Here is the updated Big Board of the top 100 prospects in the NFL Draft. Consider this a combination of some film review, homework and NFL voices rather than just my personal list.

1. Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State                                      

2. Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama                                          

3. Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky                                      

4. Devin White, LB, LSU                               

5. Ed Oliver, DT, Houston                                           

6. Montez Sweat, DE, Miss. St.                                  

7. T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa                                       

8. Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma                                 

9. Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan                                      

10. Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson                                          

11. Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida                                  

12. Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama                                            

13. Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson                          

14. Cody Ford, G/T, Oklahoma                                  

15. Jeffery Simmons, DT, Miss. State                       

16. DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia                                              

17. Byron Murphy, CB, Washington                                        

18. Brian Burns, DE, Florida State                                            

19. Greedy Williams, CB, LSU                                    

20. Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson                                                  

21. Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma                                      

22. Johnathan Abram, S, Miss. St.                                            

23. Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame                              

24. Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State                                        

25. Garrett Bradbury, C, NC State                                            

26. Andre Dillard, OT, Wash. State                                          

27. N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State  

28. Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State                                       

29. Chris Lindstrom, G, BC                                          

30. Taylor Rapp, S, Washington                                

31. A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi                                 

32. Noah Fant, TE, Iowa                              

33. D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi                                            

34. Erik McCoy, C, Texas A&M                                  

35. Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama                                  

36.Daniel Jones, QB, Duke                                      

37. Drew Lock, QB, Missouri                                          

38. Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple                                      

39. Darnell Savage, S, Maryland                                

40. Irv Smith, TE, Alabama                                         

41. Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington                                        

42. Nassir Adderley, FS, Delaware                                           

43. Chase Winovich, LB, Michigan                                           

44. Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State                                       

45. Jaylon Ferguson, DE, La. Tech                                           

46. L.J Collier, DE, TCU                                 

47. Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia                                     

48. Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama                                  

49. Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State                                        

50. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida                                           

51. Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State                                           

52. Oshane Ximines, DE, ODU                                   

53. Dre'Mont Jones, DE/DT, Ohio State                                 

54. Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State                                       

55. Connor McGovern, G, Penn State                                     

56. Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia                                    

57. Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame                              

58. Elgton Jenkins, C, Mississippi State                                   

59. Gerald Willis, DT, Miami                                       

60. Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama                                        

61. Ryan Finley, QB, NC State      

62. Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson                                            

63. David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State                                 

64. Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis                                      

65. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford                                

66. Zach Allen, DE, Boston College                                          

67. Lonnie Johnson Jr., CB, Kentucky                                      

68. Damian Harris, RB, Alabama                               

69. Jachai Polite, LB, Florida                                      

70. Chuma Edoga, T, USC                                           

71. David Long, CB, Michigan                                    

72. Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma State                                        

73. Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State                                     

74. Joe Jackson, DE, Miami                                        

75. Amani Hooker, S, Iowa                                         

76. Yodny Cajuste, T, West Virginia                                         

77. Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego State                                

78. Chuma Edoga, T, USC                                           

79. David Long, CB, Michigan                                    

80. Greg Little, T, Mississippi                                     

81. Trayveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M                                  

82. Charles Omenihu, DL, Texas                                

83. D'Andre Walker, LB, Georgia                              

84. Michael Jordan, G, Ohio State                                           

85. Dawson Knox, TE, Mississippi                                            

86. David Edwards, T, Wisconsin                              

87. Andy Isabella, WR, Umass                                   

88. Dru Samia, G, Oklahoma                                      

89. Christian Miller, LB, Alabama                              

90. Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic                               

91. Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri                                

92. Nate Davis, G, Charlotte                                      

93. Mecole Hardman, WR, Georgia                                        

94. Bobby Okereke, LB, Stanford                              

95. Michael Deiter, G, Wisconsin                              

96. Ben Powers, G, Oklahoma                                   

97. Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt                                       

98. Marvell Tell, S, USC                                

99. Sean Bunting, CB, Central Michigan                                 

100. Terrill Hanks, ILB, New Mexico State               

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