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Hype builds for Redskins rookie WR Trey Quinn, but practice shows real promise

Hype builds for Redskins rookie WR Trey Quinn, but practice shows real promise

The hype train surrounding the final pick in the 2018 NFL Draft hit a new speed on Wednesday when Redskins head coach Jay Gruden described rookie wideout Trey Quinn with serious praise. 

"He’s a quiet assassin and he just goes out there and is very detailed in his routes," Gruden said of Quinn.

"He’s got strong hands. Very quarterback-friendly target. He can run the option routes. He’s learning from Jamison [Crowder], which is good, but he can also line up in different spots, so Trey is a guy that we’re going to rely on to be able to play multiple spots."

In watching Quinn during the Redskins OTA sessions it has become clear why Gruden likes the rookie. Quinn seems to make all the catches —both the routine and difficult ones —and finds a knack for getting open. During Wednesday's session, he caught a touchdown during red zone drills, and used his feet, not his hands, to create the separation needed to grab the ball on a short out route. 

"I’ve been very impressed with Trey," Gruden said. 

Remember, too, that Doug Williams told NBC Sports that Gruden actually wanted to select Quinn earlier in the NFL Draft, but the front office pushed back on the coach and waited to grab Quinn with the final pick. 

A highly productive player at SMU, Quinn set records both in college and high school. Some might question his size, and some might question his speed, but on the field, neither look like an issue. 

The only number that will matter for Quinn and the Redskins will be the 53-man roster. Washington will likely keep six wideouts on their roster, and Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder and Paul Richardson are roster locks. 

That means Quinn, Brian Quick, Maurice Harris and Robert Davis will likely compete for the final three spots. And while it's unfortunate, injuries could always pop up too, changing the numbers and the roster projections. 

Harris and Quick were both on the roster last season, though combined they hauled in just 10 catches. Harris has long flashed great hands, like this catch below.

If Quinn's strong play continues, especially once players had pads on in Richmond, he has a real chance at a roster spot. His size might actually help him, too. 

For three seasons, the Redskins lacked a real backup to Jamison Crowder as their slot WR. Quinn fits that mold. It doesn't hurt either that Crowder is going into the final year of his contract, and the team might be more willing to use a roster spot on somebody that could work in that role in 2019 and beyond. 

Glancing around social media, some fans seem to predict that Quinn could overtake Crowder this year. Don't bet on that. At all. 

Crowder has looked great so far this offseason, and keep in mind it is possible the Redskins try to get an extension done with their home-grown slot man. Washington has shown that the team much prefers to wrap up their own players with long-term deals before free agency hits, and Crowder along with Preston Smith are at the top of that list. 

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Assessing the Redskins' injury situation: Good news, bad news

Assessing the Redskins' injury situation: Good news, bad news

RICHMOND—Since the start of training camp, the Redskins have had some good injury news and some terrible injury news. 

Let’s start by looking at the bad. There is no way to sugar coat the impact of the loss of Derrius Guice to a torn ACL in the first quarter of the first preseason game. He was going to add a dynamic element to the Redskins offense. While there is confidence that the other running backs on the roster can get the job done, there simply will be no replacing him in the lineup. 

WR Robert Davis, who suffered multiple injuries to his leg and is on injured reserve, is not as irreplaceable. Still, you hate to reduce competition and have your potential depth reduced this early before the games start to count. And you have to feel bad for Manasseh Garner, who tore his ACL against the Patriots, but he wasn’t going to make the team anyway. 

So that’s the bad news.

When looking at the brighter side, Jordan Reed is at the top of the list. A year ago he was on the PUP list with a toe injury that never quite went away all year. This year, the player who would have been the key to the success of the team’s offense with or without Guice in the lineup looks as healthy as ever. We know from Reed’s history that good health could be a temporary condition. But he has recovered well from the surgery that removed a bone that was causing problems from each toe, and that’s all you can ask for at this point. 

Also rounding into form after rehabbing from 2017 injuries are Trent Williams and Morgan Moses, the bookend tackles who are keys to providing running room for the healthy running backs. Chris Thompson also appears to be on schedule. Jonathan Allen, who missed the last 11 games of last year with a foot injury, has been a full go since the start of the offseason program. Daron Payne suffered an ankle injury early in camp, but he has been a full participant since Saturday. 

The Redskins also are suffering from the usual minor injuries that hit every team during training camp. WR Josh Doctson has been in and out of practice with heel and shoulder injuries, CB Adonis Alexander and ILB Josh Harvey Clemons have been sidelined with hamstring injuries. DE Matt Ioannidis suffered apparently minor knee and ankle injuries against the Patriots and he should be back soon.

Overall, the Redskins’ injury picture doesn’t look too bad with the exception of Guice, and that’s a big “yeah, but”. The team and its fans are keeping their fingers crossed, hoping that it stays that way. 

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Redskins starters training camp one-liners, offense

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Redskins starters training camp one-liners, offense

During training camp, it’s natural for the media coverage to gravitate towards the long shots and underdogs and the backups fighting to hang on to a roster spot. The starters go out and do their thing and those players doing their thing isn’t news. 

With that in mind, here is a one-liner review of how each anticipated starter fared in training camp. We’ll start with the offense today, look for the defense tomorrow. 

QB Alex Smith—He still needs some work on timing with his receivers but overall, he looks like a quarterback you can win with. 

RB Rob Kelley—After his move up to starter in the wake of the Derrius Guice injury, Kelley continues to work as he has from the start of camp, like a guy fighting for a roster spot.

WR Paul Richardson—The $40 million free agent pickup showed that his game has some versatility as he made some tough catches over the middle along with some deep receptions. 

WR Josh Doctson—His heel injury slowed down what was solid progress early in training camp.

WR Jamison Crowder—His solid, workmanlike camp should make Redskins fans hope that the team is working on a long-term contract extension with Crowder right now. 

TE Jordan Reed—Considering his importance to the offense, his progress after having surgery on both of his big toes is the most positive story from camp

LT Trent Williams—The plan to ramp up his activity as he continues to recover from offseason knee surgery is right on track and there’s every reason to believe he’ll be a full strength in Week 1. 

LG Shaun Lauvao—When he’s healthy, Lauvao is a good enough guard to win with and so far, he has been healthy. 

C Chase Roullier—His strength is often on display during one-on-one blocking drills and he has the appearance of a center the Redskins will be able to plug in and play for at least the next several years. 

RG Brandon Scherff—The fourth-year player is working his way towards his third straight Pro Bowl appearance.

RT Morgan Moses—He is still working through some ankle pain but he should be good to go Week 1. 

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