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Minicamp stock up, stock down: Which Redskins stood out for the right and wrong reasons?

Minicamp stock up, stock down: Which Redskins stood out for the right and wrong reasons?

June minicamp isn't as crucial as July training camp, but still, the Redskins' three practices did feature players who stood out for either the right or wrong reasons.

Of course, there's still plenty of time for guys to make their case for the 53-man roster or push for starting jobs. Yet Jay Gruden and his coaching staff absolutely will include what they recently saw in Ashburn in their overall evaluation process.

So, who helped and who hurt themselves? Here's a breakdown.

Stock up

Case Keenum

Keenum got better... and better... and better each time he took the field for the 'Skins. Dwayne Haskins will always have the brighter moments, but Keenum was way more steady than the rookie and dealt with pressure far better than No. 7.

Was that necessarily surprising? Of course not; Keenum's a 31-year-old vet and Haskins has been in the NFL for a little more than a month. But Keenum now looks like he's in the lead for the starting job, even though Gruden wouldn't admit it.

Cam Sims

The second-year wideout was a bit of an overlooked option thanks to the return of Trey Quinn and the arrivals of Terry McLaurin and Kelvin Harmon. Sims' passers sure didn't overlook him in the three mandatory sessions, however.

It wasn't always precise and the catch wasn't always the smoothest, but No. 89 repeatedly got open and repeatedly made grabs, including a few huge ones, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Wideouts will always be easy to notice in minicamp action, but Sims was extra easy thanks to his consistency. 

Jimmy Moreland

The seventh-round corner was known as a ballhawk at James Madison, and he's done plenty of ballhawking so far in the offseason.

While Moreland did the majority of his damage at May OTAs, he did just steal a ball from Sims on the goal line on Thursday for a clutch pick. He seems to be a favorite of Gruden — the head coach chirps at him constantly — and he's quickly gaining ground on the second-year CBs he's battling. 

Others who boosted their stock: Terry McLaurin, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Montez Sweat

Stock down

Ereck Flowers

No wonder Flowers is on his third team already and will eventually work inside at guard when the O-line is more filled out. He looked incredibly overmatched subbing in at left tackle, and borderline got in the way of the offense getting meaningful reps at times because he was beaten so often.

In fact, Washington tried to claim an ex-Browns tackle on Friday, but the Cardinals beat them to it. That definitely has a lot to do with the Trent Williams situation, but Flowers' issues had to have factored in, too.

Adonis Alexander

Alexander isn't on this list because he played poorly. He's on this list because he didn't play much at all.

The 2018 supplemental pick dealt with a groin issue that kept him out of 11-on-11 work, so he was inactive while Moreland, Rodgers-Cromartie and Greg Stroman all got quality time with new secondary coach Ray Horton. He has unique size as a DB, but he needs to show he can produce — and soon.

Others who saw their stock drop: Josh Doctson, Troy Apke, Jehu Chesson 


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Who is Redskins safety Montae Nicholson?

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Who is Redskins safety Montae Nicholson?

Redskins safety Montae Nicholson is in the news this week for a tragic off-the-field reason: He, according to a report, is cooperating with investigators looking into the possible drug overdose death of a 21-year-old woman.

So who is Nicholson? Here's a quick summary of his football career (which obviously is not related to the 21-year-old woman's death, other than it's why his name is in the headlines this week): 

He was drafted out of Michigan State by the Redskins in the fourth round of the 2017 draft. More on his rookie year from an earlier report from NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay: 

As a rookie in 2017, Nicholson was often available to the media and seen as a fun part of the secondary group. A November concussion changed that, understandably, and Nicholson finished his rookie season on the injured reserve. His second season started with promise but went sideways, and from the surface, the safety never seemed as comfortable as he had early in his rookie season.

 Nicholson has started seven games this season, grabbing two interceptions and 25 tackles. He was also in the news earlier this year, when assault charges against him were dropped due to a lack of evidence.

Nicholson, according to the report, has not been charged in the latest off-the-field incident and is reported to be cooperating with authorities in the tragic investigation.

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Report: Montae Nicholson cooperating with police following a woman's death

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Report: Montae Nicholson cooperating with police following a woman's death

Redskins safety Montae Nicholson is cooperating with police following the death of a 21-year-old woman, according to TMZ Sports.

According to the report, Nicholson has not been arrested or charged for any matter in regard to the woman's death. It is thought, sources told TMZ, that the woman died of a drug overdose.

Nicholson was not at Redskins practice on Thursday afternoon as the team is preparing to play the New York Jets on Sunday. The Redskins have released the following statement:

"We’ve been made aware of the tragic event and extend our deepest sympathies to the family who lost a loved one. Our team has alerted the league office and is cooperating with local authorities. We fully support law enforcement and respect their process as they investigate the matter."