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Redskins are giving Ereck Flowers a one-year deal and a chance to spark his career

Redskins are giving Ereck Flowers a one-year deal and a chance to spark his career

The Redskins and former top-10 pick Ereck Flowers agreed to a one-year contract on Monday, the team announced.

The 24-year-old has yet to fully put it together in the NFL, despite playing a ton for both the Giants and the Jaguars. In his four pro seasons, Flowers has 55 starts and has appeared in 59 total games. 

So, you can look at this transaction from one of two angles: 1) The 'Skins just signed a guy who has shown, in plenty of chances, to still be quite raw, or 2) The 'Skins just signed a guy with lots of experience who'll be useful in spot duty if needed.

While it's tempting to look at Flowers' track record and leave with the first takeaway, it's probably better to end up closer to the second.

Of course, Washington isn't signing the Miami product to start at tackle, considering Trent Williams and Morgan Moses are entrenched there. With that being said, they needed a versatile backup to play behind those two since they tend to get dinged up and Ty Nsekhe is no longer in town.

The team hopes 2018 third-round pick Geron Christian can eventually become that long-term solution, but he hardly played as a rookie in 2018. Getting Flowers in the building gives Jay Gruden another option.

Now, one thing fans have been asking regarding any offensive lineman recently is whether (insert big person here) will play guard for the Redskins. Perhaps Bill Callahan wants to try that experiment with Flowers, but as of now, there's no indication that's in play.

Flowers' new contract can be worth up to $4 million, but you can assume the guarantees are on the very cheap side. In fact, it's no lock he's even on the 53-man roster come September.

With all that being said, though, he wouldn't have gone in the top 10 in 2015 if he didn't have some ability. Perhaps he'll figure things out in Washington, where he won't be relied on to start like he has in past stops. If you're going to take a flier, he's not the worst choice to take one on.

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Report: Months after major leg injury, Reuben Foster regains feeling in toes

Report: Months after major leg injury, Reuben Foster regains feeling in toes

The Redskins signed linebacker Reuben Foster late in the 2018 season after his release from San Francisco amid domestic violence allegations. The signing caused tremendous backlash towards the organization, but in the end, it was supposed to be worth it for what Foster could do on the field. 

Eventually, charges against Foster got dropped and he wasn't suspended by the NFL. Unfortunately for him and for the Redskins, Foster got injured in his first snap of offseason team activities in May 2019, and it was a major injury. 

The scene on the field that day was traumatic as Foster was visibly in intense pain. In the news that emerged after the injury, Foster had torn multiple ligaments in his knee and NBC Sports Washington reported there was nerve damage in the leg as well. 

Now, it seems like there is finally some positive momentum for Foster's injury. His agent Malki Kawa spoke to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport: "He's got feeling in his toes, the underside of his foot, the side of his foot. The nerve is starting to fire again."

The alarming part here is that Foster had lost feeling in his toes, and for a long period of time too. Foster's injury happened last May. 

Rehabbing a knee is one thing, football players do that all the time. But nerves operate almost on their own, and some nerve damage is irreperable. 

"He's regaining feeling and power," Kawa said. "It shows the nerve is firing. When he moves his leg upward, he can feel around the ankle and the top part of the foot. That's a new thing. The next 60 days are going to be big as far as getting back to normal."

The Redskins know about scary nerve injuries. Promising rookie safety Kyshoen Jarrett sustained nerve damage in his arm in Week 17 of the 2015 season, and never played again. Two years ago, cornerback Quinton Dunbar dealt with a nerve issue in his leg and was basically lost for the year. 

What happens next for Foster will be interesting to watch. 

Kawa said the next 60 days will be important, and that timeline also coincides with more Redskins offseason work. After such a significant injury, it would be premature to make any assumptions about Foster's return to the field, and if/when that happens, his level of play. 

Foster has been seen around the Redskins training facility at times since he was signed in 2018. At various points he was using a scooter and then walking on his own with a significant brace.

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Report: Jay Gruden interviewing for Jaguars offensive coordinator job

Report: Jay Gruden interviewing for Jaguars offensive coordinator job

Jay Gruden’s absence from football might only last a few months. 

The former Redskins head coach is reportedly interviewing for the Jacksonville Jaguars vacant offensive coordinator position, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. Jacksonville parted ways with John DeFlippo last Monday after just one season with the team. 
 

The few times Gruden has spoken since being fired by Washington in October, the former head coach has expressed a strong desire to get back into coaching. Gruden recently told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport he’s been “itching to do something” and “would like an office to go to,” according to Garafolo. 

Interviewing for an offensive coordinator position is not unfamiliar territory for Gruden. He spent the past six years as the head coach in the nation’s capital, but perhaps his most success in the NFL was when the 52-year-old was the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals. 

Behind the solid play of Andy Dalton and A.J. Green, the Gruden-led offense in Cincinnati resulted in three straight playoff appearances. 

Should be be hired in Jacksonville, Gruden would have some promising pieces to work with. Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew showed plenty of hope in the 12 games he started, and second-year wideout D.J. Chark enjoyed a breakout season in 2019. Additionally, running back Leonard Fournette finished with a career-high 1,152 rushing yards last season. 

Former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo and former Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan have reportedly interviewed for the gig as well. 

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