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Redskins Depth Chart: Will Landon Collins and Montae Nicholson work together at safety?

Redskins Depth Chart: Will Landon Collins and Montae Nicholson work together at safety?

The Redskins guaranteed Landon Collins nearly $45 million this offseason, and that wasn't all just because the former Giants safety has a deep respect and admiration for the late Sean Taylor. 


Washington needs to get the best version of Collins on the field this fall, and for a few seasons in the future, to validate the price tag. The former University of Alabama star can deliver too; his 2016 season in New York is one of the best years by a safety in the last decade. He grabbed five interceptions, made 125 tackles, defended 13 passes and recovered a fumble, landing him on the NFL's All Pro team, the league's highest honor.

No Redskins player has made an All Pro team since 1996. If Collins can touch his 2016 season, the contract is all the way worth it. The baseline for Collins' play will probably be around his other three seasons with the Giants: 100+ tackles, a few interceptions and a true thumping presence over the middle of the Redskins defense. 

There are intangibles that Collins will bring, undoubtedly, like leadership and a strong work ethic. And maybe that will help third-year pro, Montae Nicholson. 

Earlier this week, assault charges against Nicholson from a December incident outside of a Loudon County bar got dropped. That fight found him suspended for the final two games of 2018, but it appears, the team and the player could be moving forward in 2019. The Redskins declined to comment on the situation. 

Nicholson has high-end speed and the ability to cover ground fast, which might be just the right type of player to pair with Collins. If that duo can gel early on, taking advantages of chances to work together throughout OTAs, minicamp and training camp, that could be a big development for the back of the Redskins defense. 

It's also important to point out Nicholson is no sure thing. He played well in spurts as a rookie before a disappointing second season. The Redskins thought so highly of Nicholson's level of play that they sent a fourth-round draft pick to Green Bay to acquire Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in midseason. Clinton-Dix also disappointed with his play and he left this offseason as a free agent. 

Nicholson has dealt with injury concerns too on top of the off-field issues. Controlling all that, and getting back to his rookie ability, that could be a tall order. 

The Redskins need that to happen though, because after Collins and Nicholson, the safety cupboard looks bare.

Deshazor Everett has been a solid special teams player in four seasons with the Redskins but gets very little snaps on defense. For whatever reason, the coaching staff rarely gives him opportunities with the starting group, and that doesn't seem likely to change. 

Washington used a fourth-round pick in 2018 on Penn State safety Troy Apke. He has elite speed, but little else. He played in just two games as a rookie amid injuries, and in a year he needed to mold from raw athlete to actual NFL safety, got very little work. The Redskins should have high expectations for Apke since they spent a fourth-rounder on him, but fans would be wise to limit their hopes. 

One player to watch with a decent chance at a roster spot: undrafted free agent JoJo McIntosh out of Washington. He doesn't have great speed but was highly productive in college. 

The 'Skins safety group is top heavy. Collins needs to prove he's worth getting big money, and the team must hope Nicholson can return to form. If that happens, the unit could be strong. If not, look out below. 


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A timeline of Jordan Reed's concussion, injury history

A timeline of Jordan Reed's concussion, injury history

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed is one of the most dynamic players in the NFL at his position when he's on the field.

The problem is, Reed just can't stay healthy. The 29-year-old has missed the Redskins' first two games of 2019 and already been ruled out for Monday's contest against the Bears, as he continues to recover from a concussion he suffered August 22 vs. Atlanta.

On Sunday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Reed's playing career could be in jeopardy, as he has struggled to recover from his latest concussion.

Here's a timeline of Reed's concussion and injury history, dating back to his college days as a Florida Gator. 

November 2010: In his freshman year at Florida, Reed suffered his first documented concussion in a 31-7 loss to Florida State. He returned for the team's bowl game vs. Penn State on Jan. 1, 2011.

October 2011: Reed suffered a concussion at some point during the 2011 season, but did not appear to miss any games due to the injury.

September 2012: The tight end suffers his third concussion in college, but did not miss any games for the Gators. Reed returned to action after the bye week. 

November 2013: As a rookie, Reed suffered a concussion against the Philadelphia Eagles. He would not return at any point later in the season, landing on injured reserve. He became close to returning multiple times, but the symptoms kept returning. 

September 2014: In Washington's season opener, Reed pulled his hamstring against Houston. The injury would force him to miss the next four weeks.

November 2014: Reed re-injuries his hamstring in a 27-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He would miss the following week with the injury.

October 2015: In a Week 4 clash with the Eagles, Reed suffered multiple injuries, including his fifth documented concussion. He left the game originally with an ankle injury, returned, then suffered the concussion. He would miss the Redskins next two games.

October 2016: In a Week 5 matchup vs. Baltimore, Reed suffered his sixth documented concussion. He initially tried to play through the injury, but entered the protocol following the game. He would miss the team's next two games. 

November 2016: In a Thanksgiving clash with Dallas, Reed suffered a Grade 3 separation in his shoulder. While the tight end would finish the game (and score two touchdowns), he would miss two of the team's next four games with the injury.

September 2017: Reed suffered a chest injury against the Rams, missing the Redskins Week 3 contest vs. Oakland the following week.

October 2017: A hamstring injury Reed suffered against the Cowboys in Week 8 would eventually put Reed on IR, costing him the team's final nine games of the season.

December 2018: Reed would suffer a toe strain against the Giants in Week 14. The tight end would miss Washington's final three games of the season.

August 2019: In the team's third preseason game, Reed suffered the seventh documented concussion of his football career after being struck by Falcons' safety Keanu Neal. He has missed the Redskins first three games of the 2019 season and counting.

Source: Sports Injury Predictor

Monday's contest against the Bears will mark the 34th time during Reed's NFL tenure that he will be unable to play due to injury. 

If, and when Reed will suit up next for the Redskins seems more uncertain than ever.


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Jordan Reed’s NFL future reportedly uncertain as concussion issues continue

Jordan Reed’s NFL future reportedly uncertain as concussion issues continue

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed was ruled out for Monday night's contest with the Chicago Bears on Saturday, as he continues to recover from a concussion suffered in Week 3 of the preseason.

Now, more reports are coming out about Reed's status. Not just for the upcoming game, but for his future in the NFL.

Currently trying to come back from his seventh recorded concussion dating back to his college football days, there is now uncertainty surrounding the continuation of his NFL career, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The seventh-year veteran's history with injuries is a long one. Despite showing flashes of dominance throughout his time with the Redskins, Reed has still not been able to put together a full season with no missed time. 

At his best, he's shown that he can be a reliable and explosive target for his quarterbacks. In 14 games in 2015 (his most played in a single season) he compiled 87 receptions for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns. But, both concussions, as well as nagging issues in other areas, have limited him to just 19 games throughout the 2017 and 2018 seasons and left the Redskins offense without a crucial piece.

As Reed continues to go through concussion protocol, updates about his status will be hard to come by. Back in Week 1, it looked as if the tight end would be back on the field soon, but it seems as if setbacks have clouded the timeline. 

Head injuries are serious, and if Reed's most recent concussion continues to cause problems, it looks as if a decision about his career could come to the forefront.