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Still in need of depth, Redskins sign another local star in Navy's Keenan Reynolds

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Still in need of depth, Redskins sign another local star in Navy's Keenan Reynolds

The Redskins' bill of health continues to improve.

But considering where it was before their stunning Week 9 victory over the Seahawks, the team cannot be healthy enough.

With 50 of the 53 men on the active roster dressed for practice on Wednesday, things are looking up, but that did not stop the organization from trying out players in the hopes of bolstering depth.

Former Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds turned NFL wide receiver, who holds the NCAA record for rushing touchdowns, was brought in for a tryout on Wednesday and was officially added to the team later in the day.

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With Jamison Crowder not making the tip to Seattle and DeAngelo Hall returning punts for the first time since 2012, adding Reynolds — on the surface — appears to indicate a move to shore up the return game.

But the same reason why Reynolds is being brought in is the same reason he's unlikely to see the field.

With injuries mounting up, the Redskins need to fill holes — major holes — like the offensive and defensive line. It is highly unlikely that the teams makes room on the 53-man roster for a kick returner.

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Following a truly historic career at the Naval Academy in which he set a litany of Naval Academy and NCAA records, Reynolds was selected by the Ravens in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He was among the final cuts before the start of the 2016 season, but was signed to the practice squad. He was then promoted to the active roster for the final game of the season but was inactive for the team's heart-wrenching loss to the Steelers.

Reynolds was once again waived by the Ravens during the final round of roster cuts before the start of the 2017 season.

The Redskins released wide receiver Shakeir Ryan in order to make room on the practice squad.

 

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Bruce Allen does not know why Redskins would expect suspension for Reuben Foster

Bruce Allen does not know why Redskins would expect suspension for Reuben Foster

MOBILE, Ala. — Florida authorities dropped domestic violence charges against Reuben Foster earlier this month, and for Redskins team president Bruce Allen, that should mean no NFL suspension.

Allen said as much when speaking with reporters on Tuesday at the Senior Bowl. 

"The league is still finishing their investigation of it," Allen said. "I don't know why we would expect a suspension, but we'll let the league finish up."

There is precedent for an NFL suspension regardless of legal action. Recent examples include a three-game suspension for Jameis Winston and a six-game suspension for Ezekiel Elliott.

The Cowboys tried to fight Elliott's suspension in the courts, but eventually, the NFL won. Winston and the Bucs did not appeal his suspension. 

Neither Winston or Elliott were ever charged with a crime, but the accusations against both included salacious details and possible sexual assault, and the NFL did not relent in their rulings. 

For Foster, in the last calendar year he has been arrested twice for separate incidents of domestic violence. The first case fell apart when testimony was recanted, and in the second case, charges were dropped. The 49ers released him after the second incident, and Washington swooped in to claim the linebacker off waivers. 

Throughout this process, the Redskins have maintained that Foster would not play for the organization if he was deemed guilty of any wrongdoing.

"Let me be clear, Reuben will have to go through numerous steps including the full legal process, an investigation and potential discipline from the NFL, as well as meetings with counselors associated with the team before he will ever have the opportunity to wear the Burgundy and Gold as a player," Redskins VP of Personnel Doug Williams said in a November statement.

Allen said that the team conducted its own investigation then and expected Foster to be cleared. Now, Allen expects Foster to stay out of trouble. 

"We hold our players to a very high standard at the Redskins," the team president said. "We ask for a commitment that goes beyond the 60 minutes of a football game. Reuben understands what he has to do, and he's been doing it every day."

As a rookie in 2017, Foster played in 10 games and registered 72 tackles.

In 2018, Foster started the season on a suspension for a drug violation before playing six games. He logged 29 tackles but his year was cut short for injuries before landing on the commissioner's exempt list once the arrest in Florida happened. 

A first-round pick out of Alabama in 2017, Foster will be lined up with a number of his former college teammates on the Redskins. 

Assuming he gets through the offseason without any trouble, when Foster hits the field for Washington, he could be a major asset

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Bill Callahan should return as offensive line coach, answering one major question about Redskins' staff

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Bill Callahan should return as offensive line coach, answering one major question about Redskins' staff

Bill Callahan is expected to return to the Redskins for another season, taking care of one major question regarding Jay Gruden's staff.

Washington's offensive line coach of four years should be back for 2019, Bruce Allen told reporters at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

There had previously been much speculation that Callahan was on the outs.

Callahan came to D.C. in 2015 and has long been hailed as one of the league's top O-line gurus. His tenure with the Redskins has featured both positives and negatives.

Among the positives? Brandon Scherff has grown into an elite NFL guard, Morgan Moses earned a pricey contract extension and 2017 sixth-round pick Chase Roullier spent all of last year as the offense's starting center. And Trent Williams, of course, is still Trent Williams.

However, the unit has been decimated by injuries the past two seasons. Some wonder if Callahan's intense coaching — often times, he keeps his players for an extra 30 minutes after weekly practices — has something to do with it.

In addition, the Burgundy and Gold's running game has never really emerged as a dominant one for a 16-game schedule, and Callahan has always had a large role in that area.

Allen said Gruden's full complement of coaches will be finalized in a few weeks. The head coach wasn't at the Senior Bowl on Tuesday; instead, he was conducting interviews at the Redskins' Ashburn facility. 

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