A few quick hits to get your Tuesday morning going:--On NFL.com my friend Brian McIntyre wrote thatChris Cooleys knee has to stay healthyif the two-time Pro Bowl tight end is going to stay on the roster. Its true that the team will be reluctant to pay him 3.8 million this year if he cant stay on the field. But as of right now there is no reason to think that Cooleys knee, which had to be drained multiple times last year before he went on injured reserve, will not be good to go this year. He did not wear a knee brace during OTAs and he appeared to be moving just fine. He also dropped 15 pounds, creating less stress on his knees. Things could change when the pads go on and the strain on the knee increases but for right now he is not an injury concern.--There is nothing new in the RG3 contract. While it would be good to have him in for this rookie pre-camp period, the real deadline is in nine days. That is when the first full practice with all of the veterans present takes place. If RG3 is not there then it will be an issue.--I get an occasional email or tweet from someone wondering if undrafted rookie tight end Beau Reliford has a chance of making the roster. At 6-6, 260 he is impressive physically and he displayed impressive athletic ability at Florida State. But he plays a position that already is crowded with four players with NFL experience in Fred Davis, Cooley, Niles Paul, and Logan Paulsen. There just doesnt seem to be room for him. I think that the best he can hope for is a season on the practice squad to give him some polish so that he can come back a year from now and compete for a roster spot.--Ryan Kerrigan is going to be doing a guest spot as a sportscaster for Comcast SportsNet tomorrow. Ill have a chance to talk to him today as he goes through his preparation. Well talk a little TV and a lot of Redskins 2012. Check for posts later today and tomorrow.Days until: Training camp 9; preseason opener @ Bills 23; RG3 vs. Luck at FedEx Field 39; final cuts 46; Redskins @ Saints 54; home opener vs. Bengals 68
Two days after losing Reuben Foster for the year, the Redskins made a move to at least provide reinforcements to a weakened linebacker group.
On Wednesday, Washington announced that they have signed Jon Bostic, a six-year veteran. The 'Skins also officially placed Foster on injured reserve.
Bostic was a 2013 second-round pick of the Bears out of Florida. He's since bounced around to New England, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh, where he started 14 times for the Steelers in 2018 and posted 73 tackles. He's been traded twice in his career and missed all of 2016 with a foot injury.
So, what does the move accomplish for the Redskins?
Well, Bostic — or any other free agent signing at this point — isn't going to have close to the level of talent and potential that Foster had. However, getting another option at linebacker was necessary for the Burgundy and Gold, and the 28-year-old has played in 30 contests over the past two years, so he's relatively established.
Yes, he's far from a gamechanger, considering he has just one interception and 5.5 sacks as a pro. But he's regarded as a solid run defender and tackler and should at least push Mason Foster and Shaun Dion Hamilton. His presence also could alleviate some of the pressure that would've been on rookie Cole Holcomb.
Signing a defender who's been with five franchises in six years isn't exactly inspiring, but Bostic has experience as a starter and could give the Redskins useful snaps on first and second down at a minimum. Now it's on him to take advantage of the opportunity he's been given.
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You may not know the exact dates of the Redskins' two matchups with the Giants this season, which will take place Sep. 29 and Dec. 22 in 2019. But Landon Collins sure does.
"I'm gonna circle it for the next six years," the 'Skins new safety told ESPN in a recent interview.
No, Collins isn't circling those dates from now until 2024 because he wants to be very organized and ensure he doesn't have any scheduling conflicts. He's doing it because he's dying to get revenge on his former team, who let him leave as a free agent in part because of their "culture change," according to him.
"All we wanted to do was win, and we spoke up because we had to get them to listen to us," Collins told ESPN, referring to himself and other now ex-Giants like Odell Beckham and Damon Harrison. "I think we were too vocal, and that platform was bigger than the Giants... If it's not good media, they don't want that kind of media."
In addition to the organization wanting to go in a different direction culture-wise, New York didn't want to pay the amount of money the Redskins ended up paying for Collins because he wasn't an ideal fit in their defense. The 25-year-old pushes back against the idea that he's strictly a "box safety," though, as do current and former players.
Interestingly enough, Collins isn't the only member of the Redskins' secondary who's in D.C. thanks to a decision by Dave Gettleman. Gettleman was also the same guy who decided the Panthers needed to move on from Josh Norman in April 2016.
Collins, for one, doesn't sound like he'll miss Gettleman at all. The defender didn't love how the GM consistently failed to make an effort to connect personally with his players.
"I don't know him, he don't know me, that's kind of how it just kind of was," he explained.
All that, however, doesn't matter anymore. Collins is going to be the foundation of the Redskins' defense for quite some time, and that's a challenge he's ready to accept.
"I'm on a team that loves me and wanted me here," he said.
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