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Eight 'Skins secure special parking spots for training camp effort


Eight 'Skins secure special parking spots for training camp effort

There are specific things in and around the American workplace that hint at a certain level of achievement: A corner office, a nameplate on a desk, and an important sounding title are all examples of perks that are given to people who excel at what they do.

Another such example is a special parking spot; one that's located in the most convenient space and has only your name on it, making it permanently reserved just for you.

After making their return from Richmond, where training camp was being held, back to team headquarters in Ashburn, eight Redskins found themselves to be the recipients of the last perk: new, reserved spaces in the facility's parking lot.

Here is a picture, from's Andrew Walker, of which players were given this noteworthy distinction:

Pierre Garçon, Alfred Morris, Niles Paul, Kory Lichtensteiger, Dashon Goldson, Jason Hatcher, Adam Hayward and Ryan Kerrigan can now all sleep in a little later and stress a little less when they're stuck in morning traffic, because, according to Jay Gruden, they have earned the right to have an indefinite spot for their rides to rest in.

“I thought it was important to reward the guys that we felt like deserved it and worked the hardest, both in the meeting room and on the field, and in the weight and strength room,” the second-year head coach told the site.

Gruden went on to explain that he and a handful of other coaches came up with those players because he felt the need to let them know their hard work in camp was appreciated. He then said he hopes that "other people take their lead." 

Seeing big names like Kerrigan and Garçon aren't all that surprising, but other ones, such as Lichtensteiger (who plays an often overlooked position) or Goldson (who is new to Washington), draw the eye. Nevertheless, rewarding people for their extra effort is never a bad idea, and this move provides fans a little extra insight into who coaches think are off to a good start in 2015.

Now, only one question remains: How severe is the penalty for infringing one of the reserved spots?

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 16-30

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 16-30

At, we projected the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) right after minicamp.

Now we are taking it one step further and ranking the 53 players we think will make the team.

The rankings are determined by who we think will have the most impact on the 2018 Redskins. No consideration was given for past performance or for what a particular player might do down the road. We’ll be revealing the rankings between now and the start of training camp. 


Today we are continuing to reveal the list of the players we ranked from 16-30.

Here are some of the players in our latest update:

—The team’s top draft pick (but not the second pick, who is in a higher-ranked group).  

—Two of the anticipated starting offensive linemen

—The team’s leading rusher from 2016


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10 Questions in 10 days: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

10 Questions in 10 days: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

With Redskins Training Camp set to begin July 26th, JP Finlay takes a look at 10 of the most pressing questions for the Burgundy and Gold before the team heads to Richmond. 

No. 10: Major questions at linebacker on Redskins depth chart 

No. 9: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?

No. 8: More investments on D-Line, but who goes where?

No. 7: Do the Redskins have a 1,000-yard WR?

No Redskins receiver broke the 1,000-yard mark in 2017, and bluntly, the receiver position did not unfold like the front office designed.

Terrelle Pryor proved a free agent flop, and while Josh Doctson flashed talent, the consistency did not follow. Jamison Crowder led Washington with 789 receiving yards while 34-year-old tight end Vernon Davis was the team's second-leading receiver. 

The Redskins need more at wideout in 2018, and the front office acted on it. 

The team signed Paul Richardson in free agency, and advanced statistics suggest he could make an impact right away. Richardson has vertical speed in a way the organization hasn't had since DeSean Jackson went to Tampa two seasons ago. 

Doctson could emerge as a true No. 1 WR, and Richardson's speed will help. Sources inside Redskins Park question if Doctson is the type of wideout that can beat cornerbacks off the line. Instead, the team believes Doctson is best when using his athleticism to go up and get balls. That skill set was best illustrated for Doctson in the end zone, where he grabbed six TDs last season. 

Crowder could again lead the Redskins in receiving yards. New QB Alex Smith likes to look to his inside receivers, and with defenses having to account for more speed on the field in Richardson, Crowder should get plenty of open looks. 

Ultimately, the question is if the Redskins will have a 1,000-yard receiver. The answer is an unknown, but the evidence suggests they won't.

No 1,000-yard wideout does not spell doom for Washington. In the last two seasons, eight of 12 NFC playoff teams had a receiver get into four digits. Among the teams that did not get that kind of production from one wide receiver: 2017 Philadelphia Eagles. Remember, that team won the Super Bowl. 

Further down the roster, Washington has contributors but unlikely a breakout star. Maurice Harris has great hands and Robert Davis has shown plenty of athleticism, but significant production would be a surprise. Rookie Trey Quinn could be a player that helps the 'Skins, particularly should Crowder get banged up this year like he did last year, but a 1,000-yard season for a 7th-round rookie seems pretty absurd. 



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