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Enemy Intel: Can the Redskins exploit a young Rams O-line?

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Enemy Intel: Can the Redskins exploit a young Rams O-line?

Since free agency opened March 10, front offices around the league have been busy retooling rosters and prepping for the upcoming season. Here at CSNWashington.com, we’ve kept a watchful eye on the moves made by teams that appear on the Redskins’ 2015 schedule. Who’s gotten better? Who’s slipped a bit? Let’s take a closer look.

Up today …

St. Louis Rams (Week 2).

2014 record: 6-10.

Key additions: QB Nick Foles (Eagles), DT Nick Fairley (Lions), RB Todd Gurley (1st round pick) and OLB Akeem Ayers (Patriots).  

Key departures: QB Sam Bradford (Eagles), QB Shaun Hill (Vikings), DT Kendall Langford (Colts) OT Joe Barksdale (Chargers) and OT Jake Long (unsigned) and G Davin Joseph (unsigned).

Best move: Signing 6-foot-4, 308-pound defensive tackle Fairley to a one-year ‘prove it’ contract that could be worth as much as $7.5 million. Fairley joins an already formidable front that also features Aaron Donald, Michael Brockers, Robert Quinn and Chris Long.   

What it all means for the Redskins: A week after hosting the Dolphins’ dominant duo of Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake, things don’t get any easier for Robert Griffin III and the Redskins’ revamped offensive line. Because, on paper, the Rams boast one of the NFL’s deepest defensive lines.

In fact, Donald, Quinn, Eugene Sims, Brockers and Williams Hayes combined for a total 28.5 sacks in 2014. For comparison’s sake, the Redskins’ defensive line amassed 10.5 sacks last season.

But the Rams, who haven’t produced a winning season since 2003, have vulnerabilities. And one of them figures to be an offensive line that could feature a pair of rookies on the right side and a first-year starter at center. Because of that, you can be sure Joe Barry’s game plan will revolve around exploiting St. Louis’ inexperience up front and harassing Foles, who performed below average under pressure last season, according to ProFootballFocus.com. The Rams also have a first-year offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti, who takes over a unit that produced a modest 20.3 points per game a year ago.

My prediction? The Redskins eke out a low-scoring victory on home turf.

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Saints sign intriguing receiver off Redskins' practice squad

Saints sign intriguing receiver off Redskins' practice squad

The Redskins were overloaded with interesting wide receiver prospects back in training camp. Not all could make the 53-man roster initially. Simmie Cobbs landed on the practice squad and remained there.

Buzz this week centered on whether Cobbs might finally land a promotion. He did, just not with Washington.

The New Orleans Saints signed Cobbs off the Redskins practice squad Friday, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Washington.

Receiver injuries spiked for the NFC South leading-Saints in recent weeks, the result of which led the Drew Brees-led squad to poach Cobbs. The Indiana product had 72 receptions for 841 yards during his final season with the Hoosiers. He surprisingly went undrafted but joined a Redskins squad with uncertainty at receiver.  

Josh Doctson’s status remains unclear after suffering a concussion in Sunday’s loss to the Giants. He remains “questionable” for this Sunday’s road game at Jacksonville, head coach Jay Gruden announced Friday.

Washington is already down three receivers from the Week 1 roster. Paul Richardson, Cam Sims and Trey Quinn landed on injured reserve. Quinn went down twice after an in-season return. The Redskins added Brian Quick for a few weeks and signed Jehu Chesson to help fill in rather than promote Cobbs or Darvin Kidsy from the practice squad.

Doctson’s status put forth the potential of Cobbs finally joining the 53 this week. It’s possible injuries elsewhere, namely to tight end Jordan Reed (toe) and long snapper Nick Sundberg (back) hampered the Redskins’ chances of adding another receiver.

"Simmie has been great. He's been great,” Gruden said Wednesday. “Kidsy has been great also, so if need be if one of those guys needs to be called up, I won't hesitate for a second. Like I said though, it’s a matter of roster spots. We don’t have a whole lot available so, we'll figure it out.”

Though the 6-foot-3 target made his shares of impressive catches during the summer, Washington kept another pair of rookies instead. Quinn was the Redskins’ final selection in the 2018 draft. Sims, also an undrafted free agent, wowed throughout training camp and the preseason before his season ended with a Week 1 foot injury.  

It’s unclear how Cobbs fit into Washington’s plans seeing as it never promoted him, though 106.7 The Fan radio reported the Redskins attempted to keep the rookie at the final minute and he chose the playoff-bound Saints. The Redskins have questions going forward at receiver, concerns beyond this season. Whatever the solution, the interesting prospect won’t be part of them.

The New Orleans Advocate first reported the Saints signing Cobbs. 

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Mason Foster apologizes to Redskins fans in wake of private message controversy

Mason Foster apologizes to Redskins fans in wake of private message controversy

After private comments on Instagram made significant waves among Redskins fans, Mason Foster addressed the media to explain how much he regretted his actions. 

"People know I love the fans," Foster said Friday. 

In a wide-ranging interview where Foster explained his missteps on social media, the linebacker said he deeply apologized for the comments attributed to his account. 

Foster owned the first conversation that emerged this week on Twitter, where he wrote, "F*** this team and this fanbase" but said that subsequent conversations that leaked out were written by his cousin. Allowing his cousin control over his account was another major mistake, Foster said. 

For Foster, all he can do now is try to do right and prove to his teammates and fans that he's committed to the franchise and doing good in the community. 

On the season, Foster has 108 tackles and two interceptions. He's the Redskins defensive captain and tied for 7th across the NFL in tackles. 

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