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Former Redskins QB signs with Atlanta Falcons

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Former Redskins QB signs with Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is reuniting with yet another one of his former players from his days with the Redskins. The Falcons signed former Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman to a one-year deal on Wednesday, the team announced on their website.

Another former Redskins player, running back Evan Royster, was waived from the Falcons roster to make room for Grossman. The former Skins passer now joins ex-Redskins Tyler Polumbus, Leonard Hankerson, Nick Williams and Chris Chester in Atlanta.

Grossman also played in Shanahan's system when the two were with the Houston Texans. Grossman, 35, played in Houston in 2009 before moving on to spend four seasons with the Redskins. He last appeared in an NFL regular season game in 2013, but spent part of the 2014 preseason with Cleveland.

Grossman is an 11-year NFL veteran known mostly for his days with the Chicago Bears. He helped lead the Bears to a Super Bowl appearance after the 2006 season.

Matt Ryan is firmly entrenched as the Falcons' starting quarterback, but Grossman will be able to compete for a backup role with T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree.

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Jay Gruden doesn't care about Mason Foster's comments from private conversation

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Jay Gruden doesn't care about Mason Foster's comments from private conversation

Mason Foster created a firestorm when a private conversation emerged from social media in which the linebacker said "F*** this team and this fanbase" amid other disparaging comments.

Jay Gruden got asked about the comments on Wednesday, and the head coach didn't hold much back. 

"I really don't even care, it's a private message" Gruden said. 

The head coach explained that Foster was having a private conservation and the converation should not have reached the public eye. Gruden also explained that Foster is one of the best teammates and hardest workers on the Redskins. 

"I know what Mason is. I know what he means to this football team, what he's meant to this football team and anything he said in a personal message was personal and I really don't take anything from it," the coach said. 

Many fans are enraged by Foster's comments, and much of the anger is understandable. Multiple Redskins players have publicly criticized the team's fans this season, including D.J. Swearinger and Josh Norman, though Foster's are certainly the most pointed. 

What isn't known is the context of the conversation, and the type of relationship Foster had with the user. 

Regardless, Foster is the Redskins defensive captain, and for many fans that 'C' should be stripped from his jersey. After listening to Gruden, that doesn't seem likely. 

On the season, Foster has 108 tackes and two interceptions. He's played in all 13 games for the Redskins and also added two fumble recoveries. He was not available for comment on Wednesday. 

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New set of injuries leaves Redskins offensive depth chart in shambles

New set of injuries leaves Redskins offensive depth chart in shambles

At the onset of the 2018 NFL season, few expected Josh Doctson and Jordan Reed to be among the most healthy players on the Redskins.

Both players dealt with injuries in their early careers, and had spotty training camp attendance in Richmond. And yet, 12 games into a season littered with other offensive injuries, Reed and Doctson had been largely healthy. 

That changed in Sunday's thumping from the Giants. Reed strained his big toe, and might not return this season. It's particularly alarming to hear of as he had surgery on both feet last offseason. Doctson landed in concussion protocol after the Giants game, and his status will be updated Wednesday at practice. 

The Redskins offense had not been productive with Reed and Doctson in the lineup, let alone out of it. Reed will certainly be out for Sunday's game in Jacksonville, and Doctson will be somebody to watch. 

With these latest injuries, it's almost impossible to come up with a real depth chart for the offense. Here goes:

QB: Josh Johnson, Mark Sanchez, Colt McCoy
Note: Seriously, these are the QBs. McCoy is not healthy enough to play but the team is not placing him on season ending IR yet either.

RB: Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson, Byron Marshall, Kapri Bibbs, Samaje Perine
Note: Against New York, Marshall landed on the active roster ahead of Bibbs. It doesn’t make a ton of sense, but not much this season has. 

WR: Jamison Crowder, Maurice Harris, Michael Floyd, Jehu Chesson
Note: With Doctson possibly out with a concussion, the Redskins don’t have enough WRs for the Jags game. If that happens, expect Simmie Cobbs to get called up from the practice squad. Darvin Kidsy is another option.

TE: Vernon Davis, Jeremy Sprinkle
Note: With Reed out the Redskins will likely call up J.P. Holtz from the practice squad. Matt Flanagan is another practice squad option, but he projected to be a fullback. Seeing as the third tight end plays a decent amount of snaps in the Redskins offense and special teams, the organization might look outside the team for help if Reed gets put to the injured reserve. 

OL: Trent Williams, Chase Roullier, Morgan Moses, Tony Bergstrom, Luke Bowanko, Zac Kerin, Austin Howard, Ty Nsekhe, Kyle Fuller 
Note: The Redskins really hope Bergstrom can get back on the field this week as the Austin Howard guard experiment went poorly. The team just added Fuller on Tuesday. 

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