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Foster makes a strong first impression with the Redskins

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Foster makes a strong first impression with the Redskins

Redskins Coach Jay Gruden praised Mason Foster's performance in Monday’s loss to the Cowboys and hinted that the veteran inside linebacker could remain in the starting lineup.

Foster finished the game tied for the team lead in combined tackles (7) and was involved in two of the defense’s three takeaways. (Will Compton, the other inside linebacker, also recorded seven tackles.)

The start was Foster’s first as a member of the Redskins and first since Week 16 of last season in Tampa Bay, where he served as the Buccaneers' first string middle linebacker from 2011-14. The 26-year-old signed with the Redskins on Sept. 29.  

"We'll see, but I think Mason played extremely well,” Gruden said Tuesday, asked if Foster had played well enough against the Cowboys to earn additional starts. “He was physical at the point of attack and did some really good things.”

Gruden added: “Him and Will both played very, very well against a very physical Dallas Cowboys offensive line. I think both those guys really stood up and played really well.”

Foster played 46 of 56 snaps on defense and seven snaps on special teams. He started in the place of Perry Riley, who is sidelined three-to-six weeks with a foot injury.

Under the lights in a big game, Foster wasted little time proving that he could make an impact when the Redskins needed it. In addition to racking up a team-leading tackle total, he also recovered a fumble in the third quarter and forced another in the fourth, ripping the ball from the arms of Cowboys receiver Devin Street.

Foster is now the only Redskins’ inside backer with a forced fumble.  

"Like I said, I think he played well,” Gruden added. “I think he was stout at the point of attack, like I said. He was getting off blocks and he was playing hard, man.”

With Riley expected to miss several more weeks, it would be hard to imagine the Redskins going away from the Foster-Compton tandem at inside linebacker, a spot where the team has been seeking more production and consistency. 

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How's the knee? Trent Williams looks beyond ready in workout videos

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How's the knee? Trent Williams looks beyond ready in workout videos

Trent Williams went under the knife for his first-ever knee surgery about seven months ago.

Plenty of Redskins fans worried that the Pro Bowl left tackle might not be ready to go when the 2018 season starts.

Worry no more. 

Yes, that is Williams working out with veteran running back Adrian Peterson. And by the looks of it, Williams' knee looks just fine. 

Williams tore his right patella tendon last fall, but continued to play through the pain while the Redskins chances of a playoff bid remained. Once that window got firmly closed after an ugly Thursday night loss in Dallas, Williams contemplated sitting out, but other injuries on the line had already decimated the Redskins. Eventually, Williams shut down his season after a blowout loss in Los Angeles to open December. 

This offseason, Williams got the knee repaired. Washington coach Jay Gruden said repeatedly during the offseason that he expected Williams ready to go for training camp, and the workout videos suggest that to be the case.

This is great news for the Redskins offense, and for new quarterback Alex Smith. Expect Washington to be cautious with Williams, particularly in the early going of training camp in Richmond, but like Trent tweeted, "the walk says it all."

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 31-53

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 31-53

At NBCSportsWashington.com, 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. 

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2018 REDSKINS RANKINGS, PLAYERS 53-31>>

Today we’re starting up the list with the players we ranked from 31-53, Here are some of the players in our latest update:

— Seven of the team’s draft picks, including the pick they made last week.     

— All three specialists.

— The team’s leading rusher from 2017.   

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2018 REDSKINS RANKINGS, PLAYERS 53-31>> 

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