Wide receiver Pierre Garon did not practice Wednesday, four days after injuring his right foot in the first quarter of the Redskins victory in New Orleans.Garon joined his teammates on the practice field and did some stretching and light jogging. But he did not participate in any positional or team drills, Coach Mike Shanahan said. Well see how he is tomorrow, is all Shanahan would say when asked about Garon, who led the Redskins in receiving with 109 yards and a score. He was injured on his 88-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter.Garon did not stop to speak to reporters as he walked from the field to the teams facility. After the game, though, he expressed optimism about playing Sunday in St. Louis.
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’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.
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No. 9: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?
It might be hard to remember now, but there was a week late last season for the Redskins where most informed people considered Kevin O'Connell on his way out. The talented young quarterbacks coach was being pursued by Chip Kelly to be offensive coordinator at UCLA, and the smart money suggested O'Connell would take the job.
Except he didn't.
O'Connell decided to stay with the Redskins and continue to work on Jay Gruden's staff. In turn, Washington promoted O'Connell to passing game coordinator, a new title that likely means much more involvement in game-planning.
Working for Gruden comes with some perks. Sean McVay ran the offense for Gruden for a few seasons and landed a prime head coaching job with the Rams. McVay has plenty of his own talent, but throughout the NFL, Gruden's offense is widely respected.
How will O'Connell's influence shape things this fall?
Consider that he deserves some credit for Kirk Cousins improved play out of the pocket in 2017. Now combine a coach that schemes plays for QBs on the move with new Washington passer Alex Smith, a strong runner and serious athlete, and this offense could look much more mobile in 2018.
Gruden still has the final call on gameday, but O'Connell's voice will matter this year, more so than before. Bill Callahan and Matt Cavanaugh retain their roles and prominence in the offensive game-planning, for sure, but as Washington imports more run-pass option plays and QB movement, know that O'Connell is playing his part.
Things will look different with Alex Smith running the Redskins offense than they did with Kirk Cousins at the helm.
Just remember, O'Connell didn't turn down a job in Hollywood for no reason.
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