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Josh Norman explains how Josh Doctson plays like a 'Decepticon'

Josh Norman explains how Josh Doctson plays like a 'Decepticon'

Josh Norman, who's a fan of using comic book and movie references when talking about football, returned to that familiar well to describe Redskins' second-year receiver Josh Doctson. 

In an interview with ESPN 980, Norman characterized Doctson's skills are like a "Transformer."


He’s like a Transformer in a way, a Decepticon. He’s good, he moves well in and out of cuts. He’ll give you a little fake like he’s going up vertical and he breaks it back off and comes out of his route. And you can see that he’s improving as well every day, maintaining his health and his ability to stay on the field. We’re going to need him a lot this year.

Though the decepticons are the villians of the Transformers world, Norman's description counts as good news for the Redskins. 

Doctson missed all but two games of his rookie season last year due to a nagging Achilles injury that also held him out all of preseason. He was placed on the injured reserve list in late October. 

But so far this offseason, so good for the Redskins' 2016 first-round draft pick. 

Doctson has made some impressive catches at OTAs as recently as yesterday. He also looked good at a May 25 OTA session, drawing applause from the sideline on one catch.

The receiver said he was hoping to "show my teammates, coaches and myself again that I can play with these guys, play at this level, it feels real good."

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Injuries to Marshall and Perine will open the door for Kapri Bibbs to make the Redskins

Injuries to Marshall and Perine will open the door for Kapri Bibbs to make the Redskins

Following the Redskins' Week 2 preseason win over the Jets on Thursday, Jay Gruden said both Byron Marshall and Samaje Perine were "OK" after the two running backs each left the game with injuries. Marshall's was labeled a lower-leg issue, while Perine's injury was called a twisted ankle.

Timetables for their recoveries were then reported on Friday, and while the two members of the backfield escaped anything too severe, they will each be sidelined for decent chunks of time.

Perine will miss a week, according to Mike Garafolo. Marshall, meanwhile, is looking at a longer two-to-four week recovery, per Tom Pelissero. Those pieces of news hurt them in more ways than one.

Derrius Guice's torn ACL in Week 1 of the team's exhibition schedule meant that Marshall and Perine both had a big-time opportunity to step up and earn a spot on Washington's 53-man roster, spots that were harder to envision for them when Guice was healthy.

Overall, the two were slated to compete with Kapri Bibbs for what will likely be two spaces on the depth chart behind the absolutely safe Chris Thompson and Rob Kelley. Now, though, they'll be forced to sit until they're healed up, giving Bibbs more chances in practice and the two remaining August contests to earn Jay Gruden's trust.

Against New York, Bibbs struggled on the ground but led the offense with seven grabs, including a 29-yard gain off a screen play. That performance absolutely brought him closer in the race with Marshall, who scored vs. the Patriots a week earlier. Next, he'll need to prove he can run effectively between the tackles vs. the Broncos in Week 3, which will put some heat on Perine as well.

The 'Skins have 15 days left until they have to finalize their regular season roster. As things stand now amongst the running backs, Bibbs presently has a real shot at stealing a job from the two shelved RBs. But with the way this race has unfolded thus far, that can all change in a split second. 

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Redskins 53-man roster projection, ver. 2.0

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Redskins 53-man roster projection, ver. 2.0

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The Redskins are halfway through the preseason and the first two games may have done more to muddy the waters when it comes to who will make the 53-man roster than they did to clarify things. 

Here is my second training camp prediction of who will make the final cut for the Redskins. See where players are safe and where the hot spots are for competition. 

Among the big battles taking shape:

—An injury and one player’s impressive preseason have juggled the wide receiver depth chart. 

—With Orlando Scandrick cut, the cornerback position looks set but the rookies had better not do anything to shake the coaches’ confidence in them. 

—There are seven safeties who may be worthy of roster spots, but only four are likely to make it. 

—Despite the Hogan-led rally last night, it still looks like the roster will have only two QBs. 

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