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Need to Know: Five Redskins who could lose their jobs to draft picks

Need to Know: Five Redskins who could lose their jobs to draft picks

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, May 2, 22 days before the Redskins start OTAs on May 24.

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It’s been 121 days since the Redskins played a game. Their season opener against the Eagles at FedEx Field is in 131 days.

Days until:

—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 10
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 22
—Training camp starts (7/27) 86

Five players whose roster spots are in danger after the draft

NFL rosters are a zero-sum game. If a player is added another one loses his job. The Redskins brought in 10 new players and many of them will knock some players who were around last year out of their jobs. Here’s a look at some who could be on the endangered list.

WR Ryan Grant—The coaches love his work ethic and he does practice hard. But there were reports that Jay Gruden had to battle with Scot McCloughan to keep him on the roster last year. This year, after the team drafted Robert Davis in the sixth round it could be the end of the line for Grant.

RB Mack Brown—If you’re looking for Matt Jones here I didn’t include him because I think he may have been gone before the Redskins drafted Samaje Perine. Brown may be pushed off, too, after the addition of Perine. Both Jones and Brown are likely to be around in training camp and will get a chance to compete but it’s hard to see them around when they cut to 53.

TE Niles Paul—This doesn’t take a lot of deep analysis. He has missed 24 games the last two years, his salary cap number is north of $2 million, and the team just drafted Jeremy Sprinkle. Sounds like a formula for going younger and cheaper.

DL Matt Ioannidis—Yes, he was a fifth-round draft pick last year. But that was under a different general manager. The team cut him at the reduction to 53 and waited a few days before signing him to the practice squad. The addition of Jonathan Allen creates a numbers game that could leave Ioannidis as the odd man out.

S DeAngelo Hall—The Redskins drafted two safeties after signing on as a free agent and moving Su’a Cravens to safety. There is no guarantee that both Montae Nicholson and Josh Harvey-Clemons will make the roster. But if they do, the last roster spot could come down to Hall, Will Blackmon, and Deshazor Everett. With Everett being a key special teams contributor both Hall and Blackmon could be on the bubble.

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Burning Questions: Which Washington Football Team player has a lot riding on 2020?

Burning Questions: Which Washington Football Team player has a lot riding on 2020?

As training camp continues to build, JP Finlay and Pete Hailey will answer burning questions related to the Washington Football Team.

Up next: Which player, outside of Dwayne Haskins, has a lot riding on 2020?

Pete's pick: Sean Davis

Washington's free agency class is crowded with players on one-year deals, which is something Ron Rivera loves.

"A lot of these guys want to come in and say, ‘Hey, give me an opportunity to compete, let me prove myself,'" Rivera told the media a few months ago. "I love that guys are betting on themselves, that they’re going to come in and prove that they belong, that they deserve an extensive contract." 

Sean Davis is one such guy who's betting on himself, and should he win that bet, it'll do a ton for his career as well as for the franchise, too.

First, look at it from Davis' point of view. The ex-Steeler was a useful contributor during his first three years in Pittsburgh, but in 2019, he appeared just once before landing on injured reserve in mid-September. He needs to bounce back to ensure his NFL arrow is pointing upward again.

As for Washington, well, they've been looking for a pair of safeties to rely on for more than a decade now. They're locked in with Landon Collins at one spot, and with Davis being just 26 years old, he looks like an ideal candidate to slide into the other. 

Davis must be healthy, clean up his tackling and handle his coverage duties well, though, for both he and the organization to be happy. If he comes through, expect his next contract to far outweigh the one he's currently on.

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JP's pick: Fabian Moreau

Cornerbacks can make big money if they prove an ability to stay on the field and cover, and fourth-year Washington CB Fabian Moreau has a real opportunity this fall to show he can do both.

A third-round pick in 2017, Moreau came to Washington with plenty of fanfare from his college days at UCLA. Things haven’t really clicked yet, but the 2020 season presents a chance to take over a starting outside cornerback spot.

For the past few seasons, Moreau has been overshadowed by Josh Norman and Quinton Dunbar, but neither player is in Washington anymore. Moreau has also dealt with injuries. As a rookie, he barely played while working back from a torn pectoral and last year he missed a chunk of time with a hurt ankle. 

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Now, in 2020, Moreau needs to show up. 

Washington signed Kendall Fuller this offseason and he will nail down one spot in the secondary while Moreau and Ronald Darby compete to start opposite Fuller. If Moreau can win that job, and then play well on the field after that, he stands to see a major payday next year in free agency.

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Former Washington RB Derrius Guice a free agent after going unclaimed on waivers

Former Washington RB Derrius Guice a free agent after going unclaimed on waivers

Derrius Guice is officially a free agent.

The running back unsurprisingly went unclaimed on waivers after Washington released him on Friday. Guice is now free to sign with any team. 

The 23-year-old was released by Washington on Friday after he was arrested on domestic violence charges. Guice, who had become a fan-favorite during his two-plus years in Washington, has denied all accusations against him, per his attorney. 

Additionally, Guice -- who is usually active on social media -- has deleted both his Instagram and Twitter accounts.

While a healthy Guice would likely be an upgrade to many backfields across the league, it's unclear if any teams will take a chance signing him

Guice's NFL career thus far has been all potential and little production. While he's shined when on the field, the running back has missed 27 of a possible 32 games due to multiple knee injuries since Washington selected him 59th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. 

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