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Redskins' D-line depth chart still needs work after McClain signing

Redskins' D-line depth chart still needs work after McClain signing

The Redskins have made their first signing and it came at their position of greatest need.

According to the Washington Post, they will sign Cowboys defensive lineman Terrell McClain to a four-year deal worth just over $21 million.

McClain, who will be 29 before training camp starts, could be a good addition. He started 15 games for Dallas last year, getting 2.5 sacks and forcing two fumbles. But the team clearly still has work to do on a line that has been a weak spot for quite some time.

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With the departure of Chris Baker looking likely (but not yet certain), McClain joins Ricky Jean Francois and Phil Taylor as the veterans on the line. That gives you a nose tackle in Taylor and two ends but all of them are more journeymen than difference makers.

They have some youth in interior backup Matt Ioannidis and A.J. Francis and at end in Anthony Lanier, a player the organization hope can develop into a pass rusher.

While Taylor, Francois, and McClain are capable of starting, the line would continue to struggle without additional front-line players. Still on the market are Brandon Williams of the Ravens, Dontari Poe of the Chiefs, Jonathan Hankins of the Giants, and Bennie Logan of the Eagles are the top available linemen to keep an eye on. 

Stay up to date on the Redskins! Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.  

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NFL players react to news that Andrew Luck is retiring

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NFL players react to news that Andrew Luck is retiring

NFL players took to Twitter on Saturday to send well-wishes to Andrew Luck after news broke that he is retiring from the NFL. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Luck was 'mentally worn out' after years of battling injuries. Luck confirmed the news in an emotional press conference on Saturday night.

"Andrew luck I understand you 100% brotha," wrote Dez Bryant. "... take your time ... I wish you the best."

Redskins rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins reacted to the news with emojis.

Former player turned ESPN analyst Emmanuel Acho posted video of Colts fans booing Luck as he walked into the locker room. "Coach always said, 'the pats on the back eventually turn into stabs,'" he wrote.  

"That's bad to boo that man," added former Redskins player Chris Baker.

Former Ravens and current Carolina player Torrey Smith tweeted that anyone in the sport understands.

Jaguars long snapper Matt Overton wrote he was "shook."



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Falcons safety Keanu Neal says no 'ill intent' for big hit on Jordan Reed

Falcons safety Keanu Neal says no 'ill intent' for big hit on Jordan Reed

Jordan Reed took a major blow to the head in the Redskins third preseason game in Atlanta, and the blow eventually landed Washington's stud tight end in the NFL's concussion protocol. 

Falcons safety Keanu Neal delivered the hit, and while it was clearly illegal and resulted in a penalty on the field, he took to Twitter to defend his play. 

It's hard to judge intent under the incredible speed that plays happen during pro football. When a player goes in for a tackle, ball carriers can also move, and plays that look dirty in slow motion can look reasonable in full speed. Still, it's undeniable that Reed took a major shot in the helmet from Neal, and it definitely seemed unnecessary. And it's not a secret that Reed has dealt with serious head injuries throughout his NFL career. 

There has been no update on Reed's condition beyond that he's in the NFL concussion protocol. Reed also stayed in the game after the big hit from Neal before his concussion symptoms showed up at halftime. 

Neal is a fifth-year safety out of the University of Florida. He missed most of the 2018 season with an ACL injury. Reed also attended the University of Florida.