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Redskins depth chart preview: Quarterback


Redskins depth chart preview: Quarterback

After a busy free agency period, a draft in which 10 new players were added and the acquisition of about a dozen undrafted college players, the Redskins look much different than they did last December. So in the coming weeks, Insiders Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler will break down the revamped roster, position-by-position, as offseason activities ramp up and depth charts come into focus.

Position: Quarterback

On the roster: Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy, Connor Halliday

Likely to make the 53: Griffin, Cousins, McCoy

Comment: The company line out of Redskins Park is that there is an open competition for the starting job and the job is Griffin’s to lose. What that means exactly remains to be seen other than that Griffin will get the first snap with the first team in training camp. There’s no need to go into detail here about what a critical season this is for Griffin; you’re heard plenty about it and you’ll hear plenty more.

The last time we saw Cousins he was getting buried on the bench after two first-half turnovers against the Titans. His turnovers and his reaction to them earned him what seemed to be a permanent spot in Jay Gruden’s doghouse. Can he climb out of it? In many ways he played the best of the three quarterbacks last year but he may not have ha shot this year.

McCoy is the only one of the three quarterbacks who was not sent to the bench last year. He gets “credit” for half of the team’s wins last year as he rallied the Redskins from a halftime deficit to beat the Titans and then led them to an upset win in Dallas the next week. But he played very poorly at times, like he did in the shutout loss to the Rams.

It would not be surprising if McCoy or Cousins started more games than Griffin and it would not be surprising if neither one of them takes a meaningful snap. Such is the volatility of QB situation on this team.

Battling for a job: Halliday

Comment: The Redskins needed to look past this year at the most important position on the field as McCoy and Cousins are both free agents next year and Griffin’s $16.15 million contract option doesn’t necessarily ensure his presence on the roster. Scot McCloughan elected not to spend a draft pick on a quarterback but he did pick up Halliday as an undrafted free agent. At Washington State he was leading the nation in passing before he suffered a broken leg against USC in late November. The Cougars’ spread attack certainly helped his passing stats and we will see if Gruden and quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh can make an NFL quarterback out of him. A spot on the practice squad is likely to be in the cards of Halliday this year.

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Saints sign intriguing receiver off Redskins' practice squad

Saints sign intriguing receiver off Redskins' practice squad

The Redskins were overloaded with interesting wide receiver prospects back in training camp. Not all could make the 53-man roster initially. Simmie Cobbs landed on the practice squad and remained there.

Buzz this week centered on whether Cobbs might finally land a promotion. He did, just not with Washington.

The New Orleans Saints signed Cobbs off the Redskins practice squad Friday, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Washington.

Receiver injuries spiked for the NFC South leading-Saints in recent weeks, the result of which led the Drew Brees-led squad to poach Cobbs. The Indiana product had 72 receptions for 841 yards during his final season with the Hoosiers. He surprisingly went undrafted but joined a Redskins squad with uncertainty at receiver.  

Josh Doctson’s status remains unclear after suffering a concussion in Sunday’s loss to the Giants. He remains “questionable” for this Sunday’s road game at Jacksonville, head coach Jay Gruden announced Friday.

Washington is already down three receivers from the Week 1 roster. Paul Richardson, Cam Sims and Trey Quinn landed on injured reserve. Quinn went down twice after an in-season return. The Redskins added Brian Quick for a few weeks and signed Jehu Chesson to help fill in rather than promote Cobbs or Darvin Kidsy from the practice squad.

Doctson’s status put forth the potential of Cobbs finally joining the 53 this week. It’s possible injuries elsewhere, namely to tight end Jordan Reed (toe) and long snapper Nick Sundberg (back) hampered the Redskins’ chances of adding another receiver.

"Simmie has been great. He's been great,” Gruden said Wednesday. “Kidsy has been great also, so if need be if one of those guys needs to be called up, I won't hesitate for a second. Like I said though, it’s a matter of roster spots. We don’t have a whole lot available so, we'll figure it out.”

Though the 6-foot-3 target made his shares of impressive catches during the summer, Washington kept another pair of rookies instead. Quinn was the Redskins’ final selection in the 2018 draft. Sims, also an undrafted free agent, wowed throughout training camp and the preseason before his season ended with a Week 1 foot injury.  

It’s unclear how Cobbs fit into Washington’s plans seeing as it never promoted him, though 106.7 The Fan radio reported the Redskins attempted to keep the rookie at the final minute and he chose the playoff-bound Saints. The Redskins have questions going forward at receiver, concerns beyond this season. Whatever the solution, the interesting prospect won’t be part of them.

The New Orleans Advocate first reported the Saints signing Cobbs. 


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Mason Foster apologizes to Redskins fans in wake of private message controversy

Mason Foster apologizes to Redskins fans in wake of private message controversy

After private comments on Instagram made significant waves among Redskins fans, Mason Foster addressed the media to explain how much he regretted his actions. 

"People know I love the fans," Foster said Friday. 

In a wide-ranging interview where Foster explained his missteps on social media, the linebacker said he deeply apologized for the comments attributed to his account. 

Foster owned the first conversation that emerged this week on Twitter, where he wrote, "F*** this team and this fanbase" but said that subsequent conversations that leaked out were written by his cousin. Allowing his cousin control over his account was another major mistake, Foster said. 

For Foster, all he can do now is try to do right and prove to his teammates and fans that he's committed to the franchise and doing good in the community. 

On the season, Foster has 108 tackles and two interceptions. He's the Redskins defensive captain and tied for 7th across the NFL in tackles.