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Redskins' Hall revised his contract but is he guaranteed a roster spot?

Redskins' Hall revised his contract but is he guaranteed a roster spot?

Now that DeAngelo Hall has agreed to take a pay cut, the conventional wisdom is that he is a lock to make the 53-man roster. But is he really a sure thing?

Hall’s contract reduces his salary from $4.25 million to $2.3 million. He is in the final year of a four-year contract he signed in 2014. Including the prorated signing bonus from that deal, Hall’s cap number dropped from $5.06 million to $3.11 million.

RELATED: Hall, Redskins agree to new contract

The contract modification has been expected ever since Hall told reporters that he would be amenable to a pay cut at the end of last season. He has missed 31 games with injuries in the last three seasons and Hall is realistic enough to realize that such a track record would not support a $4.25 million salary.

Jay Gruden seemed to be happy about Hall enabling the organization to keep him on the roster at a more reasonable price.

“He’s kind of been a mainstay here and he kind of keeps the boat from sinking from time to time,” said Gruden. “There’s some volatile people in that defensive back room from time to time and he’s a calming guy, if you can believe that [laughter]. D-Hall is. He’s been great. He’s been a great leader for us. Unfortunately for him, injuries have shortened his season. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get him back at a later date, but if we don’t have him back when we want to, at least he’ll be in the room and still have a major influence on the team and the defense.”

It looks like Gruden has some doubt about when Hall, who has not participated in OTAs or minicamp while rehabbing a torn ACL he sustained in Week 3 last year, will be ready to participate in training camp. Hall is unsure, saying that he would just have to see how the rehab progresses. It could be early in camp, it could be later.

MORE REDSKINS: Redskins Practice report: Wrapping up minicamp 

So, if he isn’t sure when he will be ready then you have to think that the PUP list could be one thing that keeps him off of the 53-man roster. If he suffers any sort of setback in his rehab he could end up starting the year on PUP, which would keep him sidelined for a minimum of six weeks.

There also is the possibility that he could be beaten out. The Redskins are likely to carry a maximum of five safeties. D. J. Swearinger and Su’s Cravens are locked in as the starters. Montae Nicholson was picked in the fourth round, a status that usually locks in a roster spot. Deshazor Everett is developing as a safety and is a core special teams player so he likely is safe. That leaves Hall competing with Will Blackmon and Josh Evans for the final spot. He might be the favorite in that three-man competition but he’s far from a sure bet.

None of the money in Hall’s revised contract is guaranteed. If the Redskins cut Hall they would save an additional $2.3 million in cap money.

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

After a fight-filled start to joint practices between the Redskins and Jets, the Skins' 2018 NFL preseason schedule continues Thursday night at Fed Ex Field against New York. 

Week 2 of the NFL preseason still doesn't provide a lot of answers to questions about team performance, but it begins to reveal the depth the Redskins could have this season.

One storyline that won't be taking place, is the return of former Redskin Terrelle Pryor, who told reporters after Monday's practice he won't be playing in the game.

The Redskins have bigger things to worry about though, like who will replace rookie Derrius Guice, who's now out for the year with a torn ACL.

The Redskins also have one less name in the fight for receiver depth as well, after Robert Davis suffered a season-ending leg injury as well. 

Ahead of Thursday's preseason matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.

REDSKINS vs. JETS, PRESEASON WEEK 2

Who: Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets

What: Game 2 of the 2018 NFL Preseason

When: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Fed Ex Field, Landover, MD

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Point Spread: Washington, -3

Over/Under: 39.5

Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy

REDSKINS vs. PATRIOTS TV SCHEDULE:

5:00 PM: Redskins 100
5:30 PM: Redskins Nation
6:00 PM: Best of the Sports Junkies
7:00 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live

REDSKINS 2018 PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (L, 26-17)

Week 2: Thurs., 8/16, vs. New York Jets, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 3: Fri., 8/24, vs. Denver Broncos, 7:30 p.m. 

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30, vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m. 

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Redskins starters training camp one-liners, defense

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Redskins starters training camp one-liners, defense

During training camp, it’s natural for the media coverage to gravitate towards the long shots and underdogs and the backups fighting to hang on to a roster spot. The starters go out and do their thing and those players doing their thing isn’t news. 

With that in mind, here is a one-liner review of how each anticipated starter fared in training camp. We started with the offense yesterday, the defense is up today. 

DE Jonathan Allen—On the first day of camp, he said that he wants the defense to be “badass” and he has done his part throughout camp. 

NT Daron Payne—After recovering from an ankle injury ahead of schedule he went out and started tossing around some Redskins offensive linemen and then did the same to Jets O-linemen when they came to town. 

DE Matt Ioannidis—He first battled turf toe and then he suffered ankle and knee injuries, so he is still working his way back to being 100 percent. 

OLB Preston Smith—He has been impressive although it must be noted that for most 11 on 11 snaps he has been working against rookie left tackle Geron Christian, not the rehabbing Trent Williams. 

OLB Ryan Kerrigan—He turns 30 today and he looks as good as ever. 

ILB Zach Brown—His pass coverage seems to have improved in his second year in the defense, although it must be noted that as camp went on he became familiar with what the offense was running. 

ILB Mason Foster—Like Brown, he needs to get some snaps against different teams after the grind of camp. 

CB Josh Norman—The veteran continues to set the pace as he continued to work on the field well after practice ended nearly every day, often giving pointers to young defensive backs, and then signing autographs for the remaining fans. 

CB Quinton Dunbar—One of his strengths has been his confidence and that will only grow after the release of Orlando Scandrick. 

S Montae Nicholson—The Redskins made some changes to how they use their safeties and the learning curve has had Nicholson struggling in coverage at times. 

S D.J. Swearinger—He has missed several days over the last week or so with an undisclosed injury but his taunting game is in midseason form, as evidenced by his fake punch at Terrelle Pryor. 

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