The Redskins team that Jay Gruden will coach in 2017 will be quite different from the one he had in his first season in Washington. Of the 53 players who made the 2014 Redskins coming out of training camp only 14 remain on the roster today.
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On offense, there are nine players returning. Notably, no running backs and only one wide receiver from 2014 remain.
- QB Kirk Cousins
- QB Colt McCoy
- LT Trent Williams
- LG Shawn Lauvao
- OT Morgan Moses
- OL Spencer Long
- WR Ryan Grant
- TE Jordan Reed
- TE Niles Paul
Seven of these players are virtual locks to make the roster. Two, Grant and Paul, may be pushed off by players picked in the recent draft.
It should be noted that RB Chris Thompson was on the team during training camp, waived as one of the final cuts, signed to the practice squad and activated late in the season.
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On defense, five players remain.
- OLB Ryan Kerrigan
- OLB Trent Murphy
- ILB Will Compton
- DB DeAngelo Hall
- CB Bashaud Breeland
All five are expected to be back although Hall may need to take a pay cut and he will have to fight off some competition from the draft.
Even if all 14 of the returning players make the 53-man roster, the Redskins will undergo a 74 percent turnover rate over the last three years. That is a high number, but it’s not surprising considering that in the five season from 2009-2014 the Redskins suffered double-digit losses four times and they got a new coach in Gruden in 2014 and a new GM, Scot McCloughan, in 2015.
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Trent Williams is defending his dogs after neighbors of a home registered to him in Missouri City, Texas say the Redskins' lineman's dogs brutally killed their dog.
The neighbor's dog, Sandy, according to reports, died after being mauled and dragged under an iron fence on their own property.
According to Williams, the attack began after Sandy instigated conflict with one of Williams' smaller pets. Williams felt his dogs did nothing wrong and said the animals were defending the smaller dog, who is fighting for its life after $5,000 in medical bills.
Williams told FOX 26 Houston that the situation was "dogs doing what dogs do."
In comments to local television stations, Sandy's owner's described how they found their dog.
"I found my dog halfway ripped apart, head and one leg on the other side of the fence, two of those stakes ripped through the body and one leg just dangling," said Jerry Flowers.
"They drug her head through the fence," Linda Flowers said. "Half of her body was through the wrought iron fence."
Animal control and local police are no longer investigating the incident according to ABC 13. Williams was not cited for the incident.
Williams is on the non-football injury list for the Washington Redskins after ending his holdout halfway through the season.
The Redskins moved outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan to the injured reserve after he injured his calf last week against Green Bay. He will miss the remainder of the season.
Kerrigan had started every game for Washington since 2011 until just three weeks ago, one of the most impressive streaks in the NFL at 139 straight starts.
He missed the Panthers game due to a concussion, was able to come back from the Packers game and then hurt his calf.
After three straight seasons with double-digit sacks, Kerrigan’s numbers were down this year. He will finish the season with just 5.5 sacks after posting 37 over the last few years.
Dexter Manley holds the Redskins franchise record with 91 sacks. After bringing down Aaron Rodgers last week in Green Bay before his injury, Kerrigan got to 90 sacks.
If he comes back healthy in 2020, Kerrigan would look prime to break the franchise record. He will be in the last year of his contract, however, and will account for nearly $12 million against the salary cap.
Should Washington release Kerrigan, which was once unthinkable, it would carry no salary cap hit.
To replace Kerrigan on the active roster the Redskins signed Caleb Wilson from the Cardinals practice squad.
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