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Redskins have undergone high roster churn since Gruden took over as coach

Redskins have undergone high roster churn since Gruden took over as coach

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.

(h/t to Twitter regular @SkinsDeacs85 for the idea for this)

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The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting


The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting

The Kerrigan family is about to make a big-time addition to its roster.

Ryan and his wife, Jessica, already have two very, VERY, very, very cute bulldogs in their household. 

But on Tuesday, the two announced in separate Instagram posts that Jessica is 18 weeks pregnant and that a third human Kerrigan will arrive in 2019.

"Can I eat dis sign aftur da picturr iz over?" George the bulldog said when reached for comment on the news.

"How did dey gett such a smawl jerzey for da baby alreddy?" Franklin the other bulldog added.

This is all very wonderful.

Come next March, the world is about to get a little precious-er.


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Adrian Peterson's impressive day vs. the Panthers wasn't exactly supposed to happen

Adrian Peterson's impressive day vs. the Panthers wasn't exactly supposed to happen

When you don't hear from someone you wanted to hear from, you typically follow up.

But on Sunday during the Redskins' 23-17 win over the Panthers, Jay Gruden actually didn't follow up with Adrian Peterson about a plan the two first discussed leading up to kickoff.

Everyone associated with burgundy and gold should be OK with that, however, after seeing how things played out.

During his weekly, exclusive interview with JP Finlay on the Redskins Talk podcast, Gruden explained how Peterson's injury situation almost prevented the running back from posting his crucial 17-carry, 97-yard stat line. 

"I talked to him before the game, had a sit-down with him," the head coach said. "I told him I was probably only gonna use him on short-yardage and goal line if that, you know? Because I want him to heal, we have a long season ahead of us." 

Heading into Week 6, Peterson was dealing with shoulder, ankle and knee issues. Plus, he's 33 years old at a position where that number is way more common on a player's jersey than in his bio under "age."

So, Gruden's concern made some sense, especially considering how necessary a productive Peterson has been to the 'Skins' success in 2018. Problem is, the two never connected again, so the coach's pitch count was never executed.

"He says, 'Oh, just let me go early, I'll let you know how I'm doing,'" Gruden recalled. "We let him go early and I never heard from him so I just kept him in there. He played great. He's a pro, he's a stud."

For those of you now wondering if this means you should start ignoring emails from your boss or not text your buddy back and still expect success, let's not get too carried away here. In this instance, a lack of communication worked for the future Hall of Famer, but that doesn't mean it's going to work for you.