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Redskins' O-line continues to be on the mend

Redskins' O-line continues to be on the mend

The Redskins held the status quo on the injury front ahead of their Monday night game against the Panthers.

Linebackers Will Compton (knee) and Su’a Cravens (upper arm) both missed practice for a second straight day. At this point it looks like neither will be able to play.

If they are out, Martrell Spaight will assume Compton’s role as the Mike linebacker and Mason Foster will take a lot of Cravens’ snaps as a linebacker in nickel situations.

Safety Will Blackmon (concussion) participated in practice on a limited basis. Defensive coordinator Joe Barry indicated that the team planned on being at full strength at safety on Monday night so Blackmon likely will be back barring a setback.

TE Jordan Reed (shoulder) again was limited in practice. He appears to be regaining mobility in his injured left shoulder but he is not testing it much during the portion of practice that is open to the media.

“Good, good,” said Jay Gruden when asked about Reed’s progress. “It’s just a matter of how much he can deal with as far as his strength and the push-off comes.”

The offensive line continues to be on the mend. C Spencer Long (concussion) and G Shawn Lauvao (groin) are likely to retake their starting positions against the Panthers. That would mean that the line would have all five starters playing together for the first time since October 30 game in London.

Gruden said that the first unit will start “if everything goes well.” That means no setbacks for Long or Lauvao.

Also limited were OLB Ryan Kerrigan (knee), RB Mack Brown (concussion), DE Chris Baker (ankle), ILB Martrell Spaight (shoulder), OT Ty Nsekhe, and P Tress Way (ankle).

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If Luke Kuechly wants to coach, would Ron Rivera hire him for the Redskins?

If Luke Kuechly wants to coach, would Ron Rivera hire him for the Redskins?

One of the best linebackers of the last decade, Luke Kuechly retired from football this week in a move that stunned many. For years Kuechly has dealt with injuries, including multiple concussions, and decided his body could not withstand anymore life in the NFL. 

Or at least being on the field. 

A new NFL Network report suggested that Kuechly could be looking to stay in the game in a coaching or consulting role, and that it could happen this season. 

"I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Luke Kuechly in the NFL. As a player we have," Mike Garafolo said on Good Morning Football.

The natural question for Redskins fans becomes if Kuechly could land in Washington. New Redskins coach Ron Rivera was with the Panthers when the team drafted Kuechly ninth overall in 2012, and the duo worked closely together. It's been widely reported that Kuechly and Rivera have a strong relationship too. 

When Kuechly announced his retirement, Rivera took to Twitter to compare the linebacker to Hall of Famers Mike Singletary and Brian Urlacher. Rivera also said he "will remember Luke’s sense of humor, his leadership & 4 being a great teammate."

The Redskins recently announced their assistant coaches and linebackers coach Steve Russ worked with Kuechly for the past two seasons in Carolina. There is no assistant linebackers coach on the staff, but that's a role that could be created. There are few rules about assistant coaches in the NFL; for example, last season the Redskins employed an inside linebackers coach and an outside linebackers coach because they played a 3-4 system. This year the team will play the 4-3. 

It's unclear what role Kuechly would want, and while the connection to Rivera is obvious, so is the connection to Carolina. 

"Certainly the Panthers would love to have him be a part of their organization in some capacity," Garafolo said. 

What happens next for Kuechly remains unknown. He just retired from football a few days ago. He might need time to make his next series of decisions. 

Based on Rivera's actions so far as the new Redskins boss, however, it would not be a surprise at all if the head coach tries to get Kuechly to Washington. Rivera has hired just about everyone else that was with the Panthers in the last decade; why not add one more?

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Jason Garrett reportedly to stay in NFC East, becomes Giants offensive coordinator

Jason Garrett reportedly to stay in NFC East, becomes Giants offensive coordinator

Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has agreed to become the new offensive coordinator of the New York Giants, according to a report from ESPN

He will join the staff of first-year head coach Joe Judge.

Garrett was recently let go after a 10-year unimpressive stint with the Dallas Cowboys. In that span, he only led the team to three playoff appearances and with that two playoff wins. 

The team underperformed in 2019 after starting the season with Super Bowl aspirations. Stumbling to an 8-8 record, It became clear that Garrett was the not the answer at head coach. Following the end of the regular season, the team decided to go in another direction replacing him with former Packers coach Mike McCarthy.

The Princeton alum led the Cowboys to an 85-67 overall record during his tenure in Dallas.

As a former backup QB for the Giants (2000-03) and Cowboys (1993-99), he has an extensive background in game-planning against the NFC East.

Judge was named head coach on Jan. 7 after spending eight seasons with the Patriots. He was promoted to special teams coordinator in 2015, and also became the team's wide receiver coach in 2019.

Garrett and Judge will be tasked with developing a young roster with some intriguing options at their disposal, as well as the No. 4 overall pick in April's draft.

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