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Redskins offseason questions: How will Su'a Cravens handle the change to safety?

Redskins offseason questions: How will Su'a Cravens handle the change to safety?

The good news for the 2016 Redskins was that they didn’t collapse after winning the division the previous season as has been their pattern in the past. The bad news was that they didn’t take the next step and improve from a franchise that can compete to make the playoffs into one that is playing multiple postseason games year in and year out.

That work begins right now for Jay Gruden, Scot McCloughan and the players. In the coming weeks, Redskins reporters Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will examine the biggest questions facing the Redskins as another offseason gets rolling.

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How will Su'a Cravens handle the switch to safety?

Finlay: Drafted in the second round in 2016, Su'a Cravens quickly showed his playmaking ability as a rookie. His Week 3 interception was the Redskins most important play of the season, spurring a four-game win streak, and showed he can read quarterbacks and make plays on the ball.

A gifted athlete and more importantly a smart football player, Cravens should be quite capable of switching from linebacker to safety in 2017. The team needs him to deliver, and Cravens will be motivated and determined to prove that he can play the position at the highest level.

Asked if Cravens is capable to be a safety in the NFL, multiple Redskins players said they had no doubt. "He's a safety," one player said. That about says it all.

Tandler: I’ve heard the same things from other players but if he’s a safety why didn’t he play safety last year on a team that desperately needed help there? He was listed as a safety on the official roster all year long. Cravens played scout team safety during practice most of the season. Why was he a linebacker? Perhaps that is more of a comment on the coaching staff than it is on Cravens’ abilities.

There are legitimate questions about his speed. He ran a 4.69 forty-yard dash at his pro day. There’s no question that he will be asked to defend receivers and some tight ends who are a full step or two faster than he is. Cravens can compensate as many strong safeties do but it’s something that opposing offenses will try to exploit.

Despite some questions, moving Cravens is worth a shot. It’s been a full decade since the Redskins have been settled at safety. If Cravens can solve half of the problem it would be a big step in the right direction. 

More offseason questions: 

What are resonable expectations for Josh Doctson?

— Will there be a surprise salary cap cut?

— Should the Redskins defense switch to the 4-3?

— Is Spencer Long the answer at center?

— How many D-linemen do the Redskins need?

— Should the Redskins draft another QB? 

— With Sean McVay gone, will the Redskins run the ball more?

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Trent Williams shares video of dog after reported fight that killed neighbor's dog

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Trent Williams shares video of dog after reported fight that killed neighbor's dog

One of Trent Williams’ dogs involved in a fight with his neighbor’s dog received stitches on several deep cuts after the incident, according to a video shared by Williams on Twitter.

Redskins running back Derrius Guice posted a video of Williams' pitbull on Twitter. Williams quote- tweeted it on his account, echoing Guice’s statement with shouting emojis.

Warning: The video, which is linked here, is graphic and may be disturbing to some readers. 

The fight, which occurred in Missouri City, Texas, resulted in the death of the neighbor’s dog, Sandy. Williams' neighbors told local TV station ABC 13 that the dogs at his house are a menace to the neighborhood. "We've been here three years, and I'll definitely tell you my family and I feel like prisoners in our own neighborhood," said neighbor Cecelia Hernandez.

Williams defended his pets, telling ABC 13 that Sandy sent the dog she attacked to the veterinarian’s office fighting for its life. The procedures cost about $5,000 in medical bills.

Local police and animal control are no longer investigating the incident. Neither Williams nor his neighbors were charged.

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Redskins vs. Eagles Week 15 Inactives: Scherff, Dunbar ruled out

Redskins vs. Eagles Week 15 Inactives: Scherff, Dunbar ruled out

When the Redskins host the Eagles on Sunday, both teams will be without multiple starters at the wide receiver position.

Redskins wide receiver Trey Quinn will miss his second straight contest with a concussion. The Redskins will roll out a trio of rookie wide receivers -- Terry McLaurin, Kelvin Harmon, and Steven Sims -- as the team placed veteran Paul Richardson on injured reserve this week.

Philadelphia will be without their top three wide receivers -- Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, and Nelson Agholor -- in Week 15. Agholor will be inactive. Jeffery was placed on IR earlier this week, and Jackson has been on IR since early November. Jackson only appeared in three contests this season in his second stint in Philadelphia, but he torched the Redskins for 154 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1.

Ryan Kerrigan, who's been Washington's Ironman since entering the NFL in 2011, will miss the remainder of the season with a calf injury he suffered last week in Green Bay. The team placed him on injured reserve earlier this week, too.

Cornerback Quinton Dunbar has been Washington's best defender this season, but was forced to leave last week's contest early with a hamstring injury. He didn't practice all week and is inactive against Philadelphia.

Redskins guard Brandon Scherff will also miss Sunday's contest. He was questionable with an elbow and shoulder injury and only practiced on a limited basis this week.

Philadelphia will also be without their All-Pro right tackle Lane Johnson, who is out with an ankle injury.

Here are the full inactives.

Redskins vs. Eagles Week 15 Inactives

Redskins Inactives:

QB Colt McCoy
OG Brandon Scherff
WR Trey Quinn
TE Caleb Wilson
OL Ross Pierschbacher
CB Quinton Dunbar
LB Josh Harvey-Clemons

Eagles Inactives:

QB Nate Sudfeld
WR Nelson Agholor
RB Jordan Howard
OT Lane Johnson
DE Shareef Miller
OG Sua Opeta
DE Derek Barnett

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