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Redskins OTA to-do list: Cornerback

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Redskins OTA to-do list: Cornerback

The busy portion of free agency is completed. The draft is history. Rookie minicamp is in the rearview. The 90-man offseason roster is full, as well. Now comes the difficult part for second-year head coach Jay Gruden: putting it all together. With OTAs set to begin next Tuesday, Redskins Insiders Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler are going to examine the top items on Gruden’s to-do list as he prepares the Redskins for training camp in Richmond later this summer.

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Cornerback to-do list:

Tandler: Rookie Tevin Mitchell played almost exclusively as the slot corner during the rookie minicamp sessions that were open to the media so look for him to challenge for a spot there. He could have an opportunity to get in a lot of work as veterans DeAngelo Hall (Achilles) and Tracy Porter (shoulder) could be limited by injuries or might not participate at all. David Amerson started 15 games last year but blown assignments and a one-game suspension for missing a meeting could force him to fight for playing time. Perhaps he can push Bashaud Breeland, who was heralded by fans as a rookie last year but has a lot to learn as far as proper technique and avoiding penalties.  

El-Bashir: The health of Hall and Porter will be important to monitor in the coming weeks, as Tandler points out. But I’ll be focused on Amerson, who has a lot to prove after a difficult second season. Not only did he surrender a league-worst 10 passing touchdowns in 2014 (per ProFootballFocus.com) and fail to make a single interception, he also let his teammates down in San Francisco by missing a meeting and getting benched. The Redskins desperately need Amerson, a 2013 second rounder, to pan out. And because of that, he’ll get ample opportunity to prove he’s overcome his struggles on the field and maturity issues off it. But it needs to begin happening over the next few weeks as the corners behind Chris Culliver jockey for position on the depth chart. From the sounds of it, Amerson is off to a strong start. “He’s been great. He’s been locked in. He’s been a true professional in the classroom,” new defensive coordinator Joe Barry said on ESPN980 last week. “From a skill set, he’s got everything you want. He’s just got to continue to develop the next four weeks when we get out on the field for OTAs.”

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How's the knee? Trent Williams looks beyond ready in workout videos

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How's the knee? Trent Williams looks beyond ready in workout videos

Trent Williams went under the knife for his first-ever knee surgery about seven months ago.

Plenty of Redskins fans worried that the Pro Bowl left tackle might not be ready to go when the 2018 season starts.

Worry no more. 

Yes, that is Williams working out with veteran running back Adrian Peterson. And by the looks of it, Williams' knee looks just fine. 

Williams tore his right patella tendon last fall, but continued to play through the pain while the Redskins chances of a playoff bid remained. Once that window got firmly closed after an ugly Thursday night loss in Dallas, Williams contemplated sitting out, but other injuries on the line had already decimated the Redskins. Eventually, Williams shut down his season after a blowout loss in Los Angeles to open December. 

This offseason, Williams got the knee repaired. Washington coach Jay Gruden said repeatedly during the offseason that he expected Williams ready to go for training camp, and the workout videos suggest that to be the case.

This is great news for the Redskins offense, and for new quarterback Alex Smith. Expect Washington to be cautious with Williams, particularly in the early going of training camp in Richmond, but like Trent tweeted, "the walk says it all."

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 31-53

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Ranking the 2018 Redskins Roster: Revealing 31-53

At NBCSportsWashington.com, we projected the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) right after minicamp.

Now we are taking it one step further and ranking the 53 players we think will make the team.

The rankings are determined by who we think will have the most impact on the 2018 Redskins.

No consideration was given for past performance or for what a particular player might do down the road. We’ll be revealing the rankings between now and the start of training camp. 

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2018 REDSKINS RANKINGS, PLAYERS 53-31>>

Today we’re starting up the list with the players we ranked from 31-53, Here are some of the players in our latest update:

— Seven of the team’s draft picks, including the pick they made last week.     

— All three specialists.

— The team’s leading rusher from 2017.   

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR 2018 REDSKINS RANKINGS, PLAYERS 53-31>> 

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