Meet Roy Helu Jr.s new injury.Its a lot like his old injury.We found out last week that thesecond-year running back was not going to play against the Bears because of astrained Achilles. On Monday Mike Shanahan said that it is not sure if Heluwill go against the Colts this Saturday because of a strained Achilles.The other one. Thats not good news,Shanahan said.With the regular season openercoming in just under three weeks, the picture at running back for the Redskinsis in disarray. It is possible that the roster will have to be juggled toaccommodate the situation.Tim Hightower, the presumedstarter, is still recovering from a knee injury he suffered last October. AlthoughShanahan indicated that he could play against the Colts, Hightower has yet toparticipate fully in a practice in full pads. With Helu hobbled, the onlyhealthy holdover from last years stable of running backs is Evan Royster. Hehas looked good in limited action this preseason after he finished up hisrookie 2011season with a couple of 100-yard games. It is going to be difficult forthe Redskins to keep four running backs when they cut the roster to the final53 on Aug. 31. But if Helu and Hightower are questionable for the season openeron Sept. 9 they may be forced to find a way.The beneficiary in such ascenario like would be rookie Alfred Morris. He is leading the team in rushingduring the preseason and has shown an aggressive running style that has madehim a fan favorite.He is very much a rookie,however. Against the Bears he went into a pass pattern instead of staying in toblock a blitzing cornerback. The ensuing chain of events resulted in Griffinfumbling the ball deep in Chicago territory.But if Hightower and Heluremain question marks going into the New Orleans the Redskins may be forced torely on Morris to help carry the load early in the season. That would requiresome juggling of roster spots such as going with eight offensive linemeninstead of nine or perhaps going short somewhere on defense.The Redskins will play theirlast two preseason games in a four-day span, going up against the Colts onSaturday and the Bucs the following Wednesday. We should have a better ideaabout the running back situation after that.
Even during this relatively quiet period of the NFL calendar, there's still plenty of controversy around the league.
Take Jacksonville for example, where Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey has been firing back at executive vice president Tom Coughlin for saying he wants every player to attend the team's voluntary offseason workouts. Ramsey, as you may have already guessed, has elected to skip these workouts.
Seeing an opportunity, new Redskins safety Landon Collins invited Ramsey to Washington via Twitter, going into full Suge Knight "Come to Death Row" mode to make his pitch.
@jalenramsey if you don’t want to be on a team where your VP.... is all in the media, all in your mentions, talking about voluntary workouts and questioning your work ethic...then come to the Redskins (Suge Knight voice) #HTTR (24 + 23 + 45 + 20 = 🔒🔒🔒🔒)— LANDON COLLINS (@TheHumble_21) April 19, 2019
Ramsey seemed quite amused by the prospect, but also didn't seem totally opposed to the idea of teaming up with Collins in D.C.
😂😂😭😭 love big brudda ✊🏾 https://t.co/4OmHlS1K6M— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) April 19, 2019
While it's unlikely Washington trades for Ramsey, nothing's stopping you from firing up the NFL Roster Builder and putting the two-time Pro Bowler in burgundy and gold, Redskins fans!
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For some reason — whether it's because they like another quarterback better, or because his college numbers don't exactly pop, or because he went to college at Duke — a ton of Redskins fans really don't like the idea of their team drafting Daniel Jones 15th overall.
In fact, its gotten to the point where some have even changed their handle on Twitter to names that reflect their anti-Jones stance.
In a Mock Draft Special on NBC Sports Washington's MyTeams app, though, Charley Casserly has the Redskins taking Jones at pick No. 15. Now, before you punt your phone or spike your laptop, hear Casserly out on what there is to like about Jones.
"He's the most pro-ready quarterback in this year's draft," the former GM explained. "Why do I say that? Vision and anticipation. Vision is the ability to see the field and go in a progression from one to two to three in the receivers. Anticipation — see the blitz coming, get it to the hot receiver, get the ball out before the receiver makes his break. He's very good at both of those things."
What Jones doesn't have, such as a top arm, is something you can see right away in workouts and on tape. But his strengths, such as his ability to find the right read or throw a wideout open, aren't as simple to notice.
Perhaps that's why 'Skins fans are so against him — because you have to do more projecting when it comes to his future as opposed to someone like Kyler Murray or Dwayne Haskins, guys with tons of college success and tape that will wow you.
Jay Gruden has mentioned this offseason how, if Washington does grab a QB, he expects that player to come in early and compete. They can't be treated like a minor leaguer, someone who can slowly work their way up to a place where they're ready for Sundays.
According to Casserly at least, Jones won't need much grooming. Maybe that catches Gruden's eye.
In his mock, the analyst slotted the Duke product to the Redskins instead of Missouri's Drew Lock due to, among other things, Lock not being as accurate. Other players the Burgundy and Gold could've selected but didn't were Brian Burns, Clelin Ferrell and DK Metcalf.
In the end, Casserly kept lauding Jones' readiness. In addition to his athleticism, Casserly expects Jones to come into the league and make a difference early with his eyes and his mind.
"Super smart guy," he said. "He's a natural at that stuff. That's not natural. That's stuff you have to learn."
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