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Ryan Kerrigan gives his two cents on DeSean Jackson's OTA absence

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Ryan Kerrigan gives his two cents on DeSean Jackson's OTA absence

DeSean Jackson’s absence from this week’s OTA practices hasn’t generated as much discussion inside Redskins Park as it has outside of the facility.

At least, that’s how veteran linebacker Ryan Kerrigan views the situation.

“I don’t think so,” Kerrigan said Friday on ESPN 980, asked if his teammates were “really upset” about Jackson's decision to skip the first week of voluntary practices. “Of course, you’d rather have him there than not.”

Kerrigan also acknowledged that there’s a different set of unwritten rules for star players vs. the rank and file.

“We saw what DeSean can do on the field last year,” Kerrigan said. “He was one of our best players, not only on offense but on the whole team. He’s a guy that showed up every Sunday, and he performed.”

Kerrigan added: “Obviously, you’d want him there just because you like having all the guys there. You like working together and kinda getting that cohesiveness, but at the same time we know what DeSean brings to our team and the kind of big-play ability he brings to the offense.”

Jackson, who is expected to rejoin the team for next week’s OTA sessions, led the NFL in average yards per catch (20.9) and topped the Redskins in receiving yards (1,169) and receiving touchdowns (6) last season, his first in Washington.

“I think the term ‘voluntary’ is used a little loosely,” Kerrigan said. “Most guys are expected to be back when the offseason program starts. A lot of guys, we want to be out here. We want to be getting these reps because we need them. I wish I was out there getting the reps because I know I need to improve and get better for this season. But I can’t unfortunately because of injury. A lot of guys really look at it as not something they have to do, but something they want to do because this is a good opportunity to improve and show the coaches that you have improved or you’re working to improve.”

As for Kerrigan, he’s still on crutches and has been advised to avoid lifting weights for another week. The 26-year-old had his left knee scoped earlier this month after he experienced some soreness and discomfort during workouts.

“The knee is doing well,” he said. “I’m almost two weeks out of surgery. I’m feeling good. I’m ready for the next phase in my rehab and just getting back closer to being myself again.”

There’s no firm timetable for Kerrigan’s return, but he’s expected to be 100-percent by training camp in late July.

“I honestly have come to realize this might be a blessing in disguise,” he said. “My body probably does need a little bit of break from time-to-time. Surgery is never a great thing, but this might be somewhat of a blessing in disguise right here.”

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Need to Know: Post-minicamp Redskins 53-man roster projection—Offense

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Need to Know: Post-minicamp Redskins 53-man roster projection—Offense

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, June 18, 38 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

Redskins 53-man roster projection—offense 

It may still be early to project the roster, but things are coming into focus after the round of practices in helmets and shorts. Here is my look at who I think will make it on offense; defense up tomorrow. 

Quarterbacks (2)
Alex Smith, Colt McCoy

I think that Kevin Hogan is very much on the bubble as the third quarterback. They got along with two QBs last year and with Alex Smith having demonstrated great durability during his career Hogan may well get bumped off. 

Running backs (4)
Derrius Guice, Chris Thompson, Samaje Perine, Rob Kelley

I’d say that this is 95 percent locked in. Maybe Kapri Bibbs or Byron Marshall can make a push for Kelley’s roster spot but his history with Jay Gruden will make it very hard for him to get knocked out. 

Wide receivers (6)
Josh Doctson, Paul Richardson, Jamison Crowder, Maurice Harris, Robert Davis, Trey Quinn

The first time I did this back in April I didn’t have Quinn on the roster. That was before he was a man among boys a rookie camp and a player who looks like he belongs when the veterans showed up. I don’t know if he’ll have the impact that many fans think he will, but he’s certainly going to get his chance. Brian Quick could steal a roster spot from Harris or Davis.

Tight ends (3)
Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, Jeremy Sprinkle

The Redskins did not draft a tight end or sign one in free agency so there seems to be faith that Reed will be healthy. We’ve heard that before and it seems somewhat risky to leave Davis, who has Father Time nipping at his heels, and the inexperienced Davis as the only two backups. They may try to make room for an undrafted rookie like Hudson Garrett.  

Offensive line (9)
Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses, Ty Nsekhe, Geron Christian, Tyler Catalina, Tony Bergstrom

I think that Gruden is probably happy with the starters here but the depth is shaky, especially in the interior. The key could be whether Christian is ready for prime time as the swing tackle. That could allow Nsekhe to fill in at guard. Bergstrom is fine as the backup center although I wouldn’t want to have to count on him for more than a few games. 

Offensive players: 24
Rookies (3):
Guice, Christian, Quinn
New to the organization in 2018 (5): Rookies plus Smith, Richardson 
Not on 2017 Week 1 roster (11): Rookies plus new plus Harris (practice squad), R. Davis (practice squad) and Bergstrom (not on the team). 

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Timeline  

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 38
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 52
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 75

The Redskins last played a game 167 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 83 days. 

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Zach Brown says Redskins defense will 'have it out' for Terrelle Pryor during joint practices

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Zach Brown says Redskins defense will 'have it out' for Terrelle Pryor during joint practices

Terrelle Pryor made a number of highlight reel catches last year during training camp, and it appears the Redskins defense didn't like it. 

Washington's marquee free agent signing last season, Pryor came into Richmond with sky-high expectations. Throughout the training sessions last August, Pryor put on one-handed displays at the Jugs machine and often made big catches in team drills. It's also important to remember there was never any live tackling during these drills, leaving defenders at a distinct disadvantage. 

Zach Brown remembers the scene quite well, and thinks it will look very different this summer when Pryor comes to Richmond as a member of the New York Jets. 

"That’s going to be something right there. The boys are gonna have it out for him. We can put hands on him now," Brown said on Inside the Locker Room on the Team 980 (full audio here).

Brown explained that Redskins coach Jay Gruden would not allow the defense to hit Pryor last year, even when the wideout did some showboating. 

"Jay ain't here to protect you anymore," Brown said.

The Redskins linebacker explained that he tried to explain to Pryor that the one-handed catches from training camp would not translate in the NFC East, where players get hit hard. It doesn't seem like Pryor listened, as he finished the season with only 240 receiving yards on 20 catches in nine games. 

"The boys were already hot for what he was doing last year," Brown said. He added, "Try to one-hand something while you’re with the Jets, you’re gonna catch a forearm."

One incident that supports Brown's comments came when Bashaud Breeland got thrown off the practice field last training camp. Breeland got mad that he wasn't allowed to get physical with Pryor at the line of scrimmage, and the scene blew up. Breeland eventually got sent off the field after arguing with coaches. 

The Jets visit the Redskins for three days of practices beginning August 12th. The two teams then square off in the second preseason game on August 16th. 

Brown will get his chance at Pryor, assuming the wideout plays. Pryor finished the 2018 season on the injured reserve, but is expected to be fine once training camp begins in New York. 

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