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Who has the final say in Redskins front office? 'Overrated' is the answer

Who has the final say in Redskins front office? 'Overrated' is the answer

One question plagues media and fans when it comes to the Redskins front office: Ultimately, who has the authority? Since the departure of Mike Shanahan following the 2013 season, that answer has largely been Bruce Allen. And, largely, it will likely continue to be Bruce Allen. 

But when Allen and others in the Redskins front office were asked about final authority, a recurring chorus emerged.

"Overrated," Doug Williams, the Redskins new Senior Vice President of Player Personnel, said. 

Williams will step into his new role with increased decision making on acquiring personnel. He explained that he doesn't expect to have many disagreements over players, and when the gap is too wide between Williams and another member of the Redskins front office, then that player is probably not the right fit for the organization anyway.

Eric Schaffer, recently promoted to Senior Vice President of Football Operations and General Counsel, agreed with Williams sentiment. Schaffer has been with the Redskins for 15 seasons and explained that the question of final authority rarely has come up. 

Bruce Allen explained that the team makes "Redskins decisions" where input comes from all parties. The franchise feels strongly about their recent draft class and free agency moves, and there is an undeniable air of confidence surrounding the organization. 

Williams, Schaffer and Allen will all have plenty of say in roster construction, as will head coach Jay Gruden. 

In the end, make no mistake, the football organization runs through Bruce Allen. 

"The last few years Jay and Scot have reported to me and that’s no different that Doug and Jay will report to me," Allen said. 

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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. 

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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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