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The 53: Does Cooley stay at tight end?

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The 53: Does Cooley stay at tight end?

The Redskins will report to training camp on July 25. Over the next five weeks they will undergo the process of cutting their 90-man roster down to 53. Which players will get those coveted spots and which will join the ranks of the unemployed? Over the next couple of weeks well go through position by position and try to predict what decisions Mike Shanahan and company will make.So far in the 53, weve looked at the running backs (see projection below). Here is the projection for tight ends.There are six tight ends on the roster, the Redskins will keep three.In: Fred Davis, Niles Paul, Chris Cooley
Out: Logan Paulsen, Richard Quinn, Beau RelifordChanges from 2011: Paul moved from wide receiver to tight endBubble watch: Paulsen, who made the team as an undrafted rookie in 2010, will be very difficult to cut. Perhaps they can find a spot for him but right now he appears to be on the outside looking in.BreakdownA tight end can be a rookie quarterbacks best friend and the Redskins could have a trio of BFFs for Robert Griffin III.They are looking for big things from Davis. He was on the way to a 1,000-yard season last year before being suspended for the last four games. He is the teams franchise player and since he signed his tender his 5.4 million salary is guaranteed.He does, however, have the threat of a season-long suspension hanging over his head should he slip up and violate the NFLs substance abuse policy again. And although the organization seems to be confident that Davis can steer clear of trouble his situation it says here that they will keep Cooley as an insurance policy.With Paul likely spending the season learning the nuances of his new position, the Redskins need a solid Plan B in the event Davis falls off of the wagon. The cost of that insurance will be a 3.8 million salary and a total 6.23 million cap hit for Cooley.If not for the cloud over Davis they might cut Cooley loose and keep Paulsen, who is the best blocker of the group. As noted, it would not be shocking to see them juggle things to try to keep Paulsen.Quinn has some talent; he was a second-round pick of the Broncos in 2009. He might be able to latch on to another team with a big showing in preseason games. Reliford looks the part at 6-6, 260 but he looks very green. A year on the practice squad to polish his game might give him a shot in 2013.Projections to date:Running backsIn: Roy Helu Jr., Tim Hightower, Evan Royster, Darrell Young
Out: Tristan Davis, Alfred Morris, Antwon Bailey, Lennon Creer

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Ranking the Redskins Part 5 (53-6): Filling the hole left by Galette's injury

Ranking the Redskins Part 5 (53-6): Filling the hole left by Galette's injury

At CSNmidatlantic.com we projected the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offense, defense) 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 2016 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 over the next few weeks.

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Today we’re updating the list with the players we ranked from 6-10. Here are some of the players in our latest update:

—A second-year receiver who is expected to top a record-setting 2015 performance.    

—Two players who will have to produce to make up for a major injury loss. 

—A defender who will be in the spotlight after the addition of a free agent at his position. 

Go here to see our ranking of the 2016 Redskins, players 6-53.

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Conflicting reports on whether Redskins are considering Greg Hardy

Conflicting reports on whether Redskins are considering Greg Hardy

The Redskins are considering bringing in Greg Hardy as a replacement for the injured Junior Galette, according to Ed Werder of ESPN.

Citing unnamed sources, Werder said that the team's discussions of their options for replacing Galette, who suffered a torn Achilles while training and is out for the season, have included the troubled former Panther and Cowboy. 

Werder also said that cornerback Josh Norman, a teammate of Hardy’s in Carolina, would advocate for bringing him in to help the defense. 

Hardy had a breakout season in 2013 with 15 sacks. But he served a suspension for a domestic abuse incident and when he was with the Cowboys last year he was caught on camera being disruptive on the sideline during games and according to reports he was chronically late for meetings. In an interview with ESPN earlier this year he did not admit that he had done anything wrong. 

Hardy will turn 28 tomorrow and while he is talented he would bring a lot of bad publicity and a media circus along with him. As with many players, the need for quality players must be weighed against the baggage that a player like Hardy carries.

Everyone should be aware that internal discussions don’t mean that a signing is in any way imminent. Stay tuned to see how things play out. 

UPDATE 2:36 p.m.: 

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Finlay: Excited to take over as Redskins Insider

Finlay: Excited to take over as Redskins Insider

It’s an exciting day for me to take over the Redskins beat from Tarik El-Bashir. As a native Washingtonian, it’s not an exaggeration to say I’ve wanted this job since I was a kid. 

In fact, in sixth grade, after months of writing nothing but Darrell Green stories and turning them in for English homework, Miss Girard said I was no longer allowed to write about the Redskins. Who got the last laugh, Miss Girard?

Working with Tarik and Rich Tandler covering the Skins at CSN the last few years helped me learn a lot, as did my earlier work with Mr. Irrelevant, SB Nation DC and the Washingtonian. My approach to the beat will be to cover all the angles relevant for fans, and try to look ahead to what might happen and find stories that fall under the radar. In an era of information overload, readers expect more than just stats and quotes from coverage, and I know I will be able to deliver that experience.

This beat means a lot to me. I’ve watched the Redskins my whole life, I’ve cheered for them for most of it. One of the things I hate to hear is when somebody moves to the D.C. area and says ‘nobody is from here.’ 

I’m from here. My wife is from here. My friends are from here. Go to a Redskins game any Sunday, and thousands and thousands of people will show you, loudly, they are from here too. 

If you can, follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat (jpfinlay3) and Facebook. I think social media is a vital part of covering a team, and I will be very active across all platforms. 

Most of all, I like to have fun. I recognize not everyone gets to watch football for their job, and I want to enjoy all of it. I’m open to talking with readers, even disagreeing here and there, so feel free to reach out. 

And before I forget - thank you. Thanks for reading, for arguing on Twitter, and please keep it coming.