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Chase Minnifield could be an undrafted steal

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Chase Minnifield could be an undrafted steal

At this point, we're not really sure which undrafted player the Redskins have signed, there is always a lot of misinformation out there at this time of the year. But it does appear fairly certain that they have indeed signed CB Chase Minnifield of Virginia. We thought he might be a target of the Redskins (although we were thiking they would draft him in the third or fourth round) so we did this profile of him a few weeks ago. Here is what we had on him them.Chase Minnifield
Cornerback
Virginia

HeightWeight: 5-10 58, 180 lb.
40 time: 4.66Best attributes: Excellent ball skill, high character
Biggest issues: A bit choppy when backpedaling, hips stiffMinnifield is a smart, high-character player who also happens to have good ball skills. There seems to be s split of opinion on him. Some believe that he is suited only to a cover-2 system, where the cornerbacks play softer coverage. If the Redskins share that opinion they will not draft him since they have a more aggressive coverage scheme. Others think that Minnifield started to develop in his last year at Virginia and that he could be a scheme-diverse corner.In any case, there is no question that Minnifield has good insticts and plays aggressively against the run.Minnifield on Minnifield(on emulating his father Frank, a nine-year cornerback with the Browns) "I don't try to play like my dad. I'm more of a finesse player, and I can't play exactly like he played. But as far as being an in-your-face kind of corner - yes, I try to emulate that . . . It's just a mindset that you're gonna put your face in there. I'm not the biggest corner or the strongest corner, but I'm not afraid of any contact.

SummariesPro Football WeeklyNarrow-framed, smart corner whose length, physicality and ball skills fit in a predominantly cover-2 system. Stock fell as a senior, but is passionate about the game, works at his craft and has NFL bloodlines (father, Frank, was a nine-year CB with the Browns).Wes Bunting, National Football PostA talented corner who can bend, re-direct, maintain balance out of his breaks and make plays on the football. However, had a tough go as a senior giving up a lot of plays and having a tough time maintaining balance when trying to locate the ball vs. bigger receivers. A potential starter only.Previously on Redskins draft radar:CB Dwight BentleyC Ben JonesOL Tony BergstromRB Robert TurbinRB Bernard PierceG Lucas NixOT Zebrie SandersC Phillip Blake

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Redskins' outside LB depth chart looking thin after Galette injury

Redskins' outside LB depth chart looking thin after Galette injury

The Redskins will have to get through the season without Junior Galette, who suffered a second torn Achilles tendon in as many seasons. He won’t be easy to replace but they will have to line up and play 16 games without him just like they did last year.

Ryan Kerrigan, who had 9.5 sacks last year, will start at left outside linebacker as he has since he was drafted in 2011. Preston Smith, who was going to compete with Galette for the starting right side job, will now have that to himself.

Kerrigan had 13.5 sacks just two years ago and Smith has the potential to have that many. After that, however, the Redskins are quite thin.

Last year they had Trent Murphy starting 15 games at right outside linebacker. But he has been moved to the defensive line, adding around 30 pounds to make the position change. Even if the team wants to move him back to linebacker it may not be possible to have Murphy shed the weight.

Assuming Murphy stays on the line, the Galette injury could open the door for a few other players to get an opportunity. Houston Bates played in eight games last year, most on special teams. Willie Jefferson has been looking for an opportunity since he played six games for the Texans in 2013. And Lyden Trail is large (6-7, 270), athletic, and very, very green.

The Redskins also could use rookie Su'a Cravens, their second-round pick, to help out with outside pass rush. He could be of help in nickel situations but at 6-1, 222 he is not big enough to be effective defending against the run from the ouside linebacker spot. 

Training camp is always important for young players but for this group the stakes just went sky high. We will see who responds starting in a few days.

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After promising rookie season ends with terrible injury, Redskins waive Kyshoen Jarrett

After promising rookie season ends with terrible injury, Redskins waive Kyshoen Jarrett

Kyshoen Jarrett was one of the best stories on the Redskins last year. A 6th-round rookie from Virginia Tech, Jarrett found his way into an important role for Washington as the slot cornerback, and saw his playing time steadily increase throughout the season. 

Then, in a meaningless Week 17 win over the Cowboys, Jarrett sustained a shoulder injury. But the shoulder injury wasn't the worst part as he sustained nerve damage that stunted his rehab. 

In a move that surprised few who saw him this summer, on Monday the Redskins waived Jarrett with a failed physical designation. 

From a football sense, the 'Skins secondary should still be much improved after the signing of free agent Josh Norman and drafting Kendall Fuller, another Hokie, in the third round this year. From a personal sense, the Jarrett news is sad to see, as coaches and teammates often said he was a hard worker with what appeared to be a good NFL career in front of him. 

Jarrett played in 16 games last year, making 58 tackles to go with four passes defensed and a forced fumble. 

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With Junior Galette out for the season are any free agents worth bringing in? Greg Hardy?

With Junior Galette out for the season are any free agents worth bringing in? Greg Hardy?

Just days before training camp begins, Junior Galette again tore his Achilles and will be out for the year. Are there any edge rushers available on the gree agent market that the Redskins would consider?

One name stands out: Greg Hardy.

Though a disappointment on the field and a mess off of it for the last two seasons, few players in the NFL can get after quarterbacks like Hardy once did. In 2012 and 2013 Hardy combined for 26 sacks and a trip to the Pro Bowl. 

Undoubtedly Hardy's name carries a lot of personal questions. A lot. But that won't scare off everybody in the NFL - in fact, Hardy recently worked out for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The guess here is Washington does not even consider Hardy, but stranger things have happened. 

Another name that will be mentioned is Dwight Freeney. At 36 years old, Freeney's best days are behind him, but the veteran was able to post eight sacks last year with the Cardinals. Arizona smartly deployed Freeney in a strict situational role, and if the 'Skins could come up with a similar plan, he might be a fit. 

Beyond Freeney and Hardy, it's hard to see a current free agent that would be better than the Redskins options behind Galette. And given Hardy's history, it's unlikely he is an option.

Considering Washington won the NFC East last year without Galette, and second-year LB Preston Smith could continue to emerge after eight sacks his rookie season, it would not be a surprise if Scot McCloughan simply stands pat.