Now that salary cap-gate over, what's next for the Redskins 53-man roster. According to Rich Tandler - and without factoring in potential savings by cutting certain veterans - there is around 3.8 million left to play with, some of which goes toward signing the remaining draft picks. So, what should the Shanahans do with that remaining coin? Considering the free agent options remaining are your rank and file types, there are few must-have players. Regardless, you never know what happens between now and the start of training camp and the regular season. That is why we're compiling this list of the viable and rainy day options among remaining NFL free agents. So far, we focused on the available offensive tackleline, running back and defensive back options. Now, the wide receivers.Tandler recently broke down about the Redskins depth chart where both young and veteran pieces exists. Of course, the collective age could get knocked a peg or two or depending on what happens with Santana Moss. Considering the free agent dollars and draft picks allocated with this group, you would like to think more help is not required.However, should the unforseen occur or Mike Shanahan decides he needs more bodies, here are some of the names the Redskins could be calling on. At first glance, let's hope it does not come down to that...Plaxico Burress: Considering his absence from the game, Burress actually posted solid numbers in 2011 with the Jets - 45 receptions for 612 yards and eight touchdowns - especially. If a sizeable and veteran red zone target is what's desired - in other words, the Leonard Hankerson experience goes wrong -Burress isthe one to call, unlike...
Braylon Edwards: Basically the former high first round pick has had one dominant NFL season, a few solid campaigns and one true clunker. Too bad for the 6-foot-3 Edwards, that last mention took place last season with only 15catches in nine games with the 49ers. The name draws attention, but not sure his play does anymore.Mark Clayton: When he's on the field, the former Ravens and Rams wide out produces, often surprisingly so. The issue is that the 30-year-old's knees won't let him; Clayton played in only seven games the last two seasons. If given a clean bill of health, could be the best overall threat available.Mike Sims-Walker: In 2009, MSW had the look of a rising star after a breakout season with the Jaguars. In 2010, he scored seven touchdowns for the second straight season. In 2011, knee injuries finally caught up with him. After only six games and 12 receptions, the Jaguars released Sims-Walker. Still, he is only 27. Flier potential.David Anderson: The six-year veteran played six games here last season (7-79-1) and the five seasons prior with the Texans. In other words, he knows the system. Depending on the scenario, that could be enough to receive a call.Others: Roy Williams, Patrick Crayton, Kassim Osgood.
The Redskins hit the practice field today, suddenly finding themselves on a compressed schedule. Their preseason finale against the Bucs has been moved up from Thursday to Wednesday and now the backups who are looking to put on a good showing to stay employed in the NFL, either with the Redskins or on another team, have 24 hours less to prepare.
Here’s what we’re looking for at Redskins Park today:
—The shortened schedule will affect Nate Sudfeld the most. Jay Gruden said that the rookie quarterback will start against the Bucs and play the whole game. Yesterday Sudfeld talked about all of the play changes and other calls he will have to make it at the line of scrimmage. He now has considerably less time to become comfortable with the calls.
—Will Josh Doctson practice? He sent out a tweet last night that made it sound like he was going to be removed from the PUP list. Today might be the day; it’s the last practice for nearly a week and they might want to get him out there, perhaps push his Achilles just a bit, and then give him a few days to recover.
—How about Spencer Long? He picked a bad time to get injured, just when it looked like he might hang on to the starting left guard job. Now Shawn Lauvao steps in and, if he stays healthy, he might not step out. As with Doctson, the timing makes it difficult. With just one practice and the possibility that Sudfeld and the backups will get a lot of the snaps, does Long press to get back today? Or rest today and get ready for preparations for the Steelers next week, even if that creates the risk that he will be preparing with the second team.
Looking at a weather forecast map that has a yet-unnamed tropical depression set to wreak havoc on the Tampa area starting Thursday afternoon, the Bucs organization called an audible. Working with the NFL and the Redskins, they decided to move the preseason game that was schedule to be played on Thursday to Wednesday.
It was really their only choice. A little bad weather doesn’t stop a football game but when things get to the point where the safety of spectators could be in danger and staging the game would tie up police and emergency personnel who would be needed elsewhere you have to make the decision to move it.
Postponing it until Friday was a nonstarter. In addition to the logistics of hotels that may be booked and possible cleanup from the storm going on, NFL teams cut their rosters to 53 by 4 p.m. on Saturday. That would leave the Redskins and Bucs coaches very little time to make their final evaluations.
When the Redskins announced the time change they also noted that their annual Welcome Home Luncheon will be held as scheduled on Wednesday. Although they haven’t yet announced their plans it appears that they will go straight from the event to the airport. They will get off of the plane in Tampa, bus to the stadium, play the game, then get back on the bus to the airport, and head back to Dulles.
This all creates a bit of a disruption to everyone’s schedule but if it’s going to happen, it’s better for it to happen at this time of year. Teams really aren’t in any sort of routine now with preseason games scheduled at varying times during the week. There is minimal concern for playing games too close together since most of the players who will participate in the game tomorrow played sparingly last Friday against the Bills.
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The Redskins and Buccaneers are going to wrap up their preseason earlier than the other 30 teams in the NFL, thanks to some inclement weather that's heading toward Tampa Bay.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the matchup between the two NFC squads has been bumped up a day to try and avoid what looks like a lot of precipitation and winds in Florida, courtesy of Tropical Depression Nine:
Washington sent out this tweet in response to the news:
"It has become apparent that the most severe weather associated with Tropical Depression Nine will likely make landfall on Thursday," said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford, according to the Bucs' website. "This decision was made by both teams in conjunction with the National Football League and local authorities in an effort to ensure the safety of our fans, players and stadium staff."
The exhibition finale is slated to start at 8 p.m. Redskins Kickoff will air on CSN at 7 p.m., with Redskins Extra following the matchup.
Get ready for some Hump Day Football.
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