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Grant took a U-turn to the Redskins

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Grant took a U-turn to the Redskins

The past 24 hours have been a whirlwind for Ryan Grant.On Tuesday, the former free agent was in Chicago, en route to get a physical exam after working out for the Bears. Before he got to the doctors office, though, the Redskins called and he quickly agreed in principle to a deal.I told the driver to turn around and take me to the airport, Grant said.The 29-year-old former Green Bay standout landed at Dulles Airport at 12:30 a.m. and, 12 hours later, was on the Redskins practice field in Ashburn taking handoffs from Robert Griffin III.Grant said he chose the Redskins over the Bears and other suitors because of Griffin, Coach Mike Shanahan and his familiarity with Shanahans zone blocking scheme. Grant said the Packers used a similar offense during his first couple of seasons in the NFL and described himself as a one-cut and up the field style runner.Grant also acknowledged that he and his representative have had multiple discussions with the Redskins since the spring.I like what they do offensively and I think this team has a lot of promise, he said.Last season, Grant started 14 of 15 games for Green Bay and rushed for 559 yards and two touchdowns. But the Nyack, N.Y. native was not brought back for a sixth season with the Packers. He missed all but one game in 2010 with ankle and knee injuries.It was weird, hurt because I was used to play ball at this time, Grant said. But I was making sure I stayed in shape. I had opportunities, but I was looking for the right situation and it worked out.Grant said he was surprised it took him so long to find a new home. But he said he stayed in shape by working out at IMGs sports academy in Bradenton, Fla.I dont expect it will take me too long to get into football condition, he said. I feel like Im in good shape Im just going to prepare like Im going to play this week.

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Need to Know: An early look at first-round draft possibilities for the Redskins

Need to Know: An early look at first-round draft possibilities for the Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, January 17, 100 days before the NFL draft.

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Days until:
NFL franchise tag deadline 44
NFL free agency starts 52
First Sunday of 2017 season 237

A six pack of potential first-round draft picks for the Redskins

We’re at a nice, round 100 days until the NFL draft starts. The deadline for underclassmen to declare has passed and the first of the postseason all-star events, the East-West Shrine game, is starting up this week. It’s time to look at some possibilities for the Redskins’ first-round draft pick, which is No. 17 overall.

We’re still not sure of what defensive scheme the Redskins will run this year but it’s likely that they could fit Stanford DE Solomon Thomas into it. He’s not the classic edge rusher type but he is big (6-2, 275), violent and he can collapse the pocket.

—Michigan S Jabrill Peppers is a top-five pick according to one NFC executive but it’s a little early to put him up that high. He’s a versatile defender and he has drawn comparisons to Troy Polamalu, Charles Woodson, and Tyrann Mathieu. If he’s there at 17 the Redskins might find it hard to resist pulling the trigger.

There has been very early buzz about the Redskins having some interest in Michigan State DL Malik McDowell. He can play end in a 3-4 front or tackle in a 4-3 and provide disruption and pass rush from either spot. The 6-6, 276-lb. McDowell was a top-five prospect on many early boards but he stock has slipped to the point where he could be available for the Redskins.

The upgrade the Redskins are looking for at inside linebacker could be Florida ILB Jarrad Davis. He’s tough, tenacious, smart, and instinctive. The most important part of the combine for him won’t be his 40 time or bench press, it will be the medicals. He has missed some games with assorted injures including a torn meniscus in 2014.

Another flexible linebacker who could help inside in a 3-4 or outside in a 4-3 is Vanderbilt LG Zach Cunningham. At 6-3, 230 he plays very well in space and he shows a great ability to take on blockers. He needs work on tackling and pass rushing techniques but he has the tools to be an impact defender very quickly.

Although a defender would be a popular and logical pick here, the Redskins could go off script. After the 2015 draft, it was reported that Scot McCloughan might have taken Todd Gurley if he had been able to trade back from No. 5 overall to a little later in the first round. So I think it would be a mistake to dismiss the possibility of him going with an offensive skill player such as Florida State RB Dalvin Cook if he’s on the board and McCloughan has him rated as the best available player.

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Report: Redskins sign CB Tharold Simon to futures contract

Report: Redskins sign CB Tharold Simon to futures contract

Looking to add depth to their secondary, the Redskins reportedly signed former Seahawks and Cardinals cornerback Tharold Simon on Monday, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

Arizona claimed Simon off waivers after the Seahawks released him following the first week of the regular season. He played in nine games for the Cardinals and was inactive for his final two with the team, which then released him in December.

A fifth-round pick for the Seahawks in 2013, Simon was signed to a future/reserve contract, allowing him to compete for a roster spot during training camp and offseason workouts.

He is the 11th player to sign a futures contract with the Redskins.

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