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Meriweather excited about possibly playing Sunday

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Meriweather excited about possibly playing Sunday

Although safety Brandon Meriweather is officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s showdown with the Eagles, all indications are that he’ll suit up for the first time this season. 

And there was no hiding his excitement on Friday.

“I would be ecstatic,” he said after practice. “I got guys that have been here working hard, trying to keep the ship to together. And it would be great to be out there with them guys.”

Meriweather stopped short of guaranteeing that he’ll line up at strong safety against the Michael Vick-less Eagles. But the 28-year-old acknowledged that he feels as good as he did prior to spraining his knee for the first time in the preseason.

“This is the best I’ve felt for a while,” he said.

Which is good news for the Redskins’ sagging secondary. Although Vick will miss the game with a concussion, rookie quarterback Nick Foles will have wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin and tight end Brent Celek at his disposal.

“He can do a lot of different things,” defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said of Meriweather. “He’s an ex-corner, so he can cover. He’s got good rush ability. There’s a of things that you can take advantage of – if he’s healthy. 

Meriweather joked that one of his biggest challenges on Sunday will be avoiding teammates in the pregame warmup, making reference to his collision with Aldrick Robinson in Tampa Bay. Meriweather reinjured his knee when he ran into the wide receiver and he's been sidelined since.

“I’m going to stay away from everybody, not just Aldrick,” Meriweather said, smiling. “From D-Hall, too, everybody who’s out there, I’m going to stay away from them.” 

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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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