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Morgan excited for his homecoming game

Morgan excited for his homecoming game

Josh Morgan has spent the better part of the past two decades wondering how it would feel to put on a Redskins uniform and play in front of D.C.s fans.On Saturday, the Northeast Washington native will finally get his answer when the Colts visit FedEx Field for the teams third preseason game. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.I havent even begun to think about that, Morgan said this week. But I know its going to be surreal. Im excited.Morgan, who starred at H.D. Woodson High and then Virginia Tech, signed with the Redskins as a free agent in March after spending his first four seasons with the 49ers. Morgans five-year contract is worth 12 million the first two years, with 7.5 million guaranteed. Coming home was the biggest appeal, he said. I just havent thought about the feeling and how Im going to be when I actually walk into that stadium for the first time, when I walk into that locker room for the first time, walk on that field and be in a Redskins uniform.Morgan is one of four receivers who are guaranteed spots on the 53-man roster. Still, the 27-year-old faces two questions as the season approaches:1) Can he remain healthy? His 2011 season was cut short by a broken ankle, and hes already suffered a hamstring pull during training camp.2) How many times hell be targeted by Robert Griffin III? Pierre Garon and Santana Moss figure to be No. 1 and 2 receivers, while Morgan and Leonard Hankerson are battling to be option No. 1.Morgan said hes received over 100 ticket requests for his home Redskins debut.Its more than Im going to get, he said with laugh. I wont be getting that many tickets. Lets wait until the season, at least.One person Morgan is looking forward showing off for is his Godmother, Sonya Strickland, who will be in attendance and celebrating a birthday.Thats going to make the game even more special, Morgan said. Im going to do something special for her, make sure she has some fun at the stadium.Morgan is pretty sure hell have share in the fun, too. At least, once he gets over the nerves.Im too busy thinking about the game plan and everything else to really let that sink in and really hit me, he said. But when that time comes, Im sure Im going to be full of emotions and excitement and adrenaline.

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When it comes to Madden corners, there's Josh Norman, then everyone else

When it comes to Madden corners, there's Josh Norman, then everyone else

What do Chris Harris Jr., Richard Sherman, Patrick Peterson and Darrelle Revis have in common? They're all excellent NFL corners — and they all rank behind Josh Norman when it comes to ratings in Madden 17.

The Bronco (93 overall), the Seahawk (92), the Cardinal (91) and the Jet (91) should be proud of the grades handed to them for the next edition of the legendary video game. It's Norman, though, who's at the top of these top-notch defenders, checking in with a skillset that's good enough for a 94 in the eyes of EA Sports.

"Norman is expected to be a lock down corner for the Redskins this season," reads the description underneath Norman's name in a post ranking the elite cornerbacks that was published Thursday. "He is best in zone with his 97 zone coverage rating, but has the ability to match up in man to man situations with 90 speed and 92 man coverage."

These numbers are subject to change during the course of the season, so if No. 24 has a rough outing or two, he could tumble down a few points and give up the crown to someone else. As it stands now, however, Madden thinks he's the preeminent man at his position. 

And that's something Odell Beckham Jr. can't say.

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Redskins activate Perry Riley from PUP list, LB set for practice

Redskins activate Perry Riley from PUP list, LB set for practice

After opening training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, Redskins coach Jay Gruden announced that LB Perry Riley has been activated and will practice on Friday.

Riley went out last December with a foot injury and missed the Redskins run to the NFC East title. A six-year veteran, Riley was drafted by the 'Skins in 2010 and emerged as a starter in 2011. Riley struggled somewhat early in the 2015 season, but his play was improving into the second half of the year.

"I expect him to come on and continue his strides," Gruden said of Riley's improved play. 

Coindence or not, Riley's play improved once Will Compton took over at starting linebacker for Keenan Robinson.

"I think it did," Gruden said of Riley playing better paired with Compton. "Maybe it's just the whole entire defense got better as the season went on."

Gruden said that the defense as a whole was becoming more comfortable with new coordinator Joe Barry, and that should only increase this season. 

Some think with a $5 million cap number - and a potential savings of $4 million if he was released - Riley could be subject to a roster squeeze. But after Compton and Mason Foster, Riley is the only inside linebacker with significant NFL experience on the roster compared to Martrell Spaight, Steven Daniels and Terence Garvin. 

It will be interesting to watch Riley's return from injury, both to see how he looks, and to watch where he fits with the defense. In nine games last season, Riley grabbed two interceptions and 24 tackles.

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Josh Norman using his physicality to help cure Matt Jones of 'fumble-itis'

Josh Norman using his physicality to help cure Matt Jones of 'fumble-itis'

RICHMOND—Josh Norman was brought to the Redskins to help the defense. But he’s trying to solve one of the potentially biggest problems facing the other side of the ball.

In a part-time role last year, running back Matt Jones fumbled the ball five times, losing four of them. This year Jones is projected to be the full-time running back and if he continues to fumble at the same rate Norman and company will be coming onto the field a lot sooner than they planned on many occasions.

Norman has taken it upon himself to try to fix this. When Jones is carrying the ball Norman makes an effort to knock it out of the back’s arms. It’s become a running competition between the two.

“We crack up all the time because [Jones] knows when he comes to that hole I’m looking for that ball,” said Norman. “I’m punching; I’m looking to get it out of there.”

So far, Jones is doing a good job with ball security, something he’s been working on all offseason.

“He’s holding that thing high and tight and I don’t know if I've got him once yet,” said Norman.

Norman said that his goal is to knock the ball out of Jones’ grasp five times during training camp.

“I’m going to be lurking, trust me, I’m going to try and get it,” he said. “And that makes him better because he knows he’s going to have to hold that thing tight.”