Report: Tanard Jackson suspended indefinitely

Report: Tanard Jackson suspended indefinitely

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The NFL has handed Redskins safety Tanard Jackson an indefinite suspension for violation the league's drug policy,Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports.

Jackson signed with Washington in April after five seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This is his third suspension related to drugs and he could be facing an extended ban. He is currently trying to appeal the penalty.

Jackson, of Silver Spring, Md., played for Bullis High School.

Where will Cravens play for the Redskins?

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Where will Cravens play for the Redskins?

A day after adding a playmaker on offense, the Redskins bolstered the defense, signing USC linebacker-safety Su’a Cravens in the second round.

Cravens, who is listed at 6 foot 1, 226 pounds, recorded 86 tackles, including 15 for loss, to go along with 5.5 sacks last season. He also made two interceptions in 2015, giving him a total of nine in three years with the Trojans.

There was much intrigue surrounding Cravens entering the draft because of his flexibility. The Redskins, however, have told the Los Angeles native that he’ll play dime linebacker in Washington. 

“Probably every question at the combine was, ‘What positon do you want to play?’” Cravens said on a conference call with Redskins beat writers. “I’d say half of it was safety, half of it was Will linebacker. Not too many teams spoke to me about the dime linebacker position, so the fact that Washington called me, which I wasn’t expecting, and told me that’s where they wanted me to play …that’s a spot where I can fit right in the defense.”

Cravens added: “[At USC] I played 3-4 Sam ‘backer, so I was out in space a lot, covering the slot and making plays in open space.”

Cravens boasts a number of NFL family ties. His extended family includes Dolphins tight end Jordan Cameron, a cousin, Chargers linebacker Manti Te'o, a distant cousin, and former Bengals safety David Fulcher, his mother's second cousin.

Cravens has another key NFL connection: Redskins defensive coordinator Joe Barry recruited him at USC when Barry was an assistant with the Trojans in 2010.

“Joe, he recruited me when I was in high school,” Cravens said. “He left before I got to SC, but me and him built a relationship before he had left and he knows my family inside and out, so I got a real good feel from him when I met with Washington at the combine.”

Because of his size, Cravens is somewhat of a tweener—too small to play outside linebacker but a bit bigger than a typical strong safety. A recent trend in the pass-happy NFL has seen teams pursue these types of players because they can be deployed in the box and they can be used to cover tight end and running backs, as well. The prototype is Deone Buccanon; Cravens said he patterns his game after the Cardinals’ linebacker.

“I like that you can be a playmaker,” he said. “I like to be in space, I like to rush off the edge or defend the run. I think those are [the] things I do the best, and things that I excel at.”

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Breaking down the Redskins' Su'a Cravens pick

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Breaking down the Redskins' Su'a Cravens pick

Scot McCloughan says that he loves “football players”. He just drafted one for the Redskins in the second round.

Su’a Cravens is a 6-1, 225-lb. linebacker/strong safety out of USC. He should be very useful in nickel and dime situations and it’s possible that defensive coordinator Joe Barry will have a lot of fun moving him around in the defensive scheme.

Cravens possess the traits that McCloughan likes in his players; he’s smart, tough, and instinctive. He’s obviously a student of the game, anticipating plays and acting as a highly disruptive force.

The Redskins told Cravens that they see him as a dime linebacker, which will put him in a position to make plays in passing situations. They currently don’t have a specialist for that position so he will be a new dimension added to the offense.

His addition to the roster almost assuredly means that Trent Murphy, the team’s second-round pick as an outside linebacker two years ago, will make a permanent move to the defensive line.

So details on just what Cravens’ role will be won’t be sorted out until training camp, the preseason games and probably into the regular season.

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Redskins take linebacker-safety hybrid Su'a Cravens

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Redskins take linebacker-safety hybrid Su'a Cravens

With their second round pick (No. 53 overall), the Redskins selected linebacker-safety Su’a Cravens out of USC.

Cravens, who is listed at 6 foot 1, 226-pounds, recorded a combined 10.5 sacks and 32 tackles for the loss the past two seasons for the Trojans.  

The Los Angeles native is expected to speak to the media via conference call soon. Coach Jay Gruden, meantime, is scheduled meet with  reporters at Redskins Park following the completion of the third round, where the Redskins pick 84th.

Stay tuned for more coverage.

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