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90-man roster not much help until training camp

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90-man roster not much help until training camp

Yes, the NFL did increase the offseason roster limit from 80 to 90 last week. However, NFL teams cant carry 10 more players during minicamps and OTAs than they did a year ago. In fact, some teams cant carry any more players or can carry fewer.No, you dont need to adjust your calculators. The difference is in how the limits are calculated.When there was an 80-man offseason roster, draft choices who had not yet signed contracts did not count against the limit. The draft picks would sign injury waivers and participate in the offseason program. So the limit was 80 plus the number of unsigned draft picks you have.With the 90-player roster the unsigned draft picks count against the limit. The Redskins drafted nine players this year. Under the old limit they would have been able to have 89 players during the offseason program, 80 plus the nine unsigned draft picks. This year they can have 90, just one more than under the old rules.The Eagles, who drafted 10 players, dont get to have any additional players at OTAs. The Browns drafted 11 so they can carry one fewer player than they could if they had the same number of draftees in years past.The difference in the roster limits will not really show itself until training camp. With the 80-man limit teams would have to release a player when a draft pick signed his contract. They wont have to do that this year since the draft choice already counts against the roster limit.So the new limit will give teams 10 extra players to evaluate--or, in the more cynical point of view, 10 more bodies to use a camp fodder--in August but only a handful of extra players during the spring.

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Josh Norman didn't stand a chance defending Kyle O’Quinn on this dunk

Josh Norman didn't stand a chance defending Kyle O’Quinn on this dunk

Josh Norman is a man of many talents — at least on the football field, and in the friendliest possible way, he was reminded of that this weekend during a charity basketball game.

Opposite of the defensive nightmare Norman can be for receivers, the New York Knicks' Kyle O’Quinn had a little fun with the Redskins cornerback and the 10-inch height difference they share during the during Bam Bam’s Spring Jam at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia.

O'Quinn got the ball and went up for a particularly easy dunk as Norman jumped and tried to swat the ball away but his effort was futile. 

While this was all in good fun, Norman should probably stick to football. 

Former Virginia Tech defenseive back and current Seattle Seahawk Kam Chancellor's foundation is behind the charity game, which also included Redskins' Lynden Trail, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Bennett and Antoine Bethea.  

Related: Kirk Cousins got some tips from an 85-year-old woman

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Memorial Day Reflection: Kirk Cousins appreciates the cost of freedom

Memorial Day Reflection: Kirk Cousins appreciates the cost of freedom

On Memorial Day, people all over the United States stop to reflect on the freedoms provided for by the military. Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is no different.

"So grateful for living in this country and understanding that that came at a price and I just want to say thank you," Cousins said.

Speaking after an OTA session last week with military members in attendance, Cousins explained that he appreciates the added sense of history and obligation that comes from living in and around D.C.

"It’s a good reminder why it’s such a benefit to play here in Washington. It just feels like it’s that much more real with Andrews Air Force Base here and so many soldiers here. There’s something special about playing for the city of Washington, D.C. and driving 30 minutes into the city and going by the White House and the Pentagon and the monuments."

The Redskins hosted military members from multiple branches at their OTAs, and afterward, Cousins and a number of other players signed autographs. 

"You say ‘Man, I want to give these soldiers, these fans something to cheer about and make them excited and bring this city together.' Hopefully winning football games can do that. What a great thing. That’s the vision we’re chasing," the Redskins passer said. "Hopefully we can get it done this season."

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