Wide receiver Anthony Armstrong said his right shoulder is pain-free and hes ready to resume practicing.When exactly that happens, though, remains to be seen since the Redskins have taken a cautious approach to Armstrongs recovery since he suffered a second-degree sprain of his AC joint in practice 12 days ago.Im ready to go, just waiting on the word from the big man, Amstrong said Monday, referring to Coach Mike Shanahan. Feels good, no pain, so Im ready to go. They just have to make the call.Shanahan said Saturday that hes hoping Armstrong can suit up for Saturdays preseason game in Chicago.I think hell be able to go this weekend, Shanahan said.The Redskins appear to have four wide receivers Pierre Garon, Josh Morgan, Santana Moss and Leonard Hankerson who are locks to make the 53-man roster. Armstrong is battling Brandon Banks, Terrence Austin, Aldrick Robinson and Dezmon Briscoe for the final two spots.
The Redskins traded up in the sixth round to take their first offensive lineman in the 2017 draft.
With the 199th selection Washington took Wyoming center Chase Roullier. The 6-4, 312-pounder He handled both guard and center duties for the Cowboys. Roullier is considered to be a power blocker who wins by staying on his blocks.
The Redskins have been looking for a backup center since the retirement of Kory Lichtensteiger and the free agency departure of John Sullivan. Roullier may need some grooming before he can take over that role but he will be here to get it started.
The Redskins moved up two spots in the sixth round in a deal with the Vikings. Washington went from the 201st pick of the draft to pick 199 and then they dropped from pick 220 to pick 230 in the seventh round.
As the NFL Draft creeps into the last two rounds, the prospects often come from lower profile schools and locations. So when the Redskins drafted center Chase Roullier from Wyoming, he fits that mold.
What stands out though is Washington moved up in the draft to select Roullier. That tells the league this was not just throwing a dart at the board, but rather a strategic move to acquire a player they specifically wanted. For that, fans should be encouraged.
Here are a few more reasons:
- Versatile - Roullier played guard for his first three seasons in Wyoming before switching to center his senior year. That versatility is a bonus for the Redskins. Think about Washington's offensive line: Center Spencer Long played guard in college at Nebraska. Right guard Brandon Scherff played tackle in college at Iowa. On the O-line, it's an asset when a player can man multiple positions.
- Run tough - Over the last two seasons, Wyoming RB Brian Hill has run for more than 3,400 yards. His gaudy yardage totals led to his being drafted in the 5th round by the Atlanta Falcons. Roullier was a big part of that.
- Savage - Roullier is from Savage, Minnesota. Case closed.
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