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Brandon Jenkins missed his opportunity with the Redskins

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Brandon Jenkins missed his opportunity with the Redskins

RICHMOND—The Redskins gave up on their 2013 fifth-round pick as they waived linebacker Brandon Jenkins.

“We like the play of the guys that were behind him,” said Jay Gruden. “They stepped up their play. Adrian Robinson, Gabe Miller has had some good snaps. The drafting of Trent Murphy had a major impact.”

The clear implication was that Jenkins didn’t step up his play in response to the challenges from Robinson, who is with his fourth NFL team in two seasons in the league, and Miller, who has yet to play in a game despite being with three teams. Draft status will only get you so far, especially when it was the old regime, in this case Mike Shanahan, who drafted you.

As to the timing, Gruden said, “We thought the earlier we make that move it give Brandon a chance somewhere else so it’s beneficial to him.”

The Redskins held on to a second long snapper, Kyle Nelson, until the eve of training camp so they are not always concerned with giving another player a chance to catch on somewhere else. There’s nothing wrong with that but it would be wise to take such statements with a grain of salt. They just didn’t want him around.

The organization thought it might have scored a draft steal when they took Jenkins with the 162nd overall pick. He was highly rated in preseason draft reports going into his senior season at Florida State but he suffered a Lisfranc injury in the season opener. That caused his draft stock to plunge and the Redskins figured he was worth a shot at that point in the draft.

But his career never really got any traction. He was not expected to start because of the presence of Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan but it was hoped that he could get in some situational snaps and get groomed for a bigger role.

But Jenkins couldn’t earn a spot on the 46-man game day roster. Due to a lack of enthusiasm for playing special teams, Jenkins was active for only five games. If a player can’t stay active he can’t get those situational snaps.

Jenkins' status for 2014 became precarious when the team re-signed Rob Jackson and drafted Trent Murphy in the second round. He became truly endangered when he had a particularly poor practice on Sunday morning. By early Sunday afternoon he was released.

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3 reasons why Redskins promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator makes sense

3 reasons why Redskins promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator makes sense

Championship Sunday produced a flurry of Redskins news. A pair of internal promotions erased the team's vacant coordinator positions, as Greg Manusky landed the defensive coordinator spot and Matt Cavanaugh will take over as offensive coordinator. When Sean McVay left to coach the Rams, many expected Cavanaugh to take over his spot. Here are three reasons why:

  1. If it ain't broke, don't fix it - There was plenty to criticize from the Redskins the last two seasons, but not much of it came on offense. Cavanaugh joined the organization in 2015 as quarterback coach, and the offense has consistently improved in those two seasons. Though the team struggled to score TDs in the Red Zone, the 2016 version of the Redskins moved the ball at a team-record clip and ranked among the top offensive teams in NFL yardage. When something is working as well as the 'Skins offense, it's not wise to change it dramatically.
  2. Impressive work - Cavanaugh began coaching QBs for the Redskins in 2015. Kirk Cousins took over as Redskins starting quarterback in 2015. In two years working together, Cousins twice broke the Redskins franchise passing record and is now poised to get a mega-contract in free agency. Talking after the 'Skins loss to the Giants earlier this month, Jay Gruden said, "I think [Cousins'] really improved his game a lot in the last couple years. And a lot of it has to do with Matt Cavanaugh and Sean McVay."
  3. Make the call - The biggest question remaining for the Redskins - outside of the HUGE unknown surrounding Cousins - will be about play calling. All indications are that Jay Gruden will return to calling the plays from the Washington sideline, and obviously, that's a situation Cavanaugh understands. For two seasons now, Cavanaugh along with McVay, Gruden and offensive line coach Bill Callahan have had input on play calling. With McVay gone, Cavanaugh and Callahan will likely contribute even more in support of Gruden. 

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