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Butler says ankle is 100 percent healed

Butler says ankle is 100 percent healed

After getting released by the Cardinals on Friday, Crezdon Butler did not remain unemployed long.The Redskins claimed him off waivers Saturday, giving the team five cornerbacks and Butler the second chance he had been seeking.Drafted out of Clemson in the fifth round by Pittsburgh in 2010, Butler played sparingly in four games his rookie season. He was waived by the Steelers the following preseason and claimed by Arizona a few days later.Butler, however, appeared in only one regular season game with the Cardinals before a gruesome ankle suffered in practice cut his season short.I need my speed, and that was the first thing that went when I broke my ankle, Butler said. Sometimes it gets a little bit sore after practice, which is normal any time you break a bone. But once Im loose, its loose. Its 100-percent healed.The 25-year-old spent the entire offseason in Arizona but was released on cutdown day as the Cardinals squeezed down to league maximum of 53 players. The Redskins had left open a spot on their roster, presumably for Butler, whose strengths are his speed, size (6 foot 1, 191) and versatility.I was disappointed to get cut by the Cardinals, Butler said. But its always a blessing to have a job.The Ashville, N.C. native arrived in town Sunday and went through his first practice in Ashburn on Monday.Butler joins a cornerback corps that includes DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, Cedric Griffin, Richard Crawford. Butler said he can play either side, cover the slot, and line up as a free safety if necessary. He also received ample time on special teams with the Cardinals.Although hes familiar with the Redskins scheme after playing in similar systems in Arizona and Pittsburgh, Butler said the terminology is different. For that reason, he knows he might not play Sunday m New Orleans.They might give me a week to get up to speed, get all the terminology down, Butler said. But if they call upon me, Im going to be ready. Well probably see Friday whats going on.The terminology might be different, but Butler did something familiar when he walked into the Redskins locker room: former Clemson teammate Jarvis Jenkins.It helps a lot coming to a new team, having someone show you around, so youre not just lost in the woods, lost, Butler said. It means a lot. Ive been at Jarvis house every day since Ive been here.

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Redskins Playbook: 2017 schedule reveals some good news for Kirk Cousins

Redskins Playbook: 2017 schedule reveals some good news for Kirk Cousins

The Redskins offense performed at a high level in 2016, moving the ball well though the unit struggled in the red zone. Much of the success comes from Kirk Cousins' ability to quickly advance through his progressions and release the football before he takes too many hits.

Expect more of that in 2017, especially early in the season.

The Redskins don't face their first Top 5 sack defense until Week 9 when they travel to Seattle. From there, Cousins will face another Top 5 sack team when the Vikings visit FedEx Field in Week 10. 

After that, Washington's schedule doesn't feature a Top 5 sack defense until nearly Christmas. Unfortunately for Cousins, those two teams will come back to back in December when the Redskins host the Cardinals and the Broncos.

Sacks should not drive too much worry for Redskins fans. The Washington offensive line only allowed 23 sacks last season, two less than the Cowboys vaunted offensive line gave up on Dak Prescott. Cousins quick release and mastery of Jay Gruden's offense helps too. 

The Redskins have plenty to worry about in 2017, though facing fierce sack opponents shouldn't be too high on the list. 

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Need to Know: The top five running backs the Redskins will face in 2017

Need to Know: The top five running backs the Redskins will face in 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 25, 32 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 175 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 77 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 22
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 46
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 69

The top five running backs the Redskins will face in 2017

Here are the five running backs on the Redskins’ schedule who gained the most yards in 2017. We looked at the top QBs last week.

Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys, 1,631 yards in 2016—The NFL’s leading rusher didn’t pop for a big day against the Redskins as a rookie last year. He still did plenty of damage in two games with a combined 180 yards and three touchdowns. We’ll find out in Week 8 just how much the Redskins’ rushing defense has improved.

David Johnson, Cardinals, 1,239 yards—Yeah, him again. He chewed up the Redskins in Arizona last year, picking up 84 yards rushing and another 91 yards receiving. I think I might pick Johnson over Elliott in a draft simply due to Johnson’s versatility.

LeGarrette Blount, Eagles, 1,161 yards—Blount picked up those yards with the Patriots last year and rushed for 18 touchdowns for good measure. He averaged 3.9 yards per carry, 27th among qualifying running backs. It should be noted that the Eagles probably have a better offensive line than the Patriots do. It’s safe to say Blount is one dimensional; none of the top 50 in rushing yards had fewer than his seven receptions.

Mark Ingram, Saints, 1,043 yards—While Ingram had a good year, the Saints apparently weren’t overly impressed. They signed Adrian Peterson as a free agent and they drafted RB Alvin Kamara in the third round. We’ll have to see who is healthy and on the field in Week 11

Melvin Gordon, Chargers, 997 yards—The 2015 first-round pick missed the last three games and most of another one with an injury. When healthy, he was very effective. His stats projected over 16 games come to over 1,300 yards.

Best of the rest: Carlos Hyde of the 49ers just missed the top five with 988 rushing yards last year Besides Kamara, the only running backs drafted in the first three rounds the Redskins will face are Dalvin Cook (Vikings) and Kareem Hunt (Chiefs). It will be interesting to see if new Rams coach Sean McVay can revive Todd Gurley, who followed a 1,100-yard rookie season with a 4.8 per carry average by gaining 885 yards with a paltry 3.2 average in 2016. Marshawn Lynch comes to town with the Raiders after spending a year in retirement; with the Seahawks, he picked up 111, 72, and 132 on the ground against the Redskins. 

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