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Chase Minnifield could be an undrafted steal

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Chase Minnifield could be an undrafted steal

At this point, we're not really sure which undrafted player the Redskins have signed, there is always a lot of misinformation out there at this time of the year. But it does appear fairly certain that they have indeed signed CB Chase Minnifield of Virginia. We thought he might be a target of the Redskins (although we were thiking they would draft him in the third or fourth round) so we did this profile of him a few weeks ago. Here is what we had on him them.Chase Minnifield
Cornerback
Virginia

HeightWeight: 5-10 58, 180 lb.
40 time: 4.66Best attributes: Excellent ball skill, high character
Biggest issues: A bit choppy when backpedaling, hips stiffMinnifield is a smart, high-character player who also happens to have good ball skills. There seems to be s split of opinion on him. Some believe that he is suited only to a cover-2 system, where the cornerbacks play softer coverage. If the Redskins share that opinion they will not draft him since they have a more aggressive coverage scheme. Others think that Minnifield started to develop in his last year at Virginia and that he could be a scheme-diverse corner.In any case, there is no question that Minnifield has good insticts and plays aggressively against the run.Minnifield on Minnifield(on emulating his father Frank, a nine-year cornerback with the Browns) "I don't try to play like my dad. I'm more of a finesse player, and I can't play exactly like he played. But as far as being an in-your-face kind of corner - yes, I try to emulate that . . . It's just a mindset that you're gonna put your face in there. I'm not the biggest corner or the strongest corner, but I'm not afraid of any contact.

SummariesPro Football WeeklyNarrow-framed, smart corner whose length, physicality and ball skills fit in a predominantly cover-2 system. Stock fell as a senior, but is passionate about the game, works at his craft and has NFL bloodlines (father, Frank, was a nine-year CB with the Browns).Wes Bunting, National Football PostA talented corner who can bend, re-direct, maintain balance out of his breaks and make plays on the football. However, had a tough go as a senior giving up a lot of plays and having a tough time maintaining balance when trying to locate the ball vs. bigger receivers. A potential starter only.Previously on Redskins draft radar:CB Dwight BentleyC Ben JonesOL Tony BergstromRB Robert TurbinRB Bernard PierceG Lucas NixOT Zebrie SandersC Phillip Blake

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Jay Gruden disappointed by firing of Scot McCloughan, yet optimistic for 2017

Jay Gruden disappointed by firing of Scot McCloughan, yet optimistic for 2017

It's never easy to say goodbye to a well-liked coworker, especially when that employee has been fired. In the NFL, that's no different. Redskins head coach Jay Gruden opened up about the departure of former GM Scot McCloughan while speaking with reporters at the NFL Owners Meetings in Phoenix.

"I was disappointed. I liked Scot. I liked working with Scot. He’s a good person, and a great talent evaluator," Gruden said.

The highly publicized demise of McCloughan as Redskins general manager made plenty of headlines, but as far the organization goes, Gruden believes the team is still in good shape.

"Any time you lose somebody that you become close with, whether it’s a coach or a GM or a player it's disappointing but at the end of the day in pro football, anybody that’s been around it long enough understands, change is going to happen and you have to react and adjust to it and move forward with a positive outlook," Gruden said.

Part of that positive outlook stems from moves the team has made this offseason.

Offensively the franchise brought in a big new weapon in receiver Terrelle Pryor. Paired with 2016 first-round pick Josh Doctson, assuming he's healthy, the Redskins could have two dynamic pass catchers to offset the loss of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon. On the defensive line, Gruden thinks new players Terrell McClain and Stacy McGee can emerge as solid players with high upside. Further, Gruden made clear he thinks new defensive line coach Jim Tomsula will make the players on the 'Skins roster into better defensive linemen.

For many fans it's hard to remain optimistic after the controversy that surrounded McCloughan's ouster, but on the field, there's little reason to expect the 'Skins to slide.

In 2016, the team finished one game out of a playoff berth, losing a disappointing final game to the Giants to seal that fate. In 2017, Gruden expects to be right back in the playoff hunt.

"I think everybody in this organization has a positive outlook," Gruden said. "We are going to miss Scot, obviously, but we’re also positive that we can get things we need to get done to be successful."

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Peter King, Ian Rapoport say Redskins can't afford to let Kirk Cousins get away

Peter King, Ian Rapoport say Redskins can't afford to let Kirk Cousins get away

After he signed the franchise tag a couple of weeks ago, the speculation, rumors and, for some fans, panic around Kirk Cousins has largely quieted down.

The Redskins can ink their quarterback to a long-term deal any time between now and July 15, but talks may not pick up until summer rolls around. A trade can also occur, but no recent reports have indicated that one is in the works.

Therefore, it currently looks like Cousins and the franchise that drafted him back in 2012 will be together for at least one more season. And according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King, that's a wise choice by the Burgundy and Gold.

"I think they did the absolute right thing in making sure Kirk Cousins is gonna be their quarterback this year," King told CSN Redskins Insider JP Finlay at the NFL owner's meetings in Phoenix. "I absolutely, unequivocally would not trade him. That's a white flag." 

As for why King wouldn't move on from No. 8, his explanation was very simple.

"You don't get rid of a guy who's got the second-most passing yards in football over the last two years," he said.

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Finlay also gathered input on the Redskins' and Cousins' relationship from the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who's another major voice in the league's media. Rapoport first stated that he would be "beyond stunned" if the 28-year-old was not in D.C. for the 2017 campaign and then laid out how he envisions the year unfolding.

"I do not believe he will sign the extension before the season," he said. "So, he's going to go out there, play on another one-year deal, bet on himself like he did last year. You hope it's the same thing. And then we'll see, because I know there's some talk about him not signing an extension — I'm not so sure about that. Everyone has a price, right?"

"If they offer him $25 [million] a year, Andrew Luck's deal, I would imagine plans would change pretty quickly, right?" Rapoport continued. "So you get to the end of the season, assess where you are, assess the value and see if you can make a business deal. It's terrible to have to pay so much money to your quarterback. The only worse thing is not being able to pay so much money to your quarterback." 

King and Rapoport are clearly both in agreement that losing their rising signal caller would be a huge blow to the Redskins. But while King says Washington should keep Cousins because of his production, Rapoport took a different route when concluding how the negotiations will end up.

"Really good quarterbacks never leave their team. It just never happens," he said. "So I would think there's a way to work this out."

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