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Don't hold your breath for big-name Redskins free agent signings

Don't hold your breath for big-name Redskins free agent signings

Redskins fans might not like the Albert Haynesworth jokes that come rolling out at the start of free agency each year, but for some, the desire to chase the biggest free agents on the marketplace still burns. Don't expect that to rub off on the franchise though.

"When you talk about free agency you never ever want to try to rely on a big core of free agents coming here," Washington head coach Jay Gruden said last week at the NFL Scouting Combine.

"It's about developing the people you have. I feel good about the players we have in house," he said.

True to his word, the Redskins could lose two starting wideouts in DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon via free agency. Gruden said he "won't blink" if that happens, and talked about the development of young players like Ryan Grant and Maurice Harris. 

Gruden's comments fall in line with previous assessments of free agency from Bruce Allen and Scot McCloughan. While plenty of questions exist about McCloughan's current role with the franchise, regardless, he and Allen feel the same way about free agency: They'd rather build through the draft.

Washington has 10 picks in the 2017 draft, but also plenty of cap space. Early in the open tampering period, the 'Skins haven't been connected with a single big-name on the market, of which there are plenty.

Even recent history suggests Redskins brass will largely skip the spending spree that occurs early in free agency. Last year's big acquisition, Josh Norman, was a unique scenario where he hit the market weeks later, after Carolina rescinded his franchise tag.

The 'Skins may well open up the checkbook for one player, but it would be their quarterback Kirk Cousins. Outside of that, listen to Gruden. Keep those expectations in check.

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Will Doctson and Pryor's style of play resemble Jackson and Garcon?

Will Doctson and Pryor's style of play resemble Jackson and Garcon?

The Redskins have two interesting situations when it comes to wide receivers Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson.

Pryor has played throughout his career as both wide receiver and as quarterback. Most of his time has been spent at QB with several NFL teams, before having a breakout season with the Browns in 2016 as a wide receiver.

After being the Redskins' first-round pick in 2016, Doctson only played in two games and was placed on IR with an Achilles injury.

With a lot to prove, which one has been the most impressive throughout training camp and now at practices?

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"I think Pryor draws your eye more just because of his physicality and his size," CSN Redskins Insider Finlay told The Sports Junkies on Friday Morning.

"He really truly stands out on the football field. But, Doctson seemed to immediately click with Kirk [Cousins]. I think some of it is just Doctson's a natural wideout. He's really smooth and fluid running routes and just kind of creates separation in all of his breaks. Where as Terrelle Pryor's still learning the position and he and Kirk are still trying to figure out their timing."

Now, if we were to compare Pryor and Doctson to former Redskins receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, who would each resemble most? 

"It's hard to say because DeSean's game was so unique with the vertical ability, I don't think either of those guys will be the home run hitter DeSean was. A lot of Pierre's stat lines at the end of games would be 6 catches for 65 yards. I don't see that being the case with either Josh or Terrelle."

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But that's not to say that because Pryor and Doctson don't do exactly what Jackson and Garcon did that the two won't be highly successful. Neither Jackson or Garcon had Pryor's elite physicality and athleticism. Doctson excels at high-pointing the ball and keeping his defender off of him.

"I don't know that you see the straight nine route, vertical passing attack that we saw with DeSean so much, but plenty of maybe more 17-yard passes rather than trying to get that 28-yard pass sort of thing."

Different can be good, and that's what the Redskins are hoping for.

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What exactly is going on with injured Redskins rookie LB Ryan Anderson?

What exactly is going on with injured Redskins rookie LB Ryan Anderson?

After a season-ending knee injury to Trent Murphy against the Ravens in the preseason opener, the Redskins are now more dependent on rookie outside linebacker Ryan Anderson this year.

Coupled with the fact that Junior Galette is missing time with a hamstring injury, after missing the last two seasons with Achilles injuries, and Washington has depth issues at outside linebacker. 

Anderson has ability, particularly against the run, but is also dealing with his own injury.

In the team's first practice after last Thursday's loss to the Ravens, Washington coach Jay Gruden revealed that Anderson sustained a stinger in Baltimore. 

"I think Ryan Anderson has a stinger. I don’t know if he’s going to do much today," Gruden said back on August 12.

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Fast forward nearly a week, and there still hasn't been much information on Anderson.

He did not practice on Wednesday, and was in uniform on Thursday though he didn't participate much, if at all. Now, Anderson might even play Saturday against the Packers (6:30 p.m., CSN).

"He had a stinger and we’re going to let him dress in pregame warmup on Saturday and see where he is. He has total mobility now back, I think he’s fine, but we just want to make sure he has strength back in it," Gruden said of Anderson.

Gruden's comments sound scary, especially the phrase "total mobility now back."

That's also the nature of a stinger. And in a way, the nature of football. 

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Anderson played 35 snaps against the Ravens in the preseason opener.

If he plays against the Packers, expect much less than that, even with the Redskins depth issues at outside linebacker.

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