INDIANAPOLIS—Redskins coach Jay Gruden will address the media early this afternoon here at the NFL Combine. He has not formally spoken to reporters since the day after the regular season ended. There are a few things to catch up on and here are some of the questions we will ask him.
Did he recommend that Kirk Cousins do some offseason word with his brother Jon? This news just surfaced yesterday. We will see how much of a hand Jay had in sending Jon a week’s worth of work and what the coach thinks the quarterback can get out of it.
How is Morgan Moses progressing after suffering a late-season Lisfranc injury? The 2014 third-round draft pick filled in for about a game and a half for an injured Trent Williams. He did a few things well but it was apparent that he needs a lot of work. If he is going to miss a substantial portion of the offseason rehabbing, his chances of seriously competing for a starting job will be greatly diminished.
How well is he working with Scot McCloughan? The way the new GM explained it, he would be working with the coaches to figure out the types of players they need to run their systems. We will try to find out how that process is coming along and if we should expect to see anything different.
Are they considering cap cuts and should we expect to hear anything soon? Even though the Redskins are officially some $13 million under the cap, teams trim payroll every year. Although Gruden is unlikely to name names, perhaps we can get an idea of where the are in the process.
Do the plan on being active in free agency? McCloughan comes in with a philosophy of building through the draft. But there are immediate holes that the Redskins need to have filled. Will they go the free agent route, an approach that has not worked for the team in the past? Or will they patch things as best they can with the players on the roster?
The Redskins have struggled on offense in the preseason. The good news is that they are getting one of their best offensive players back to work.
The team announced that tight end Jordan Reed has been activated off the physically unable to perform list (PUP). He was placed on the list at the start of training camp with a toe injury.
At first coach Jay Gruden indicated that the injury would be a short-term problem but as it turns out he spent 24 days on the PUP list.
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Reed made the Pro Bowl last year despite missing a total of four games with a shoulder injury and with a concussion, He caught 66 passes for 686 yards and six touchdowns.
His removal from the list means that he can start practicing with the team immediately. Reed would be eligible to play in the Redskins’ preseason game against the Bengals next Sunday. However, given how cautious the team has been with his injury and his value to the offense it seems likely that he will not take the field for a game until the Redskins’ season opener against the Eagles on September 10.
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Redskins fans don't quite know what they're going to get out of rooking running back Semaje Perine, but legendary WWE icon Jim Ross certainly does.
Ross, a University of Oklahoma fan, saw a lot of Perine when he was a star on the Sooners.
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Ross recently went on CSN to let the people know what, exactly, they were getting from the Oklahoma product. Here's the list of accolades, in no particular order, that Ross has for Perine:
- Restaurant quality running back
- tougher than a 2$ steak
- a man's man
- all man (which is different than being a man's man, somehow)
- a yard wide (?)
You can see the whole thing here, with Ross coming in at the 1:22 mark.
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