Tanard Jacksons indefinite suspension for violating the NFLs drug policy disappointed Mike Shanahan and caught the Redskins off guard, the coach said Saturday.To be honest with you, usually the organization is the last to know, Shanahan said. Youve got to go through the league office. Theyre very secretive. They dont give you a whole lot of details.Jackson, a safety who had put himself in position to secure a spot on Washingtons 53-man roster, was suspended for at least a year after failing his third drug test since 2009, the NFL announced Friday. The 27-year-old Silver Spring native wont be eligible for reinstatement until next year.I was disappointed because I really like the guy, Shanahan said. I like who he is. I like the way he worked. The guys never been arrested in his life. Im just really disappointed for him. Obviously hes made some mistakes, but Im just disappointed for the guy.Shanahan also acknowledged that Jacksons absence from practice Monday was indeed related to the forthcoming suspension. The Redskins, however, did not learn of Jacksons suspension until Friday, which forced the front office to adjust last minute. Jacksons vacated spot likely was filled by rookie Jordan Bernstine.One guy is going to make your football team then obviously hes not and hes off your roster, Shanahan said. Youve got another spot, so you adjust.Jackson has been placed on the reservesuspended list.
New Redskins receiver Terrelle Pryor has been working out with Steelers All-Pro Antonio Brown this offseason.
The pair documented their receiving drills, ladder drills and even yoga on social media. But what you didn't see, according to ESPN's John Keim, is Pryor practicing with special glasses that Brown recommended.
Based on Brown’s advice, Pryor has also worn special sunglasses during offseason workouts, designed to prevent him from seeing an object – in this case the ball – until it is almost upon him. Sometimes he takes his gloves off, just to get a feel for the ball with his hands.
The glasses Keim describes sound more like blinders, or even tunnel vision, but the idea is to help Pryor get an instinctive feel for running routes.
Despite putting up 1,007 receiving yards with the Browns last year, Pryor has only played the position since 2015. His first four seasons in the NFL were spent trying to make a roster playing quarterback.
Now penciled into a starting receiver role for the Redskins, he knows he has a lot of catching up to do.
"The good ones, they ask questions and never think they’ve got it. They always want to learn," Pryor said, "I’m not calling myself a great one, but I think I can get there."
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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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