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Jammal Brown practices for first time

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Jammal Brown practices for first time

A week after being cleared by team doctors to resume practice, offensive lineman Jammal Brown joined his teammates on the field at Redskins Park for the first time this season.

Brown’s participation level was between limited and full Monday afternoon, according to Coach Mike Shanahan.

“It’s a good sign,” Shanahan said. “But you really don’t know until you start doing football related drills. Going out there and working out is one thing but [having] 300-plus pounders going against each other, he hasn’t been doing any of that.”

Brown is recovering from surgery on a balky hip that’s plagued him for more than a year and has kept him on the sidelines since a conditioning drill on the eve of training camp. Tyler Polumbus has replaced Brown at right tackle through the season’s first nine games.

“Excited to be back practicing,” Brown said. “It was starting to feel lonely. Being back on the field with teammates, it feels good.”

Brown added: “I kind of surprised myself. I felt pretty good, honestly. I feel a lot looser. I can bend a lot more. I’m eager to see after a week or so how I feel. It was a great day for me.”

Brown even took on extra work.

“I told [reserve tackle] Jordan Black, ‘Hey, I’ll take the rest of these [reps]’,” Brown cracked.

Although there’s no timetable for Brown’s return, the team must make a decision on the 31-year-old two weeks from Tuesday, Shanahan confirmed. They must activate Brown or put him on the season-ending injured reserve list.

Brown made it clear that the latter option is not something he’s considering.

“Hopefully as soon as possible,” Brown said, asked when he will play in a game again. “We have to do it the right way [because] I can’t go through this again. The Redskins are trying to be cautious. But I hope they aren’t too cautious. The season is ending.”

Brown said the biggest hurdle he must clear is strengthening the joint.

“He’s been working out extremely hard and he looked good today,” Shanahan said. “Looks like his flexibility is much improved. He looks like he’s pain free. So hopefully in the next couple of weeks he’ll be ready to go.”

 

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With receiver group in flux, might Redskins make run at Alshon Jeffery?

With receiver group in flux, might Redskins make run at Alshon Jeffery?

It seems likely the Redskins stand to lose one or both of receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon in free agency. That could mean more than 2,000 yards receiving exiting the offense, a significant blow.

Could Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery come to Washington and cushion the blow?

Multiple reports say that Chicago will not put the franchise tag on Jeffery, which means the 6-foot-4 receiver will hit the open market when free agency opens in a little more than a week. Coming off consectuive injury-marred seasons, still expect the market to be ripe for the former South Carolina star.

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A five-year veteran that will turn 28 in August, Jeffery posted more than 2,500 receiving yards in the 2013 and 2014 seasons to go with 17 touchdowns. An extremely gifted red zone receiver, Jeffery is one of the best in the league at high-pointing the football and coming down with circus catches. His last two seasons, however, the Bears wideout only played in 21 of 32 games and his numbers dipped dramatically: just over 1,600 yards and six TDs combined.

Though Washington will likely lose at least one of Garçon or Jackson, and very possibly both, that does not necessarily make Jeffery a prime target. 

Expect cost to be a major factor as the Chicago receiver will likely command the top free agent payout at the position. And his recent injury history could be a factor as well. 

Further, the Redskins must believe they have a No. 1 receiver already in house in Josh Doctson. The No. 22 overall pick in 2016, Doctson hardly played as a rookie due to an Achilles injury but appears to be progressing well in his rehab. At 6-foot-2 and extremely athletic, Doctson was drafted to be a prime red zone target with the ability to go up and get TDs.

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Could likely free agent Dontari Poe be the Redskins' answer at nose tackle?

Could likely free agent Dontari Poe be the Redskins' answer at nose tackle?

Many Redskins fans have been keeping a close eye on the Chiefs all offseason. Kansas City has two pending free agents in positions that are of great need to Washington. Fans have been watching since January to see what the Chiefs would do with safety Eric Berry and defensive lineman Dontari Poe. They may have their answer.

The organization’s hope was that they could sign one and use the franchise tag on the other. But with the deadline for the tag two days from now and with free agency starting in 10 days, it appears that plan is not going to happen. They are forced to decide and per Ed Werder of ESPN they are going to tag Berry and let Poe test free agency.

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Poe is a load at 6-3, 348. His impact is hard to measure in numbers; he has just 13 sacks in his five NFL seasons including two in the last two years. The Chiefs first-round pick out of Memphis in the 2012 draft has forced two fumbles and recovered one. But he is exactly what a defense like the Redskins’ 4-3 scheme needs in the middle to eat up double teams and keep blockers off the linebackers. They would go from having had no credible nose tackle in the seven seasons they have been in the 3-4 base defense to having one who at age 26 is of the very best in the league.

The problem with acquiring the best in the business is that you must pay top dollar. The contracts signed by Marcell Dareus of the Bills, a six-year deal with an average annual value of $15.8 million and Fletcher Cox of the Eagles, who signed a six-year extension with an AAV of $17.1, will be used as guidelines for a Poe free agent deal.

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The Redskins possibly could make that work but it would be a stretch. They already have a top-heavy salary structure with their top three players taking up 35 percent of the salary cap. Another cap hit in the $15 million range would put them in a precarious spot.

It seems unlikely that the Redskins will be real players in the Poe sweepstakes but given that he would be a perfect solution to a long-standing problem area it’s worth keeping an eye on the situation.

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