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Looking at today's Redskins cuts by the numbers

Looking at today's Redskins cuts by the numbers

The Redskins did not cut any players on Friday so they have a lot of work to do by 4 p.m. today. They have to trim 22 players off of their 75-man roster to get the roster down the limit of 53. In many cases we don’t know who they will keep but based on history we know about how many they will keep at each position. Let this be your guide to what the expect as you follow the news today.

Quarterbacks

Have: 3
Keep: 2-3
Cut: 0-1

The Redskins have carried three QBs every year since 2012. That includes the two seasons that Jay Gruden has been the head coach here. But when Gruden was the Bengals’ offensive coordinator from 2011-2013 they carried two.

Offensive line

Have: 14
Keep: 8-9
Cut: 5-6

Last year they carried 10 on the O-line but that seems unlikely this season. They will have the five starters plus whoever loses the left guard competition. Ty Neskhe is the backup tackle. So they will keep at least one, maybe two more reserves.

Wide receiver

Have: 9
Keep: 6
Cut: 3

This seems to be pretty well set in stone.

Tight end

Have: 5
Keep: 3-4
Cut: 1-2

The standard around the league is three at this position although it’s not unusual to carry four. The Redskins did in 2013 when they had Jordan Reed, Niles Paul, Logan Paulsen, and Fred Davis.

Running back

Have: 5
Keep: 3-4
Cut: 1-2

The Redskins carried four running backs last year but one of them was fullback Darrel Young. Maybe Matt Jones’ injury prone nature will prompt them to keep four tailbacks.

Defensive line

Have: 10
Keep: 6-7
Cut: 3-4

The ax will fall hard here. They carried seven last year but the fact that their outside linebackers can line up with a hand in the dirt may give them the flexibility to go with six.

Outside linebacker

Have: 5
Keep: 4
Cut: 1

It’s pretty simple here, with two players going for that last spot.

Inside linebacker

Have: 7
Keep: 5
Cut: 2

This is counting Su’a Cravens as an ILB despite the fact that the Redskins have him listed as a safety and Joe Barry wants him listed as an “H” for hybrid.

Cornerback

Have: 8
Keep: 5-6
Cut: 2-3

Five is the normal number but the Redskins have six that they might not want to let go of. Still, theya could avoid a squeeze elsewhere and keep five.

Safety

Have: 6
Keep: 4-5
Cut: 1-2

If they keep six corners that usually means four safeties. But they might want to keep Deshazor Everett for special teams so they might push it to five.

Specialists

Have: 3
Keep: 3
Cut: 0

No competition here, no drama.

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Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

As Jay Gruden stepped to the podium to read the injury report, he warned, “This will be a while.”

He was right, as he rattled off one the longest injury reports of the season.

Out were G Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion), DE Chris Baker (ankle), DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee/foot), DE Anthony Lanier (lower leg), G Shawn Lauvao (groin), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), and S Donte Whitner (illness).

Of that group, all but Jean Francois, Lanier, and Nsekhe are starters. Between them and the limited players listed below it was difficult for the Redskin to conduct a normal practice.

“It was a challenge,” said Gruden of getting through it. “Practice was modified quite a bit today. We did more walkthrough today than we ever have on a Wednesday.”

“Sometimes you have to taper back just a hair to make it through practice, try to get the mental reps in with walkthrough and then hopefully the physical part will come maybe tomorrow. Friday we can open them up a bit.”

Limited in practice were TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), OLB Preston Smith (groin), ILB Will Compton (hip), G Brandon Scherff (ankle), and TE Derek Carrier (knee).

Reed returned to practice for the first time since suffering a Grade 3 sprain to the AC joint in his left shoulder in the game against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. He missed the game in Arizona. While his limited participation was a good sign for his return it’ is way too early in the week to say with any degree of certainty that he will be playing against the Eagles.

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Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

RGIII is finally getting another chance to play.

Plagued by injury after injury — most recently breaking a bone in his left shoulder in the Brown’s 29-10 loss to the Eagles in their season opener — the former Redskin is set to start for Cleveland against the Bengals on Sunday, ESPN’s Dan Graziano reports.

Griffin was cleared for contact last week after missing the majority of the Browns’ 0-12 season, and the team is coming off a bye week after its last loss to the Giants over Thanksgiving weekend.

In 2015, Kirk Cousins replaced Griffin as starting quarterback, and the Redskins released him at the end of the season. He signed a two-year, $15 million contract with Cleveland in March.  

In Griffin’s absence, the Browns have relied on Cody Kessler and Josh McCown, who boast a 65.5 and 54.5 completion percentage, respectively. The two combine for just 12 touchdowns this season.

Will Griffin be the key to ending the Browns’ winless season? We’ll find out Sunday.

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