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Meriweather hopes to make season debut Sunday

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Meriweather hopes to make season debut Sunday

Brandon Meriweather’s long-awaited Redskins’ debut could come against the Eagles. But a final determination won't be made until later in the week, Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday.

“He was limited, but I was encouraged,” Shanahan said. “I hate to say that [he’ll play] until we start practicing. We’ll get a chance to evaluate that on Wednesday and Thursday. I was glad he was out there today. It was a good sign.”

Meriweather sprained two ligaments in his left knee the week before the season opener, then reinjured himself in a freak pregame collision with teammate Aldrick Robinson in Tampa.

This, however, is the best Meriweather has felt since the offseason.

“I’m feeling good about it,” Meriweather said of playing Sunday. While most his teammates traveled home during the bye week, the 28-year-old spent his five day break in Ashburn receiving treatment and working out.

If he's able to play against the Eagles, the safety could help stabilize a struggling secondary that ranks 30th in passing yards allowed and last in touchdowns yielded through the air (20) -- with his talent and enthusiasm, he said.

“We don’t look like we’re having fun,” the outspoken veteran said of the Redskins' defensive backs. “I think just the way I approach the game and the way I play the game, I think I bring a little more excitement.”

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Sean Taylor to be inducted into Miami Hurricanes Ring of Honor

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Sean Taylor to be inducted into Miami Hurricanes Ring of Honor

The University of Miami announced that five all-time football greats, including the late Redskins safety Sean Taylor, will be inducted into the Miami Football Ring of Honor.

Taylor was a staple in the Hurricanes defense, leading the nation in interceptions in 2003 and setting a school record for three picks returned for touchdowns.

Taylor joins Ed Reed, Warren Sapp, Michael Irvin and Ray Lewis as an inductee in October, headlining one of the most talented groups of all time.

The Redskins drafted Taylor in the first round during the 2004 NFL Draft. Taylor quickly made an impact in the Redskins defense and went on to make two Pro Bowls before his tragic death.

He was inducted into the Redskins Ring of Fame in 2008. 

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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.