D. J. Hackett can play--when he can play, that is
In a move that was not at all surprising, the Washington Redskins today waived-injured wide receiver Roydell Williams. A broken finger that required surgery would have sidelined Williams until September and the Redskins were unable to wait for a marginal veteran prospect to heal.
The replacement veteran is former Seahawk D. J. Hackett, who finally joins the Redskins after a couple of flirtations. They talked to him during the 2008 free agency period and also right after this year's draft. Jim Zorn is well familiar with Hackett from the days both spend in Seattle.
The irony in replacing an injured player with Hackett is that Hackett can't seem to stay healthy either. He has played in just 15 games the past two years combined due to an assortment of ailments. He is just 28 and if he can stay on the field he has a good shot at making the roster.
The team also signed Michael Marquardt, a first-year defensive lineman out of Arizona State.
Nobody was signed to give the ailing offensive line a boost. It seems that the preference is to give some solid practice time to some of the younger players like Chad Rinehart and Devin Clark and see how it shakes out. Certainly, it would be preferable to have someone from within that system step up and show and ability to be a quality backup rather than signing someone off of the street.
The Redskins are reported to have a new quarterbacks coach. Normally that is not news that moves the needle much but if the report proves to be accurate the move has some big implications for the Redskins coaching staff.
First, about the coach. Kevin O’Connell was most recently an offensive assistant with the 49ers. Prior to that he was a quarterback who spent time with the Patriots, who drafted him out of San Diego State in the third round in 2008, Lions, Jets, Dolphins, and Chargers. He only saw the field the Patriots and he attempted just six passes. His addition as the Redskins’ quarterbacks coach was reported by Fox Sports.
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The thing is, the Redskins don’t officially have an opening for a quarterbacks coach. The job is held by Matt Cavanaugh. However, the Redskins do need an offensive coordinator since Sean McVay left last week to become the head coach of the Rams. Moving Cavanaugh, who played quarterback in the NFL for 13 seasons before starting a 23-year career in coaching, to offensive coordinator, seems to be the logical move to make to many.
If O’Connell’s addition to the staff does indeed become a reality, that would all but confirm that Cavanaugh is getting the promotion. Nothing is official until it’s official but this seems to be the way things are heading.
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According to a report from Ben Standig of Breaking Burgundy, Redskins running back Rob Kelley has undergone a knee procedure already this off-season.
Kelley has reportedly already resumed walking following the minor procedure.
The injury, which occured in a Week 16 matchup against Chicago, is not expected to impact Kelley into the 2017 season.
Kelley came out of nowhere an impressed in the pre-season and took over the starting job from Matt Jones in Week 9.
Stay tuned for more updates on Kelley.
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