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Need to Know: Redskins' Hankerson will lose valuable time

Need to Know: Redskins' Hankerson will lose valuable time

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, November 21, four days before the Washington Redskins host the San Francisco 49ers.

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Five things from Redskins Park

1. Even though Mike Shanahan said that he is a “very long shot” to be activated, Adam Carriker took to the practice field for the first time this year. He has been struggling to rehab a torn quad he suffered 14 months ago in St. Louis. There is absolutely no harm in letting him get onto the field and get in some work with his teammates, however limited it may be. Carriker’s future with the team is cloudy due to the injury and his $4.7 million 2014 salary. He could agree to a lesser amount, of course.

2. It’s too bad that Leonard Hankerson is going to end up this year on injured reserve. That will make twice in his three NFL seasons that he has missed a good chunk of the end of the season due to an injury. He missed the last half of his rookie 2011 season with a hip injury. This one, an LCL injury, doesn’t seem to be as serious. He lost virtually all of the 2012 offseason program while recuperating from the hip. The LCL issue shouldn’t cost him any offseason time but it does cost him regular season snaps that are invaluable for his development.

3. It’s hard to tell what to make of the whole RG3-Santana Moss-Mike Shanahan communicating through the media deal. On the one hand, it’s parsing words, a discussion over what pronouns get used. On the other hand, we have some media-savvy individuals throwing out words that are very easily taken in the way that they were. A win or two is probably the only thing that will make it all stop.

4. London Fletcher talked about his future on Wednesday. “I’ll evaluate it at the end of the season and see where it go,” Fletcher said, before adding with a laugh, “I don’t have a lot of football left in me.” How much he has left does not depend completely on what he thinks. It’s difficult to fathom the Redskins bringing him back for anything approaching the two-year, $10.75 million contract they gave him in 2012. They may want to start fresh at Mike linebacker. It will be interesting to see how things unfold if Fletcher wants to continue and the team wants to move on.

5. Perhaps the last six games of this season will lack playoff implications. But according to Shanahan they won’t lack meaning. With some 20 free agents to be on the roster and many more who could be released without a damaging cap hit, plenty of jobs will be at stake. “Are players being evaluated just like last year? Sure they are, and rightfully so,” said Shanahan. “We’ll see what kind of character they have, how they fight, how they play, and they better – we’re playing some good football teams.”

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—Days until: Monday night 49ers @ Redskins 4; Giants @ Redskins 10; Chiefs @ Redskins 17

—Today’s schedule: Player availability 11:15; Jim Haslett news conference 12:00; Practice 1:00; Kyle Shanahan and Mike Shanahan news conferences after practice (approx. 3:00)

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Need to Know: Redskins pre-camp 53-man roster projection, defense

Need to Know: Redskins pre-camp 53-man roster projection, defense

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, July 25, two days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 205 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 47 days.

Days until:

—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 16
—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 25
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 40

Redskins roster projection—Defense

RICHMOND—The Redskins strap it up and start the battle for roster spots in earnest in just three days. Some are locks, others are hoping to hang on. Here is my prediction of the roster will shake out along with players who are on the bubble. The defense is up here, the offense went up yesterday.  

Players I have making the roster who are new to the organization in 2017 are in italics. Rookies are also in bold.

Defensive line (6)

Starters: Jonathan Allen, Terrell McClain, Joey Mbu (NT)
Backups: Stacy McGee, Anthony Lanier, Ziggy Hood

Bubble: Phil Taylor, Matt Ioannidis, A. J. Francis

It appears everybody is getting on the Mbu train so I might as well jump on, at least for the time being. But this area is very much in flux. It would not be a surprise to see any of the bubble players make it.

Inside linebacker (4)

Starters: Will Compton, Zach Brown
Backups: Mason Foster, Martrell Spaight

Bubble: Zach Vigil, Chris Carter

This is another area where the coaches did not tip their hands during the offseason program. Any combination of Brown, Compton, and Foster could start. In fact, you can’t rule out a long shot move by Spaight to get some significant playing time. Should they keep a fifth for special teams, a door could open for Vigil or Carter.

Outside linebackers (4)

Starters: Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith
Backups: Ryan Anderson, Junior Galette

Bubble: Houston Bates

Trent Murphy is suspended for the first four games so a tough numbers decision is put off until Week 5. Bates is going to start camp on the PUP list but if he gets on the field quickly and Galette falters, he could steal a roster spot.

Cornerbacks (5)

Starters: Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland
Backups: Kendall Fuller, Quinton Dunbar, Josh Holsey

Bubble: Fabian Moreau, Dashawn Phillips

Moreau is only on the bubble because he is likely to start camp on the NFI list (non-football injury). The third-round pick will be on the 53 eventually but perhaps not until midseason as he continues to rehab a torn pectoral muscle. That could open the door for Holsey, a seventh-round pick. Even if Moreau is healthy for Week 1, Holsey or Phillips could be kept as the sixth cornerback.

Safety (6)

Starters: D.J. Swearinger, Su’a Cravens

Backups: DeAngelo Hall, Will Blackmon, Deshazor Everett, Montae Nicholson

Bubble: Josh Evans

Evans could get a spot if they decide that Nicholson, a fourth-round pick who is athletic but raw, isn’t ready yet. Everett is likely to be a lock because of his special teams play but an injury at this position or at cornerback could push him off the 53

Specialists (3)

LS Nick Sundberg, K Dustin Hopkins, P Tress Way

With no challengers, there is no bubble here. Both Way and Hopkins need to bounce back from sub standard 2016 performances.

Defensive breakdown: 25 players, four rookies, a total of eight new to the organization.

Full roster breakdown: 25 offense, 25 defense, three specialists. Eight rookies, A total of 13 players new to the Redskins.

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RGIII reportedly earns tryout with Los Angeles Chargers

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RGIII reportedly earns tryout with Los Angeles Chargers

Robert Griffin III's career resurgence in Cleveland ended following a lackluster 2016 season in which injuries sidelined him for all buy five games.

The Former 2012 Rookie of the Year finished the season 87-of-147 for 886 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions before being released by the team in March.

But the Redskins' former No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft is not giving up on his goal.

RGIII will reportedly work out for the Los Angeles Chargers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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Griffin III has spent the offseason working out with former Browns coordinator Pep Hamilton. According to Ian Rapoport, who spoke with Hamilton, RGIII is in very good health and is throwing the ball very well.

The Chargers' quarterback situation is as clear as any on the NFL. Phillip Rivers is the starting quarterback. He has been the Chargers' starting quarterback since 2006, and will be the team's starting quarterback until he retires or is traded. And despite Rivers starting every regular-season game for each of the last 11 seasons, the Chargers have no real plan at backup. There's career backup Kellen Clemens and rookies Mike Bercovici (Arizona State) and Eli Jenkins (Jacksonville State). That's it. 

Even if he remains injury riddled, RGIII does that have the tools to bat out backups Clemens, Bercovici and Jenkins.

But for now, it's a step in the right direction for the polarizing former Redskins quarterback.