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Pro Football Focus gives out bad grades for some Redskins free agent additions

Pro Football Focus gives out bad grades for some Redskins free agent additions

Since free agency opened last week, the Redskins have made four significant signings.

The team added safety D.J. Swearinger from the Cardinals, receiver Terrelle Pryor from the Browns, and defensive linemen Stacy McGee from the Raiders and Terrell McClain from the Cowboys.

Swearinger and Pryor have the most name recognition, while McGee and McClain both come in under the radar on the defensive line. 

Pro Football Focus ranked all of the Redskins moves, and the grades were all over the place.

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Both the Pryor and Swearinger acquisitions graded out with a B. From PFF:

  • "The D.J. Swearinger in Arizona was a different player than the one at the heart of every Houston coverage bust in his previous home. Washington needs to hope that’s a result of the player maturing and developing, rather than a peculiar scheme in Arizona that uniquely suited his play."
  • "Terrelle Pryor has near limitless upside. In just his first season playing WR, Pryor topped 1,000 receiving yards despite a sequence of poor QBs throwing him the ball in Cleveland. The league clearly isn’t quite ready to buy into the idea that he is worth a huge payday yet, but Washington at least put themselves at the head of the queue to re-sign him next season if he takes another step forward in development."

The words weren't as nice about McClain and McGee.

The former Raider McGee earned a C and the former Cowboy McClain got a D. From PFF:

  • "Stacy McGee had the best season of his career in 2016, but it was a radical departure to three mediocre-at-best years before that, and it lasted just 242 snaps before injury shut him down. The potential is there for him to be a productive player, but this is an expensive gamble."
  • "Terrell McClain was thrown to the wolves as a rookie in Carolina, and has never really recovered. He flashed the ability to be an intriguing sub-package disruptor for Dallas in 2016, but that is a lot of money for a player that has only flashed talent at best in his NFL career."

The Redskins needed help on the defensive line, yet it's clear McClain and McGee are question marks. Neither player has started a full 16 game season, and their stats don't pop off the page

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Redskins' Reed gets back to practice, may play vs. Bengals

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Redskins' Reed gets back to practice, may play vs. Bengals

After missing all of training camp on the physically unable to perform list with a toe injury, Jordan Reed has returned to practice for the Redskins. According to coach Jay Gruden, the Pro Bowl tight end participated in everything in today’s session, the first one open to the media since Reed was activated off of the PUP list on Sunday.

“I'm feeling good,” Reed said. “It felt obviously great to be back out there with my teammates and getting back to work.

Reed said that the toe was “100 percent right now,” a good sign for a Redskins’ offense that has struggled to move the ball in the preseason.

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“We’re easing him back in the offense,” said Gruden. “He did some good things in the passing game, we put him in the running game a little bit. [He] did good, he looks well.”

Gruden said that here is a chance that Reed will play in the Redskins’ preseason game against the Bengals on Sunday.

“I’d like to get him back out there and get in the running game a little bit, get involved, and catch a couple of passes,” he said.

But Gruden emphasized that Reed will not play if the training staff thinks there is a risk of re-injuring the toe.

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Reed wants to get out there and play some.

“I think it's real important just to feel some hits and live bullets at me and things like that - get my feet under me,” said. “I think it's really important.”

Quarterback Kirk Cousins said that he is happy to get one of his favorite weapons back. He noted that he had all of his top pass catchers on the field for the first time since the start of camp.

“I think just as important as having Jordan back was having our whole offense together for the first time,” said Cousins. “Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder, some of the other guys who have at times take off days here and there. We haven’t had many days when the whole group was together.”

Whether the whole group is together on Sunday or not, it looks like they all will be one the field when the games start to count on September 10.

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Junior Galette back on the practice field, but preseason future uncertain

Junior Galette back on the practice field, but preseason future uncertain

Redskins fans really want to see Junior Galette on the field. They really, really want to see him on the field. For his part, Galette wants back out there too, just check his social media. 

Good news then came Wednesday afternoon when Washington coach Jay Gruded revealed that Galette was back at practice after missing the better part of two weeks with a hamstring injury. Galette, remember, hasn't played in two seasons for the Redskins, missing both years with Achilles injuries. 

"[Galette] did some team excercises. He did all the individuals. He did some team stuff, not a lot, but he just wanted to get in there and get his feet wet and see how he felt," Gruden said of the outside linebacker. "He felt pretty good."

Now, assuming Galette practices all week without a setback, Gruden will have a decision to make. After losing Trent Murphy for the season to a knee injury in the first preseason game against Baltimore, the Redskins go from a situation where production from Galette went from a luxury to a necessity. Do the Redskins want, or even need, to see Galette get some live game action before Week 1 against the Eagles? Or is it best to keep Galette safe and sound on the bench during the remaining two preseason games?

"I would like to get him some action before he plays because he hasn't played in a couple years," Gruden said. 

"I would like to get him out there, but I also don't want to jeopardize his hamstring and have him re-injure it. There is a fine line there," the coach said. "We will have to wait and see how he does."

Early in training camp in Richmond, Galette looked like a force. His speed off the edge was apparent, and he showed repeatedly an ability to stop the run as well.

The Redskins need to see that this fall. And Gruden is the only one to decide if he needs to see that in August.

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