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Ranking the Redskins: 6-10

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Ranking the Redskins: 6-10

Our Redskins team here at CSNwashington.com has been analyzing the roster every which way you can. Now they are taking it one step further and ranking the 53 players they think will make the team.

The rankings are based on a vote by the CSNwashington.com Redskins staff and are determined by who we think will have the most impact on the 2014 Redskins. No consideration was given for past performance or for what a particular player might do down the road. We’ll be revealing the rankings over the next few weeks.

Today we’re adding to the list by revealing the players ranked from 6-10. Among the players in this segment of the rankings are:

—A veteran fighting back after a disappointing season.    

—Two defensive free agents who will be expected to have large and immediate impact.  

—One who replaced a legend on defense and didn’t miss a beat.

—An offensive player anxious to reverse a downward trend in his numbers as he enters his contract year.

MORE REDSKINS: Redskins ranked from 6-53

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LIVE Redskins training camp practice report: Day 1

LIVE Redskins training camp practice report: Day 1

RICHMOND—The Redskins took the field for their first practice of the season. Jordan Reed is missing as was the usual stifling heat at the Bon Secours training center.It's warm but the humidity is down from the normal late-July sauna here. 

Here are my observations from practice as it unfolds. Come back and refresh often for the latest:

—Jamison Crowder still appears to be the No. 1 punt returner. Also fielding kicks off of the leg of Tress Way were Maurice Harris, Chris Thompson, and Will Blackmon. 

—The Redskins are praxctixcing without pads per collective bargaining rules. A few are wearing shells. 

—New tight end EJ Bibbs just introduced himself to Vernon Davis as they were getting ready for some individual drills. Reminds me of a few year ago when a just acquired player was participating in stretching and they brought his contract out onto the field for him to sign. He wouldn’t have been able to practice otherwise. 

—Kirk just acknowledged a fan lined up near the sideline. ‘How’s it going, Derrick?” Derrick’s friends were properly impressed. 

—Maurice Harris showed good form in catching a Cousins pass over the middle against no defense. Nothing spectacular but but a good job reaching forward to pull in a pass that was ahead of him. 

—Harris with another nice catch, this time guarded over the middle by Will Blackmon. He is off to a good start in competing for playing time.

—Torian Gray is admonishing his defensive backs to “wake up, wake up.” On one rep he wanted Tevin Homer to “drive to the ball.”

—It looked like Josh Doctson had a step on Bashaud Breeland on a deep pass but the CB recovered and knocked the pass away. 

—A few plays later Doctson got deep again, this time against Quinton Dunbar. This time the CB couldn’t catch up and Doctson hauled in the pass.

—In the early going in 11 on 11, Will Compton and Mason Foster are the inside LBs with the first team and Joey Mbu is at nose tackle. Both situations could change over the course of the next few weeks. 

—Nice cut by Keith Marshall on a run around right end. He planted his foot and cut upfield with some serious burst. He’s a dark horse when it comes to making the roster but I’m keeping an eye on him. 

—Cousins with a dart to Terrelle Pryor along the sideline. A sharp and accurate throw. 

—Rain is approaching but it should hold off until practice is over. Meanwhile, the clouds and breeze are cooling things down. Nobody is complaining.  

—Pryor was assigned to block Josh Norman on a running play. Norman made a business decision not to contest the block and there was light contact as Norman backed down the field.

—Rookie Robert Davis made a solid back-shoulder catch on the sideline. I’m not sure if Colt McCoy intended for the pass to be back shoulder but that was where it went and Davis reached to make the grab. 

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Redskins release LB Houston Bates, sign free agent tight end

Redskins release LB Houston Bates, sign free agent tight end

Redskins training camp officially got started in Richmond, Va. on Thursday and the team did not waste time making roster moves.

Linebacker Houston Bates was released following a failed physical.

The move was made in order to sign free agent tight end E.J. Bibbs.

The Redskins started training camp thin at the tight end position, with Jordan Reed on the PUP List and Vernon Davis dealing with a tweaked hamstring.

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Bates, a former standout at the University of Illinois, joined the Redskins as an undrafted free agent.

He appeared in 10 games in 2015, amassing 10 tackles and one safety. In 2016, he played in 14 games, picking up seven tackles.

Bibbs joins the Redskins after spending the 2016 season bouncing between the Jaguars' practice and full-time roster. He played seven games in 2015 as a member of the Cleveland Browns, but did not see the field during his time in Jacksonville.

The undrafted Iowa State tight end was waived by Jacksonville in May, 2017.