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Ranking the Redskins #17-#24

Ranking the Redskins #17-#24

Tandler's Redskins Blog Ver. 05.25.06--Who are the Redskins’ best players and who are the ones who are starting just because there isn’t enough talent to push them out? If another team had a shot at anyone on the Redskins’ roster to use for the 2005 season, who would they gobble up and who would they say thanks, but no thanks to?

To help answer these questions I ranked the Redskins starters from the most expendable to the most valuable. Today, numbers 17-24.

In inverse order, here are my rankings of the Redskins starters, including punter and kicker, based on what I think they might do in 2006. Their 2005 rankings here (Part 1, Part 2), where applicable, are in parenthesis:

24. LB Warrick Holdman (NR)—If the weak side position is manned by Chris Clemons or Rocky McIntosh, it’s a wait and see proposition. If Holdman mans it, we’ve already seen what we have. He’d have to improve a great deal to be considered mediocre.

23. P Derrick Frost (NR)--Inconsistency is not what you want from a punter, but that’s what Frost delivered in 2005. He seemed to save his best, most booming punts for when the Redskins were inside their opponents’ territory, resulting in frustrating touchbacks.

22. C Casey Rabach (10 in 2005)—Although he improved as the year went on, Rabach was not the road grader in the middle that the Redskins hoped he would be. He was dominated much more often than he was the dominator.

21. K John Hall (21)—One of the major surprises of the offseason was Joe Gibbs’ announcement that no challengers to Hall or Frost would be brought in. Hall missed a good chunk of the season with a leg injury. When healthy he was accurate (12-14) but he didn’t hit one from over 45 yards all year. His kickoffs were mostly of the maddeningly short variety.

20. CB Carlos Rogers (NR)—While it’s possible, maybe even probable, that Rogers will be very good for a very long time, he hasn’t done it yet. He has to show that he can stay on the field and play consistently for a full 16 games.

19. G Derrick Dockery (23)—This monster project just may pay off for the Redskins, but he still has to prove that he can play up to his size and athletic ability from the first snap of the season through the last.

18. DT Joe Salave’a (20)—He played through some pain that would have had many of us calling in sick to our desk jobs. Salave’a is a solid performer and that fact that he’s #18 on the list is a testament to the strength of the team.

17. QB Mark Brunell (NR)—If healthy, he’s a good fit for this offense. Brunell’s ability to stay healthy, though, is a question mark and one would have to think that if he were to find himself on the open market he might draw as much interest as, say, Kerry Collins is now.

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Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

As Jay Gruden stepped to the podium to read the injury report, he warned, “This will be a while.”

He was right, as he rattled off one the longest injury reports of the season.

Out were G Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion), DE Chris Baker (ankle), DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee/foot), DE Anthony Lanier (lower leg), G Shawn Lauvao (groin), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), and S Donte Whitner (illness).

Of that group, all but Jean Francois, Lanier, and Nsekhe are starters. Between them and the limited players listed below it was difficult for the Redskin to conduct a normal practice.

“It was a challenge,” said Gruden of getting through it. “Practice was modified quite a bit today. We did more walkthrough today than we ever have on a Wednesday.”

“Sometimes you have to taper back just a hair to make it through practice, try to get the mental reps in with walkthrough and then hopefully the physical part will come maybe tomorrow. Friday we can open them up a bit.”

Limited in practice were TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), OLB Preston Smith (groin), ILB Will Compton (hip), G Brandon Scherff (ankle), and TE Derek Carrier (knee).

READ MORE: FULL UPDATE ON JORDAN REED

Reed returned to practice for the first time since suffering a Grade 3 sprain to the AC joint in his left shoulder in the game against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. He missed the game in Arizona. While his limited participation was a good sign for his return it’ is way too early in the week to say with any degree of certainty that he will be playing against the Eagles.

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Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

RGIII is finally getting another chance to play.

Plagued by injury after injury — most recently breaking a bone in his left shoulder in the Brown’s 29-10 loss to the Eagles in their season opener — the former Redskin is set to start for Cleveland against the Bengals on Sunday, ESPN’s Dan Graziano reports.

Griffin was cleared for contact last week after missing the majority of the Browns’ 0-12 season, and the team is coming off a bye week after its last loss to the Giants over Thanksgiving weekend.

In 2015, Kirk Cousins replaced Griffin as starting quarterback, and the Redskins released him at the end of the season. He signed a two-year, $15 million contract with Cleveland in March.  

In Griffin’s absence, the Browns have relied on Cody Kessler and Josh McCown, who boast a 65.5 and 54.5 completion percentage, respectively. The two combine for just 12 touchdowns this season.

Will Griffin be the key to ending the Browns’ winless season? We’ll find out Sunday.

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