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Redskins' 53-man roster finalized--for now

Redskins' 53-man roster finalized--for now

The Redskins have finalized their 53-man roster at least for today. There could be changes if they add players who were released by other teams so the bubble players can’t rest easy just yet.

Here is the roster as it stands tonight. The team can begin signing players to the 10-man practice squad after waivers are cleared at noon on Sunday.

Starters are in bold.

Offense

Quarterback (3): Kirk Cousins, Robert Griffin III, Colt McCoy

With this morning’s report that Griffin will stay, this was set.

Offensive line (10): Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses, Tom Compton, Spencer Long, Arie Kouandjio, Josh LeRibeus, Ty Nsekhe

This is an overload; one could be released if the team picks up a third tight end

Wide receiver (6): Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts, Ryan Grant, Jamison Crowder, Rashad Ross

Ross wasn’t on many peoples’ radar before training camp started but he forced his way onto the roster with a strong preseason.

Tight end (3): Jordan Reed, Derek Carrier

Either Tom Compton is going to be the third tight end or they will find somebody on the waiver wire. Reed is injury prone and Carrier has only been here a few weeks.

Running back (4): Alfred Morris, Darrel Young, Matt Jones, Chris Thompson

This has been set in stone since the start of training camp. Undrafted rookie Trey Williams could be a practice squad candidate if he clears waivers.

Defense

Defensive line (7): Jason Hatcher, Terrance Knighton, Stephen Paea, Chris Baker, Ricky Jean Francois, Kedric Golston, Frank Kearse

They have gone with seven on the DL in most years but I think they need an extra linebacker to help on special teams.

Outside linebacker (4): Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Murphy, Preston Smith, Jackson Jeffcoat

Jeffcoat played pretty well when moved to the active roster late last year due to injuries. He got an opening to the roster when Junior Galette was injured and he took advantage of it.

Inside linebacker (4): Perry Riley, Keenan Robinson, Will Compton, Martrell Spaight

The Redskins could be looking for another linebacker on waivers.

Cornerback (5): Chris Culliver, DeAngelo Hall, David Amerson, Justin Rogers, Deshazor Everett

Bashaud Breeland will not be on Week 1 roster due to NFL suspension.

Safety (5): Dashon Goldson, Duke Ihenacho, Jeron Johnson, Kyshoen Jarrett, Trenton Robinson

A total of 10 defensive backs is a little heavy; they could release one to make room for another linebacker.

Specialists (3): LS Nick Sundberg, P Tress Way, PK Kai Forbath

Forbath brushed off a challenge in training camp and this was set.

The numbers: 25 offense, 25 defense, 3 specialists; 16 new to the Redskins organization in 2015 including seven draft picks

 

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Terrelle Pryor reportedly working out with special glasses based on Antonio Brown's advice

Terrelle Pryor reportedly working out with special glasses based on Antonio Brown's advice

New Redskins receiver Terrelle Pryor has been working out with Steelers All-Pro Antonio Brown this offseason. 

The pair documented their receiving drills, ladder drills and even yoga on social media. But what you didn't see, according to ESPN's John Keim, is Pryor practicing with special glasses that Brown recommended. 

Based on Brown’s advice, Pryor has also worn special sunglasses during offseason workouts, designed to prevent him from seeing an object – in this case the ball – until it is almost upon him. Sometimes he takes his gloves off, just to get a feel for the ball with his hands.

The glasses Keim describes sound more like blinders, or even tunnel vision, but the idea is to help Pryor get an instinctive feel for running routes. 

Despite putting up 1,007 receiving yards with the Browns last year, Pryor has only played the position since 2015. His first four seasons in the NFL were spent trying to make a roster playing quarterback. 

Now penciled into a starting receiver role for the Redskins, he knows he has a lot of catching up to do. 

"The good ones, they ask questions and never think they’ve got it. They always want to learn," Pryor said, "I’m not calling myself a great one, but I think I can get there."

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Redskins Playbook: 2017 schedule reveals some good news for Kirk Cousins

Redskins Playbook: 2017 schedule reveals some good news for Kirk Cousins

The Redskins offense performed at a high level in 2016, moving the ball well though the unit struggled in the red zone. Much of the success comes from Kirk Cousins' ability to quickly advance through his progressions and release the football before he takes too many hits.

Expect more of that in 2017, especially early in the season.

The Redskins don't face their first Top 5 sack defense until Week 9 when they travel to Seattle. From there, Cousins will face another Top 5 sack team when the Vikings visit FedEx Field in Week 10. 

After that, Washington's schedule doesn't feature a Top 5 sack defense until nearly Christmas. Unfortunately for Cousins, those two teams will come back to back in December when the Redskins host the Cardinals and the Broncos.

Sacks should not drive too much worry for Redskins fans. The Washington offensive line only allowed 23 sacks last season, two less than the Cowboys vaunted offensive line gave up on Dak Prescott. Cousins quick release and mastery of Jay Gruden's offense helps too. 

The Redskins have plenty to worry about in 2017, though facing fierce sack opponents shouldn't be too high on the list. 

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