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Redskins among NFL's most stable teams

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Redskins among NFL's most stable teams

The Redskins have had one of the most stable rosters in the NFL since 2011.

Yes, that is “Redskins” and the concept of “stability” being used in the same statement.

A couple of bloggers at NFL.com took a look at how many players each NFL team had on its current roster who suited up for at least one game at some point during the 2011 season. According to the article, the Redskins have 25 such players, tied with the Packers for the most in the NFL.

I went through and came up with 24 such players. I’m not sure where the difference is as they don’t list the players. It’s possible that they counted Aldrick Robinson, who was moved up from the practice squad to the 53-man roster for the last game of the season but he was inactive and so he did not “suit up”.

In any case, here are the 24 players left from 2011:

  1. Chris Baker
  2. Stephen Bowen
  3. Chris Chester
  4. Barry Cofield
  5. Kedric Golston
  6. DeAngelo Hall
  7. Leonard Hankerson
  8. Roy Helu
  9. Maurice Hurt
  10. Rob Jackson
  11. Jarvis Jenkins
  12. Ryan Kerrigan
  13. Kory Lichtensteiger
  14. Santana Moss
  15. Chris Neild
  16. Brian Orakpo
  17. Niles Paul
  18. Logan Paulsen
  19. Tyler Polumbus
  20. Perry Riley
  21. Evan Royster
  22. Nick Sundberg
  23. Trent Williams
  24. Darrel Young

There seems to be a pretty good chance that most of them will make it past the final cuts in August. Moss, Hurt and Royster could be on the bubble and some players like Bowen and Chester might be forced to choose between taking a cut in pay and being released. There will be some surprises here and there, too.

But even if a few fall by the wayside, the Redskins will still go into the season in the top 25 percent in terms of stability. The group has been through something of a roller coaster ride with the team going 5-11 in 2011, improving to 10-6 and winning the NFC East in 2012 and crashing to 3-13 last year.

All but six of them (Golston, Hall, Jackson, Moss, Orakpo, Young) were brought to the team by Mike Shanahan. Six of them had expiring contracts this spring and have been re-signed by the team (Baker, Hall, Jackson, Moss, Orakpo, Riley) The outcome of Jay Gruden’s first couple of years on the job will hinge largely on the performance of players brought in by his predecessor, who was fired in December.

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When asked to vote for top 20 players, Pierre Garcon just wrote 'Kirk Cousins' 20 times

When asked to vote for top 20 players, Pierre Garcon just wrote 'Kirk Cousins' 20 times

Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon just filled out his ballot for the annual NFL Top 100 Players list.

Let's just say it's pretty one-dimensional. 

Straight like that

A photo posted by Pierre Garcon (@pierregarcon) on

As you can see, the form asks guys to rank who they consider the top 20 players in the league. But instead of naming 20 different players, Garcon voted for the same player 20 times. Talk about stuffing the ballot box. 

No surprise, but he's hyping his quarterback Kirk Cousins. 

Cousins is having a career year with the Redskins. His stock has soared over the last three weeks especially. Take a look at his numbers in that span: 84 completions on 116 attempts for 1,086 yards (72 percent), eight touchdowns and zero interceptions. 

Those efforts earned the Michigan State product NFC Offensive Player of the Month honors. And more importantly, Cousins has the Redskins in favorable position to make the playoffs for the second year in a row.

So far this season, Garcon has caught 52 passes from Cousins for 636 yards and two scores. 

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Redskins promote CB Phillips from practice squad, waive Bruton Jr. and Clausell

Redskins promote CB Phillips from practice squad, waive Bruton Jr. and Clausell

The Redskins made a couple of roster moves just before departing for Arizona to play the Cardinals.

They signed cornerback Dashaun Phillips from the practice squad and cut offensive tackle Blaine Clausell. The Redskins also waived safety David Bruton Jr. off of injured reserve.

Phillips was the Redskins’ nickel corner for the first three games of the season, and he made four tackles and recovered a fumble. But they moved rookie Kendall Fuller up into the slot corner role in Week 4 and Phillips spent several weeks on the inactive list before being waived on November 12 and added to the practice squad three days later.

The moves became known after Redskins coach Jay Gruden had spoken to the media for the day so we can only speculate as to the reasoning behind them. Actually, the release of Clausell isn’t hard to figure out. He was signed after Trent Williams started his four-game suspension and with Williams set to return on Monday and the other options at backup tackle healthy there was no point in keeping him around.

Phillips is likely going to Arizona as an insurance policy. The Cardinals like to spread the field with a lot of wide receivers. They will want to have five cornerbacks active. They do have Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland, Fuller, Quinton Dunbar, and Greg Toler. But Breeland is listed as questionable with an ankle injury and they Redskins don’t want to take any chance of being caught short-handed at cornerback if he suffers a setback. That’s especially true when they don’t need to bring an extra tackle along.

Depending on how things shake out injury-wise against the Cardinals there is a good chance that we could see Phillips on the waiver wire once again as a roster spot will be needed for Williams.

Bruton started the first four games of the season at safety before going on injured reserve with a concussion. This past offseason he signed a three-year, $9 million free agent contract with $3.4 million full guaranteed. There will be a deal cap hit of approximately $1.7 million in 2017 to account for the prorated bonus.