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Redskins' Hall revised his contract but is he guaranteed a roster spot?

Redskins' Hall revised his contract but is he guaranteed a roster spot?

Now that DeAngelo Hall has agreed to take a pay cut, the conventional wisdom is that he is a lock to make the 53-man roster. But is he really a sure thing?

Hall’s contract reduces his salary from $4.25 million to $2.3 million. He is in the final year of a four-year contract he signed in 2014. Including the prorated signing bonus from that deal, Hall’s cap number dropped from $5.06 million to $3.11 million.

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The contract modification has been expected ever since Hall told reporters that he would be amenable to a pay cut at the end of last season. He has missed 31 games with injuries in the last three seasons and Hall is realistic enough to realize that such a track record would not support a $4.25 million salary.

Jay Gruden seemed to be happy about Hall enabling the organization to keep him on the roster at a more reasonable price.

“He’s kind of been a mainstay here and he kind of keeps the boat from sinking from time to time,” said Gruden. “There’s some volatile people in that defensive back room from time to time and he’s a calming guy, if you can believe that [laughter]. D-Hall is. He’s been great. He’s been a great leader for us. Unfortunately for him, injuries have shortened his season. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get him back at a later date, but if we don’t have him back when we want to, at least he’ll be in the room and still have a major influence on the team and the defense.”

It looks like Gruden has some doubt about when Hall, who has not participated in OTAs or minicamp while rehabbing a torn ACL he sustained in Week 3 last year, will be ready to participate in training camp. Hall is unsure, saying that he would just have to see how the rehab progresses. It could be early in camp, it could be later.

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So, if he isn’t sure when he will be ready then you have to think that the PUP list could be one thing that keeps him off of the 53-man roster. If he suffers any sort of setback in his rehab he could end up starting the year on PUP, which would keep him sidelined for a minimum of six weeks.

There also is the possibility that he could be beaten out. The Redskins are likely to carry a maximum of five safeties. D. J. Swearinger and Su’s Cravens are locked in as the starters. Montae Nicholson was picked in the fourth round, a status that usually locks in a roster spot. Deshazor Everett is developing as a safety and is a core special teams player so he likely is safe. That leaves Hall competing with Will Blackmon and Josh Evans for the final spot. He might be the favorite in that three-man competition but he’s far from a sure bet.

None of the money in Hall’s revised contract is guaranteed. If the Redskins cut Hall they would save an additional $2.3 million in cap money.

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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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Need to Know: The top five running backs the Redskins will face in 2017

Need to Know: The top five running backs the Redskins will face in 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 25, 32 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 175 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 77 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 22
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 46
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 69

The top five running backs the Redskins will face in 2017

Here are the five running backs on the Redskins’ schedule who gained the most yards in 2017. We looked at the top QBs last week.

Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys, 1,631 yards in 2016—The NFL’s leading rusher didn’t pop for a big day against the Redskins as a rookie last year. He still did plenty of damage in two games with a combined 180 yards and three touchdowns. We’ll find out in Week 8 just how much the Redskins’ rushing defense has improved.

David Johnson, Cardinals, 1,239 yards—Yeah, him again. He chewed up the Redskins in Arizona last year, picking up 84 yards rushing and another 91 yards receiving. I think I might pick Johnson over Elliott in a draft simply due to Johnson’s versatility.

LeGarrette Blount, Eagles, 1,161 yards—Blount picked up those yards with the Patriots last year and rushed for 18 touchdowns for good measure. He averaged 3.9 yards per carry, 27th among qualifying running backs. It should be noted that the Eagles probably have a better offensive line than the Patriots do. It’s safe to say Blount is one dimensional; none of the top 50 in rushing yards had fewer than his seven receptions.

Mark Ingram, Saints, 1,043 yards—While Ingram had a good year, the Saints apparently weren’t overly impressed. They signed Adrian Peterson as a free agent and they drafted RB Alvin Kamara in the third round. We’ll have to see who is healthy and on the field in Week 11

Melvin Gordon, Chargers, 997 yards—The 2015 first-round pick missed the last three games and most of another one with an injury. When healthy, he was very effective. His stats projected over 16 games come to over 1,300 yards.

Best of the rest: Carlos Hyde of the 49ers just missed the top five with 988 rushing yards last year Besides Kamara, the only running backs drafted in the first three rounds the Redskins will face are Dalvin Cook (Vikings) and Kareem Hunt (Chiefs). It will be interesting to see if new Rams coach Sean McVay can revive Todd Gurley, who followed a 1,100-yard rookie season with a 4.8 per carry average by gaining 885 yards with a paltry 3.2 average in 2016. Marshawn Lynch comes to town with the Raiders after spending a year in retirement; with the Seahawks, he picked up 111, 72, and 132 on the ground against the Redskins. 

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