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Redskins ink Reinhardt, release three

Redskins ink Reinhardt, release three

The Washington Redskins have signed their starting left guard for 2009 and beyond.

Chad Reinhardt, the team's third-round draft pick out of Northern Iowa, signed a four-year contract on Thursday. He got minimum salaries for the four years, as is typical for a third-round pick, plus a signing bonus of slightly over $600,000. There are escalator clauses based on playing time that could add an extra $700,000 in the final year of the deal.

This is succession planning at its finest. Reinhardt should slide right into the second string slot at left guard. Starter Pete Kendall turned 35 two days ago and he is entering the second year of a two-year extension he signed with the Redskins when they traded for him last year. Assuming that Reinhardt responds to Joe Bugel's coaching, he should occupy the starting job on opening day, 2009.

Reinhardt was drafted with the supplemental pick the Redskins received in compensation (primarily) for the loss of left guard Derrick Dockery to free agency prior to the 2007 season.

While adding Reinhardt, the Redskins cut three other players. They only had to cut one to create a spot on the 80-man roster for Reinhardt, so come other moves could be imminent.

Released were defensive end Tommy Davis, center Kyle DeVan and quarterback Sam Hollenbach.

The release of DeVan is somewhat interesting since, although he wasn't expected to make the team, he was the only center on the roster behind Casey Rabach. Since Rabach isn't going to make every snap with every unit during training camp, it seems likely that the Redskins have another option at that position in mind.

Davis spent some time on the practice squad last year but the Redskins are high on prospects Alex Buzbee and Chris Wilson at defensive end so he faced very long odds. There still are eight defensive ends on the roster and it's likely that only five will end up on the final roster.

The waiving of Hollenbach, who spent some time on the active roster last year after Jason Campbell got injured, means that Jim Zorn chose Derek Devine as the fourth QB. While that's not a great spot in which to be, should Colt Brennan have difficulty recovering from his hip injury or if it's demonstrated that his dazzling numbers at Hawaii were just a product of the offensive system and weak competition, Devine could land himself a roster spot. Devine spent last year's training camp with Zorn in Seattle after being signed by the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent out of Marshall.

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Need to Know: Do the Redskins need a big day from Cousins to win?

Need to Know: Do the Redskins need a big day from Cousins to win?

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, December 6, five days before the Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles.

Timeline

Today's schedule: Off day

Days until: Panthers @ Redskins 14; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 19; Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 26

Injuries of note vs. Cardinals:
C Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion)
Postgame injury report

Last look at Redskins vs. Cardinals

Turning point: I have feeling that Sunday was a pivotal point in the season. When it’s all over the Cardinals game will either be looked at as the beginning of the end of their playoff run or as the low point that preceded a streak that got them into the playoffs.

A one-man show? One question raised on Sunday is whether the Redskins can win without a stellar performance from Kirk Cousins. His completion percentage of 56.8 on Sunday was his worst in any game this season. He made some nice passes but all in all he was not the guy who has carried the team for the past six weeks. If they are going to make the playoffs and perhaps do something when they get there the defense and running game are going to need to pitch in.

Pass happy play calling: The Redskins’ first four plays were passes. Then Rob Kelley went up the middle for 13 yards. The next five plays were passes. It was foreshadowing; during a game they never trailed by more than one score the Redskins called 39 passes and 17 runs. Kelley got 63 yards of 14 carries and Chris Thompson got 24 yards on two. Doing the math, the running backs averaged 5.4 yards per carry. I’m not one to nitpick the play calling but perhaps a few more handoffs would have helped move the ball more effectively.

Snap count spot check: Vernon Davis played every offensive snap but one. On defense, Duke Ihenacho played 64 snaps, his second-highest total of the season. They were in nickel a lot—Kendall Fuller played 55 snaps—but Su’a Cravens played only 37 snaps, about half.

Potpourri: If Dustin Hopkins was in a slump it looks like he’s out of it after booming a 53-yard field goal and pounding all six of his kickoffs for touchbacks . . . Although Davis did catch five passes for 47 yards with Jordan Reed out, he is missed as a second option when Reed can’t play . . . With Tyrann Mathieu, who usually covers the slot receiver, out Cousins tried to go to Jamison Crowder but he caught just three of the eight passes targeted to him . . . Like many games, we could stop all analysis of this game after seeing that the Redskins turned the ball over twice and didn’t manage to take it away.  

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Redskins release Dashaun Phillips, again

Redskins release Dashaun Phillips, again

Cornerback Dashaun Phillips had a very short return to the Redskins’ active roster.

Phillips, who started the season as the nickel cornerback before being benched and eventually released and moved to the practice squad last month, was re-signed to the roster on Friday. He made the trip to Arizona but he was inactive for the game. The Redskins announced today that he has been released again.

It is possible for Phillips to return to the practice squad if he clears through waivers.

The transaction clears a roster spot for the return of offensive tackle Trent Williams, who has been suspended for the last four games.