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Redskins still looking for a kickoff returner, Crowder set as PR

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Redskins still looking for a kickoff returner, Crowder set as PR

RICHMOND—The Redskins have one return position settled while the other one is up in the air.

The punt returner again will be Jamison Crowder. Some thought that the Redskins might try to find another solution there because Crowder may have a more prominent role in the offense since DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon left as free agents.

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But Crowder has been handling punts in practice, even working out there when his participation was very limited due to a hamstring injury. He does not want to give up the role.

“Yeah, as of now, I’m the return guy and I plan on and I hope that I can continue to be the return guy,” he said last week. “That’s all I’ve heard.”

Gruden confirmed that Crowder will keep his role. And he should. Last year he averaged 12.1 yards per return, fourth in the NFL. He had one touchdown and that was the difference in the Redskins’ 16-10 win over the Ravens.

The coach did say he would like to identify a backup punt returner. Against the Ravens, Kendall Fuller had a 17-yard return while Will Blackmon muffed a punt. He made the miscue at the nine but he managed to recover and return the punt to the eight, avoiding disaster. Gruden said that the mistake won’t cause him to give up on Blackmon, who has returned 73 career punts for an 8.9-yard average.

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Gruden said that the search for a kickoff returner is ongoing.

"Chris Thompson can return kicks for us, [Bashaud] Breeland's done some of it. So we're still trying to fight through our final kick returner and I think we'll obviously figure that out in the next couple weeks.”

Last year Thompson led the team in kickoff returns with 17 for a 21.2-yard average. Blackmon returned four kickoffs and averaged 27.3 yards. 

Wide receivers Matt Hazel and Zach Pascal returned kickoffs against the Ravens. Neither of those players seems likely to be on the final 53-man roster so Thompson, Breeland and perhaps others could get a crack at it.

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Redskins struggling O-line takes hit as Spencer Long gets knee scope, per report

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Redskins struggling O-line takes hit as Spencer Long gets knee scope, per report

The Redskins offensive line struggled through the first two games of the 2017 preseason, and more bad news arrived Monday night when CBS Sports reported that center Spencer Long underwent a knee scope and is expected to miss the next two weeks.

Long moved to center last season when Kory Lichtensteiger got injured, and the results were solid. In 2015, Long started a number of games at left guard, but at center in 2016, he seemed a natural fit as a leader and a quick learner calling the Redskins protections. 

With Long expected to miss some time, rookie Chase Roullier will take over the top center job. Rouillier played center his senior season at Wyoming and earned All Mountain West honors. At 6-foot-4 and 312 lbs., Roullier has comparable size to Long, who goes 6-foot-5 and 320 lbs. Both players also played some guard in college. 

Washington coach Jay Gruden has repeatedly talked about the importance of a backup center, and with Roullier now moved to the top line, expect the Redskins to move quick to bring a veteran in for depth. This will make sorting out the offensive line roster even murkier as the Redskins approach roster cuts after their fourth preseason game. 


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Odell Beckham Jr. leaves Giants-Browns game after nasty-looking hit


Odell Beckham Jr. leaves Giants-Browns game after nasty-looking hit

NFL preseason games usually don't cause a stir on the Internet. That is, until a very important player suffers an injury in one.

That's exactly what happened during Monday night's Giants-Browns game in Cleveland. While going up to snag an Eli Manning pass, Odell Beckham Jr. was cut down by Briean Boddy-Calhoun on what was a gruesome-looking play:


At first, Beckham Jr. somehow looked like he was going to be OK. But he eventually had to head to the New York locker room, and the team later said his ankle is what they were concerned about:

If that's all it turns out to be, consider the receiver and the Giants lucky. In looking at replays of the hit, it's remarkable to think that he could emerge from it with no knee issues. 

New York will surely update his status once they find out more.

UPDATE - 10:26 P.M.

The entire Big Apple sighs a giant sigh of relief: