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Redskins will still have eyes on inside linebackers in NFL draft after Zach Brown signing

Redskins will still have eyes on inside linebackers in NFL draft after Zach Brown signing

In Mason Foster, Will Compton, and the newly-signed Zach Brown, the Redskins have three inside linebackers still in their 20s with a combined 199 games of NFL experience including 150 starts.

But they are far from set at the position with the NFL draft just a little over three weeks away.

Brown signed a one-year contract while Foster is in the final year of a two-year deal he signed in 2016. Compton is on a restricted free agent tender, a deal he has not yet signed. While he still could end up with a multi-year deal with the Redskins or with another team the most likely scenario at this point seems to be that he will play on the RFA tender this year and then join Brown and Foster as unrestricted free agents in 2018.

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They also have veteran Chris Carter on a one-year deal this year and recent draft picks Martrell Spaight and Steven Daniels in the fold for two and three more years, respectively. Zach Vigil, picked up on waivers late last season, will be a restricted free agent next year. While all those players have some potential to contribute, it is not known if any of them can start or even play a regular role.

Because of this, the Redskins are unlikely to change their draft plans after signing Brown. If they had Reuben Foster, Zach Cunningham and Haason Reddick high on their board last week they should remain there this week. Any mid-round inside backers who were on the board last week likely are still there.

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Regardless of what they do or don’t do at inside linebacker in the draft there will be some serious competition for jobs. Compton, Foster, and Brown are locks. Spaight started a game when Compton was injured last year and he is one the team would like to hold on to. Still, he likely would have to compete Daniels, Carter, and Vigil for one of the two remaining roster spots.

If a draft pick or two is thrown into the mix the Redskins may have to carve out a sixth roster spot at ILB. If they do it won’t be because they need the player this year. The contract situations force them to think about 2018 and beyond.

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Jay Gruden presser recap: Enough is on Chris Thompson's plate already

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Jay Gruden presser recap: Enough is on Chris Thompson's plate already

Here is a recap of Jay Gruden’s press conference on Wednesday:

—The injuries are covered in a separate post here. Jordan Reed was the only non-participant. Gruden said his status is “wait and see.”

—Gruden doesn’t see them playing Chris Thompson more than they do now. He noted that in addition to being the third-down back he also returns kicks and comes in on second and long plays. “It’s important for us to keep him healthy,” said Gruden. “He’s not a guy that I personally want to give him 30 carries a game.”

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—In a year, Matt Ioannidis has gone from being on the practice squad to being a key member of the defensive line. Gruden was impressed with his play against the Rams. “Against the Rams, he played very well,” he said. “He had pressured the quarterback four or five times, he hawked down Tavon Austin on a jet sweep, which was a big play on the first play of the game. If he gets out of there, it could’ve been a 70-yard touchdown.” Gruden said that work in the weight room with help from fellow DL Ziggy Hood helped in Ioannidis’ transformation.

—Gruden said that the Rams game might have been the best of Jordan Reed's career despite gaining just 48 receiving yards on six catches. “Yeah, Jordan was awesome,” he said. “I thought he had the best all-around game he’s had in a while. I think, not just route-running, but blocking. He was outstanding in blocking. Had a key block on the touchdown Chris Thompson had on the second series of the game, was physical and did a great job.”

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—The Su’a Cravens situation was dismissed rather quickly. The Redskins will not be adding another safety to the roster. “No, we have Fish [Smithson] already as our fifth guy on the practice squad and he’s doing a good job, so we’re OK at safety spot,” said Gruden. “As far as Su’a’ is concerned, we just have to put it behind us, move forward and let him take care of his personal life and let us take care of this season.”

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Redskins injury report: Jordan Reed out of practice, six are limited

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Redskins injury report: Jordan Reed out of practice, six are limited

There were a lot of wounded Redskins on the practice field on Wednesday as the team started preparations for their game against the Raiders on Sunday.

One injured player was not on the field. Jordan Reed was out with a chest injury. Obviously, there is concern but Jay Gruden said that it is too early to rule him out of the game.

A half dozen players were limited: RB Rob Kelley (rib), S Montae Nicholson (shoulder), CB Josh Norman (shoulder), OT Morgan Moses (ankle), S Deshazor Everett (knee), and LB Mason Foster (shoulder).

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While none of the injuries seems particularly serious, they still could affect each player’s status for the game.

Foster suffered a separated shoulder during the game, popped it back in, and continued without missing a snap. He said that said that he was letting the athletic trainers handle it. “I’m going in, getting my treatment, doing what they tell me to do,” he said.

Kelley suffered a rib cartilage injury in the second quarter on Sunday. He said that the pain was very high that day but that it has subsided since.

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