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Robinson seeks consistency

Robinson seeks consistency

Kirk Cousins received a lot of praise after the Redskinspreseason game in Chicago, and deservedly so.Overlooked, though, was one of the main reasons the reservequarterback had such a strong performance Saturday: wide receiver AldrickRobinson.Robinson hauled in six of the seven passes Cousins tossed inhis direction for a game-high 104 yards (17.3 yard average), including perhapsthe offensive highlight of the game.In the fourth quarter, Robinson grabbed a tipped pass and tookit 49 yards for a touchdown. Robinson accumulated 35 yards after the catch andout-raced four Bears to the end zone.I showed that can make big plays, and I am a big play guy,Robinson said. But I have to do it game in and game out. You have to beconsistent, and thats the main thing Coach Mike Shanahan is looking for consistency.There are presumably two spots remaining at wide receiver onthe Redskins 53-man roster and Robinson is solidly in the discussion for oneof them, a year after he spent all but one game on the practice squad.Its a grind, Robinson said of the grueling competitionwith fellow hopefuls Anthony Armstrong, Terrence Austin, Brandon Banks andDezmon Briscoe. But thats whatthis business is all about: competition and working hard to get your spot.Thats what Im doing, what Im trying to do, what Im going to keep doing.During the offseason, Robinson said he rededicated himselfto his craft. He kept his head in Shanahans playbook, worked daily on hisroute running and attended Robert Griffin IIIs informal passing camp in Waco,Tex.When you know the offense, you get to the spot where youresupposed to be at, Robinson said.Shanahan has taken notice.It was very average last year and he had to learn to be a proand he has gotten better through this offseason, Shanahan said of Robinsonsknowledge of the offense. Its really helped him and you can see the rewardsin how he has handled himself in game situations. That one play that he madeSaturday was really impressive."

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Redskins veteran DeAngelo Hall will begin training camp on PUP list, per report

Redskins veteran DeAngelo Hall will begin training camp on PUP list, per report

With Redskins training camp less than a week away, a new report indicates veteran safety DeAngelo Hall won't be on hand for the start.

Instead, he will enter camp on the physically unable to perform list, according to ESPN's John Keim. The same is true of linebacker Houston Bates. 

Both Bates and Hall are working their way back from torn ACLs. Hall suffered his ACL tear in September, while Bates was injured in December.

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It's possible other players will be added to the PUP list following team physicals scheduled for Wednesday. 

Hall, who will be 34 years old in November, restructured his contract to take a pay cut this offseason. He's valuable as a veteran leader on defense, especially in the secondary where neither of the projected starting safeties – Su'a Cravens and D.J. Swearinger – played the position for the Redskins last season. 

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Need to Know: Redskins pre-camp 53-man roster projection, offense

Need to Know: Redskins pre-camp 53-man roster projection, offense

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, July 24, three days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 204 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 48 days.

Days until:

—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 17
—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 26
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 41

Redskins roster projection—offense

The Redskins strap it up and start the battle for roster spots in earnest in just three days. Some are locks, others are hoping to hang on. Here is my prediction of the roster will shake out along with players who are on the bubble. The offense is up today, the defense tomorrow.

Players I have making the roster who are new to the organization in 2017 are in italics

Quarterback (3)

Starter: Kirk Cousins
Backups: Colt McCoy, Nate Sudfeld

Cousins and the team didn’t agree on the contract but that changes nothing for 2017. The elimination of two-a-day practices makes a fourth “camp arm” QB unnecessary so these three will handle all the snaps from now until when the season ends.   

Running backs (3)

Starter: Rob Kelley
Backups: Samaje Perine, Chris Thompson

Bubble: Mack Brown, Keith Marshall

Kelley skipped the drive-through window meals during the offseason, switching to a healthier diet to get himself in better shape. He will need to be strong to hold off Perine, who will make a push for playing time. Brown could be on or off depending on numbers elsewhere on the roster. If Marshall can stay healthy, he could force his way into the picture but the health is a big “if”.

Wide receivers (6)

Starters: Josh Doctson, Terrelle Pryor, Jamison Crowder (slot)
Backups: Maurice Harris, Ryan Grant, Robert Davis

Bubble: Brian Quick

I’m not sure if Grant, who caught nine passes while playing in all 16 games last year, should be a lock but it appears that he is. Davis is a projection; he has a lot to learn but if he is showing significant progress he could push out the veteran Quick, who was not impressive during the offseason practices.    

Tight ends (4)

Starter: Jordan Reed
Backups: Vernon Davis, Niles Paul, Jeremy Sprinkle

Bubble: Derek Carrier

Paul and Sprinkle could be considered on the bubble as well. The normal allowance is for three tight ends on the 53-man roster. Reed and Davis are locks, they need Paul for special teams, and Sprinkle is slated to be the blocking tight end. But Sprinkle needs to add a lot of polish to his game and Paul has the injury bug to fight. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.

Offensive line (9)

Starters (left to right): Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Spencer Long, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses
Backups: Ty Nsekhe, Arie Kouandjio, Vinston Painter, Chase Roullier

Bubble: John Kling

The starters are locked in unless Kouandjio can come up with a huge camp and push Lauvao out of the starting job. Roullier could be the backup center but if he’s not ready the Redskins could look for a veteran off the waiver wire for that spot.

Offensive breakdown: 25 players, four rookies, a total of five new to the Redskins.

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