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Rock bolsters Skins’ stability

Rock bolsters Skins’ stability

Today, for the first time in almost a week, Dan Snyder dusted off the checkbook and signed a player. It was the Redskins' second signing of the free agency period and, like the first one, backup quarterback Todd Collins, the player wore the burgundy and gold last season.

In fact, Rock Cartwright has been a Redskin for his entire six-year career. He was the last player the team selected in the 2002 draft (7th round). At 5-7 he had to fight to get noticed and establish a niche on the team.

His carries from scrimmage are few and far between, 146 in his career, just seven in the past two seasons combined.

But he's found a place on special teams, playing on most of them and getting his hands on the ball regularly as the kickoff returner. Usually fielding the ball and going straight ahead, trying to find a seam, Cartwright averaged 25.8 yards per return, ninth-best in the NFL.

According to Vinny Cerrato, the contract is for three years, about $3 million with a $300,000 signing. It had been reported that Cartwright was seeking $2 million in guaranteed money in a new deal. While the exact amount in guarantees beyond the $300,000 is not known, but it's certainly far less than $2 million.

In keeping Cartwright, the team takes one more step towards maintaining some semblance of continuity. That seemed to be impossible in mid-January after it was announced that Gregg Williams would not replace Joe Gibbs as head coach and that Al Saunders would be gone as well.

And, certainly, it's not exactly going to be business as usual in Ashburn this year as neophyte Jim Zorn replaces Hall of Fame member Gibbs as head coach and the well-regarded Saunders as kingpin of the offense.

Every NFL team, though, undergoes some transformation from January to September. The retention of reserves Collins and Cartwright to go along with the 22 starters who are under contract for 2008 means that what has been a tight locker room will remain largely unchanged.

 

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NFL Draft 2017 Redskins live blog: Second round draft tracker updates, analysis

NFL Draft 2017 Redskins live blog: Second round draft tracker updates, analysis

The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft is in the books, and the Redskins got themselves aa steal in Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen with the No. 17 overall pick.

On Friday, the second and third rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft takes place, and the Redskins head into the second day with two picks at their disposal.

The Redskins will select No. 49 overall (2nd-17) and No. 81 overall (3rd-17) unless they make a draft day trade.

Will the Redskins make a trade? Who are the best available players in the second and third round? 

The CSN NFL Draft Second Round Live Blog has you covered.

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What: 2017 NFL Draft, Rounds 2-3
When: Friday, April 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Penn.
TV Channel: ESPN, NFL Network
Live Stream: WatchESPN App

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Lets head to the Live blog (Click here for First Round Live Blog):

REDSKINS 2017 NFL DRAFT SECOND ROUND TRACKER

5:27 PM - As more information about CB Gareon Conley taking a polygraph has come out, so too have questions about the legality of it. 

4:50 PM - Rich Tandler narrowed down the Redskins' second and third-round NFL Draft choices to just five guys. Here they are. 

4:45 PM - This list will be important today. Who are the best available players the Redskins could think about drafting in the second round?

4:30 PM - We wrote about this, but this graphic is worth looking at again. And again. And again.

4:20 PM - Want to get to know the NFL Draft prospects? Want to go inside the war room with a former GM? Ever wondered what a player evaluation looks like? Former NFL GM Charley Casserly and CSN's Julie Donaldson have you covered in our CSN Draft Room. It's your go-to source for 2017 NFL Draft material.

4:05 PM - The CSN team is all over the place today. Be sure to follow them on Twitter. Redskins Insider JP Finlay is at the Draft in Philadelphia. Redskins writer Rich Tandler and CSN anchor Chick Hernandez are at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va. and NFL analyst Trevor Matich is in the CSN Draft Room. Be sure to follow @CSNRedskins for all your draft night coverage. 

4:00 PM - Welcome to CSN's live draft tracker for the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday night.

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Redskins now have three of the top 12 players from the 2013 Rivals recruiting class

Redskins now have three of the top 12 players from the 2013 Rivals recruiting class

If you're trying to predict who the Redskins are going to take next in the 2017 NFL Draft, you may want to put some money down on Alvin Kamara.

That's because Washington is apparently trying to assemble as much talent as possible from the 2013 Rivals Top 100 recruiting class. After taking Jonathan Allen in Round 1 of the event, the Redskins are now home to three of the top 12 players from that list:

Allen joins Su'a Cravens and Kendall Fuller on a defense that is starting to collect some serious young players. And while many members of the 2013 Top 100 class have already been drafted this year or in previous years, Kamara, a running back out of Tennessee who was No. 45, is still available. Could he be the next 2013 prospect to land with the Burgundy and Gold?

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