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Safety in numbers at safety?

Safety in numbers at safety?

The Redskins appear to believe that there is safety in numbers at safety.Per media reports, six safeties will make the 2012 Redskins. Brandon Meriweather, Tanard Jackson, Madieu Williams, DeJon Gomes, Reed Doughty, and Jordan Bernstine all have either been told they will be on the final 53-man roster or are locks to make it.They had four safeties on the roster most of last year and most NFL teams carry four or five safeties on the roster.The surprise was Bernstine, a seventh-round pick this year. Many analysts believed that he would need a year of seasoning on the practice squad this year and then come back to compete for a spot on the roster this year. But he has been told that he will make it this year.And the conventional wisdom was that Gomes and Doughty were fighting for one job, but they both appear to have made it.You dont have to look far to see where the Redskins trimmed personnel to make room for the extra safety or two. Cornerbacks Brandyn Thompson and David Jones will be released leaving the Redskins with just four cornerbacksDeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, Cedric Griffin and rookie Richard Crawford. Five is the usual number for most NFL teams and the Redskins carried five most of last year.The puzzling thing about breakdown of the defensive backs is that Hall and Griffin both are capable of playing safety if needed. Bernstine did play cornerback at Iowa before moving to safety but it would be surprising of they had the rookie learn two positions.It is possible that more moves will be made in the coming days and perhaps we will be further explanation when Mike Shanahan addresses the media tomorrow afternoon.

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Redskins 2017 OTAs to-do list: It's time to find a nose tackle

Redskins 2017 OTAs to-do list: It's time to find a nose tackle

Free agency is done. The draft is history. Rookie minicamp is in the rearview and the 90-man offseason roster has been filled out. Now comes the difficult part for Jay Gruden and his staff: putting it all together. With OTAs set to begin on Tuesday, Redskins Insiders JP Finlay and Rich Tandler will examine top priorities on Gruden’s to-do list as he prepares the team for training camp in Richmond later this summer.

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Nose tackle

Finlay: There's a lot to do on the Redskins defensive line, and it starts in the middle. Expect free agent addition Stacy McGee to have a big opportunity to take over the nose tackle job. McGee ranked as a +5.5 run defender last season as rated by Pro Football Focus, and at 6-foot-3 and 308 lbs., he has the size to man the middle. McGee has plenty of talent, health has been his hiccup. He has only played all 16 games in one of his four seasons, and in 2016, he played only nine games.

Beyond McGee, the Redskins have some lottery tickets. Practice squad players A.J. Francis and Joey Mbu both have the size to play nose, but neither have the experience. Could Francis or Mbu emerge for significant snaps with the Washington defense? Sure, but it would be unexpected. 

A bigger lottery ticket remains. Phil Taylor, a former first-round pick in 2012, has shown serious talent at the nose tackle position. At 6-foot-3 and 337 lbs., Taylor certainly has the size for the spot. At the same time, Taylor hasn't played an NFL game since 2014, losing both 2015 and 2016 to injury. Counting on Taylor would be short-sighted, but if he can remain healthy, there could be big value.

According to Jay Gruden, the most important piece of the nose tackle puzzle will come from new defensive line coach Jim Tomsula. Gruden said he expects Tomsula to "make" a nose tackle and improve the Redskins D-line. It's a tall order, but Tomsula has an impressive track record working in the trenches. 

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The Redskins plan to add multiple new front office positions, according to Bruce Allen

The Redskins plan to add multiple new front office positions, according to Bruce Allen

The Redskins will be adding as many as three new positions to their front office, team president Bruce Allen said on Monday.

Speaking with the media at the Redskins Charitable Golf Foundation, Allen explained that he has spoken with 12 people from outside the organization about possible jobs.

Many wondered if the Redskins would make a hire after the early March firing of former general manager Scot McCloughan.

Reports showed that Allen wanted to promote a new GM from within, and that could still be the case. Doug Williams, Scott Campbell and Eric Schaefer are considered the internal leaders for the vacant position.

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