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Shanahan on Brown: Update coming Tuesday

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Shanahan on Brown: Update coming Tuesday

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Friday he did not have an update on ailing right tackle Jammal Brown, who is on the physically unable to perform list after aggravating a hip injury on Wednesday.Shanahan said Brown has decided to see his personal doctor in New York, and the doctor is not available until Tuesday, which has holding up a diagnosis.Ill be able to speak with you after that, Shanahan said.For the second consecutive day, Tyler Polumbus lined up with the first team and appears to be the leading candidate to replace Brown if the injury turns out to be serious.The prognosis for safety Tanard Jackson, meantime, was much clearer. Jackson, who is also on the PUP list, is expected to return to the field on Monday, Shanahan said. Jackson is sidelined with a calf strain he suffered during OTAs.With that calf -- it looked pretty good -- but the trainers just thought maybe 24 hours would help it a little more, Shanahan said. Hopefully Monday hell be able to go full speed.Some other items of interest from Shanahans news conference:The coach reiterated that hes hoping to ease running back Tim Hightower back into the lineup. Hightower, who tore his ACL last October and missed the remainder of the season, is expected to battle second year players Roy Helu Jr. and Evan Royster for carries.Hes not even close to 100-percent, Shanahan said of Hightower. But I see improvement every day.Speaking about the running backs, Shanahan insisted again that he does not who will emerge from the trio, or if hell adopt a by-committee approach.I really dont know whats going to happen to the tailback position, Shanahan said. I do know Ive got three guys that I got a lot of confidence in that played last year.But, he added, well find out.Asked about rookie quarterback Robert Griffin IIIs progress, Shanahan said its going to take time. Griffin, however, was much more accurate with his passes on the second day of camp.You get better with every repetition you take, Shanahan said. The reason why its so hard the first year and not many quarterbacks have been very successful unless theyve had a great supporting cast is because it does take time. It doesnt happen overnight. You have to have the game slow down.It began with Pierre Garon tossing balls into the spectator area after nice catches. Then Anthony Armstrong and Aldrick Robinson joined the act.After that, it was Shanahans turn to have some fun: he told the wide receivers he was going to fine them 2,000 per ball. As it turned out, though, the coach was only kidding.I said its going to cost each guy who did it Pierre Garcon, he did it three times it would cost him 2,000 a ball, Shanahan said. But more importantly, I said, We only have six balls left.I like these guys being enthusiastic, he added, and theyre excited to see the fans out there and want to give them a souvenir, so it was great.

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Jay Gruden views Chris Thompson as the NFL's best third-down running back

Jay Gruden views Chris Thompson as the NFL's best third-down running back

In 2016, Chris Thompson simply needed to prove to Jay Gruden that he could handle 16 NFL games.

Now, looking ahead to 2017, the fifth-year running back hopes to show his head coach he can shoulder 16 NFL games and a larger workload.

"I have a feeling that I might get a little more this year," Thompson said Monday at the Redskins Charitable Golf Foundation. "[Gruden] knows now that I'm healthy and I can stay healthy, which I think that was one of his biggest concerns. So now he sees that I can handle the load, I think that I'll get a lot more opportunities this year."

Last season was by far the best in the 26-year-old's career. He played a full slate of games after playing in just 19 over his first three seasons combined, and he set career highs in rushing attempts (68), yards (356), receptions (49), receiving yards (349) and total touchdowns (5).

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He also held up well in pass protection, a key duty for him as the team's third-down running back. And it's all of those qualities — being able to contribute on handoffs and with catches while also providing help in keeping Kirk Cousins upright — that make him an excellent fit for a popular NFL duty.

The most excellent in that duty, actually, if you ask Gruden. 

"I think Chris Thompson's role is big," he said. "When you're talking about third downs, that's the most important down in football. There's nobody better as a third-down back in my opinion than Chris. He's got a huge role on this football team." 

Gruden went on to indicate that an increase in Thompson's responsibilities is likely coming, though No. 25 will still do the majority of his work when the offense needs him most.

"Whether he does some more stuff on first- and second-down will be determined," he said. "I'm sure he will. But he's so valuable on third-down that I gotta keep him in that role for now."

A 2013 fifth-round pick who came into the league with a history of injuries, Thompson has now fully gained the trust of his coaches and teammates. The 5-foot-8 running back may be small in stature, but the Redskins know he's not small in importance.  

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Fantasy football: Ranking the top eight rookie quarterbacks in 2017

Fantasy football: Ranking the top eight rookie quarterbacks in 2017

Rookie camps are in the books as teams now move to organized team activities. Does that mean it's too early for fantasy football rankings? 

Probably, but seeing as the rookies are new to the scene, we might as well start projecting where and how they fit. 

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Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott, Sterling Shepard and Michael Thomas were among the rookies who produced and then some in 2016.

Based on the early rounds of the 2017 NFL draft, there’s hope for even more first-year standouts.  

Starting with the Bears selecting quarterback Mitch Trubisky second overall, 19 skill players were drafted in the first and second round.

That includes fellow first-round quarterback selections Pat Mahomes and Deshaun Watson. Several sleeper candidates followed. 

Here’s my look at the Elite Eight quarterbacks with the 2017 fantasy football season -- and beyond -- in mind.

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2017 Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings:

Running Backs - No. 1, Leonard Fournette, Jaguars

* Wide receivers - No. 1, Corey Davis, Titans