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Shanahan has no Plan B for Davis, Williams situations

Shanahan has no Plan B for Davis, Williams situations

Mike Shanahan will not have a Plan B if Fred Davis andor Trent Williams slip up and end up with a year-long suspension for another violation of the NFLs substance abuse policy.Both Williams and Davis were suspended for the last four games of the 2011 season for violating that policy. Another violation would make them liable for another suspension, this one lasting a year. When asked yesterday if he would construct the roster with an eye towards the possibility of those suspensions, Shanahan said no.I trust both of them. Id be very disappointed if they let me down or their teammates down, he said. I really dont think along those lines.So this may throw out the conventional wisdom that, say, the Redskins are more inclined to keep Chris Cooley than the might be if Davis was not one mistake away from being gone for the year.Of course, a team has to be prepared to deal with the loss of any player at any time so there has to be a backup plan if either Williams or Davis is out due to an injury. But it is interesting to note that Shanahan says that he will not give additional consideration to the fact that those two players have a greater chance of missing a substantial portion of the season than a player without the threat of one-year drug suspension hanging over his head.

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Terrelle Pryor reportedly working out with special glasses based on Antonio Brown's advice

Terrelle Pryor reportedly working out with special glasses based on Antonio Brown's advice

New Redskins receiver Terrelle Pryor has been working out with Steelers All-Pro Antonio Brown this offseason. 

The pair documented their receiving drills, ladder drills and even yoga on social media. But what you didn't see, according to ESPN's John Keim, is Pryor practicing with special glasses that Brown recommended. 

Based on Brown’s advice, Pryor has also worn special sunglasses during offseason workouts, designed to prevent him from seeing an object – in this case the ball – until it is almost upon him. Sometimes he takes his gloves off, just to get a feel for the ball with his hands.

The glasses Keim describes sound more like blinders, or even tunnel vision, but the idea is to help Pryor get an instinctive feel for running routes. 

Despite putting up 1,007 receiving yards with the Browns last year, Pryor has only played the position since 2015. His first four seasons in the NFL were spent trying to make a roster playing quarterback. 

Now penciled into a starting receiver role for the Redskins, he knows he has a lot of catching up to do. 

"The good ones, they ask questions and never think they’ve got it. They always want to learn," Pryor said, "I’m not calling myself a great one, but I think I can get there."

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Redskins Playbook: 2017 schedule reveals some good news for Kirk Cousins

Redskins Playbook: 2017 schedule reveals some good news for Kirk Cousins

The Redskins offense performed at a high level in 2016, moving the ball well though the unit struggled in the red zone. Much of the success comes from Kirk Cousins' ability to quickly advance through his progressions and release the football before he takes too many hits.

Expect more of that in 2017, especially early in the season.

The Redskins don't face their first Top 5 sack defense until Week 9 when they travel to Seattle. From there, Cousins will face another Top 5 sack team when the Vikings visit FedEx Field in Week 10. 

After that, Washington's schedule doesn't feature a Top 5 sack defense until nearly Christmas. Unfortunately for Cousins, those two teams will come back to back in December when the Redskins host the Cardinals and the Broncos.

Sacks should not drive too much worry for Redskins fans. The Washington offensive line only allowed 23 sacks last season, two less than the Cowboys vaunted offensive line gave up on Dak Prescott. Cousins quick release and mastery of Jay Gruden's offense helps too. 

The Redskins have plenty to worry about in 2017, though facing fierce sack opponents shouldn't be too high on the list. 

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