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The Week That Was: 'Gummy Bear' makes the Redskins' cut

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The Week That Was: 'Gummy Bear' makes the Redskins' cut

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, September 1, eight days before the Redskins open their season against the Eagles at FedEx Field.

That was the week that was

—I don’t know why the Redskins decided to keep four quarterbacks but it wasn’t so that they could trade Kirk Cousins. He is going nowhere.

—They also didn’t keep Pat White and Rex Grossman because of “concerns” surrounding RG3. Griffin is starting against the Eagles.

—But regardless of why White is on the 53 and no matter how long he stays there, he deserves credit for taking advantage of the opportunity. It seems like he has a long way to go before he could be a regular NFL quarterback but he’s willing to work at it so anything is possible.

—Jose Gumbs, who Raheem Morris calls “Gummy Bear”, was brought in as a free agent when Jordan Bernstine was released at the start of training camp. As he and his new teammates were stretching prior to his first practice there were some front office types out there with him showing him some paperwork to sign. He literally signed his contract while on the field.

—Gumbs is a smallish safety (5-feet-10, 210) but he hustles and hits. This is his third stop in the NFL after coming out of Monmouth in 2012. If he’s active for games he’ll get a heavy dose of special teams play.

—We’ll ask Mike Shanahan why Chase Minnifield was let go. I suspect it was in part because they like Jerome Murphy, who was a third-round pick of the Rams in 2010 and was around here last year. I also think they believed that Minnifield has some work to do before he is a legitimate NFL corner.

—The Redskins can start forming their practice squad this afternoon. The claiming deadline for practice squad eligible players such as Minnifield, running back Jawan Jamison, and wide receiver Nick Williams is noon today. If no other teams claim them the Redskins can offer them positions on their practice squad.

—Many predicted that the Redskins would go with eight offensive linemen with the three linemen the team drafted in 2012 as the backups. But it’s another thing actually to see it, especially Tom Compton as the swing tackle. In past seasons, Shanahan has kept an experienced guy like Jordan Black or Sean Locklear around for that role. Josh LeRibeus is the only one of the three who has seen so much as a snap of NFL action. Adam Gettis was on the roster for 16 games last year and was inactive all 16.

—In case anyone cares, I correctly predicted 49 of the 53 roster spots. On defense I had DeJon Gomes in over Gumbs and Minnifield over Murphy. On offense I had nine O-linemen with Tony Pashos in and Pat White out. I also had Keiland Williams in instead of Evan Royster.

—Evidently some of the Redskins had a costume party last night. Well, at least I hope they did.
Introducing the 2013 Jamaican bobsledding team. @RyanKerrigan91 @KirkCousins8 @NotOnDuty__ @TomCompton76 pic.twitter.com/Ja8qkHXyNt

— Josh LeRibeus (@JLeRibeus) September 1, 2013
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Jonathan Allen pick allows the Redskins more freedom the rest of the draft

Jonathan Allen pick allows the Redskins more freedom the rest of the draft

After taking Jonathan Allen in the first-round of the NFL draft, the Redskins not only found themselves with one of the top players in the draft. They found themselves with some freedom as they navigate their final nine picks of this draft.

Regardless of how much the Redskins may talk openly about just letting the draft come to them and taking the best available player regardless of need, they needed to come out of this draft with serious help on the defensive line they would be in trouble. A line that hasn’t been very good for a while lost its two best players in Chris Baker (free agency) and Ricky Jean Francois (released). Although they did bring in free agents Stacy McGee and Terrell McClain they still wouldn’t have felt comfortable going into the season with the linemen they had.

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They also came in looking for an edge rusher. That's still a need but Allen's ability to get after the quarterback from the inside will help if they can't land a player who can rush from the outside.

And Allen was their only real shot at getting that D-line upgrade in the first round. After they took him off the board with the 17th pick there were edge players taken during the remainder of the first round but no player who can play inside in a 3-4 defense and be effective against the run and rushing the passer.

What this does for the Redskins later today and tomorrow is allow them to do what they said they would do in the first place—take the best available player. They can go for a “luxury” pick like a running back if one is there. They don’t have to be concerned about the line if they look at getting an inside linebacker with an eye towards 2018, when Will Compton, Mason Foster, and Zach Brown. With a deep draft in the defensive backfield, if there is a safety or cornerback they want they can grab him, knowing that they line has not been neglected. If a wide receiver represents an upgrade over the depth that they have they can turn in the card on him.

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It also should be noted that there still is plenty of room to add another D-lineman or two. Besides losing Baker and Francois they have not re-signed Cullen Jenkins or Kedric Golston. More youth and energy added to the line would be welcome. One of those linemen should be a nose tackle, although with Allen in the house they now can slide McGee into the middle if they don't get a nose in the draft.

In short, the pressure is off. They can use their last nine picks to try to add some good players at any position or they can earmark some to move up the draft board to try to land some targeted players.

Stay up to date on the Redskins! Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Report: The Redskins are looking to trade RB Matt Jones

Report: The Redskins are looking to trade RB Matt Jones

The Redskins may be looking to add a running back in the final six rounds of the draft. And they may be looking to subtract one who has been around for a couple of years.

According to an NFL Media report, Washington is shopping running back Matt Jones, who was a third-round pick in the 2015 draft. Jones came into last season as the starter and in the first seven games he had two 100-yard games, rushed for 460 yards, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. But then the fumbling issues that haunted him as a rookie started up again. He was benched in Week 8 and he was inactive for the rest of the season.

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As a rookie, he split time with Alfred Morris and rushed for 490 yards and three touchdowns and caught 19 passes for 304 yards and a TD. When Morris left as a free agent the Redskins anointed Jones as the unquestioned starter. He was given every opportunity to grab on to the job but he could not.

Although he was a third-round pick, Jones likely has very little value in the trade market. He does have good size at 6-1, 235 and he just turned 24 years old. But his fumbling issues severely limit his market value. The Redskins likely would have to settle for a late conditional pick in the 2018 draft if they want to get anything in return for Jones.

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If they can’t trade him they likely will keep him through training camp even if they do add another running back to a corps that already includes Jones, starter Rob Kelley, third-down back Chris Thompson, and Mack Brown.

Stay up to date on the Redskins! Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.