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What can Meriweather bring to the Redskins?

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What can Meriweather bring to the Redskins?

It appears that Brandon Meriweather will take the field for the first time as a member of the Redskins. He was signed in the spring in hopes that he could take the spot of the departed LaRon Landry at free safety.

After suffering a knee injury in the second preseason game in Chicago, Meriweather was working to get ready for the season opener when he suffered a setback. Then he was set to play in Week 4 against the Bucs but a fluke pregame collision with receiver Aldrick Robinson reinjured the knee and he was back on the shelf.

Although it is not yet certain that he will play, Mike Shanahan said that he was “encouraged” by Meriweather’s progress. The safety himself said, “I’m feeling good about it” when he was asked if he would play against the Eagles.

If he does suit up and play, what will his role be? He might start at strong safety but it seems doubtful that he will play 60-70 snaps as is typical for defensive starters. Look for him to go more like 30 or 40 snaps as he works his way back into football shape.  

It would make sense to have Meriweather in the game on first down and in short-yardage situations. My observation on him in training camp is that he is very aggressive when he is moving forward but not very comfortable when backpedaling as one has to do in coverage. The Redskins might press the line of scrimmage daring Nick Foles to beat them and this style suits Meriweather’s game very well.

Reed Doughty and Jordan Pugh have been splitting snaps at strong safety in Meriweather’s absence. One of the two, probably Doughty, will spell Meriweather. It appears that DeJon Gomes, who was the starting strong safety for the first three games before the Doughty-Pugh combination took over, will be inactive as the odd man out.

Meriweather probably is not going to solve the Redskins’ coverage issues just by showing up. That is not his strong suit. The best case scenario is that he can help out some against the run and against the short passing game and that he might make a few plays that generate some excitement in the stadium and among the players.

How many times this year has a defensive back hit an opposing receiver hard enough to knock a reception out of his hands. I may be missing one or two but I can’t think of a single time. Meriweather is capable of bringing that type of aggressiveness to the Redskins’ secondary.

“We don’t look like we’re having fun,” he said said of the Redskins' defensive backs. “I think just the way I approach the game and the way I play the game, I think I bring a little more excitement.”

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Redskins add Brian Quick as receiving corps trends much taller than last season

Redskins add Brian Quick as receiving corps trends much taller than last season

The Redskins’ wide receiver corps is growing in more ways than one.

The team has signed former Rams wide receiver Brian Quick, according to the player’s agent. At 6-4, he would have towered over most of the Redskins’ other wide receivers a year ago. Now he’s just another tree in the forest.

The starting wide receivers were Pierre Garçon, who was 6-0, and DeSean Jackson, who was listed at 5-10 but that was being a bit generous. Now the Redskins will line up Terrelle Pryor, 6-4, on one side and the 6-2 Josh Doctson on the other. As substitutes they will be able to bring in Quick and the 6-3 Maurice Harris.

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It should be noted that Jamison Crowder is the favorite to end up as the team’s leading receiver and he measures 5-9. So it won’t be all about the big guys but having so many tall targets will help Kirk Cousins in the red zone, where the team struggled last year.

Being tall is one thing, but Quick must prove that he can be a consistently productive NFL receiver. Actually, the Redskins would be very happy if he can produce for them like he did for the Rams in 2016 when he caught 41 passes for 564 yards and three touchdowns. But before last year he never had more than 25 receptions or 375 yards in a single season.

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Quick’s addition could put the Redskins career of Ryan Grant in some jeopardy. Grant has been a favorite of the coaches of his work ethic but after playing 16 games in each of his three NFL seasons he has averaged 13 receptions for 137 yards per year. That makes it hard to stay around for a fourth year.

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The Redskins said what we've all been thinking about the Color Rush uniforms

The Redskins said what we've all been thinking about the Color Rush uniforms

By: Lisa Redmond (@LisaARedmond) 

"Garish uniforms" was the two-word rationale the Redskins used in their proposal to opt out of wearing the NFL's Color Rush uniforms. Garish is a term that means obtrusively bright and showy, and they may have a valid point. 

The NFL is allowing teams to suggest rule changes for the upcoming 2017 season. A full list of proposals was released on Thursday and this was among three of the Redskins' suggestions.  

It may come as a surprise as the Redskins' only Thursday night game last season was on Thanksgiving, meaning they did not have to participate in the Color Rush game. Fans of the Redskins and other teams may not blame them for this proposal. Take a look at the uniform below. 

As far as the other proposals submitted, they want the touchback spot to be moved back to the 20-yard line when the kickoff goes through the uprights, stating player safety.

They proposed having unlimted replays as long as the team continues to win their challenges, a rule they have submitted in years past.

And finally, they asked that if a player is concussed and has not been cleared by doctors, to place him on the team's exempt list, allowing them to replace him with another player until cleared. 

These proposals will be introduced next week in Arizona at the NFL owners meeting. 

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