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|WAS - Four RBs likely to compete for roster spots -|
Washington Redskins RBs Roy Helu, Evan Royster, Chris Thompson and Jawan Jamison are expected to compete for two roster spots during offseason workouts and training camp. Helu and Thompson are expected to compete for one spot while Royster and Jamison are expected to compete for the other roster spot.
Footballguys view: Helu is a good all-around back but injuries have prevented him from playing up to his potential. Thompson is a big play back who can score anytime he touches the ball. He has to prove he's back his knee surgery and is expected to be ready for contact by the start of training camp. Royster is the biggest back here, but lacks the balance and short area quicks of Jamison.
|WAS - Tyler Polumbus likely to start -|
Washington Redskins OT Tyler Polumbus is likely to retain his starting job at right tackle over OTs Tony Pashos and Jeremy Trueblood. He thinks Washington is the best place for him, and said so back in March upon re-signing. 'Ultimately, we decided D.C. is where we needed to be,' Polumbus said. '(Head coach Mike Shanahan) has always been good to me. I think he provides me with the best opportunity to be the right tackle I know I can be.'
|WAS - Tyler Polumbus expected to be favorite for RT job -|
Washington Redskins OT Tyler Polumbus is expected to be the favorite for the starting right tackle job but will compete with Jeremy Trueblood and Tony Pashos for the job. Polumbus likely will work with the starting offense when organized team activities start next week.
|WAS - Chris Neild uncertain for workouts -|
Washington Redskins DT Chris Neild's (knee) status for organized team activities next week is uncertain because he is still recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
|WAS - Brandon Meriweather expects to sit out workouts -|
Washington Redskins FS Brandon Meriweather (knee) is expected to miss most, if not all, of the organized team activities and minicamp this offseason. He is believed to be on track for the start of training camp.
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|WAS - David Amerson signed -|
The Washington Redskins have signed second-round draft choice CB David Amerson. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
|WAS - Robert Griffin III injury update -|
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (knee) has been throwing the ball since late April, and appears to be ahead of schedule in his recovery from torn ligaments.
Footballguys view: More good news about Griffin's recovery here. He should be ready for the start of the regular season if he stays on track. The team may limit the second-year QB in training camp so they don't aggravate the injury.
|WAS - Phillip Thomas contract details -|
Updating a previous report, the Washington Redskins signed S Phillip Thomas to a four-year contract that is scheduled to pay $2.585 million, including a $425,204 bonus.
|WAS - Sign Phillip Thomas -|
The Washington Redskins signed S Phillip Thomas to a four-year contract Friday, May 17. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
|WAS - Chris Thompson expected to get clearance before camp -|
Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (knee) is expected to receive medical clearance before the start of training camp. He has been running and cutting but does not expect to be a full participant during organized team activities and minicamp.
Footballguys view: Thompson is a big play waiting to happen and can score anytime he touches the ball. He's the perfect complementary back behind starter Alfred Morris.
|WAS - Hope Roy Helu will be ready for workouts -|
The Washington Redskins are hoping RB Roy Helu (toe) will be a full participant once organized team activities start next week. Head coach Mike Shanahan said Helu recently had a setback in his recovery from offseason toe surgery.
Footballguys view: Helu has good all-around talent but serious durability concerns have held him back during his pro career. He'll compete with Evan Royster, rookies Chris Thompson, and Jawan Jamison to get snaps behind starting RB Alfred Morris.
|WAS - Jawan Jamison signs -|
The Washington Redskins signed seventh-round pick RB Jawan Jamison to a four-year deal.
Footballguys view: Just like with Chris Thompson, their fifth-round pick, any RB under the guidance of Mike Shanahan is one fantasy owners need to keep an eye on. Jamison is built low to the ground, runs with good balance, and does a good job driving his legs after contact. He can be used effectively on screen passes or draw plays to get him in space. Jamison doesn't have the speed to make the edge at the pro level.
|WAS - Not interested in Eric Winston -|
The Washington Redskins have not shown interest in free-agent OT Eric Winston (Chiefs) this offseason.
Footballguys view: Winston is angling for a long-term deal and some teams aren't interested in that investment. He's bounced around from two teams (Texans, Chiefs) over the last two years but could still be counted on as a starter at right tackle.
|WAS - DeAngelo Hall fine with lower salary -|
Washington Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall said he is fine with re-signing for a lower salary after being released this offseason because he wants to stay with the team. "I've been in this league a long time, I've made a lot of money --- I got $8 million to play eight games in Oakland. So for me this time around it wasn't about the money. We started something here in Washington with [head coach Mike Shanahan],' Hall said.
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|WAS - Sign Chris Thompson -|
The Washington Redskins signed RB Chris Thompson Wednesday, May 15. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Footballguys view: Any RB added by Mike Shanahan is worth making a note of for fantasy owners. Thompson is a feisty runner who is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball. He is dangerous in space, has the vision to set up defenders with ease, and the body control/footwork to take sharp cuts and angles. Thompson can work off a speed option to the outside and should be a nice change of pace back behind Alfred Morris.
|WAS - More from Morris in 2013? -|
Keith McMillan, from the Washington Post, reports Redskins RB Alfred Morris feels he left a lot of yards on the field last year. "I left a lot of yards on the field last year. Looking back on film, a lot of it was my aiming points in certain runs, or I was too tight and I couldn't get outside. Being more patient with my cutbacks --- I tended to cut back too soon."
Footballguys view: Morris finished his rookie season with over 1,600 yards rushing and was a fantasy steal in 2012. This year his current ADP is RB10 and he's going off the board at the end of round one. Now that he's used to the pro game we could see an even more efficient Morris in 2013.
|WAS - Re-sign Lance Lewis -|
The Washington Redskins re-signed WR Lance Lewis Tuesday, May 14. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
|WAS - Jason Thompson waived -|
The Washington Redskins have waived WR Jason Thompson.
|WAS - Two draft picks signed -|
The Washington Redskins have signed fifth-round draft choice LB Brandon Jenkins and sixth-round draft choice FS Bacarri Rambo. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Footballguys view: Rambo knows how to diagnose quickly and can fly to the football. He's a ballhawk with fantastic career production at Georgia (16 INTs, 6 FFs). Multiple failed drug tests caused his to be suspended four games in 2012 and was likely a major cause in his slide to the third day of the NFL draft. Jenkins was a college DE and is at his best standing up to rush the quarterback. He's got good speed and closing burst but durability is a question mark.
|WAS - GM hopes Robert Griffin's rehab stays on schedule -|
Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said the team hopes QB Robert Griffin III's (knee) rehab from torn ligaments stays on schedule and that he will be ready for season.
Footballguys view: All the news about Griffin's recovery have been positive so far this offseason. We should see the team limit his reps in training camp. Griffin may be ready by the start of the regular season.
|WAS - Rookie TE Reed racks up big YAC -|
Washington Redskins rookie TE Jordan Reed gained 300 of his 559 yards receiving after the catch last season. His 300 yards after the catch ranked first among AQ tight ends.
Footballguys view: Mike Shanahan loves players who can do something with the football after the catch. Reed will compete for playing time behind Fred Davis (Achilles') and Logan Paulsen. If Davis struggles to return from his Achilles' injury then we could see Reed get a bigger role this year.
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|WAS - David Amerson not expected to start early -|
Washington Redskins CB David Amerson is not expected to start at any point during the first half of the 2013 regular season. Amerson is likely to have a bigger role on defense next season.
|WAS - Xavier Nixon thinks he is a perfect fit -|
Washington Redskins OT Xavier Nixon said he believes he will be a good fit with the team because their zone-blocking scheme is similar to the one he worked in while at Florida.
|WAS - Robert Griffin III injury update -|
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (knee) said he is doing great and his knee issue feels fine. 'I'm doing great. Knee feels fine. It's about taking it slow. Each day is a better day,' Griffin said.
Footballguys view: More good news for Griffin here. All reports have been positive about his recovery this offseason. We'll see if he's ready to go by the start of training camp. Even if he is we're expecting the team to ease him back into action.
|WAS - Kevin Matthews signed -|
The Washington Redskins have signed free-agent C Kevin Matthews (Titans). Terms of the contract were not disclosed. In a corresponding move, the team released OL Kyle Wilborn.
|WAS - Kirk Cousins wants to be ready -|
Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins said he knows he has to prepare as if he will be the team's Week 1 starter at quarterback in case QB Robert Griffin III (knee) is not ready. 'You feel that added excitement or added urgency to be ready to go,' Cousins said. 'We don't know what it's going to look like. He may be ready by mid-August. He may be ready mid-September, mid-October. I don't know. That's not my job. My job is to get myself ready and when called upon, deliver. And I'm going to do all I can between now and then to do that.'
Footballguys view: There's no guarantee that RG3 is going to be ready for the start of the regular season. All the reports this offseason about his recovery from knee surgery have been positive but we won't truly know how he's doing until we get to training camp. Cousins gives the team valuable depth and could step in and start if Griffin can't go.
|WAS - Chris Thompson expected to be ready for camp -|
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said the team's doctors believe RB Chris Thompson (knee) will be ready to participate once training camp begins.
|WAS - Brian Orakpo expects to take part in workouts -|
Washington Redskins LB Brian Orakpo (pectoral) said he expects to participate in offseason workouts when they begin later this month.
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|WAS - Jordan Reed hopes to participate soon -|
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (knee) did not participate in the team's rookie minicamp because of a left knee bruise but hopes to participate in offseason workouts in a few weeks.
Footballguys view: Reed drew plenty of Aaron Hernandez comparisons in college at Florida. He's an athletic move TE but isn't the route runner or run after the catch threat that Hernandez is.
|WAS - Looking for safeties to be interchangeable -|
The Washington Redskins coaches want their free safety and strong safety to be interchangeable this season. FS Phillip Thomas and FS Bacarri Rambo likely will be able to play either position because they played both safety positions during their college careers.
|WAS - Brian Orakpo not ruling out deal before camp -|
Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins LB Brian Orakpo said he is not ruling out the possibility of signing a contract extension before the start of training camp.
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|WAS - Brian Orakpo hasn't had contract talks -|
Washington Redskins LB Brian Orakpo said he hasn't had any talks about a contract extension. He's entering the final year of his deal.
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|WAS - Brian Orakpo feeling great -|
Washington Redskins LB Brian Orakpo (pectoral) said he's feeling great. The tear was in a different ligament than the one he suffered in 2011.
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|WAS - Bacarri Rambo works mostly at FS -|
Washington Redskins FS Bacarri Rambo said he spent the majority of the rookie minicamp at free safety.
Footballguys view: Rambo is a smart player who can diagnose plays quickly as they unfold in front of him. A 36 game starter in college he finished his career with 16 interceptions. Rambo struggles to recover and lacks natural explosion.
|WAS - Coach likes versatility of two rookie safeties -|
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said he likes that FS Bacarri Rambo and FS Phillip Thomas have the versatility to play both safety positions. 'Any time you have motions and shifts and tight ends with the type of talent they have nowadays, you have to be able to be able to play both positions,' Shanahan said. 'The good part about it, they have the size and athletic ability to play both positions.'
|WAS - Chris Thompson likely to sit until camp -|
Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (knee) did not participate in the team's minicamp this weekend and probably will not start practicing until training camp. Thompson did say he has started sprinting and cutting.
|WAS - Jordan Reed sits out minicamp -|
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (knee) did not participate in the team's rookie minicamp this weekend because of a bruised knee.
Footballguys view: Reed drew some Aaron Hernandez comparisons in college at Florida. He's fearless running routes over the middle and shows the ability to consistently break tackles after the catch. The former quarterback needs to show better hands and discipline as a route runner.
|WAS - Brandon Jenkins 100 percent -|
Washington Redskins LB Brandon Jenkins (foot) said he is completely recovered from the foot injury he suffered this season while at Florida State.
Footballguys view: Good news for Jenkins here. A defensive end in college we'll see Jenkins at his best standing up to rush the passer. He anticipates the snap quickly and has good acceleration and bend to get after the QB. Jenkins can also chase down run plays that go away from him.
|WAS - Chris Thompson could start camp on PUP list -|
Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (knee) could start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list because he is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and could start the season on the list if the injury is still a factor. Thompson is expected to compete with RB Roy Helu for the change-of-pace running back role if he is able to take part in camp.
|WAS - Two CBs may compete for roster spot -|
Washington Redskins CBs Richard Crawford and Chase Minnifield could compete for one roster spot during training camp. Minnifield will have practice squad eligibility this season while Crawford will not.
|WAS - Two expected to compete for LDE -|
Washington Redskins DEs Jarvis Jenkins and Adam Carriker are expected to compete for the starting left defensive end during offseason workouts and training camp.
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|WAS - 11 UDFAs signed -|
The Washington Redskins have signed undrafted free-agent OL Jacolby Ashworth (Houston), LB Marvin Burdette (Alabama Birmingham), LB Will Compton (Nebraska), WR Skye Dawson (Texas Christian), LB Jeremy Kimbrough (Appalachian State), OL Xavier Nixon (Florida), TE Emmanuel Ogbuehi (Georgia State), WR Chip Reeves (Troy), WR Jason Thompson (New Haven), OL Kyle Wilborn (Troy) and WR Nick X. Williams (Connecticut). Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Footballguys view: Keep an eye on Will 'City of' Compton and Skye Dawson here. Dawson is a smaller WR but gets to top speed in a hurry and has a feisty attitude to fight for contested passes.
|WAS - Tyler Polumbus expected to work with starters -|
Washington Redskins OT Tyler Polumbus is expected to line up at right tackle with the starting offense once offseason workouts begin, but he will have to compete with OTs Jeremy Trueblood and Tom Compton for the job. OT Tony Pashos and OG Maurice Hurt could also be part of the competition.
|WAS - Robert Griffin III talks injury -|
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III said he would sit in the future until he was fully healthy if he got hurt again. "I don't feel like playing against the Seahawks was a mistake. But I see the mistake IN IT," Griffin said. "With what happened and how everything was running --- you take me out. If that happened again next year, I'd come out of the game and sit until I was 100% healthy."
Footballguys view: Griffin plays with little regard for his personal safety. He's an exciting playmaker but does take too many unnecessary hits. We should see him play it a bit safer this year and he could start sliding more to avoid injury.
|WAS - Two UDFAs to participate in minicamp -|
Undrafted free-agent QB Matt McGloin (Penn State) and CB Seth Thomas (McNeese State) have been invited to participate in the Washington Redskins' upcoming rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.
|WAS - Ricky Barnum in camp -|
The Washington Redskins invited undrafted free-agent OG Ricky Barnum (Michigan) to rookie mini-camp as an unsigned player.
|WAS - Brandon Meriweather on track -|
Washington Redskins S Brandon Meriweather (knee) is on track to return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament by training camp.
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|WAS - Robert Griffin III doing some running -|
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (knee) said he is able to run a little bit.
Footballguys view: More good news for Griffin here. All the reports this offseason have been positive about his recovery from knee surgery. The team is hoping that he'll be ready sometime in training camp and by week one of the regular season at the latest.
|WAS - Akeem Auguste gets tryout -|
The Washington Redskins will give free-agent CB Akeem Auguste (South Carolina) a tryout.
|WAS - Phillip Thomas could compete for starting job -|
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said FS Phillip Thomas could compete for the starting free safety job because it is similar to what Thomas did while at Fresno State.