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Bacon Bits: Redskins News From Around The Web For The Week Of July 6th 2016

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter does not believe the Redskins and franchise-tagged QB Kirk Cousins will reach a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline.

Schefter thinks it will be “too difficult” to find the right value. “I think there would be teams willing to pay him if he were on the open market today more than Washington feels like it needs to pay him,” Schefter said. “I think a team like the Cleveland Browns would’ve given him $20 million a year, maybe more.” Already set to earn $19.95 million guaranteed this season, there is little reason for Cousins to take less than $20 million per year on a new deal, and the Redskins might want to see another season before shelling out that kind of cash. These deals tend to get done on deadline day, but it is certainly possible Cousins plays out the season under the tag.
Source:ESPN 980 Washington
Jun 30 – 10:06 AM

CSN Mid-Atlantic expects first-rounder Josh Doctson to flirt with six touchdowns as a rookie.

Beat writers Rich Tandler and Tarik El-Bashir both predicted around a “half dozen” touchdowns for Doctson in year one. Tandler doesn’t believe Doctson will be much of a factor outside of the red zone, however, predicting he catches fewer than 35 passes. Doctson will need to outplay Pierre Garcon and/or Jamison Crowder to earn a regular role in the Redskins’ three-receiver packages.
Source:CSN Mid-Atlantic
Jul 1 – 12:05 PM

CSN Mid-Atlantic reports David Bruton is getting the “first crack” at the Redskins’ strong safety job.

Rich Tandler said Duke Ihenacho would have to be “clearly superior” in training camp to unseat Bruton, who started just eight games in his seven years with the Broncos. He does have a fourth-round pedigree, however, and showed well as a short stint as a starter before breaking his leg last season. DeAngelo Hall is locked in at free safety.
Source:CSN Mid-Atlantic
Jul 2 – 12:18 PM

RealRedskins.com believes Shawn Lauvao could be released if he doesn’t win left guard duties.

The injury-prone veteran is competing with Spencer Long. Lauvao underwent five surgeries after landing on injured reserve with a foot issue last year, and struggled mightily before going down. Lauvao will probably be eased into camp, giving Long a leg up.
Source:RealRedskins.com
Jul 4 – 2:20 PM

The Washington Post’s Mike Jones reports franchise-tagged QB Kirk Cousins and the Redskins have “made no strides toward an agreement.”

Jones reports the Redskins will make another push before the July 15 deadline, but “there’s not a high level of optimism that those efforts will prove successful.” ESPN’s Adam Schefter agrees, recently saying the deal will prove “too difficult” to get done. Franchise tagged players tend to sign long-term deals on deadline day, but this situation is trending in the other direction. It would not be surprising if Cousins played out this year under the tag.
Jul 5 – 11:29 AM

The Washington Post reports Redskins OLB Junior Galette “(looked) explosive” in padless offseason practices.

Galette is questionable for the start of training camp, but has been progressing without setbacks. GM Scot McCloughan said his “explosion” was already back in April. Galette will be 11 months removed from going down when Washington reports. Galette notched 10 sacks in 2014 for the Saints.
Jul 5 – 2:51 PM
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Bacon Bits: Redskins News From Around The Web For The Week Of June 29th 2016

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CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Rich Tandler said ILB Will Compton is written “in Sharpie” at the top of the depth chart.

Compton started the final nine games last season including the playoffs, but he was a liability in run defense. He should enter this season as a starter, but he will need to take a big step forward to nail down a full-time role. Perry Riley and Mason Foster will vie for the other starting spot. Rookie Su’a Cravens could emerge as the team’s primary sub-package inside linebacker.
Source: CSN Mid-Atlantic
Jun 20 – 12:12 PM

 

MMQB’s Albert Breer reports contract negotiations between the Redskins and franchise-tagged QB Kirk Cousins are “going nowhere.”

Breer reports both sides expect Cousins to play out 2016 under the terms of the franchise tag, which would pay him $19.95 million. Likely thinking he will be in an even better negotiating position this time next year, Cousins has little reason to accept a cut-rate deal before the July 15 deadline, and Washington likely wants to see him do it again before they shell out franchise-quarterback money. No matter how grim it looks in June, these deals usually get done at the deadline, but it would not be surprising if Cousins played out the season under the tag.
Source:MMQB
Jun 24 – 9:05 AM

ESPN’s John Keim reports the Redskins “loved how [Jamison] Crowder looked” in the offseason program.

Keim thinks the sophomore will continue to have a role in three-wide sets despite the presence of first-round pick Josh Doctson. That will likely be true early, especially with Doctson missing time with Achilles’ and foot injuries, but Crowder is at best the No. 4 passing-game option either way. A low point-per-target player with limited touchdown upside, Crowder does not need to be drafted in standard leagues.
Source:ESPN
Jun 25 – 12:00 PM

CSN Mid-Atlantic expects Redskins ILB Mason Foster to start opposite Will Compton.

Perry Riley was expected to occupy one of the starting spots, but he was held out of spring practices because of a lingering foot injury. That opened the door for Compton and Foster to cement themselves in starting roles. Set to count $5.05 million against the cap in the final year of his deal, Riley could end up a cap cut if he is not able to claim a starting job.
Source:CSN Mid-Atlantic
Jun 26 – 6:41 PM

The Washington Post’s Mike Jones left seventh-round RB Keith Marshall off his 53-man roster projection.

Jones has Matt Jones, Chris Thompson, and Mack Brown making the final roster, but he acknowledged it is possible the Redskins keep four running backs. A 219-pound back with 4.31 wheels, Marshall’s college career was sidetracked by an ACL injury as a sophomore, and he dealt with hamstring issues during the offseason program. Marshall has a ton of athletic upside, but he needs to stay healthy through training camp.
Jun 27 – 12:02 PM

CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Rich Tandler believes Redskins third-round rookie Kendall Fuller “will emerge” as the slot corner.

Fuller was fully cleared in his return from microfracture surgery in May and will be ready to compete for a role in training camp. Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland are locked in as the starters, but the Redskins are still looking for a No. 3. Fuller will have to beat out undrafted sophomore Quinton Dunbar for the job.
Source:CSN Mid-Atlantic
Jun 28 – 9:48 AM
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Bacon Bits: Redskins News From Around The Web For The Week Of June 15th 2016

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Kirk Cousins said there has been “no progress to speak of” in contract negotiations.

Franchise tagged in March, Cousins and the Redskins have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal. While the two sides might not have made much headway to this point, these deals usually go down the deadline, and Cousins appeared to acknowledge that reality. “July 15th will be a determining day,” he said. “So stay tuned.” We will Mr. Cousins.
Jun 11 – 11:10 AM

Coach Jay Gruden said third-year WR Ryan Grant has had a “great camp” at OTAs.

Gruden noted Grant’s crazy work ethic and precise route-running chops. With Josh Doctson (foot) and DeSean Jackson (voluntary) sitting out practices, Grant has been getting increased reps with the first- and second-team offenses. He’s expected to open the season as Washington’s No. 5 receiver.
Source:CSN Mid-Atlantic
Jun 10 – 12:52 PM

Redskins ILB Perry Riley (foot) has shed his walking boot.

Riley’s foot has been giving him trouble since undergoing surgery in December. He’s not yet practicing, but Riley should be ready well in time for training camp. Riley is due a $4 million salary in the final year of his deal.
Jun 8 – 11:46 AM
Notable Quotable:

”We know we’re going to make each other better,” Norman said. ”Just got to keep challenging them, and they’ll keep challenging us.”

Jackson was absent from the final OTA session Wednesday after practicing Monday and Tuesday. Coach Jay Gruden expects Jackson to be on the field for mandatory minicamp next week.

”I was like, ‘Dang, this guy,”’ Norman said of Jackson. ”I called him up and he didn’t answer my phone call. It’s cool though. To each his own. If doesn’t want to be here he (doesn’t have) to be here. It’s voluntary. That competition’s only going to make you better.”

SOURCE: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/cb-josh-norman-working-validate-redskins-belief-him-205917256–nfl.html

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Bacon Bits: Redskins News From Around The Web In Bite-Sized Pieces

The Redskins’ wide receivers group is receiving national attention:

http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2016/06/02/washington-redskins-wide-receivers-offense-nfl

Jamison Crowder is likely to be a big part of the Redskins’ offense:

Spencer Long is working at both center and left guard:

Shaun Lauvao is healthy and has not been ruled out as the starter at left guard:

David Bruton is ahead of Duke Ihenacho at strong safety:

Will Blackmon is playing behind Deangelo Hall at free safety:

Su’a Cravens continued to work exclusively at second-team inside linebacker for a second straight week. Eventually, he will expand his duties to play some safety and some nickelback:

UDFA Robert Kelley just might’ve looked like the best running back out there today (Wednesday) according to Matt Jones and Randy Jordan:

Kelley is a player we at THN have been touting since his signing.  Watch the highlight video he made and posted on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrndMLIop3s

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/football-insider/wp/2016/06/01/observations-from-wednesdays-practice-at-redskins-park/

Steven Bowen Retires As A Redskin:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/football-insider/wp/2016/06/01/stephen-bowen-retires-as-a-member-of-the-redskins/?tid=a_inl

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