Redskins Coach Jay Gruden Says WR Jamison Crowder Could Play in a Variety of Roles

Redskins coach Jay Gruden gushed about slot receiver Jamison Crowder, saying “he’s an excellent, dynamic player and continues to prove every day why we like him so much,” Mark Bullock of the Washington Post reports.

“I’ve said all along Jamison can play anywhere,” Gruden said. “He can play outside, inside. He can play running back probably if he wanted to. So we’ll utilize Jamison and try to get him more involved, not just in the passing game and the running game.”

“He just continues to prove every day why we like him so much. He’s great on option routes, he can run vertical stems. He can run just about anything you ask him to run. … He gets himself open because he’s got a great feel. He’s got quickness in and out of his breaks. He plays a lot longer than his size. He has got really long arms. He goes up and gets balls. Sometime he plays bigger than a taller receiver because he uses his height [and] he’s got great jumping ability and times the jumps extremely well. Some tall guys you see, they misjudge it and they don’t jump. But Jamison, he times them perfect and makes big plays.”

Redskins Safety DeAngelo Hall Agrees to Take a Pay Cut

The Redskins are running tight on salary cap room but they just completed a deal that will give them a little bit more, Rich Tandler of CSN Midatlantic reports.

Safety DeAngelo Hall told reporters today that he has agreed to a revised contract that will lower his $4.25 million base salary for this season. He said that the deal was completed “in the last few days”.

Hall, entering his 14th NFL season and his 10th with the Redskins, has missed 31 games the last three years with an assortment of injuries. After the season he said that he would be amenable to adjusting his contract to reflect the missed time.

According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, Hall’s salary will be reduced to $2.3 million. That means that the Redskins will add just under $2 million to their available cap space.

SI Grades the Redskins in Their NFC East Off-Season Report Card

Sports Illustrated has released their grades for the offseason to this point, including of course the Redskins and the rest of the NFC East.

Here’s some of what the site had to say about the Redskins to this point in the offseason.

Washington’s defense has more personnel options up front, and also in the secondary. That doesn’t mean there are great options, though. The third-round selection of Fabian Moreau presents even more depth at cornerback; the team will be fine there. The question is at safety. There are a bunch of strong safeties on the roster but no reliable free safeties. The hope is that D.J. Swearinger, signed from Arizona, can fill the role. He hasn’t always been the most disciplined, but to his credit, he matured tremendously with the Cardinals, and their staff felt he would have been an adequate centerfielder. Still, Swearinger is at his best in the box. Those duties, however, will likely be handled by last year’s second-rounder, Su’a Cravens. Behind Swearinger, there are more options, but none that are great. DeAngelo Hall, 33 and coming off his third major injury in as many years (this time an ACL), can’t be counted on. Will Blackmon, a converted corner, was up-and-down at safety last year. Montae Nicholson, the fourth-round rookie, will get a look.

Grade: B

You can read the rest of what SI has to say about the Redskins, as well as the NFC East by clicking HERE

Redskins RB Matt Jones Won’t Be at OTA’s; Out of Plans for the Team

Running back Matt Jones is on the way out of Washington, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Jones will not attend OTAs. The 24-year-old doesn’t appear to be part of Washington’s plans, Rapoport added.

Jones started the first seven games of the 2016 season before being a healthy scratch the rest of the way.

The Redskins drafting Samaje Perine in the fourth round to team with Rob Kelley and third-down back Chris Thompson signaled the end of Jones’ time in D.C.

Jones, a bruising 6-foot-2, 232-pound runner showed promise as a rookie, toting 144 times in 2015 for 490 yards and catching 19 passes for 304 yards. He immediately fell out of favor in Washington in 2016, with Kelley taking over the big-back role.

Fumbles sealed Jones fate. In two seasons, the running back coughed up the ball eight times, losing six. Coaches do not suffer running backs who fumble.

Former Redskins GM Scot McCloughan Auctions Items to Help Redskins Charity

Despite being fired by the Redskins recently, that’s not stopping former Redskins GM Scot McCloughan from giving back to the team that gave him a job.

The former GM is putting items he owed while a member of the Redskins front office up for auction, giving the proceeds of what he sells to the Redskins Charitable Foundation.

ESPN has the story.

Scot McCloughan has turned his popularity into a vehicle to help a foundation run by the team that fired him.

The former Washington Redskins general manager, at the suggestion of his wife, is auctioning off items on eBay that he wore during his two years with the team, including an autographed camo hat. He was photographed in that hat on several occasions, often during training camp.

The bidding on McCloughan’s auctioned items reflects his popularity. The latest bid Monday morning for the camo hat was $410. A second autographed hat that he had worn twice, according to a description of the item, had received a bid of $175.51. Radio station 106.7 The Fan first mentioned on its website that McCloughan’s items were up for auction, citing a tweet by his wife Friday.

The McCloughans will donate the money to the Redskins Charitable Foundation. Jessica McCloughan told The Washington Post that: “When it’s all said and done, Scot and I are still grateful that we were able to come here, so why not give back to the people that brought us here.”

Jessica McCloughan told ESPN it wasn’t a hard choice to support the Redskins’ charitable foundation.

“I had first hand experience with the foundation while I was here so I know how much they help people and kids specifically,” McCloughan said in a direct message.

A Rundown of All the Washington Redskins 2017 NFL Draft Picks

Sports Illustrated has a complete rundown of all of the Redskins 2017 Draft Picks and some commentary as well.

Round 1, Pick 17 (No. 17 overall)

Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama: Headed into the draft, this was a difficult pick to peg because the Redskins’ needs up front did not seem to match with the value expected to be here. Even with Allen’s spotty medicals at the combine (arthritic shoulders), Washington could not have imagined he would slip to the back half of Round 1. So, when he did, this was an obvious selection. Allen’s presence will make Washington’s previously porous front much more difficult to run against, and it will ratchet up the pass rush—either via Allen himself bringing heat, or by Allen drawing attention from his teammates. GRADE: A

Round 2, Pick 17 (No. 49)

Ryan Anderson, LB, Alabama: Recreating as much of the Alabama defense as possible through this draft is not the worst strategy ever. After swiping Jonathan Allen for their line in Round 1, the Redskins now can drop Anderson in at OLB. The latter doesn’t appear to have upside as a premier pass-rushing linebacker, but he’s solid and experienced across the board.? GRADE: B+

Round 3, Pick 17 (No. 81)

Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA: We’re at pick 81, and this is another player who had Round 1 buzz not that long ago—there was not a huge gap in talent between what was there late-Day 1 and what was here late-Day 2. The torn pec at his pro day no doubt hurt Moreau’s stock a bit, but he’s an aggressive playmaker outside. GRADE: B+

Round 4, Pick 7 (No. 114, via Jets): Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma

Round 5, Pick 10, (No. 154, via Saints) Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, University of Arkansas

Round 6, Pick 15 (No. 199, from Vikings) Chase Roullier, C, Wyoming

Round 6, Pick 25 (No. 209, via Texans) Robert Davis, WR, Georgia State

Round 7, Pick 12 (No. 230, via Vikings, Eagles) Josh Harvey-Clemons, S, Louisville

Round 7, Pick 17 (No. 235) Joshua Holsey, DB, Auburn

Redskins Select Jonathan Allen of Alabama with 17th Pick of the 2017 NFL Draft

The Redskins got a player they never felt they would have the chance to take on Thursday night in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, as they were able to select Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen with the 17th pick.

Allen ended up being available due to a number of circumstances in the first round that included trades as well as surprise picks all over the place.

From the moment the Chicago Bears traded up to take quarterback Mitchell Trubisky second overall, little about Thursday’s first round of the NFL draft unfolded as predicted. A draft class loaded with defensive talent instead saw a run on offensive players, with two quarterbacks and three wide receivers chosen among the top 10.

The upshot proved a blessing for the Washington Redskins, who badly needed to shore up their defense and headed into the proceedings with a wish list designed to do just that.

“Never in a million years,” as Coach Jay Gruden later put it, did Redskins executives think that Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen would still be available when they chose 17th overall. Regarding as a top-10 pick — top-five, in the minds of some — the 6-foot-3, 286-pound Allen had won the 2016 Chuck Bednarik and Bronco Nagurski awards as the top defensive player on the nation’s top defense.

Regarded as a first-round pick after his outstanding junior year, Allen chose instead to return to Alabama for his senior season to hone his skills and toughen his run defense. Under Coach Nick Saban’s tutelage, he blossomed further, leading Alabama with 10½ sacks and had 69 tackles, including 16 for a loss.

A Look at the 2017 Redskins Schedule with a Glance at the Good and the Bad

The 2017 NFL Schedule is out as well as the 2017 Washington Redskins Schedule, and here’s a look at the slate for the upcoming season, with the home games in bold:

Sep. 10 Philadelphia Eagles 1:00 PM

Sep. 17 at Los Angeles Rams 4:25 PM

Sep. 24 Oakland Raiders 8:30 PM

Oct. 2 at Kansas City Chiefs (Mon) 8:30 PM

Oct. 8 BYE

Oct. 15 San Francisco 49ers 1:00 PM

Oct. 23 at Philadelphia Eagles (Mon) 8:30 PM

Oct. 29 Dallas Cowboys 4:25 PM

Nov. 5 at Seattle Seahawks 4:05 PM

Nov. 12 Minnesota Vikings 1:00 PM

Nov. 19 at New Orleans Saints 1:00 PM

Nov. 23 New York Giants (Thu) 8:30 PM

Nov. 30 at Dallas Cowboys (Thu) 8:25 PM

Dec. 10 at Los Angeles Chargers 4:05 PM

Dec. 17 Arizona Cardinals 1:00 PM

Dec. 24 Denver Broncos 1:00 PM

Dec. 31 at New York Giants 1:00 PM

What’s Good about this Schedule: Some odd scheduling with the Skins getting two of their last three at home, with the finale on the road at the Giants. If this team is going to make the postseason, having those late home games should go a long way.

What’s Bad about this Schedule: November 19th to December 10th the team will play three of four on the road, with two of them being on a Thursday, which might be odd for a team that is use to playing on Sundays.