Agent for Rookie WR Jamison Crowder Denies Domestic Abuse Allegations Against Client

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The agent for Redskins 4th round draft pick Jamison Crowder is denying his client’s domestic abuse allegations to ESPN on Thursday after pictures of a woman with bruises and cuts in her mouth were posted on his Instagram.

Agent Tory Dandy says that the rookie wide receiver’s social media accounts was hacked.

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The caption on the post, which appeared to have been made by someone claiming to be an ex-girlfriend of Crowder, included [sic], “Ive had things thrown at me, poured on me, ive been choked, had a concussion, bruised, busted lips, grabbed, tossed around, hair pulled, verbally abused.”

The caption added, “I don’t want anything from you but i do think the next person deserves to be aware of where your anger takes you.”

The post has since been removed from Crowder’s account.

Crowder’s agent, Tory Dandy, told ESPN, “His account was hacked. Jamison hasn’t hit anybody.”

Twitter user @TJMartinez21 captured screenshots of the post on Crowder’s Instagram account on Wednesday night. The screenshots can be viewed here and here, via Deadspin [Warning: Graphic content].

Washington released a statement on Thursday that read, “The Washington Redskins are aware of an off-field situation involving Jamison Crowder. We have been in touch with the NFL office and will continue to follow proper League protocol and assist them in any way we can to gather all of the facts. We will not be making any further comment at this time.”

The NFL said in a statement that it is “looking into the matter.”

Crowder, 21, was drafted in the fourth round by Washington last month. He played collegiately at Duke.

WR DeSean Jackson Says He Missed OTA’s For “Personal Things”

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Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson made no apologies for missing the first week of voluntary offseason practices, and now, with two sessions under his belt, said on Wednesday that he is happy to have reunited with his teammates and looks forward to laying the foundation for an improved season, Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports.

Jackson, who last season led Washington with 1,169 receiving yards and six touchdown catches, missed last week’s three voluntary practice sessions to tend to personal matters, he said. He was the lone healthy starter not in attendance, but notified coaches of his plans. The wide receiver re-joined his teammates on Tuesday, and on Wednesday took part in his second consecutive practice.

Jackson’s absence sparked criticism amongst the team’s fan base and the media, particularly after he posted a picture of himself sitting courtside at the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Eastern Conference-clinching victory of the Atlanta Hawks on May 26 – a night where Jackson would’ve been in the D.C. area had he attended the first offseason practice, or planned to attend the following day’s session. Jackson didn’t go into detail on what other matters kept him away from Redskins Park last week, but he did mention his reality TV show on BET, and that he is preparing for the birth of a child.

On Wednesday, Jackson defended his decision to miss the first week of practice, and disagreed with the notion that he had caused any damage to his team.

“I had personal things I had to do back home,” he said. “I’m a veteran in this league, going on my eighth year. Communication with my head coach and the guys here, they knew about it. Like I said, I had things I had to do, I was obligated to do back home in California. I’m here now, and I’m happy to be here with my teammates, and they’ve been putting in some great work, so I’m just trying to catch up and get back in the swing of things. But I had things I had to handle.”

Redskins LT Trent Williams Had Offseason Ankle Surgery

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Redskins left offensive tackle Trent Williams underwent offseason surgery to repair a torn ligament in his ankle according to Chris Russell of ESPN Radio.

Williams was experiencing discomfort during the early part of voluntary workouts and decided to get it “cleaned out” by Dr. Robert Anderson.

He will be sidelined until training camp but the team is optimistic he will be at full speed to start the regular season. That speed and mobility should be improved in 2015 as Williams is down 20 pounds.

He is an elite left tackle when healthy and the Redskins have approached the former No.4-overall draft pick about a contract extension.

Redskins Agree to Terms with Free Agent NT Jerrell Powe

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Free-agent nose tackle Jerrell Powe has signed with the Redskins.

The team announced the deal Tuesday. The 6-foot-2, 311-pound Powe has played in 28 games, making four starts, with the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans over the past four seasons.

He was drafted in the sixth round in 2011 by the Chiefs, and played three seasons for them. Powe was with the Texans last season, appearing in 16 games with three starts.

Gruden Says There’s Room for Both Matt Jones and Alfred Morris

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The Redskins drafted Florida running back Matt Jones in the third round. He’s a big, physical runner at 6-foot-2, 226 pounds.

Coach Jay Gruden said, “He’s a little bit different than what we’ve had around here.” That’s because he’s more physical, a style well-suited for the direction the running game is headed, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

But the Redskins have also said current RB Alfred Morris fits in well with it, too. After all, they’re not abandoning the outside zone — and it’s not as if Morris is a finesse back.

“Alfred won’t be affected,” Gruden said. “Alfred’s still the running back here. He’s had three great seasons and that won’t change. But to add another guy that can come in here and pound the rock a little bit doesn’t hurt anything. It’ll help Alfred in that regard, taking some carries off him. For the most part Alfred will be getting the bulk of the carries and Matt will get some too, obviously.”

Jones will provide insurance, but the Redskins say he might be able to develop into a third-down back. He caught 19 passes in three seasons at Florida, with 11 coming last season.

“I love catching the ball,” Jones said. “I feel I’m an every-down back. I’m just a complete back all the way around.”

“He’s a good all-around player,” Gruden said.

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Redskins Surprise Most with Picking Iowa OT Scherff with Fifth Pick

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The pick is in for the Redskins, as the team Thursday took huge Iowa OT Brandon Scherff with the fifth overall pick in round one.

It’s a surprise for most for a team that needs players, but if the team is going to try and revamp that offensive line, Scherff is a player who can help out from day one.

Here’s a scouting report on Scherff and what he brings to the table.

Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa, 6-5, 320, 4.93, 1…The only thing scouts agree about on Scherff is that he is the most NFL-ready offensive lineman in the draft. The debate is whether he should use his broad-shoulders and toughness at guard, where he played as a freshman, or show his excellent technique at tackle, where he lined up on the left side the rest of his college career and was named consensus All-American and earned the Outland Trophy last season as the best college lineman. Those who believe he belongs inside are probably concerned that he doesn’t have quick footwork required against the NFL’s outside pass rushers, an issue not helped a broken fibula and dislocated ankle as a sophomore.

Scherff first nurtured confusion about where to play him way back at Dennison (Iowa) High School where his football career included 1,200 yards passing as a sophomore; 200 yards and five touchdowns receiving as a junior and then, playing both sides of the line, led the team in tackling and blocking. Scherff also starred in baseball, tennis and was the state shot put champion as a sophomore. So at least the NFL has narrowed it down to one sport. – Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

5 Unmistakable Needs for Redskins as NFL Free Agency Winds Down

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The free agency chaos has started to quiet down, as teams are already starting to look ahead to the May NFL Draft which will take place in Chicago, the home of the Bears. Find out what are the football betting odds for this next season at Mybookie.ag.

The Redskins have popped up a number of times when it comes to possible pickups, with a lot of players names being bantered about as possible fits to the organization.

The team did go out and grab a couple of key players that will help out this season. The biggest free agent pickup was probably a guy nicknamed “Pot Roast,” that being former Denver Broncos and Jacksonville defensive tackle Terrance Knighton.

The 6-3, 331-pound tackle is entering his seventh NFL season after being originally selected by the Jaguars in the third round (72nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.

For his career, Knighton has appeared in 93 career regular season games with 81 starts, compiling 201 tackles (131 solo), 12.5 sacks, 11 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two fumbles recovered and two interceptions.

Knighton spent his first four NFL seasons with the Jaguars before signing with the Broncos as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2013. Knighton started all 32 regular season games and four postseason games for the Broncos across the 2013-14 seasons, including Super Bowl XLVIII.

He will help the team on the defensive front, and be a player that should give the Redskins defensive a huge boost.

There’s other positions that the team will look to fill as free agency in the NFL continues, and while there’s not as many big names still out there for pickup, there’s names that could help the Redskins reach the next level for 2015 and beyond.

They needed a safety, but made a deal with the Buccaneers grabbing Dashon Goldson for an undisclosed 2016 draft pick. He’s another player that will help the teams defensive and should add pop to a secondary that gave up big plays in 2014.

The team could still use a Cornerback, but sadly most of the big names are long gone. Darrelle Revis (to the Jets), Byron Maxwell (left Seahawks for Eagles), Brandon Flowers (re-signing with Chargers) are players that took greener pastures.

One player the Redskins did get was CB Chris Culliver, who was with the 49ers. He compiled 121 tackles, seven interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 20 starts in 46 career games with the 49ers. He also appeared in Super Bowl XLVII.

The Redskins could still use another tackle, but again most of the big names, Bryan Bulaga (re-signed with Packers), Doug Free (re-signed with Cowboys), and Derek Newton (re-signed with Texans) are all going back to their old teams.

One player the Redskins should look at is Jake Long, a former first overall pick in the entire NFL Draft who played with the Miami Dolphins.

If Long is willing, he could give the Redskins a good option at the tackle position.

Bottom line is there are players still out there that can help this team in 2015. If it happens or not is up to the players out there as well as the Skins, who will keep their options open with the Draft on the way.

Robert Griffin III to Play Despite Shoulder Sprain

Robert Griffin III sprained his right shoulder in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s win over Philadelphia, leaving him limited in practice Wednesday. Redskins coach Jay Gruden said the third-year quarterback likely will play against Dallas on Sunday, John Keim of ESPN reports.

Griffin was hurt on a fourth-quarter sack by Eagles defensive lineman Fletcher Cox, his arm exposed as Cox hit him hard in the arm. Griffin held onto the ball, but clearly did not escape the pain.

“He can throw the ball, it’s just a little sore,” Gruden said Wednesday. “We just want to make sure he doesn’t aggravate it more, give him another couple days of rest and be ready to go Friday.”

Gruden said he doubts the Redskins will sign another quarterback in case Griffin cannot play. Gruden said they’ll get a better feel for Griffin’s arm when they return to practice Friday — they have Thursday off this week.