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 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.

Redskins Surprise Most with Picking Iowa OT Scherff with Fifth Pick

2015 NFL Scouting Combine

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


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

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.

Eagles vs Redskins Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
Wednesday LB Trent Cole (hand), QB Nick Foles (collarbone)
Wednesday LB Emmanuel Acho (groin), DE Brandon Bair (knee), TE Brent Celek (neck), DT Bennie Logan (pectoral), S Chris Maragos (hamstring), WR Jordan Matthews (knee), K Cody Parkey (right groin), RB Chris Polk (ankle)
Practice Report
Wednesday DE Jason Hatcher (knee), LB Gabe Miller (ankle), TE Jordan Reed (not injury related), T Trent Williams (shoulder)
Wednesday S Brandon Meriweather (toe), LB Keenan Robinson (knee)
Wednesday DE Chris Baker (chest, toe), LB Will Compton (shoulder), RB Roy Helu (toe), C Kory Lichtensteiger (knee)

Redskins at Giants NFL Week 15 Inactives

Washington: LB Keenan Robinson, S Brandon Meriweather, RB Roy Helu, DE Jason Hatcher, QB Kirk Cousins, G Josh LeRibeus, WR Leonard Hankerson.

Giants: LB Jacquian Williams, OL James Brewer, CB Jayron Hosley, LB James Davidson, RB Chris Ogbonnaya, OL Eric Herman.

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