Video: Expectations for the Washington Redskins in 2017

Nick Kostos, Brady Quinn, and D.J. Williams break down their expectations for the Washington Redskins.

Redskins QB Kirk Cousins Says He’s At Peace with Contract Status

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Having let the July 17 deadline pass without signing a long-term deal, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins isn’t worried about what might happen, John Keim of ESPN.com reports. Not worried about a career-altering injury that scuttles his free-agent prospects. Not worried about having a down year. Not worried about the other big names that might join him on next spring’s free-agent quarterback market.

Cousins said his decision not to sign a long-term deal with Washington came down to one basic thing: He didn’t feel right about signing.

“I didn’t feel at peace with signing a long-term deal at this juncture,” Cousins said after the team’s morning walk-through at training camp here Sunday. “I think the freedom that it allows on the other side of this season makes more sense. In the league, there’s so much change, so much turnover year after year, I think it makes a lot of sense to re-evaluate where we’re at, where the league’s at at the end of this season.”

Assuming health and continued success, Cousins could find himself hitting the open market as a healthy franchise quarterback in his prime — something that hasn’t been seen in the salary-cap era. In a quarterback-starved league with many teams desperate for help at the position and former Washington offensive coordinators Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay now head coaches in San Francisco and Los Angeles, this could lead to a monster, market-altering deal. Cousins could set major benchmarks, possibly including an average salary in excess of $30 million per year and $70 million or more in guarantees. He has clearly thought about this.

“A lot of it goes back to, these contracts are not baseball contracts; they’re not basketball contracts,” Cousins said. “As a result, you’re not really signing a five-year deal, you’re not really signing a six-year deal. You’re signing a two-year deal, and then there is an obligation for several years after that. And that just didn’t sit well with me, and I’m better off, if those are my options, I’m better off signing a one-year deal and then having freedom.”

Redskins RB Keith Marshall to Miss Second Straight Year Due to Injury

Redskins running back Keith Marshall tore his right patellar tendon in Saturday night’s practice and will miss the entire 2017 season according to John Keim of ESPN.com.

It is just the latest setback for the 23-year-old Marshall, who missed his rookie season in 2016 with an elbow injury. Originally a seventh-round draft pick out of Georgia, Marshall has a ton of talent but has been plagued with a host of injuries dating back to college. His next NFL carry will also be his first one and time is running out for him to establish himself as a pro.

. With Marshall on the shelf, Washington’s backfield will consist of Rob Kelley, fourth-round rookie Samaje Perine, pass-catcher Chris Thompson, and perhaps preseason phenom Mack Brown. Last year’s Week 1 starter Matt Jones is waiting to be released.

Redskins Start Training Camp with TE Jordan Reed on the PUP List

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The Redskins announced they will open camp without their top offensive weapon, as tight end Jordan Reed was placed on the physically unable to perform list, Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports.

A team spokesman said Reed was suffering from a sprained toe. Keeping him out of practice was believed to be a precautionary move, said a person with knowledge of the situation.

Reed, who missed time late in the season with a joint separation of his left shoulder, spent the offseason training primarily in Miami but did take part in the mandatory minicamp in June. He practiced without limitation.

Reed last season earned Pro Bowl honors after recording 66 catches for 687 yards and six touchdowns. In 2015 he had 87 catches for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns.

While the regular season PUP list requires a player to miss six weeks before returning to practice, during training camp he can return to the field as soon as the medical staff clears him.

Redskins Safety DeAngelo Hall and LB Houston Bates to Start Camp on the PUP List

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The Redskins are going to be a little shorthanded when camp starts on Thursday, as two of their defensive players will be on the sideline on the PUP list.

Those two players are safety DeAngelo Hall and linebacker Houston Bates, two players coming off torn ACLs.

ESPN first reported about the two players going on the PUP list, and there could be more as the team will hold its team physicals on Wednesday.

Players on the PUP list can attend team meetings but can not participate in practice.

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