Sunday, July 31, 2011

Redskins News and Notes: Free Agency/Training Camp Updates

(CB, Josh Wilson is one of many new Redskins)

Here is a pretty lengthy list of updates and transactions with the Skins:

2011 Draft Picks
(Photo via ESPN 980)

The Redskins has signed all of their 2011 draft picks. All of them have reported to camp and are already participating in practice.

2010 Redskins Released
While the Skins are acquiring players, they've let a few players from last year go. Here's that list:
C, Casey Rabach
NT/DT, Maake Kemoeatu
DE/DT, Phillip Daniels
OL, "Big" Mike Williams
S, "Macho" Harris
RB, Chad Simpson
WR, Roydell Williams
P, Josh Bidwell
P, Sam Paulescu

Thoughts: The writing has been on the wall for Rabach for a few years now. I thought the switch to more zone blocking may help Rabach but it didn't seem to help. I also thought that when the Skins brought in Kory Lichtenstiger he was eventually to become the Redskins center (although it may just be Will Montgomery). Maake Kemoeatu just never was healthy in 2010. It was clear that he struggled to get any penetration and the Skins are looking to go younger. Same can be said about Daniels who is 38. While Daniels continues to be a powerhouse, he has struggled with injuries in prior years including 2010. Mike Williams days as a football player are probably over, despite an amazing come back (best wishes MW).

 (WR) Taurus Johnson, (DT/DE) Rashaad Duncan, (RB) Shawnbrey McNeal, (WR) Maurice Price, (RB) Andre Brown and (S) Sha’reff Rashad were also released. They saw little to no game time in 2010.
via The Post, via Redskins Confidential

QB, Donovan McNabb to Minnesota (2012 6th, conditional 2013 6th)
DT/Money vacuum, Albert Haynesworth to New England (2013 5th)
DE, Jeremy Jarmon to Houston (WR, Jabar Gaffney)

Thoughts: To get anything for either McNabb or Haynesworth is pretty amazing since the league has known the Skins have wanted to get rid of both of them long before the lockout. Haynesworth may already be up to his old tricks in New England. Jarmon was a poor fit in a 3-4 (despite his many efforts to be a DE or OLB), in the process the Skins bring in Gaffney. Gaffney is a 10 year vet who has had decent stats. over his career and made career numbers in receptions and yardage in 2010. Gaffney will fight to earn a roster spot and in the end push the rookies and younger players to be better. Not an earth shattering trade, but a good move by the Skins to get depth for a player they probably would have cut.

Shaun Draughn (RB, North Carolina)
Ben Chappel (QB, Indiana)
Willie Smith (OL, East Carolina)
Kevin Gidrey (FB, South Florida)
Kyle O’Donnell (LB, Liberty)
Dante Barnes (DB, Norfolk State)
Marc Verica (QB, Virgina)

 * Major hat tip and thanks to for keeping up with all the UDFA signings.
 ** The Post is reporting the signing of Marc Verica.

Thoughts: Don't know too much about most of these players to be honest but as I have said before, I am pretty high on Willie Smith.

PUP List
S, Laron Landry
ILB, Robert Henson
S, Kareem Moore

Thoughts: I'm a bit surprised about both Landry and Henson being put on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list, but it sounds like its just precautionary. Thanks to the lockout the Skins couldn't rehab these players and the last thing they want to do is push them back onto the IR.

Redskins FA Re-Signs
WR, Santana Moss
ILB, H.B. Blades
CB, Byron Westbrook

Thoughts: Moss coming back was a no brainer for a few reasons. First is that to his teammates and the fans Moss is a well respected, well liked player who brings leadership and experience to the club. Moss can mentor rookies Robinson, Paul and fellow U alum. Leonard Hankerson. Second, is that Moss has put up consistent numbers with the Skins but had career numbers in Mike Shanahan's scheme. Third is that both Moss and the Skins know each other and frankly are more valuable to each other than another team. Fourth, Moss' 3 year/15 million deal isn't much really. While Moss may have lost a step, it's clear that the slot should preserve his longevity.

Blades is a solid contributor but is more known for his special teams work.

Westbrook is also more known for his work on special teams, but can also contribute in certain packages.

* All free agents can practice with the team starting August 4th.

Free Agency

NT, Barry Cofield- Much like many names on the Giants D line over the years, Cofield has been a thorn in the Redskins side. Now he's on our team. In his prime at 27, Cofield should most likely help fill the NT role along with Anthony Bryant and Chris Neild. While some have concerns about coming from NY as a 4-3 NT and not being big enough (only 306lbs.) to anchor the inside, I think he should fit well in the Skins 3-4

WR, Donte' Stallworth- People need to remember that this is a one year deal. If anything Stallworth is getting the same opportunity with the Skins as Larry Johnson, Not so "fast" anymore Willie Parker and Joey Galloway did last year. Stallworth will have to earn a roster spot. Unlike Galloway's situation last year, the roster has a large amount of young talent at the WR position. If Stallworth makes the team he could be a contributor based on his experience in the league. Sadly though, he hasn't had more than 46 receptions in a season since 2005.

QB, Kellen Clemens- With McNabb's departure the Skins need another QB on the roster to fill the void. Looks like Clemens will get that opportunity. It has been suggested that he will get a chance to compete for the starting job along with John Beck and Rex Grossman (not signed but should be soon). I doubt he'll win it and I expect Clemens to be the Skins #3 QB this season. Again, a 1 year deal.

CB, Josh Wilson- Last year had a great run with the Ravens starting in 9 of 14 games. When QBs throw at him their QB ratings are in the mid 60's (according to Pro Football focus). Wilson is going to be a early fan favorite because he is a local product (Dematha, UMD grad.). He should be starting opposite of DeAngelo Hall on Sundays.

P, Sav Rocca- One of the Redskins biggest need in this offseason was to find a consistent punter. Looks like the Skins may have found that in Rocca. From my memory, he seemed like a good directional kicker (something Danny Smith covets) and is excellent getting balls inside the 20.

DE, Stephen Bowen- I'll be honest and admit that I don't know much about Bowen. Prior to last year, he seemed to be more of a depth player for Dallas. Last year he had a very good season starting 9 games for Dallas. The Redskins were highly impressed and went after Bowen. Word is that Dallas also had him penciled in to be their starter in 2011.

C/G, Chris Chester- I asked SHD for a scouting report on the Redskins new OL and he said that Chester is a converted TE that has a great deal of potential but never has been able to live up to it. He also said that he has concerns about pass blocking and felt that Chester was better as a backup than a starter. That said, he also felt that maybe a move to a ZBS could help Chester live up to his potential. What I'm wondering is whether Chester is the Skins starting C or G this season?

* More details on contracts here on PFT.
** All free agents can practice with the team starting August 4th.

Noticeable Numbers
Worth noting is some noticeable #'s to keep an eye on during training camp and the pre-season.

Fred Davis has changed his # to #83 (previous years he was #86)
OJ Atogwe is now wearing #20 (chose not to wear old # of #21 in honor of Sean Taylor)
Roy Helu is wearing #26 (formerly held by Clinton Portis)
Ryan Kerrigan is wearing #53
Niles Paul is wearing #84
Leonard Hankerson is #85
Jarvis Jenkins is #99 (formerly held by Andre Carter)

- Ryan Kerrigan injured his knee. MRI is negative. Listed as a bone bruise. Is day to day.
- Mike Sellers may be converting to TE, Darrel Young may be a possible starter in 2011.
- John Beck watch: early reports is that he's looked ok, but has struggled with the long ball. Rust or serious concern?
- Still no word on a Rex Grossman re-signing. My guess is sometime before August 4th.
- No word on another RT signing either. Rumor is that the Skins are trying to re-sign Jammal Brown.
- Carlos Rogers is still on the market. I also believe that no other redskins FAs have been signed to other teams as of yet.

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