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Unsurprisingly Derrius Guice Jersey , Jay Gruden said that there was no update on Trent:"Interestingly, the last question of his Thursday press conference was about which position group..." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHogs Haven homepageHorizontal - WhiteHogs Havena Washington Redskins communityFollow Hogs Haven online:Follow Hogs Haven on TwitterFollow Hogs Haven on FacebookLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchHogs Haven main menuFanpostsFanshotsSectionsRedskinsMastheadOddsShopCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Looks Like Someone Has A Sixpack Of The MondaysDaily SlopRedskins RecapsEDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Jay Gruden is clearly worried about the offensive line, with good reasonTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty ImagesUnsurprisingly, Jay Gruden said that there was no update on Trent:Interestingly, the last question of his Thursday press conference was about which position group really needed to continue to improve.Jay’s usual modus operandi is to say something along the lines of, “All of the position groups need to improve,” and then to go on to list two or three positions, naming a half dozen players and talking about how it is the job of the coaches to get them ready.He didn’t do that this time.He waded straight into the answer:I think this is more than just an unspoken commentary on Trent Williams’ absence.Jay watched the season implode last year as the Redskins lost linemen to injury.On the first day of camp, Chase Roullier was out and Tony Bergstrom was in because Chase apparently had a hamstring injury.The team is clearly looking to fill the long-standing hole at left guard, and spent two mid-round draft picks to help make that happen.Jay Gruden and the Redskins have typically relied on having a team that is strong in the trenches, and they have invested draft resources on both sides of the ball to make that happen.Increasingly — and especially this off-season — it is apparent that team is trying to get faster.Faster at running back.Faster at wide receiver.Faster at linebacker.Faster at safety.It looks like self-scouting has told the Redskins that they were too slow to compete.But this is a team that believes in the big-uglies packed in near the ball.This team should be lining up Trent Williams, Wes Martin, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses to face off in training camp against defensive players like Ryan Kerrigan, Daron Payne, Jon Allen, Matt Ioannidis and Montez Sweat.Jeez!Just looking at the names listed like that sends chills down my spine!Instead, here is where we are on Day 1 of Training Camp:The Redskins play an NFL regular season game in Philadelphia on 8 September — about 45 days from now.They need to be building strength, coordination and understanding among the various offensive linemen.Instead, Williams in holding out and Roullier is missing time due to a hamstring.This needs a quick fix.Ereck FlowersPredictably, Jay Gruden was asked again on Thursday about Ereck Flowers and his role.Jay repeated the new line that he recently adopted - that Ereck Flowers was brought in to play offensive line, and that, while the original plan was to try him out at guard, his presence on the roster allows the team to take advantage of the fact that Flowers has experience at both tackles spots.Here’s exactly what Jay said on Thursday:I get the sense that Jay is being careful with his words here.He has a script in mind, and I think he’s trying toleave himself lots of wiggle-room.Jay’s wording on Thursday was very similar to what he had to say just a day earlier:You can see that Jay is trying to stay on script here, with his quotes from Wednesday and Thursday being really similar.The one difference is that, on Wednesday, Jay made reference to Flowers at “left tackle”.I think this was a slip on Jay’s part.Listening to him, I get the feeling that he is trying really hard not to use the name “Ereck Flowers” and the position “left tackle” in the same sentence. When he said it on Wednesday, he followed up (and in my mind, he was covering a slip) by then talking about Flowers at left guard and Christian at LT to make it sound like he’s just spit-balling.I suspect that the Redskins are trying hard not to build a narrative of Ereck Flowers as the answer to the hole at left tackle caused by Trent’s holdout.The fact is, however, the Redskins have very few options, and none of them seems appealing:One option is Geron Christian, who was drafted a year ago, but saw very limited snaps before being lost for the remainder of the season to injury.Christian did not inspire with his play in 2018, but he has been talked about as a ‘project’ pretty much from the time he was drafted.Morgan Moses provides an option at left tackle as well.If the Redskins become convinced that Trent Williams is going to continue his holdout into the regular season, perhaps the coaches will experiment with Moses on the left side during preseason.He had 43 starts in his UVa career, and he started all 12 games at left tackle in his senior season.It’s often not ideal to ask a guy to switch when he’s been playing effectively on one side of the line, but one or two teams do it every year.It seems worth noting that the Redskins have not filled the 90th roster spot created when Mason Foster was released immediately prior to the start of camp.Could there be a trade in the works that the team wants to keep under the radar while they continue to discuss the Trent Williams situation with his agent?Jeremy Parnell, Ryan Schraeder and Donald Penn are all available free agents, all on the wrong side of 30, and all likely to be significant steps down from Trent Williams.Despite dire predictions from numerous sources regarding the Redskins outlook for 2019, the team has a good mix of youth and veterans and promise at every position group.The defense played very well for half a season in 2018, and there are reasons to believe the defensive roster and coaching have improved.The running backroom is talented and deep.Reports from the first day of camp say that Jordan Reed looks great.The wide receiver group is young Jonathan Allen Jersey , with potential.There really seem to be two big questions facing the Redskins:Do they have a quarterback capable of running Jay Gruden’s offense in 2019?Can they field a talented offensive line made up of 5 skilled players who can work together to open holes for the run game and protect the quarterback?If Trent Williams returns prior to the start of the season, I’ll feel much better about the second question, and that will help make the first a bit less critical.But if the Redskins are forced to enter the season with a makeshift offensive line that lacks its veteran leader at left tackle, then all those dire predictions could come true.With Trent Williams and a competent quarterback, the 2019 Redskins have a shot at a winning season.Otherwise, the best news for Redskins fans in the coming year may be the excitement over the hiring of the new head coach and the buzz of selecting at the top of the draft.We’ve only seen one day of training camp, but it’s already clear that the Redskins need to solve the current issues with the offensive line if they want to be able to compete this season. It’s one way to make the team" />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHogs Haven homepageHorizontal - WhiteHogs Havena Washington Redskins communityFollow Hogs Haven online:Follow Hogs Haven on TwitterFollow Hogs Haven on FacebookLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchHogs Haven main menuFanpostsFanshotsSectionsRedskinsMastheadOddsShopCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Looks Like Someone Has A Sixpack Of The MondaysDaily SlopRedskins RecapsEDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Looking for theRedskins Returners for2019TwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Patrick McDermott/Getty ImagesAs Jay Gruden is fond of telling us, when it comes down to the final few roster spots in setting the 53-man roster, special teams play is the usual deciding factor.The first piece of advice usually given to late-round draft picks and undrafted college free agents? Go find the special teams coach, introduce yourself, and tell him you want to play for him.Make yourself indispensable to the ST unit.Terrelle Davis often recounts the special teams play he made in his first preseason game as an undrafted free agent that got him noticed by the coaches and ignited his Hall of Fame career.In projecting roster spots, special teams players — especially gunners and returners — can’t be ignored.The players with these skills have a stronger grip on a roster spot than others.Terry McLaurin, we have been told, was rated as the #1 special teams player in the NFL draft this year.Given the Redskins rather dire situation at wide receiver, McLaurin is in no real danger of being cut, but his skills in punt coverage make him even more valuable.Last year, in early June, I published a look at the Redskins options at punt & kickoff returner.The names I listed then for the punt return job were Jamison Crowder, Trey Quinn, Greg Stroman and Darvin Kidsy.In 2017, Crowder had developed a tendency to muff or fumble punts, and the team had been in a jam because they didn’t really have a “Plan B” option, so the three rookies — two late round draft picks and a UDFA with return history from college — were in a good position to secure their roster spots by showing off their return skills.healthy for his slot receiver duties.Given the Redskins relative inexperience and lack of depth at wide receiver, I just don’t think they can take the added risk of putting Quinn on the field for, potentially, and extra 4 or 5 hits per game when there may be other competent returners on the roster.Greg StromanIwasn’t as impressed by Stroman’s return abilities as I was by Quinn’s, and the fact is, he under-performed on a larger sample as both punt & kickoff return man.Source: Pro Football ReferenceStroman’s longest punt return was 10 yards, and his average was a paltry 3.4 yards per return.To reinforce his lack of explosive return abilities, his kickoff return average of 18.3 yards is also unimpressive.While Stroman meets the ‘competent’ standard to act as the backup return man, I don’t think I’d like to rely on him as the primary returner in 2019.The “new Redskins” OptionsIf I want to avoid the second-year players as options in the return game — Quinn because he’s too indispensable to the offense at the moment, and Stroman because he’s not really an explosive returner — then we need to look at the three other players Paul Conner mentioned in his tweet, none of whom were on the Redskins roster in 2018.Shaun Wilson, RB, Duke/Tampa Bay BuccaneersOf the three players who are new to the Redskins, the one I know the least about is Shaun Wilson, as he was signed to the Redskins roster just this week.A quick look at Pro Football Reference indicates that he returned 7 kickoffs for 122 yards for the Bucs last season (17.4 avg), but he didn’t return any punts.Looking back to his college days at Duke, his stats are, as one might expect, more impressive.In 3 seasons with the Blue Devils, Wilson returned 67 kickoffs for 1,697 yards and two touchdowns, with an impressive 25.3 yards-per-return average.If Wilson was likely to make the team as a running back, I might put him in the mix for kickoff return man, but the fact is Montae Nicholson Jersey , given the depth the Redskins have at the RB position, Wilson’s history as a kickoff return man isn’t going to get him onto the active roster or active on game days.When you consider Jay Gruden’s preference to just watch the ball bounce in the end zone and start the offensive possession on the 25-yard-line, it makes it even more unlikely that Wilson can muscle his way onto the roster on the basis of his resume as a kickoff return man.T.J. Rahming, WR, DukeShaun Wilson and T.J. Rahming were teammates at Duke for three seasons.While Wilson was a kickoff returner, Rahming returned punts in his Junior and Senior years.He returned 13 punts in 2017 and 25 punts in 2018, averaging 7.0 and 5.8 yards per return, respectively.Rahming also put together an impressive bowl game that included a notable 14-yard punt return.In our Hogs Haven profile on Rahming, film analyst James FitzGerald had this to say:Rahming is small and fast, but he’s highly unlikely to make even the Redskins roster as an NFL receiver, meaning that he would almost certainly need to make it as a specialist punt returner, and neither his statistical production in college nor the film that James FitzGerald watched indicate that he has that kind of skill.Steven Sims, WR, KansasSource: Sports ReferenceSims has a little experience as both a kick returner and a punter, but not a ton of experience at either role.His 12 returns for 77 yards as a Junior in 2017 mark him as a competent punt returner, but nothing special, while his kick return statistics — both his 14 returns for 355 yards as a Junior and his career average of 21.7 yards per return — indicate that he is capable of following blocking and utilizing his speed and explosiveness to beat the coverage.Turning to his Hogs Haven profile, I see a lot of emphasis placed on this part of his game:This seems to leave the door open just a crack for Sims to find his way onto the roster.The difficulty to my way of thinking is that the Redskins are going to need every receiver active on game day to be able to contribute on offense, and I’m not sure Sims is talented enough to do that.BONUS UPDATEAs Scott Jennings pointed out in the comments section below, Craig Reynolds also got a run at kick returner today.It seems worthwhile to add some information about him to this article.We published a profile on Reynolds about a month ago, highlighting his skills as a returner.Let’s see what that article had to say:Reynolds looks to be a handy kick returner and has impressive stats as a punt returner.If he can fill both roles for the Redskins, he might — might — be able to make the team as a specialist return man, taking up a valuable roster spot.It’s difficult to see him making the team as a running back alone in 2019, but when you consider his return abilities and his potential to fill the backup RB role in 2020 and beyond, it may be enough to get the front office to think long and hard about his place on the roster.SummaryIt’s far too early for any “bottom line” analysis.I have, in fact, only relied on a couple of tweets for identifying the six options in the return game, and even then, I haven’t looked at Jimmy Moreland, who was named as working on returns as well.As mentioned above, Danny Johnson, who was in the mix last season, is currently on the PUP list, and we may well see other players given a shot on different days in camp. We’ll know a lot more after we’ve seen the first two pre-season games.That said, I’m feeling that the coaches may end up forced to rely on Trey Quinn as the team’s primary punt returner, as there seems to be a big dropoff when other options, aside from Craig Reynolds, are considered.The kickoff return man on a Jay Gruden team in 2019 is not a critical role, since the coach really likes to see the ball downed for the touchback, but there are times when opponents kick the ball short and force a return.It appears that the Redskins will have options for filling the role of kickoff return man, with Stroman being a likely candidate to make the 53, and Steven Sims and Craig Reynolds more ‘dark horse’ candidates.This camp battle often goes unnoticed and unremarked upon until the final cut downs are made, but the competition for return duties is a critical part of securing a place on the active roster for Week 1.
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