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Need to Know: Redskins read and react, the week that was in Richmond

Aug 5, 2015, 4:02 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, August 5, eight days before Washington Redskins open their preseason against the Browns in Cleveland.

If you need to catch up on what’s happening in Richmond, scroll to the bottom for a list of our posts from the last 24 hours. 

Read and react

Here’s a look at some of the headlines from the past week and my quick take on them.

Amerson suffers shoulder injury—He did a good job of covering DeSean Jackson on a deep pass but he tumbled to the ground and immediately went to see the trainers. It turns out it was an AC joint sprain, not a serious injury. That’s good because the Redskins are getting thin at cornerback

Shoulder injury likely to cost Tevin Mitchel full seasonThe coaches were high on the sixth-round pick as a future slot corner. Now he will have to start over again, although he will be at Redskins Park all season for meetings, etc.

Trent Williams contract talks are ongoing—There is no deadline on when a new deal can get done for Williams, perhaps the team’s most important player. The Redskins can negotiate with the knowledge that they could use the franchise tag on Williams next spring. Such a move would cost in the neighborhood of $13 million for the season.

Gruden confirms Breeland will miss 4 to 6 weeks—Breeland’s injury was bad but not nearly as bad as it could have been. His knee bent at an unnatural angle and nobody would have been surprised if his season had ended right there. As it is, it looks like he will miss only one game and that one not due to injury but because of an incident that happened a year ago in Richmond.

Redskins’ Breeland will serve a one-game suspension—The wheels of “justice”, if you want to call it that, turn slowly in the NFL. Almost a year after getting arrested for simple possession of marijuana on the VCU campus, Breeland finally found out what his fate would be. As it turns out, he’ll miss a game that he possible would have missed anyway due to his injury.

Redskins and LB Junior Galette agree to deal—The Redskins will test the proposition that you can’t have too many good pass rushers. Galette joins Ryan Kerrigan, Jason Hatcher, Trent Murphy and Preston Smith as players who have a demonstrated ability to get after the quarterback. Kerrigan, Hatcher, and Galette have all had NFL seasons with double-digit sacks, Murphy led the nation in sacks as a senior at Stanford in 2013 and Smith had nine playing in the SEC last year. Sure, there is some character risk with Galette. But his $745k vet minimum salary minimizes that risk.

Kerrigan agrees to long-term extension with Redskins—We arrived to training camp to this news. Good guy, very good player, good move by the Redskins.The average of $11.4 million per year may seem a bit high but like most deals it will shrink in comparison to the rising salary cap over the next few years.


Today’s schedule: Redskins walkthrough, 10:35 a.m.; Jay Gruden news conference approx. 2:45; Redskins practice, 3 p.m.

—It’s been 220 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 39 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Preseason opener @ Browns 8; final cuts 31; Redskins @ Giants Thursday night 50

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  1. bertyboz - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    They are off today? I thought they were yesterday and back at it today:

  2. colorofmyskinz - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Wow, Breeland, amerson, Mitchell, and our backup is a 2x torn Achilles. That side is going to be weak. We need a deal with another team bad!

    • timwillhidetimwillhide - Aug 5, 2015 at 11:01 AM

      You realize we only lost the rookie for the year? Amerson will be ready by week 1 he is only off for a couple days.Breeland will only miss 2 games. We will be fine.

  3. goback2rfk - Aug 5, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    Looks like teams will be looking to pass against the Redskins

  4. rtcwon - Aug 6, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    True, you can never have too many good pass rushers. But this team is far, far from being anywhere near that situation. They now have two.

    Kerrigan had to be begging for the Galette signing. I believe he could be a plus player at any position in any scheme but he will never be an elite edge rusher. On the left, against the RT is ideal for him & he’s top three at that. But he can’t be the primary guy.

    Murphy may develop into a guy who can also “get after the QB” but not likely in the primary edge rusher role. For now, he’s good against the run and likely headed to a platoon role with Galette. But he has no business in a “good pass rusher” conversation. Any rookie that belongs in that conversation was drafted in the top 10. Our second round guy may develop into an edge rusher but for now, the hope is he’s good enough to earn some snaps here & there. I’m not holding my breathe.

    DLine don’t count as pass rushers; pressure from DL guys is great but the 3-4 & that cliché is all about edge rushers, OLBs.

    There now are two. We need one or two more. Then, when the third guy enters the fold, we can trot out the can’t have too many pass rushers cliché. Archives

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