Player News - Redskins

Date: Team: Pos:

Redskins waived/injured OG Arie Kouandjio.

He'll revert to injured reserve after going down with a torn quad at OTAs. The Redskins signed OL Isaiah Williams to replace Kouandjio.
May 23 - 6:06 PM

Rob Kelley was the first running back through position drills at Wednesday's OTAs.

Kelley was followed by sophomore Samaje Perine and then rookie Derrius Guice. We wouldn't read much, if anything, into this, as the Redskins are likely going by veteran status on the first day of workouts. Kelley spent much of the second half of last season on I.R. with a high-ankle sprain and wasn't very good before the injury. Perine wasn't much better in relief before he also got hurt. This is going to be Guice's backfield on early downs much sooner than later.
May 23 - 12:16 PM

Redskins DB DeAngelo Hall retired after 14 seasons in the NFL.

The No. 8 overall pick of the 2004 draft, Hall was a Falcon for his first four seasons, earning Pro-Bowl nods in 2005 and 2006, and had a brief and ill-fated stay with the Raiders, but he will be remembered as a Redskin. Hall spent the final 10 seasons of his career in Washington, earning an additional Pro-Bowl honor in 2010 and recording 23 interceptions from 2008-13. Injuries limited Hall to just 22 games over his final four seasons, but he still put together a quality career. Hall is reportedly mulling TV and front office job offers.
May 14 - 11:51 AM

Redskins OG Arie Kouandjio suffered a torn quad and will miss the season.

Kouandjio was among the Redskins' final cuts last summer but had to be brought back at midseason when injuries wreaked havoc on the offensive line. He started six games at left guard, playing 424 uneven snaps. Washington is bringing back essentially the same offensive line group it had in 2017.
May 11 - 11:03 AM

Redskins signed second-round RB Derrius Guice to a four-year contract.

The Redskins have also signed fourth-round S Troy Apke, fifth-round DT Tim Settle, sixth-round LB Shaun Dion Hamilton, seventh-round CB Greg Stroman and seventh-round WR Trey Quinn. Guice was the seventh running back off the board but has a real shot at making the second biggest rookie fantasy impact after No. 2 overall pick Saquon Barkley.
May 10 - 4:52 PM

Redskins signed No. 13 overall pick DT Da'Ron Payne to a four-year contract.

Payne is the first 2018 first-rounder to sign his rookie deal. Like all Day 1 picks, his contract includes a fifth-year team option for 2022. A two-year starter at Alabama, Payne racked up five career tackles for loss, three sacks and one forced fumble. His role was to eat blocks and control gaps rather than fill the box score in Nick Saban’s 3-4, though he did create 50 QB pressures over his final two seasons. Payne is ready to defend the run in the pros and offers sneaky bull-rush upside.
May 10 - 4:36 PM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said second-round RB Derrius Guice is "more of a first-, second-down banger."

Gruden added he thinks Guice has good enough hands, but his role will be on early downs as a rookie. "Really, our role for him is quite easy to see," Gruden said. "It’s first, second down." The comments are not surprising considering Guice was not routinely used as a receiver in college and Chris Thompson is one of the best passing-down backs in the league, but they are still disappointing. Without real usage in the passing game, Guice's fantasy value will be somewhat capped as a rookie.
Source: ESPN
May 10 - 10:05 AM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim does not expect Chris Thompson's role to change following the second-round selection of Derrius Guice.

Guice isn't a zero in the passing game, but he's not in Thompson's league as a receiver. Few running backs are. With Guice in tow, Thompson is unlikely to mix in as much on early downs — he had 64 carries in 10 games last season — but the Redskins still need his explosive element as a third-down back. He will maintain PPR value if he can stay healthy. Still recovering from his broken leg, Thompson expects to be ready for training camp.
Source: ESPN.com
May 8 - 5:51 PM

Redskins re-signed LG Shawn Lauvao.

The Redskins weren't expected to bring Lauvao back following another injury-plagued year in 2017 but Washington didn't have many other options after failing to address guard in the draft. The 30-year-old struggled over his 531 snaps last season, earning PFF's No. 62 grade out of 80 qualifiers at guard. Arie Kouandjio will be his main competition at left guard.
May 4 - 2:35 PM

PFT's Mike Florio reports Redskins president Bruce Allen "hopes to return" to the Raiders.

Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman confirms the report, adding that the feeling is mutual. Per Florio, Allen would return to the Raiders in an executive-type role with no personnel decision-making, but a "significant role in managing the business." Allen is currently believed to be running the show with the Redskins alongside senior VP of player personnel Doug Williams. Allen leaving the Redskins could be viewed as a win for Washington. Allen and coach Jon Gruden have a relationship dating back to their previous Raiders days and again with the Bucs.
Apr 30 - 7:44 PM

Redskins senior VP of player personnel Doug Williams said he is not worried about second-round RB Derrius Guice.

Williams seemed to shoot down rumors of off-field concerns. "For this kid, who doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, hasn’t been arrested, no failed drug tests," Williams said. "He’s a happy-go-lucky kid." Williams also said he grew up in the same area as Guice, so he understands what it took for him to get where he is today. It is looking like Washington got a steal late in the second round.
Apr 30 - 11:15 AM

Redskins signed Iowa C Sean Welsh.

Welsh (6’3/306) was a four-year starter on the Hawkeyes’ line, seeing action at both guard positions and right tackle and earning second-team All-Big Ten from the conference’s coaches as a senior. A mere sixth-percentile SPARQ athlete with short arms (32"), Welsh’s best shot at becoming an NFL starter would be at center. His ability to play so many positions on the line increases Welsh’s odds of carving out an extended career.
Apr 29 - 11:27 AM

Redskins signed Stony Brook OT Timon Parris.

Parris (6’6/312) made 41 starts on Stony Brook’s offensive line before missing the final five games of his college career with a fractured fibula. Parris was so effective FCS coaches still voted him a first-team All-American in 2017. Coming off the broken leg, Parris posted abysmal workout numbers at his Pro Day. Parris needs to get back to full strength, but he offers developmental potential based on size, length, and dominant tape.
Apr 29 - 11:24 AM

Redskins signed Indiana WR Simmie Cobbs.

Cobbs (6’3/220) rebounded from a season-ending ankle injury in 2016 to earn first-team All-Big Ten as a 2017 redshirt junior, logging a 72/841/11.7/8 receiving line before turning pro. On tape, Cobbs is a poor man’s Mike Evans who wins with bully ball and got the best of Denzel Ward early last year. Unfortunately, Cobbs lacks separation speed (4.64) and struggled in both the vertical (30") and broad (9’5") jumps at the Combine. Cobbs also needs a ton of work as a route runner and had a penchant for untimely drops at IU. Cobbs has red-zone potential but may max out as a situational receiver.
Apr 28 - 9:05 PM

Redskins selected SMU WR Trey Quinn with the No. 256 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

This makes Quinn 2018's Mr. Irrelevant. Quinn (5’11/203) was SMU’s unheralded bookend for Courtland Sutton, transferring from LSU to spend one year with the Mustangs and tally a 114/1,236/13 receiving line, earning first-team All-American Athletic Conference. PFF College credited Quinn with 4.36 yards per route run, highest among all draft-eligible receivers. On slot routes alone, Quinn caught 75% of his targets with seven TDs and had the lowest drop rate (1.7%) in this receiver class. Quinn isn’t exceptionally straight-line fast (4.55) but he is quick in a short area (6.91 three-cone time) and catches everything.
Apr 28 - 6:54 PM


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