Redskins Highlights from ESPN Chat

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Updated: August 6, 2013

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ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano had an online chat with readers about the division earlier today. Below are highlights of what he had to say about the Redskins.

ON ROBERT GRIFFIN III’s TRAINING CAMP ROLE SO FAR

Their goal is to get him into game shape as slowly and responsibly as possible. They’ll gradually give him more to do while continually making sure he has no setbacks. I think you’ll continue to see the workload increase.

ON THE SECONDARY

[Chase] Minnifield looks great, but the question is whether they can trust his knee to hold up, and the answer is likely no. So if they keep him, they may need to keep an extra CB for insurance. [Brandon] Meriweather is a guy they’re being careful with, but indications are that he’ll be ready when the season starts.

ON ROOKIE CB DAVID AMERSON GETTING A STARTING JOB

I think Amerson could play his way into a starter’s role, possibly shoving Wilson out. But [Josh] Wilson is a favorite of [Mike] Shanahan‘s, and Amerson’s a rookie so it’s not likely. If he shows enough, maybe they can use him in nickel sets and move [DeAngelo] Hall inside?

 

ON THE DEFENSE GENERALLY

I think [Brian] Orakpo and [Brandon] Meriweather help the pass rush, yeah, but I do think they’re thin on the DL at least at the start of the season and at inside linebacker now. And CB is a major question mark.

ON FS BACCARI RAMBO STARTING WEEK ONE

I do think he has a chance, yes. His issue is that sideline-to-sideline speed, and that could start showing up when they’re playing games. FS is wide open there, and one of the rookies could absolutely start some games this year, including the first one.

ON THE BACKUP TO ALFRED MORRIS

I think [Roy] Helu is the favorite for that if he can stay healthy.

ON THE HEALTH OF WR PIERRE GARCON

He looked phenomenal, and yes. He said he chose not to have the foot surgery because there was no precedent for a receiver coming back from a similar surgery and making a full recovery. He believed rest and rehab was the best way to keep him an effective player going forward — that surgery was too great a risk to his playing future. So it’s about managing the pain when/if it comes back, but he says it’s not bugging him now.

ON ROOKIE OLB BRANDON JENKINS

Jenkins didn’t do much when I was there. Seems way down the depth chart.

ON WHETHER THE SKINS WILL CONTINUE TO USE READ OPTION

I believe this: That [Mike] Shanahan wants everyone to think he’s still going to run the read-option. I don’t know how much he’ll run it, but I believe he’ll run it enough to make sure defenses still have to worry about it.

ON THE #2 WIDE RECEIVER BATTLE

Oh, I think a healthy Josh Morgan would be the clear No. 2 wideout on the Redskins. But expecting “a healthy Josh Morgan” is kind of like believing in Santa Claus, right?

ON QB KIRK COUSINS

Cousins looks very good. If he has to start a game or two, I think they’ll be fine. If he has to start a lot of games, the issue I think they’d face would be his decision-making. He seems to hold onto the ball with an idea toward making the big play down the field, as opposed to running/throwing it out of bounds or taking the safer, quicker option. And I think that would hurt the Redskins if spread over a longer period of time. A huge part of their offensive success last year was RG III‘s sharp decision-making and the way in which that limited turnovers. Cousins has the physical tools and the leadership aspect down, but this is a flaw that he’d need to correct before he can be a reliable starter, I think.

WHO WILL START AT RIGHT TACKLE IN WEEK ONE

[Tyler] Polumbus.