Redskins Roundup: The Bryce Harper Edition
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What is the state of Washington’s inside linebackers right now? The position has undergone some change, with injury and a recent free agent signing shaking the lineup a bit. READ THIS to learn more.
The Redskins have a morning walk-through today as the team tries to round into shape before Thursday’s preseason kickoff against the Tennessee Titans. Robert Griffin III will address the media at 11:30 am.
How many Redskins players can correctly identify a photograph of Nationals’ slugger Bryce Harper? Not that many. Alfred Morris was wa-a-a-a-a-a-ay off.
The Skins released their first depth chart of the 2013 preseason. More on that later.
– SS Brandon Meriweather continues to rehab his surgically repaired right knee, but he missed all of practice last week. He wants to participate in at least some of Monday’s drills, but Head Coach Mike Shanahan was non-committal on that point.
– LT Trent Williams continues to practice despite having his severely-sprained left wrist wrapped up into a club.
– G Adam Gettis [hamstring], CB DeAngelo Hall [right ankle], OL Tevita Stevens [right foot/ankle], RB Chris Thompson [left knee] and FB Darrel Young [left leg bruise] all sat out Saturday practices.
– ILB London Fletcher got a veteran’s day off on Saturday.
Mark Maske gives us a great article looking at the ups and downs of training camp so far. The ups include Robert Griffin III‘s health and progress, as well as the health of OLB Brian Orakpo and TE Fred Davis and the progress of the rookie defensive backs and unheralded wide receiving corps. The downs include another drug suspension [DE Jarvis Jenkins], the problems with Meriweather’s knee and no one has taken control of that right tackle position.
Washington’s new special teams coach is Keith Burns, a former Shanahan player with the Denver Broncos and graduate of T.C. Williams high school. He’s 41-years-old and takes over from Danny Smith, who left to do the same job with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Burns will have to do without Smith’s best player, departed LB/jack-of-all-trades Lorenzo Alexander, who went to the Pro Bowl after the 2012 season as a special teams star.
Fred Davis and the other tight ends should be preparing for a big role in the 2013 offense. Davis, in a contract year, needs to come up big, for himself if for no one else.
Who could be the surprise starters for the Redskins come week one? Rich Tandler suggests rookie CB David Amerson or WR Aldrick Robinson.
I believe THIS is John Keim’s first Redskins post for ESPN.com. Always great to have Keim, as good a beat reporter as there is in Washington, writing about D.C.’s favorite pro sports team.