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Greg Manusky
Report: Greg Manusky expected to stick in WAS
Thu, Jan 17, 2019, 8:31 AM
Washington Post
The Washington Post's Les Carpenter reports Greg Manusky is expected to remain the Redskins' defensive coordinator.
Analysis: Washington not so quietly courted several other candidates this month including Gregg Williams and Todd Bowles, but they struck out on their top targets. Manusky's defense actually took a step forward in 2018, but they were still just a middle-of-the-pack unit.
Jamison Crowder
Skins' Gruden: Re-signing Crowder a priority
Mon, Jan 14, 2019, 3:39 PM
ESPN
Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Monday re-signing free agent Jamison Crowder should be a priority.
Analysis: An ankle injury among other ailments limited Crowder's 2018 production, but when healthy he has been an asset in Washington. "He's got great quickness in intermediate routes, can separate, has good hands, he's tough, he's physical in the running game," said Gruden. "There is really not anything that Jamison can't do. We have to try and get him back for sure." ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim suggests Crowder could command over $8 million per year.
Brian Bulcke
Jay Gruden to return as Redskins' coach
Fri, Jan 4, 2019, 3:37 PM
JP Finlay on Twitter
Jay Gruden will return as the Redskins' head coach in 2019.
Analysis: The Redskins made Gruden sweat it out for a few days, but as expected, he'll be back for a sixth season in D.C. Injuries were the Redskins' undoing this year as Washington played out the stretch run without many of its top contributors including Alex Smith and Jordan Reed. Gruden got the benefit of the doubt this time, though another lackluster year in 2019 could spell the end of his Washington tenure.
Reuben Foster
Report: Reuben Foster's DV charges dropped
Thu, Jan 3, 2019, 9:05 AM
TMZ
TMZ reports domestic violence charges against Redskins LB Reuben Foster have been dropped.
Analysis: Foster was charged with first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence after an alleged incident with his ex-girlfriend in November. Foster was arrested for another incident with the same woman, Elissa Ennis, in February of last year, but those charges were also dropped after Ennis recanted her story on the stand. Following the most recent incident, Ennis claimed she lied in court to protect Foster. Currently on the Commissioner's Exempt List, Foster could still face discipline from the league.
Brian Bulcke
Jay Gruden still not sure of his job status
Tue, Jan 1, 2019, 7:54 AM
Washington Post
Coach Jay Gruden isn't sure if he'll be back with the Redskins in 2019.
Analysis: Gruden survived Black Monday but he seemed uncertain of his job status at the team's season-ending press conference, continually using phrases like, "if I'm still here" or "once I get the word." "I'm just waiting by the phone," he admitted. "If I'm fortunate enough to be here, I feel good about the nucleus of the players that we have." The Redskins have reached the playoffs just once in Gruden's five-year tenure and finished 7-9 this past season after starting the year 6-3. We're guessing the Redskins will give Gruden one more chance to turn things around in 2019, though another subpar year would likely cost him his job.
Jeremy Sprinkle
Jeremy Sprinkle catchless in season finale
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 8:16 PM
Jeremy Sprinkle was not targeted in Washington's Week 17 loss to the Eagles.
Analysis: A fifth-round pick in 2017, Sprinkle had a grand total of two career catches and zero 2018 catches heading into Week 15, but injuries to both Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis forced him into a bigger role. He responded with five catches for 41 yards and a touchdown the next two games before cratering along with the rest of the offense in the finale. Despite his late playing time, Sprinkle is not even an exciting hold in Dynasty formats.
Jamison Crowder
Jamison Crowder catches one pass in finale
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 8:14 PM
Jamison Crowder hauled in just 1-of-8 targets for seven yards in Washington's Week 17 loss to the Eagles.
Analysis: Seemingly a great fit with Alex Smith, there was some hope Crowder would break out in his fourth season, but he caught just 13 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown in four games before going down with an ankle injury. Crowder was able to show some life after Josh Johnson took over late in the season, catching 11 passes for 211 yards and a 79-yard touchdown in three games, but he cratered along with the rest of the offense in the finale. It was certainly not the season Crowder was looking for heading into free agency. Coming off two disappointing seasons, it is possible Crowder takes a short-term, prove-it deal in an effort to rehab his value, perhaps with Washington.
Josh Doctson
Josh Doctson finishes 2018 with 44-532-2 line
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 8:14 PM
Josh Doctson caught 2-of-4 targets for 33 yards in Washington's Week 17 win over the Eagles.
Analysis: A contested catch specialist who is an awful fit with Alex Smith, Doctson caught just 26 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns before Smith went down in Week 11. He did not set the world on fire after the injury, but there was a noticeable uptick in production, with Doctson managing 264 yards on 18 catches in six games despite playing with the likes of Colt McCoy, Mark Sanchez, and Josh Johnson. Despite that "strong" finish, Doctson has now failed to top 550 yards in each of his first three seasons. With Washington unlikely to pick up his fifth-year option, Doctson will have a lot to prove in what should be the final year of his rookie contract. The 26-year-old will be nothing but a flier in fantasy drafts next summer.
Josh Johnson
Josh Johnson throws for just 91 yards Week 17
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 8:11 PM
Josh Johnson completed 12-of-27 passes for 91 yards and an interception in Washington's Week 17, shut-out loss to the Eagles.
Analysis: Before this season, Johnson had not thrown a pass in an NFL game since 2011, so just being in the league has to be viewed as a success. The quarterback was able to do even a little more than that in his first two appearances, showing well after entering a blowout against the Giants and rushing for 49 yards in Washington's surprise win in Jacksonville, but he struggled mightly over the final two weeks of the season. On Sunday, he led Washington to just 89 yards of total offense. Set to be an unrestricted free agent, it is not even a given Johnson ends up on an offseason roster.
Chris Thompson
Chris Thompson catches five passes Week 17
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 7:32 PM
Chris Thompson rushed two times for 10 yards and hauled in 5-of-8 targets for 14 yards in Washington's Week 17 loss to the Eagles.
Adrian Peterson
Adrian Peterson goose eggs in season finale
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 7:16 PM
Adrian Peterson rushed four times for zero yards in Washington's Week 17 loss to the Eagles.
Analysis: As has been the case at times this season, Peterson was completely taken out of this game, but he did not have much of a chance with Washington running 44 plays. Despite the disappointing finish, 2018 has to be seen as a rousing success for the future Hall of Famer. Unwanted on the free-agent market, Peterson did not sign with Washington until August 20 after the team lost Derrius Guice to a torn ACL. Peterson quickly showed he was not done, rumbling for 96 yards and a touchdown against the Cardinals, and earned his eighth 1,000-yard season with 119 yards against the Titans in Week 16. Set to turn 34 in March, Peterson is unlikely to get more than one-year offers in free agency, but he has at least shown he can still get the job done.
Maurice Harris
Maurice Harris ends the season on IR
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 5:34 PM
Redskins placed Maurice Harris (concussion) on injured reserve.
Analysis: Harris missed the final two games of the season because of a concussion, but he had not been a factor on offense since way back in Week 10. Even so, the third-year player managed to set career-highs in both catches (28) and yards (304) filling in for a ludicrously banged-up receiver corps. With Harris set to be a restricted free agent, it is possible Washington offers him a tender this spring.
Josh Doctson
Josh Doctson (illness) active Week 17
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 2:00 PM
Josh Doctson (illness) is active Week 17 against the Eagles.
Analysis: Doctson did not practice the final two days of the week because of an illness, but he will give it a go in the season finale. Washington declared LB Ryan Anderson (hamstring), TE Vernon Davis (concussion), DL Matt Ioannidis (hamstring), OG Zac Kerin (knee), OT Ty Nsekhe (knee), L Marquise Flowers, and TE J.P. Holtz inactive.
Brian Bulcke
Jay Gruden likely to return for another year
Sat, Dec 29, 2018, 6:16 PM
NFL Network
Redskins coach Jay Gruden is expected to return in 2019.
Analysis: The Redskins have tanked since losing Alex Smith to a season-ending injury, losing five of their last six games. Gruden's coaching was criticized by his own players at times this year, with D.J. Swearinger and Mason Foster calling out the team. Washington has been at the center of controversy under Gruden, who played a role in letting Kirk Cousins go and bringing in Reuben Foster. With no quarterback in place, the Redskins don't have much of choice but to give Gruden another year. Gruden figures to shakeup his staff this offseason.
Josh Doctson
Josh Doctson (illness) questionable Sunday
Fri, Dec 28, 2018, 12:32 PM
Washington Redskins on Twitter
Josh Doctson (illness) is questionable for Week 17 against the Eagles.
Analysis: Doctson himself hasn't made an impact for the Skins just yet, but his absence is notable since it would leave more downfield targets up for grabs. Jamison Crowder has thrived with Josh Johnson under center, amassing a team-high 18 targets (24% share) in Johnson's three outings, and would inevitably garner high-floor WR3 status if Doctson is ruled out.
Vernon Davis
Vernon Davis (concussion) won't play finale
Fri, Dec 28, 2018, 12:17 PM
JP Finlay on Twitter
Vernon Davis (concussion) is out for Week 17 against the Eagles.
Jordan Reed
Washington sends Jordan Reed to IR
Thu, Dec 27, 2018, 10:34 AM
Adam Caplan on Twitter
Redskins placed Jordan Reed (toe) on injured reserve.
Analysis: Washington also placed Colt McCoy (leg) on injured reserve. Both had already been ruled out for the season finale. Despite staying healthy for most of the season, Reed had a fairly disappointing 2018, catching 54 passes for 558 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games. Reed should be fine for the offseason program.
Jordan Reed
Jordan Reed (toe) unlikely to return Week 17
Mon, Dec 24, 2018, 8:44 AM
Washington Post
Coach Jay Gruden said Jordan Reed (toe) is unlikely to return for the season finale.
Analysis: Washington does not plan to put the tight end on injured reserve, but there is not much hope of him playing against the Eagles. Despite staying healthy for longer than anyone could have hoped, Reed had a fairly disappointing season by his standards. Assuming he does not play Week 17, he finishes the year with 54 catches for 558 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games.
Colt McCoy
Colt McCoy (leg) will not return Week 17
Mon, Dec 24, 2018, 8:41 AM
Washington Post
Colt McCoy (broken leg) will not return Week 17.
Analysis: McCoy fractured his fibula earlier this month, but he likely would have returned for Week 17 had Washington still been in the playoff hunt. That dream ended this week, however, and Josh Johnson will close out the season at quarterback. McCoy should be ready for the offseason program.
Josh Doctson
Josh Doctson gains 30 yards against Titans
Sat, Dec 22, 2018, 8:08 PM
Josh Doctson hauled in 3-of-6 targets for 30 yards in Washington's Week 16 loss to the Titans.
Analysis: Doctson continues to be utilized as Washington's primary downfield threat, which ultimately entails weekly boom-or-bust performances. Unfortunately for his owners, he has yet to boom. Jamison Crowder is the better Week 17 option as he's quietly seen a team-high 24% target share from Josh Johnson.