Some close to Lewis feel that he's about one month away from being able to play in a game, which naturally means that his availability for the season opener Sept. 11 in Arizona is looking good at this point (assuming no unexpected setbacks).
Lewis tore his ACL in a Nov. 8 game against the Washington Redskins and underwent surgery on Nov. 18. Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery.
While Lewis' progress is encouraging, the team is bringing him along slowly because there is little urgency at this time of year, which is consistent with their approach for most players coming back from surgery. So while Lewis' recovery has been on a promising track, his level of participation in OTAs might still be limited (if he participates at all) and there is a possibility that approach could also extend into the start of training camp.
Lewis was New England’s best fantasy back through the first eight weeks of the season before tearing his ACL in Week 9. In six healthy games in that span, Lewis averaged 12.8 touches for 95 yards and 0.67 TD. On a per game basis, he was #10 in standard and #5 in PPR at the time of his injury. According to ESPN Boston, Lewis’s recovery is ahead of schedule and “there’s no reason to think Lewis won’t be available for when the games count.” If he’s good to go for Week 1, we believe he’ll be the team’s RB1 heading to the season, barring the addition of Arian Foster.
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First-round pick Josh Doctson, listed as 6 feet 2, 202 pounds, naturally stands out. Doctson said the Redskins’ pass routes differ from those at Texas Christian mainly because the pro game has deeper breaking in and out routes. He also said he probably has run more double-move routes in the past two days than he did all of last season.
Besides the quarterback, the player on offense under the most pressure to perform this year will be Matt Jones. The team let Alfred Morris walk in free agency and they waited until the seventh round to draft his replacement. And at this point the often injured, lightly used Keith Marshall isn’t even a sure bet to make the team. Jones will need to stay healthy while averaging 15-20 carries per game, add about a yard to the 3.4 per carry average he posted last year, and make fumbles very rare occurrences.
Jones had a few moments as a rookie, but they were mostly in the passing game, where he averaged 16.0 yards per catch on 19 receptions. As a runner, he averaged 3.4 YPC on 144 totes. It appears that he'll be the primary running back, though Chris Thompson led the Washington running backs with 35 receptions last season and may form a committee by taking over most of the third-down work.
Offensive coordinator Sean McVay not only believes Doctson can do so, he's confident the Redskins will get the most out of the 6-foot-2, 202 pounder early on in his career.
“The great thing about it is we got a bunch of great players, and he’ll start out as an outside receiver, where he’ll play behind both Pierre and DeSean, and we’ll be able to groom him,” McVay said Wednesday on ESPN980. “And however well he does, he’ll earn that playing time if his play dictates that. He’s a guy that we’re very excited about.”
McVay went on to compare Doctson to A.J. Green and did say that he could earn more playing time if his play dictates it. We're assuming both DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon will be back, and don't envision Doctson beating out either player in training camp. Garcon is probably the most vulnerable, so if Doctson has a great summer and earns a larger role, it will probably come at Garcon's expense. Jackson is also known to be somewhat injury-prone, so Doctson could see more snaps due to simple attrition.
Base value of Jordan Reed extension is 5 years, just under $50M. $22M guaranteed. Amount fully guaranteed at signing not yet known.
Thanks to a relatively healthy season (14 games), Reed finished #3 in standard formats and #2 in PPR. He caught 87 passes for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns, registering a higher PPG in PPR formats than Rob Gronkowski. He was second only to Delanie Walker in targets per game. He's extremely talented and is a near-lock to be a top five tight end as long as he stays healthy, but given his history and his price (4th round ADP), there's some risk here.
All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman and the Washington Redskins have agreed to a five-year deal that could be worth as much as $75 million, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Friday.
The contract will include a guaranteed $50 million, according to the NFL Network, the most ever paid to a cornerback.
Norman's agent, Michael George, confirmed the deal with The Associated Press without providing parameters of the signing.
The Redskins owned the #13 fantasy defense last year and the addition of Norman should improve a pass defense that yielded the 8th-most passing yards in 2015.
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Hankerson originally joined the Bills on December 26, 2015 and played in the team’s final game against the New York Jets. He did not record a reception in the game. The 6-2, 211-pound Miami (Fl.) product entered the NFL in 2011 as a third round pick (79th overall) with the Washington Redskins. Hankerson has played in 40 career games, starting 14, catching 107 passes for 1,408 yards and nine touchdowns.
Prior to joining the Bills, Hankerson played for the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons in 2015. He spent his first four NFL seasons with the Washington Redskins. His most productive season came in 2012 when he had 38 catches for 543 yards and three touchdowns for Washington.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Vernon Davis is signing a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins, per a source informed of the situation. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports first reported the news.
Now, the former Washington Redskins quarterback is focused on just one thing: Coming to the Cleveland and competing to become the team’s starting quarterback.
Griffin, a free agent, made it official Thursday when he signed with the Browns.
“I'm excited about the opportunity to join the Dawg Pound and help build something here in Cleveland,” Griffin said. “Coach Hue and Pep, I had a great meeting with them. I really believe in what they preach and how they can help not only me as a player but this team win games and that's what we're all about.
“I'm just excited to come in and compete. Nothing's ever been given to me in my life, so I just want to go out and compete with the guys and grow with this team. I feel like that's all I'm really focused on.”
RG3 will have the opportunity for a fresh start after an up-and-then-down stint in Washington. We're not immediately writing off the Browns potentially having a few quality fantasy players in 2016 with Griffin, Duke Johnson, Gary Barnidge and maybe Josh Gordon in the fold. Griffin's short-term upside depends largely on the presence of Gordon, who is a game-changer in the passing game.
Morris, 27, rushed for a franchise-record 1,613 yards as the Redskins captured the NFC East title in 2012. He benefited from the zone read option, but also excelled out of any look in the Redskins' outside zone system.
This past season, Morris finished with 806 yards overall and one touchdown. He averaged career lows in yards per carry (3.7) and yards after contact (1.45).
On the outs in Washington, Morris's career may be on the upswing as he lands with a team who not only wants him, but also has one of the best offensive lines in football. His arrival puts a big dent in Darren McFadden's upside as the duo will probably form a timeshare as long as both players stay productive. Morris may hold more value in standard formats while McFadden will compete with Lance Dunbar to serve as the team's primary back on passing downs.
Given the state of the quarterback position around the league, Griffin is sure to draw some interest in free agency. A change of scenery should do him good, though he's unlikely to produce like he did in his rookie season.
Cousins finished as the #9 fantasy quarterback in his first full season as the starter. If the team places the franchise tag on him, he'll be Washington's starter again in 2016. If they use the transition tag, then they'll have the right to match any offer that he gets in free agency.
“The big thing about (Matt Jones) is, we’ve got to keep him healthy and work on ball security – those are the two things in the offseason,” Redskins RB Jay Gruden said. “I know [running backs coach] Randy Jordan will harp on that, and getting his pad level down a little bit. But health, ball security, those are the two biggest things.”
General manager Scot McCloughan, who drafted Jones in the third round last year, echoed Gruden.
“I think so,” he said of Jones' ability to take over as the featured back. “But he’s got to do it. He’s got to hold onto the ball. That’s huge for a running back. He’s a young guy that’s got a lot of talent. He’s got some really good ball skills but he’s got to stay healthy and hold onto the ball. But I feel really comfortable about him going into the season fighting for the one job for sure.”
Jones started his rookie season with a bang, posting 146 yards and two touchdowns against the Rams in Week 2, but ultimately generated just 3.40 yards per carry on 144 totes. He made a number of big plays in the passing game (16.0 yards per catch), finishing with 794 yards and four touchdowns. With Alfred Morris likely leaving via free agency, Jones has an opportunity to seize the RB1 job.
Jones started the season with a bang, posting 146 yards and two touchdowns against the Rams in Week 2, but ultimately generated just 3.40 yards per carry on 144 totes. He made a number of big plays in the passing game (16.0 yards per catch), finishing with 794 yards and four touchdowns. With Alfred Morris likely leaving via free agency, Jones has an opportunity to seize the RB1 job.
Initial tests showed Davante Adams avoided a major knee injury Sunday in the Green Bay Packers' win over the Washington Redskins, but the receiver will have a short week to get ready for Saturday's NFC divisional playoff game at Arizona.
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