Jay Gruden: Redskins anticipate Kirk Cousins returning

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Still a savvy route runner with plenty left in the tank, Garcon is coming off a 79-catch, 1,041-yard season with three touchdowns.

With a bevy of teams in need of a veteran receiver — including Tennessee, Tampa Bay, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles Rams, etc. — Garcon should have several options on the open market. While the Redskins haven’t ruled out retaining Garcon, his expected market — reportedly around $9 million per season — likely means he’ll be wearing a new jersey in 2017.

“It was really hurtful learning that the Redskins didn’t really offer me a contract,” Baker said on Sirius XM NFL Radio on Friday, “being that I was one of their best defensive linemen on their team for the last couple of years and really worked my way up from the practice squad to being one of the best linemen. And for them not to offer me was very hurtful, but I understand it’s a business and I’m very happy to move forward with the Buccaneers and I think I really have a bright future there.”

Baker hasn’t been shy about expressing his discontent with how things ended with the Redskins. The tackle tweeted this directed message immediately after his deal was announced.

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But there are other possibilities floating out there for the QB, namely a reunion with former Skins offensive coordinator, current Falcons offensive coordinator and likely new 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Shanahan was “integral” in drafting Cousins in 2012 and that the Niners would “make a run” at Cousins if Washington doesn’t make him their franchise quarterback.

Gruden’s response to those rumors is a good sign for those still invested in and excited for Cousins’ future in D.C. Since being named starter in 2015, Cousins has thrown for 9,083 yards, 54 touchdowns and just 23 interceptions and in that time, the Redskins went 17-14-1. He’s completed nearly 70 percent of his passes — an incredibly high total on par with some of the game’s best quarterbacks.Kevin Durant jersey

The Redskins didn’t have a first-round draft pick, so David Amerson will get the attention of a top selection. He has the talent to match. Amerson made 13 interceptions as a sophomore at N.C. State, but he gambled too much and was beat often as a junior. He has first-round ability in terms of his physical tools and is known for his competitiveness, but he just didn’t play well last year.

NFL Network’s Mike Mayock called Amerson a “boom or bust” player with a chance to play right away. The veterans ahead of him — Josh Wilson, DeAngelo Hall and cheap jerseys and E.J. Biggers — all are year-to-year players by now. Amerson should start in 2013. Safeties Phillip Thomas and Bacarri Rambo also could be asked to play bigger roles sooner rather than later because the Redskins are so thin in the secondary.

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The preseason is coming to a close. The fourth week of preseason could be gone for good. Predictions? Here to stay. This week, you’ll get a two-for-one in NFL prognostication.

I’ve gone through and worked out the most — and least — each NFL team can hope to achieve in the win/loss column this season. A challenging feat, considering that while some teams treated big hits in the preseason like they came on fourth-and-goal in Week 16 (SEE: Chiefs vs. Seahawks), others treated their big-time players like they were delicate china, barely using them at all (SEE: Eagles’ starting offense, Preseason ’17). Thus, the spectrum for each team’s predictions can range from postseason berth to getting Hackenberg’d.

With Matt Jones headed out of town, Kelley heads into training camp as the starter, but will be pushed by fourth-round rookie Samaje Perine. Kelley knows he must diversify his game and remain in shape to keep the starting role past the preseason.

“It’s hard not to say you don’t feel some type [of pressure] when they bring another back in,” Kelley said. “But it’s the [NFL], someone comes in every year to try and take your job. If Samaje comes in here and does what he has to do, it’s not his fault if he’s playing better. I have to play better than him so I don’t feel no type of way. It’s all on me.”