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Saturday Slop: Kerrigan's health and improvements at safety

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With a healthy Hatcher, Redskins optimistic about pass rush | ESPN Redskins blog

They added Stephen Paea to give Hatcher another potential interior pass-rusher. Last season, it was Hatcher or no one -- and Hatcher's bad knee prevented him from being the player Washington needed. They can use Ricky Jean Francois over the nose in some nickel situations and have versatility with young pass-rushers Trent Murphy and Preston Smith. Both, however, have to prove they can be effective in these roles. Otherwise, the Redskins will be back in the same spot next offseason, seeking more pressure.

Jay Gruden says the Redskins are much improved at safety | ESPN Redskins Blog

Goldson will be the starting free safety -- the coaches like what he adds in terms of experience. Though he did not play well in Tampa Bay, he's only 30 (turning 31 in September) so their hope is that he has more good play left.

Ryan Kerrigan anxious to get off crutches | ESPN Redskins Blog

There has been no timetable given for his recovery or word on whether he'll participate in any workouts this spring -- notably the June 16-18 minicamp. Kerrigan said via text that he's not yet sure if he'll be able to participate. In the past, players who had this sort of surgery typically wouldn't return until training camp started.

Chris Chester joins Falcons days after being released by the Redskins | ESPN Redskins Blog

Ryan Kerrigan gives his two cents on DeSean Jackson's absence from OTA's | CSN Washington

Kerrigan added: "Obviously, you'd want him there just because you like having all the guys there. You like working together and kinda getting that cohesiveness, but at the same time we know what DeSean brings to our team and the kind of big-play ability he brings to offense."