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Saturday Slop: Redskins preseason news

A look at the top Redskins stories of the day

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Longtime NFL GM Bobby Beathard named finalist for 2018 HOF | ESPN

Beathard's greatest success occurred in Washington, where he served as general manager from 1978 to 1988. He hired coach Joe Gibbs in 1981, helping the organization field a dominant team for the next decade. Beathard drafted Hall of Famers Art Monk, Russ Grimm and Darrell Green. He also found players such as Joe Jacoby, Dexter Manley, Charles Mann and Gary Clark. The franchise built an offensive line nicknamed "The Hogs" that became among the best in the NFL.

Redskins must solve run game woes, face tough decision at TE | ESPN

This might be the most intriguing position heading into the final week. The Redskins will have a tough time at this spot with five players fighting for four spots. Coach Jay Gruden raved about rookie Jeremy Sprinkle last week -- coaches usually don’t do that only to cut them a week or so later. Assuming Sprinkle makes the roster, it means the fourth and final spot would come down to Niles Paul and Derek Carrier. Both can play, and it wouldn’t be shocking to see Washington try to trade one of them, whether for, say, offensive line depth or a low draft pick. Both players would hold value to other teams. Paul provides a little more versatility because he can play fullback and also helps on special teams. Carrier is probably more of a receiving threat.

Redskins C Chase Roullier believes he’s ready for his big test vs the Bengals | CSN

“At center, you’re the start of where everyone’s going,” said Roullier. “I call out the Mike and that allows the rest of the offensive line to know where you’re going. So if I don’t get that our quick enough the whole play can get screwed over. That’s something that I have to continue to work with, make sure I’m loud enough and making the right call, period.”

Redskins’ Cavanaugh knows the offense needs to be better and expects it ASAP | CSN

The high expectations come because of high production the last two seasons. In 2016, the Redskins posted the third most yards from scrimmage in the league, and the 12th best scoring offense. In 2015, the Redskins scored more (10th in the NFL) though moved the ball among the middle of the pack (17th). It's hard to look at the entire 2015 season, however, as Kirk Cousins posted his breakout performance in the second half of the year.