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NFL Workout Updates: 9/18/18

Here’s the latest from the NFL workout circuit on a busy Tuesday. All links to NFL reporter Howard Balzer’s Twitter account unless otherwise noted.

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Washington Redskins

Redskins Place Rob Kelley On IR

Another Redskins running back will head to IR. Rob Kelley will join Derrius Guice and Byron Marshall on the team’s injured reserve list, with a toe injury set to shelve the third-year back for at least two months, John Keim of ESPN.com tweets.

Kelley was set to miss around a month of action because of this malady, per Jay Gruden (via Keim, on Twitter), and the Redskins decided to save a roster spot. Kelley, whom Gruden said might need surgery, will not be eligible to return to action for eight weeks.

Samaje Perine will now be Washington’s third active running back on game day, Keim adds, joining Chris Thompson and the resurgent Adrian Peterson. Kelley and Perine were set to be Washington’s top two backs, but Peterson’s August workout changed those plans. Kelley has received just four carries this season, gaining eight yards.

As a rookie, Kelley broke out and became the leading rusher for the playoff-contending Redskins. He amassed 704 rushing yards and six touchdowns. He was not as prominent of a backfield fixture last season, though, and saw the late-arriving Peterson usurp his potential 2018 role.

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NFL Workout Updates: 9/17/18

Today’s workout updates, with all links going to NFL reporter Howard Balzer’s of Twitter account unless otherwise noted:

Baltimore Ravens

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Dallas Cowboys

Indianapolis Colts

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • TE Nick O’Leary (link)

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Washington Redskins

Minor NFL Transactions: 9/17/18

Monday’s minor moves:

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Washington Redskins

Redskins To Add Michael Floyd

The Monday workout that led to Breshad Perriman earning a Redskins contract also produced another offer, and Michael Floyd will be another new wideout coming to Washington full-time.

Floyd will sign with the Redskins, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport (on Twitter), and join Perriman in adding to the team’s fluid receiving corps.

Perriman, Floyd and Kendall Wright were among the notable receivers to audition for Washington on Monday morning. Floyd, who has three 800-plus-yard receiving seasons on his resume, will follow Perriman as a likely depth piece for the reeling Redskins.

Washington placed rookies Cam Sims and Trey Quinn on IR, along with second-year man Robert Davis. And Paul Richardson entered Week 2 with a questionable designation because of a shoulder injury.

Floyd was most recently with the Saints, who signed him late in the offseason and cut him after the preseason slate. He has not played a regular role on a team since the Cardinals cut him in 2016 after an off-field incident. The former first-round pick did post three 800-plus-yard seasons, but those came from 2013-15. He caught 10 passes for 78 yards with the Vikings last season.

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Redskins Work Out Paxton Lynch, WRs

While Breshad Perriman‘s Monday workout was enough to land him a Redskins contract, the team brought in several notable free agents for visits as it begins Week 3 preparations.

Paxton Lynch‘s workout tour continued with a trip to Washington, and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets Kendall Wright and Michael Floyd were also part of the contingent to audition for the Redskins.

The Redskins mark the fourth team Lynch has auditioned for, following the Bills, Lions and Eagles. Washington is carrying just two quarterbacks — Alex Smith and Colt McCoy — on its active roster and doesn’t have any on its practice squad. Lynch still has P-squad eligibility. The 24-year-old quarterback could not come close to justifying his draft status in Denver, but other teams continue to kick the tires on the once-highly regarded prospect.

Wright and Floyd saw the Vikings and Saints, respectively, deem them preseason cuts. While it’s been a bit since Floyd had a steady gig, Wright led the Bears in receiving last season. Washington signed Perriman on Monday afternoon, making him its latest wideout addition this season.

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Redskins To Sign Breshad Perriman

One of the teams that contacted the Browns about Josh Gordon will sign another former AFC North pass-catcher.

The Redskins will sign Breshad Perriman after working him out earlier Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets.

The former Ravens first-round pick has not made much of an impression in three NFL seasons, years largely marred by injuries. Maladies to current Washington receivers prompted this deal, however. Trey Quinn, Cam Sims and Robert Davis are all on IR. Perriman joins Brian Quick and Jehu Chesson in being in-season Redskins additions, although Quick spent last season in Washington as well.

Perriman caught 33 passes for 499 yards and three touchdowns in 2016. He missed all of his rookie season and part of his sophomore campaign due to injuries. He caught 10 passes for 77 yards in 2017 and was a Ravens cut prior to this regular season’s outset.

The Central Florida product just turned 25 last week, however, and the Redskins will see if they can salvage some of the potential he carried into the NFL as a prospect.

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Patriots To Acquire Josh Gordon

It’s a done deal. Josh Gordon is headed to the Patriots, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets. The Pats will send a fifth-round pick to the Browns for the former All-Pro.

Gordon is expected to play for the Patriots on Sunday night against the Lions, Schefter reports (via Twitter). The Patriots will receive a 2019 seventh-round pick from the Browns if Gordon is unable to play 10 games with New England this season, per Schefter (on Twitter).

The Patriots will waive former Gordon Browns teammate Corey Coleman to make room, Field Yates of ESPN.com reports (on Twitter).

This trade was initially supposed to be for a sixth-round pick, but with New England not having a 2019 sixth, Schefter adds Cleveland will receive a fifth for Gordon. The Browns wanted to send Gordon to the NFC, and Schefter tweets they discussed the seventh-year wideout with the Cowboys, Redskins and 49ers before the Patriots stepped up. The Gordon market was vast but not flush with strong offers, with Albert Breer of SI.com tweeting a sixth-rounder was set to get this deal done before the Pats agreed to part with a fifth.

The 27-year-old wide receiver recently underwent a hamstring MRI, and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets that the scan came out fine. That would put him on track to play for his new team on Sunday night.

This ends a six-plus-year saga for Gordon in Cleveland. He’s leaving a team that’s won one game since the start of the 2016 season and heading to this era’s most successful franchise. Gordon could be controlled on his 2012 rookie contract through the 2019 season. He’s set to be a restricted free agent after 2018.

John (Dorsey) got the best he could,” Hue Jackson said Monday (via Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com).

Some in the Browns’ organization believe Gordon slipped in his recovery program, per Cabot, who adds it wasn’t Gordon’s hamstring issue but his rampant off-field issues that finally prompted the Browns to cut the cord. They first announced they were planning to cut Gordon. That understandably generated a trade market for the mercurial talent, and Dorsey will add draft capital as a result. Although if Gordon proves healthy and available for the Pats, he’ll be worth more than a fifth-round pick.

But the Patriots are comfortable enough to make a deal. They are getting a player who delivered one of the greatest receiving seasons in NFL history, albeit way back in 2013, and one of the league’s most notorious suspension risks. Gordon’s missed all but 11 games since the start of the 2014 season.

Gordon will add not only to the extensive Browns-Pats pipeline that’s formed — joining Jamie Collins, Barkevious Mingo, Jason McCourty and Danny Shelton among notable players these franchises have exchanged recently — but represent another Bill Belichick reclamation project. He’ll join Corey Dillon, Randy Moss, Chad Johnson and Albert Haynesworth in that club and represent more risk than each, given his history.

The Patriots, however, could well be facing a closing championship window — with Tom Brady now 41 — and have made 28 wide receiver transactions since the 2018 league year began. They’ve attempted for months to find weapons for Brady; they’ve now landed the most interesting possible piece.

New England is without Julian Edelman until after Week 4 and have been discussing receivers with other teams leading up to their Gordon deal. The former second-round supplemental pick joins a receiving corps headed by Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett.

Belichick will gamble the newest Patriot can stay on the field. Gordon missed all of the 2015 and ’16 seasons due to substance-abuse trouble, incurred a 10-game 2014 ban and did not suit up for the Browns until December 2017 post-reinstatement. Gordon also missed Browns training camp, reportedly checking himself into a rehab facility in fear of another substance-abuse relapse. He also admitted he’d played under the influence since high school, so his future with another organization will be interesting to follow.

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Redskins Working Out WR Breshad Perriman

The Redskins are auditioning former Ravens receiver Breshad Perriman today, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (Twitter link).

Perriman, the 26th overall selection in the 2015 draft, has never lived up to his draft billing, as injuries and ineffectiveness have prevented him from reaching his potential. After missing his entire rookie campaign, Perriman posted 33 receptions in 2016, but managed only 10 catches last year.

Washington doesn’t have a glaring need at wide receiver, as their pass-catching group is mostly healthy. Paul Richardson was listed as questionable for Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury but ultimately played, while Maurice Harris is recovered from a concussion but has still been inactive both of the Redskins’ contests. Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson, and the recently-added Brian Quick and Jehu Chesson round out Washington’s depth chart.

Perriman certainly isn’t wanting for free agent interest, as he’s met with the JetsGiants, Bills, Vikings, and Eagles since getting cut by the Ravens.

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Minor NFL Transactions: 9/12/18

Today’s minor moves:

Buffalo Bills

Cincinnati Bengals

Denver Broncos

  • Waived from injured reserve: OL J.J. Dielman

Detroit Lions

New Orleans Saints

New York Jets

Oakland Raiders

San Francisco 49ers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Washington Redskins