A morning roundup of what the local and national media have to say about the Washington Redskins on Friday, August 2, 2013.
--With the addition of linebacker Nick Barnett, one local reporter says the competition for playing time may put some roster spots in jeopardy. The move to sign Barnett has reporters thinking he may be 38-year old London Fletcher's replacement when he decides to call it a career. Barnett, who has been a part of two losing seasons with Buffalo, is excited to help the Redskins win games.
--Redskins' safety Brandon Meriweather only played in one game last season. Reports are saying he is still recovering from a knee injury.
--The Redskins are having a competition for the open kick return position. Here is what to expect in the upcoming weeks during special teams practice.
--Despite an injury that held him out of Wednesday's practice, Trent Williams!(/team/roster/trent-williams/c2ac02e4-9ab8-4a73-9087-2aa9579eed52/ "Trent Williams") was on the field with his teammates on Thursday.
--Robert Griffin III was reportedly looking confident and strong during Thursday's 7-on-7 drills. He also was asked about his workouts in France during the offseason in place called Nice.
--Barry Cofield has been telling reporters his goal for the season is to take the Redskins’ defense to an elite level.
--Being in a stacked backfield, Evan Royster is looking to establish himself as an important role player in order to make the Redskins' squad.
--Redskins' right tackle Tyler Polumbus, who started 15 games last season, is fighting off competition for his starting spot.
--Alfred Morris made a fan’s day yesterday when he answered an autograph request on Instagram.
--When you are away from home for a few weeks, one thing you need to find is a place to get your hair cut. The Redskins have that covered in Richmond.
--One reporter says the return of could turn the defense completely around and make them elite.
--Here is Thursday's edition of the Redskins' injury report.
--A New York media outlet claims the NFC East defenses will be ready for Robert Griffin III in his second year of competition. However, another national reporter is singing Griffin III’s praises.
--In an offseason already plagued with injuries, the NFL is seeing severe injuries increase every year since 2009.
--Redskins' linebacker Perry Riley is not a household name around the league, but one reporter thinks his talent level could get him to that status.
--Washington is deep in many positions, one of them being wide receiver. Now that we are a week into camp, the battle for receiver is just getting started.
--Rookie running back Chris Thompson has been battling a knee injury that is keeping him from seeing the field.
--The Redskins have been stressing player safety, especially with the science of concussions getting stronger each year.
--This weekend, both the Redskins and the city of Richmond expect huge crowds, especially for Saturday's Fan Appreciation Day.
--According to a report, tight end looks like he is getting back to his old self.
--Who is the funniest guy on the Redskins? The players voted; here are the results. Hint: the winner goes by the nickname: "Swaggy."
--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell commented on the Redskins' name-change debate. Here is what he had to say.
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