- Mike Kaye of NJ.com lists free agent guards Josh Kline, Larry Warford, and Ronald Leary as possible replacements for Brandon Brooks after his ACL injury.
- Kaye also wonders if players like S Will Parks, rookie S K’Von Wallace, and converted cornerback S Jalen Mills can replace veteran S Malcolm Jenkins in the defensive backfield.
- As for other new starters, Kaye lists cornerbacks Avonte Maddox and Sidney Jones as potential replacements for CB Ronald Darby who is now in Washington.
- Kaye is also unsure whether T Andre Dillard can be a proper replacement for T Jason Peters, who has long been rumored to be returning to the Eagles.
“He will look more cut-up,’’ said Boone, via Paul Schwartz of the New York Post.
Boone reiterated that Jones has built a “good physique” and added weight without sacrificing speed.
“He’s done a good job of putting together a good physique,’’ Boone said. “At the end of the day he wanted to get stronger and get a little more meat on his bones but still maintain being able to run and move around and being on the field the whole time. Not ‘I’ve put on too much weight and I get short-winded now.’ His thing was make sure he could stay mobile, agile and be out on the field the whole time.’’
Boone believes Jones’ added muscle will help his body sustain more hits in the pocket.
“For one, as a quarterback, being able to take hits a little bit better – you have a little bit more muscle so you’re a little heavier,’’ Boone said. “You put that muscle mass on means you’re looking at a little bit more leg-drive on some throws. More velocity. Or being able to push the ball down the field a little bit further.”
“He’s not quite as big as Julius was,” Rivera said, via Kyle Stackpole of the team’s official site. “He’s built like him; he’s a mini version of him. He’s got a little bit more of that initial explosion. Julius was very long and his explosion was good, but because of his length it seemed even better than it really, truly was. I mean Julius was phenomenal, and this is a young man who could be that type of player.”
Rivera also said Young’s work ethic is similar to Broncos OLB Von Miller.
“Von Miller comes to my mind when I watch Chase and I watch him work out and I watch the tape he’s putting out, so I’m pretty excited about seeing him,” said Rivera.
Regarding speculation that the Redskins would select a quarterback or trade the No. 2 overall pick, Rivera said they were doing “due diligence” with the draft process.
“We’ve always felt pretty good about Chase; it was just a matter of us doing our due diligence going through the process,” Rivera said. “It really was honestly something that was just a formality really going into it.”
Rivera projects that Young will appear in 40-45 defensive snaps per game in 2020.
“What we’d like to do is get him out there, get him going, see where he’s going to fit and then from that point use him, but use him the right way,” Rivera said. “Use him to where if there’s 70 plays in a game, he’s not playing all 70, he’s going to play somewhere between 40-45 because we’re going to rotate guys.”