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Here is what John Keim is hearing about the Redskins.

…Don't be surprised if the Redskins try to make a push to re-sign Pete Kendall. Yes, this would be viewed as an indictment on Chad Rinehart. We did not hear very good scouting reports on Rinehart from his work in practice. There are doubts about if he can be a fulltime starter. There's a concern that he's too stiff, which would negate his ability to move at the required level and speed.

…Kendall, from what we hear, wants to stay in Washington.

…At least one coach expects Carlos Rogers to return. Even when reminded how many rumors are out there about Rogers being traded he remained steadfast in his belief that Rogers would return. We'll see. Talked to another coach who did not want to even speculate.

…We've also heard that Jon Jansen will be back. He's too expensive to cut. This does not mean he'll be a starter, but if they don't find another tackle he certainly will be. They'd like him to work on his agility in the offseason to improve his ability to pass protect.

…The Redskins have not yet held discussions with DeAngelo Hall and his representatives, according to a source close to the negotiations, as I reported in today's Washington Examiner. But they are expected to meet with him at the Scouting Combine next month.

…The coaches did like what they saw of Hall, which is no revelation. But, as we told you last week, there are doubts about him around the league. Just not when it comes to ability.

…Personally, I enjoy watching Hall play. The way he comes up on receivers reveals why he is so good at picking off passes. He often picks a side and attacks and if the ball is thrown to that shoulder he'll pick it off; if it's to the other shoulder he can bat it down. It might lead to some big plays by the opposition, but he has to live with that. And he does. Hall plays the position almost like a defender in basketball.

…One priority in the offseason will be to find a punter. However, the Redskins aren't confident that there are a lot of good options available. They really needed Durant Brooks to work out because he had a high ceiling. Ryan Plackemeier is only a short-term solution.

John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com

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