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Brian Orakpo Notable Quotables

Brian Orakpo Notable Quotables

Here's the transcript of Brian Orakpo's conference call with the Washington media types.

On how excited he is to be a Washington Redskin:

"I am very excited.  The Washington Redskins are a great, great program.  I am just so excited to get down there and get started."

 

On why he believes the Washington Redskins are a perfect fit for him:

"I just felt it.  When I met with all the other teams, the Washington Redskins had the best vibes.  The coaching staff, the owner, the team, everything is just so great.  I told them I would be very excited to have the opportunity to play for them."

 

On how surprised he was to still be on the board at No. 13:

"To be honest with you, I wasn't even thinking about it too much.  I'm just kind of different.  I really wasn't worried about how I went.  I just wanted to have the opportunity to be drafted and finally know where I go."

 

On if there was another team he thought would take him besides the Washington Redskins:

"I thought of a lot of teams that would be a possibility, but you never know.  I just had my head on straight and was optimistic throughout the whole process."

 

On how confident he is that he can help the defense right away:

"First, it comes with a lot of hard work and that is what I know I am going to have to do and bring to the table.  Earn that respect from my teammates and come in and learn that I'm ready to work.  So, I'm pretty confident.  I have high expectations for myself each and every time I step out onto the field, so we'll see when I get down there."

 

On how excited he is to play with Albert Haynesworth:

"I am ecstatic.  Having one of the best defensive tackles in the game right now will make my job a lot easier, I'll tell you that much.  That is what you need, that force up the middle, so it will be great."

 

On holding up against the run:

"It is a huge accomplishment to the NFC East.  They have great running backs and a great running program, so you have to stop the run.  I am ready to learn from great coaches and Coach [John] Palermo and ready to get after it and stop the run when we need to and then pin your ears back and go."

 

On what he thinks he does well as a pass rusher:

"Just that fire and intensity that I bring as far as getting after the quarterback, doing whatever it takes.  I don't really have a favorite move or anything. I just go, try to do the best I can and putting pressure."

 

On if his knee injuries are a concern moving forward:

"Not at all.  When I got over these knee injuries, it was just an unfortunate situation.  What I do best is I try my best to get back and be 100 percent and don't even worry about it.  I am 100 percent right now.  I am healthy.  I am ready to go at the start of the season."

 

On his first impression of the Redskins organization:

"I think it is an organization with great tradition, great pride in the game of football.  I am just so ecstatic about being a part of this program.  Like I said, even before any of the picks, Washington would be a perfect pick for me if I'm still around.  My wish came true and here I am, ready to get started."

 

On where he thinks he will have to improve the most this season:

"Obviously, everybody is not perfect.  One thing I know is don't think pass too much.  I have to be able to stop the run obviously with the position that we are in.  That is something that I know I have to work on.  I know I can, just don't pull the trigger trying to get after the quarterback too much.  I have to settle down and play the run first."

 

On if he thinks he will play linebacker in packages:

"Exactly.  It is all about the packages that I can bring to the table.  Like I said, I talked with Coach Kirk Olivadotti, the linebacker coach, he really likes me, sees me as a SAM backer first and second and then it's time to get after it, third and long or whatever the situation is.  Get down in the stance and rush the pass and do what I do best.  That's the thing about me, I bring a lot of versatility to the table."

 

On if he has talked to any of his new teammates yet:

"I haven't talked to any of my teammates.  I've just been on the media circuit right now.  Hopefully I'll get through and turn my phone on and get started."

 

On if he knows anybody on the team already:

"Obviously Derrick Dockery, former Longhorn, is down there.  They signed Mike Williams who is from Texas.  I know a couple guys and I am just ready to get to know some more guys and make some good friendships with my teammates."

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Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?

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Redskins Fan of the Year bracket: Which Washington supporter deserves the title?

Every week during the 2017 Redskins season, NBC Sports Washington found two Redskins fans in the crowd and paired them in a head-to-head matchup on Twitter to determine the fan of the game.

And now that the season is over, it's time to take each of those winners, throw them into a NCAA Tournament-style bracket and let Twitter pick the Redskins Fan of the Year.

Starting on January 8 over on the @NBCSRedskins Twitter account, one matchup a day will be posted at 11 a.m., and fans will have 24 hours to vote for their favorite supporter by retweeting or liking depending on their preference. Week 1's winner will face off with Week 17's, Week 2's will play Week 16's, etc.

The winners will advance, and eventually, one member of the Burgundy and Gold faithful will stand above all the rest, earning the coveted title of Redskins Fan of the Year. 

Check out the results below, which'll be updated every day. To see the tweet that corresponded with each matchup, click the link after the date, but remember, retweets and likes submitted after the 24-hour period won't be counted.

January 8: Round one, matchup one

This was a close one that came down to the last-minute, but at the 24-hour mark, Week 17's winner garnered justtttttttt enough retweets to move on.

January 9: Round one, matchup two

In this tournament, a giant Redskins chain is apparently worth more than a giant football hat.

January 10: Round one, matchup three

In the tournament's third showdown, we have our first winner from the Likes side:

January 11: Round one, matchup four

Was there anyway she wasn't gonna win, especially with the little Hogettes nose?

January 12: Round one, matchup five

Our fifth matchup's winner earned the most retweets of anyone up to this point:

January 15: Round one, matchup six

These three 'Skins fans had to witness Washington's Thursday night flop in Dallas, so it's only fair that they get to advance to the second round:

January 16: Round one, matchup seven

There's still time to vote on this one:

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Who will be the Redskins' core offensive players three years from now?

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Who will be the Redskins' core offensive players three years from now?

Just before training camp, I took a stab at figuring out who on the Redskins roster would still be with the team and contributing in the year 2020. Now that the season is over, let’s revisit that look, move it up to 2021, and see how much the picture has changed. The offense is up today, the defense later this week.

The terms used here are mostly self-explanatory. If you want details you can look at this post from a couple of years ago.   

Offense (age as of Week 1 2021)

Potential blue-chip players: Brandon Scherff (29), Morgan Moses (30)
Changes from last prediction: Moses added, removed Trent Williams (33), Jordan Reed (31)

Scherff and Moses both are two young players who should get better with more experience. The right side of the line will be in good hands assuming the Redskins will be able to re-sign Scherff, who will be a free agent following the 2019 season.

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Williams will be 33 in 2021. He can play at a very high level at that age but I think he will be just below the perennial Pro Bowl status he enjoys now. Although I think that the Redskins can still get some good play out of Reed in the next couple of years, it’s hard to imagine him staying productive into his 30’s. He is under contract through 2021 but it’s hard to see him playing in Washington past 2020.

Solid starters: Jamison Crowder (28), Josh Doctson (27), Chris Thompson (30), Williams
Changes: Doctson, Thompson, Williams added, Kirk Cousins (33), Terrelle Pryor (32), Moses removed.

I’m probably higher on Doctson than most. I don’t see him attaining All-Pro status or catching 100 passes in a season but his physical talent is so good that he will be a solid, productive receiver for the next several years. The Redskins will need to find a third receiver but they will have two good ones in Crowder and Doctson.

Third-down back isn’t technically a starting position but Thompson should still be contributing as much to the offense as many starters.

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I think that Cousins will be a solid starter somewhere in 2021 but it is not looking like it will be in Washington. Pryor obviously did not work out and he is very likely to be playing elsewhere next year.

Potential starters: Spencer Long (30), Rob Kelley (28), Samaje Perine (25), Chase Roullier (28)
Changes: Added Roullier, moved Doctson up

Long could be a fixture on the O-line in 2021 or he could be signed by a different team in March. I don’t think that Kelley or Perine will be workhorse backs but either or both could be a part of a tandem. Roullier could move up to the “solid starters” category if he can repeat what he did in a small sample size (7 starts) in 2017.

There are other players who could end up on these lists a year from now. But we haven’t seen enough of 2017 draft picks TE Jeremy Sprinkle or WR Robert Davis to offer an intelligent assessment of where their careers are headed. It’s the same with undrafted linemen Tyler Catalina and Kyle Kalis. They might not make the team in 2018 or they could be competing for starting jobs in 2019.

There also are reserves like Ryan Grant (30) and Ty Nsekhe (35) who still could be on the roster but who would only be spot starters.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.