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Need to Know: 5 notes and quotes from Redskins rookie camp

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Need to Know: 5 notes and quotes from Redskins rookie camp

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, May 18, nine days before the start of OTAs.

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Five notes and quotes from yesterday’s rookie minicamp:

CB Bashaud Breeland is confident, perhaps bordering on cocky. You like that in a corner. What is his game like? I asked him and he had his elevator speech prepared. “I’m a versatile, physical corner. I get in on tackles we well as am receivers at the line. And I can play multiple positions. I can line up at safety, I can line up at nickel, I can line up at the corner position. So I feel like that’s the biggest asset to my game.?

There are concerns about OLB Trent Murphy’s athletic ability but there can’t be any about his intelligence. He has already graduated from Stanford. He did have a redshirt year to help get it done but he barely needed it. Murphy needed to take just one class last fall to finish his requirements. His major was in business management.

Speaking of graduating, OT Morgan Moses is going to walk on The Lawn at Virginia today. He will get his degree in anthropology. After that, his thoughts will turn to adjusting back to playing right tackle after having been Virginia’s left tackle. “''It's been a while since I've been there. ... Just getting that feeling back,'' Moses said. ''One thing about me, I'm ambidextrous, so being able to adapt to both sides is something I've been able to do throughout my college career.''

G Spencer Long can play all three interior line positions but he’d prefer to just go hit somebody to having to deal with getting the snap to the quarterback. ““I like guard a little better; I’d rather just not have a ball in my hand,” he told me. “But I like the mental game of center, making the calls, that’s pretty fun.”

Most of you know by now that RB Lache Seastrunk didn’t catch any passes despite being Baylor’s starting running back last year. This was more due to the design of the Bears’ offense than any major issues with his hands. He doesn’t feel like he’s under any particular pressure to prove that he can catch passes. “They know I can catch,” he said. “My head coach knows I can catch, my running backs coach knows I can catcher, very well. I keep my eye on the ball and look it in, every time.”

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—It’s been 140 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 112 days until they play the Texans in the 2014 season opener.

Days until: OTAs 9; Training camp starts 66; Preseason opener Patriots @ Redskins 81

In case you missed it

Tandler and Tarik give their rookie camp impressions

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What can the Redskins learn from the Eagles run to the Super Bowl?

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What can the Redskins learn from the Eagles run to the Super Bowl?

For Redskins fans, it's probably a tough pill to swallow that the Eagles are in the Super Bowl. Making matters worse, Philadelphia got to the championship game without their star quarterback Carson Wentz.

Beyond the feelings that fandom incites, which are real and severe, what does the Eagles' breakthrough season mean for Washington? Let's take a look. 

Perhaps the most incredible part of the Eagles' success is that wunderkind QB Wentz is not at the helm. The second-year player was an MVP candidate all season but got injured late in the year. Nick Foles, the Philly backup, took over and played well in both Eagles' playoff wins. 

Does that mean much, if anything, for the Redskins? 

Some will argue it means Washington should not look to invest top dollar in QB Kirk Cousins. Foles is not considered a top-flight quarterback and still was able to maneuver his squad to the Super Bowl.

Whether or not that argument makes sense, Redskins fans should prepare to hear a lot of it over the next two weeks. 

There is also a theory that the Redskins should eschew spending at QB in favor of spending on defense. 

That may very well be the right move, but don't look to the Eagles to support the theory. 

Philadelphia spent $47 million on the defensive side of the ball in 2017. On offense, they spent $56 million.

What is definitely true?

The Eagles played terrific football in the postseason, and catapulted through the NFC by playing the underdog role.

Redskins fans might hate it, but the Eagles absolutely earned their Super Bowl appearance. 

That doesn't mean Redskins fans have to like it. 

Philadelphia has never won a Super Bowl. 

Now, standing in the way of their first Lombardi Trophy: Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. 

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When is Super Bowl 2018? Date, time, location, odds, TV channel, halftime performer

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When is Super Bowl 2018? Date, time, location, odds, TV channel, halftime performer

Super Bowl LII (52) will feature the New England Patriots/ Jacksonville Jaguars (AFC Champion) against the Minnesota Vikings/ Philadelphia Eagles (NFC Champion) at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 4, 2018.

If they go on to advance, the Vikings would become the first team to ever ‘host’ the Super Bowl in their home stadium. They are the third to play the game in their home state. Minnesota will be looking for their first Super Bowl title in five tries, the most appearances by any team without a championship.

Philadelphia is looking for their first title ever as well, and doing it with a back-up quarterback Nick Foles. They have been the underdog in every game this postseason; it would be no different in the Super Bowl.

New England is looking for their third Super Bowl over the past four years and their sixth championship since 2001. However, their path in the AFC Playoffs is arguably the easiest in their history. A win by the Patriots would tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most in NFL history with six.

The new kids one the block, the Jaguars are one win away from their first Super Bowl appearance in what is already the best year ever for the franchise. If Jacksonville were to pull it off, they would be the tenth team in NFL history to win in their first Super Bowl appearance.

Super Bowl LII Information:

When is Super Bowl 52?

6:15 pm ET, February 4, 2018

Who is playing in Super Bowl 52?

New England Patriots/ Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Minnesota Vikings/ Philadelphia Eagles

Where is Super Bowl 52?

U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota

How can I watch Super Bowl 52 on TV?

NBC

Where can I stream Super Bowl 52?

The Super Bowl can be streamed for free on NBCSports.com and on the NBC Sports app.

Online with no cable TV: fubtoTV (Try for free)

Who are the announcers for Super Bowl 52?

Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya, Heather Cox

Who is performing the Super Bowl 52 halftime show?

Justin Timberlake is the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime performer. It is his third Super Bowl performance, previously performing in Super Bowl XXV and more famously in XXVIII with Janet Jackson.

What are the odds for Super Bowl 52?

New England Patriots: 6/5
Minnesota Vikings: 7/4
Philadelphia Eagles: 7/1
Jacksonville Jaguars: 8/1