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Need to Know: Gruden looking for 'positive vibes' in Redskins' remaining preseason games


Need to Know: Gruden looking for 'positive vibes' in Redskins' remaining preseason games

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, August 23, 11 days before the Washington Redskins cut their roster to 53 players.


Today's schedule: Practice 1:10; Player availability and Jay Gruden press conference after practice, approx. 3:15

—The Redskins last played a game that counted 226 days ago. It will be 20 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Cowboys @ Redskins 26; Browns @ Redskins 40; Redskins @ Ravens 47

—Former Redskins quarterback and current team radio broadcaster Sonny Jurgensen was born on this date in 1934.

Gruden wants good vibrations, energy in final preseason games

The Redskins are halfway through their preseason with a 1-1 record, having lost in Atlanta before beating the New York Jets at FedEx Field. But the preseason is not about the record, it’s about getting ready for the regular season. It’s been so far, so good in that regard. Although they have bee sloppy at times—you need look no further than the 24 accepted penalties against them to see that—things have gone along reasonably well. Jay Gruden wants to keep that going.

“I think you want to get some positive vibes going,” when asked what he wanted to team to accomplish in the rest of the preseason.” You want to come out with some great energy. And I think you just want to display what we’re all about – the effort, getting out of the huddle, tempo, all of that stuff.”

The Redskins play the Bills on Friday in the third preseason game. Gruden rested many of his key starters against the Jets and he said that the first team will play extensively against Buffalo. That will be a good test of the tempo and “all that stuff”.

The fourth preseason game, in which the starters and key reserves won’t play at all, is September 1 in Tampa Bay. It is usually a challenge for a team to look efficient during those games. All the coaches can really hope for is the “great energy”.

Gruden can control some aspects of what happens in the two remaining games but he can’t ensure that everything will go the way he would like to go.

“Hopefully we get some two-minute, some different situational work to coach off of and learn from, and we’ll go from there,” said Gruden.

The two-minute aspect is worth watching. Kirk Cousins and the first-team offense played only eight plays against the Falcons and did not get into a two-minute situation. It would be good to experience one against another team before possibly needing to do it when it counts when the season starts against the Steelers on September 12.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

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Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 24, 33 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

Free agency update: What's next for the Redskins on the D-line? The Redskins have been casting out lines for defensive linemen since before free agency officially started but they haven’t been able to reel one in. Part of the issue might be that they know that Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are likely to be available in the draft. They have to balance spending big on a lineman vs. being able to get one pretty cheap for the next five years.

Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility—Speaking of the D-line, the team negotiated the removal of a salary guarantee for one player to give themselves more flexibility when it comes time to cut the roster down to 53 in September. See the post for details.

Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract—In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big f-----g deal. It showed that the Redskins aren’t afraid to pay a quarterback big money if they think it’s the right guy. It should be noted that whether or not they chose the right guy is something that remains to be seen. Although the post shows that it’s plausible for the Redskins to terminate the deal after three years, I anticipate Smith playing out at least four if not all five years of the contract.

Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign Scandrick—Orlando Scandrick has struggled with injuries the past few years and Redskins fans did not greet the news of his signing with great enthusiasm, to say the least. To point out the bright side, his contract is not pricey by NFL terms ($2.6 million cap hit this year, no guaranteed money beyond a $1 million signing bonus) and from what I have been able to gather it’s possible that change of scenery might give him a boost for a year or two.

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Well before free agency started, I wrote that the Redskins’ top priorities in free agency should be to get extensions done for Smith, Brandon Scherff, and Jamison Crowder. They should have about $15 million to work with after a few more free agent signings and that would be plenty to get all of those extensions done. And if they do score a big free agent signing, it would be worth it to restructure the contract of someone like Ryan Kerrigan to get them done.

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Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 23
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 124
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 169

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

Philadelphia Eagles lineman Michael Bennett has been indicted on felony abuse for allegedly pushing an elderly NRG Stadium worker during Super Bowl LI.

Bennett was indicted by the Harris County, Texas district attorney's office for injury to the elderly — which is intentionally and knowingly causing injury to a person 65 years or older, according to a press release from the Harris County Sheriffs' Office.

A warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest.

The 66-year-old paraplegic stadium worker was attempting to control field access when Bennett allegedly pushed her. 

The maximum penalty Bennett faces is ten years in prison in addition to a $10,000 fine.


Bennett — whose brother Martellus played in that Super Bowl for New England — was a member of the Seattle Seahawks during the incident and was in attendance as a noncompetitive player.

The NFL has been made aware of the situation and is looking into the matter, according to Pro Football Talk.

The 32-year-old 10-year NFL veteran could potentially face NFL discipline under the league's personal conduct policy.