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Need to Know: News and notes from Day 1 of Redskins training camp

Need to Know: News and notes from Day 1 of Redskins training camp

RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Friday, July 25, 13 days before the Redskins open the preseason against the Patriots.

Nickel coverage News and notes from the rain-altered first day of training camp for the 2014 Redskins

—Even though it looks like Richard Crawford is healthy, Andre Roberts said that as of right now he has double duty as both the top kickoff returner and punt returner. He knows that’s not necessarily permanent. “You never know during training camp what they’re going to do. [It could] depend on how much they use me on offense ...Right now, I’m on top. But we’ll see.”

—Back to Crawford, he’s had a great recovery. It’s been 11 months since he tore multiple knee ligaments in a preseason game. He went out on Thursday without a knee brace or even a protective sleeve. It will take a while to see if he’s lost a step and then we will have a better idea of his roster chances.

—It seems kind of odd on the surface. They ran the morning practice as normal despite the fact that there was a moderately heavy rain falling. Then, at a time when it wasn’t raining at all, they moved the afternoon walkthrough inside. Of course it all made sense when a torrential downpour with some lightning started at a time when they would have been about halfway through the walkthrough. A walkthrough can be conducted in a hotel ballroom fairly easily and they were able to get in all of the work they had planned in the morning. “We were able to get all the reps in, so we had a lot of learning that we could get accomplished on tape,” Jay Gruden said. “So we were very fortunate to get every play in.”

—With London Fletcher gone, some defenders are going to have to step up into a leadership role. Gruden said that DeAngelo Hall is one of the players he wants to see step up. “Well, he’s one of the veterans we’re going to count on, one of the backbones of this defense,” he said. “He’s been here for a long time. He knows what good defense is all about and he’s going to lead by example like he has.”

—Hall seemed to embrace the role and said that he and Gruden has talked about it during the offseason. “It’s going to be the first camp in a long time that I haven’t had a guy like Fletch around,” said Hall. “So definitely the onus is on me. Meeting with Jay [Gruden] this offseason he kind of stressed that to me and I embraced it.”

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TimelineToday’s schedule: Full practice 8:35; Jon Gruden media availability 1:00; Jay Gruden media availability 3:45; Walkthrough 4:10; players availability after both practices.

—It’s been 208 days since the Redskins played a game; in 44 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Preseason opener vs. Patriots 13; Final cuts 36; Redskins @ Eagles 58 In case you missed it

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Instant analysis: Eagles outclass Redskins as Carson Wentz continues stellar year

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Instant analysis: Eagles outclass Redskins as Carson Wentz continues stellar year

Here are my observations made during the Redskins’ 34-24 loss to the Eagles.

First quarter

— The Redskins’ got into the red zone on their first drive with Kirk Cousins passes to Vernon Davis for 31 yards and Jamison Crowder for 20 keying the advance. But they had to settle for Nick Rose’s first NFL field goal.

—Defensively, the Redskins dominated in the first quarter. The Eagles had no official plays before having four penalties, leading to a first and 33. Quinton Dunbar ended that possession with his first interception of the year. The Eagles got their first third-down conversion of the day in the last minute of the quarter.

Second quarter

—The Redskins gifted the Eagles three points by committing consecutive facemask penalties during Carson Wentz runs. Three weeks ago against the Chiefs, a penalty-laden drive helped KC score a touchdown. Not as costly this time but the score is tied 3-3.

—Did you have a parlay bet on Vernon Davis getting two 31-yard receptions tonight? If so, you hit it. His second such catch was the key in the Redskins’ second scoring drive. This time, they got it in from the red zone when the Eagles forgot to cover Chris Thompson, giving him the easiest seven-yard TD reception you’ll see.

—After a sack, the Eagles got the equalizer with a 64-yard bomb from Wentz to Mack Hollins. The Redskins rushed only four for one of the few passing downs so far and Wentz had plenty of time to launch the long pass.

—In the first half, Cousins was 0-3 passing on third down with one or two yards to go. He was 12-13 for 167 yards in all other situations. 

—That third failure to convert on third and short eventually cost the Redskins. A few plays after taking the punt Wentz went to Zach Ertz for 41 yards to the Washington 18. That led to a four-yard touchdown pass to Ertz to put the Eagles up 17-10 at the half.

Third quarter

—Jason Peters, the Eagles’ former All-Pro tackle who is still playing well, was carted off the field early in the third quarter with a leg injury. Meanwhile, Wentz completed four passes and scrambled for 21 to set up first and goal at the six. On third and goal at the nine, Wentz escaped a heavy rush and pitched a touchdown pass to Cory Clement. The Redskins just can’t get off the field on defense and they are down 14 points.

—At that point, the Redskins had run six plays since they took a 10-3 lead. The Eagles had run 23.

—The Redskins cobbled together a drive after getting the Eagles to go three and out for the first time since the first quarter. Cousins scrambled for eight yards, and then he passed to Doctson for 17. It was goal to go after Jordan Reed went up and caught Cousins' pass for a gain of 20 to the five. On the next play, it was Cousins to Reed for the touchdown. It was Reed’s first score of the year and it made it a ballgame again at 24-17.

Fourth quarter

—The Redskins seemed to have the Eagles stopped with another three and out but somehow Carson Wentz got out of a crowd of several Redskins, avoided the sack, and converted a third and eight. That put the momentum back onto the side wearing the green jerseys and they completed the drive with a TD pass from Wentz to Nelson Agholor to restore Philly’s two-touchdown lead.

— The Redskins’ last chance at a miracle rally ended when Kirk Cousins threw a third and six pass right into the arms of Philly safety Corey Graham. Cousins was hit on the play but it still wasn’t a good pass. There was no Redskins receiver in the area. We will await an explanation from Cousins after the game.

—Washington got a cosmetic score with 3:17 on a 75-yard drive that ended with another Reed touchdown reception.

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Redskins fans go crazy after refs miss unnecessary roughness call involving Brandon Scherff

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Redskins fans go crazy after refs miss unnecessary roughness call involving Brandon Scherff

Last week vs. the 49ers, Brandon Scherff was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness after the guard pushed a San Fran defender to the ground around the same time that the whistle blown.

A week later against the Eagles, Scherff was the one who was shoved. But this time, there was no penalty.

Derek Barnett played the role of aggressor in the Week 7 matchup. On a third-and-9, Kirk Cousins was hit as he threw, and players pursued the loose ball with some thinking it was a fumble. That's when Barnett came up and laid a late hit on Scherff, sending him to the turf.

Here's what it looked like:

The refs were chucking flags left and right in the early stages of the rivalry game. This one, though, somehow wasn't called.

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