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Need to Know: Redskins camp news and notes--Wrapping it up in Richmond

Need to Know: Redskins camp news and notes--Wrapping it up in Richmond

RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, August 12, six days before the Redskins host the Browns on preseason Monday night football.

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—Robert Griffin III said that while Richmond has been great, the team was ready to head back north to Ashburn, even though things won’t change much as far as the work routine goes. “This city’s great. It’s more that we want to get home and sleep in our own beds, we want to see our families. We put in the work for the three weeks and we’ve done a great job as a team locking in and being here. Now that we get a chance to go back home I think everybody’s going to enjoy that . . . We’ll still be at camp. We’ll still be doing two-a-days and going to practice twice a day. So it’s nothing different, we just get a chance to be in better beds.”

—I put this quote from Griffin up on the Real Redskins Facebook page and it drew a mixed reaction. Some thought it sounded arrogant, others thought it sounded confident. Still others were ambivalent. What do you think? “And, yeah, there might be some things I do a little differently than other guys,” he said in response to a question about expectations and patience. “But it’s always been a thing that made me who I am and made me the quarterback I am. So I’m not going to lose that for anybody, I’m not going to try to be somebody that I’m not. My job is to be the leader for this football team to help us win Super Bowls. That’s our goal and we’re going to get it done.”

—One of the things that Jay Gruden has liked the most about training camp is that everyone behaved like an adult. “I’m most happy with the way these guys have come together and played together and bought into how fast we practice and just the group in general – how well they are playing together and communicating with one another,” he said. “They’ve all been on-time. We’ve had no disciplinary things we’ve had to go through, no extracurricular fights that we’ve had to discipline people, kick people out of practice.”

—Ryan Clark was back on the field practicing on Monday after missing several days of practice and the Patriots preseason game with a hamstring injury. He said that he came back a little earlier than he might have if he had still been with the Steelers. “It’s hard to be patient here,” he said. If I had been in the same place where I was for the last eight years, then, you know, you’ve played with those guys, you’d built that chemistry, the communication is sound. You can miss a few days or miss a couple of games. But having not played in a game with this defense I felt like it was imperative and important for me to get out here, run around, prepare for Cleveland and get an opportunity to be on the field with them.

—Gruden says that by now everyone should know the playbook and that it’s time for the coaches to see who executes to decide on which 53 players stick around. “We have three preseason games left and we’ve tried to install most of our system right now so we’re not killing them mentally and adding a bunch of new stuff,” he said. “So now we’re trying to let them go out and play and play fast and keep it nice and basic for them so they can go and they know what to do and they can perform at their highest levels. They really shouldn’t have any excuses as far as ‘I don’t know where to line up, I don’t know what to do on this play.’ They should all know what to do and they should be able to play fast. So we’ll give them the best opportunity they can to show what they have Game 2, 3 and 4 in 'the preseason and the rest of the practices. It’s not just about the games.”

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Today’s schedule: Walkthrough 8:35 (closed to the public); Jay Gruden available after practice;

—It’s been 226 days since the Redskins played a game; in 26 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Redskins at Ravens 11; Final cuts 18; Home opener vs. Jaguars 33

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O-line, D-line is the move for the Redskins at No. 13, according to Charles Davis

O-line, D-line is the move for the Redskins at No. 13, according to Charles Davis

We are nearing the start of the NFL Draft, less than three days to be exact, and right now there are a ton of names circling around whom the Washington Redskins should take at No. 13.

You’ve probably read countless mock drafts at this point (if you haven’t or need another here is ours), and there’s one thing that is consistent: nothing.

So let's concern ourselves less of ‘who’ and exactly what each player will bring to the Redskins.

There are very few evaluators of talent better than the NFL Network’s Charles Davis, so he got to talk with J.P. Finlay and Mitch Tischler on the latest edition of the Redskins Talk podcast.

LISTEN TO THE FULL PODCAST WITH CHARLES DAVIS HERE

He broke down EVERYONE that Washington could be taking at No. 13 overall. If you don’t have time to listen (which we highly recommend that you do), here are some of the highlights:

“This could be a wild first night,” said Davis. “All of these different trade scenarios are out there right? My experience has been that most of that calms down as we get closer. There’s a lot of discussion and chatter about it, but we don’t usually have it.”

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“At 13, when you’re really down to it, Mitch I think you had said to me even before we began ‘O-line, D-line man, let’s talk O-line, D-line,’ and I think that is the perfect place for this Washington team.”

VITA VEA, DT, WASHINGTON

“If Vita Vea from Washington somehow is sitting there at 13, and the idea that you could go up there and put him a line and get Jonathan Allen back from last year, I think that’d be a great place to go. This is a top-10, top-5 talent in this draft that possibly could still be around at 13.”

“When we’re talking about the people that are in our business, the talking heads that people kind of go to and kind of get held accountable for their mock drafts… you don’t really see Vea in any consistency in the top ten.”

“Eleven is kind of the breakpoint for him.”

MAURICE HURST, DT, MICHIGAN

“I like him. I don’t know that I like him quite that high.”

DA’RON PAYNE, DT, ALABAMA

“I like Payne, better than Hurst, but again I don’t know about quite that high.”

“The medical, you can’t help it when you’re talking about a heart. You can’t help but be a little bit concerned. Now he has gotten clearance, that has come through, but we all know that each team is going to do it’s own research and got to decide how comfortable they are with that.”

QUENTON NELSON, OL, NOTRE DAME

“I doubt he is falling to 13, because if somehow he falls to eight to the Bears and if the Bears don’t run up to the podium and plug him in, I’d be stunned.”

ORLANDO BROWN JR., OT, OKLAHOMA

“Normally when you have a combine and you have some things that you have some questions marks on, normally you have some balancers. Orlando Brown had zero balancers. Everything was historically bad.”

WILL HERNANDEZ, G, UTEP

“Now Will Hernandez has had about as good a postseason as an offensive lineman can have.”

“This kid Hernandez has become a massive road grater, quicker than you would think, better pass protector and he did all of this on an 0-12 team last year. So he is another guy to keep an eye on, especially if as you said they are able to move back.”

DERRIUS GUICE, RB, LSU

“I’d be surprised at 13.”

“Get back to 19 and then I think Guice is in play at 19. If that indeed is the runner that they like. I think the running back renaissance is real.”

JOHN KELLY, RB, TENNESSEE

“I think this John Kelly kid from Tennessee is a really good runner. He had a little trouble off-field last year, missed a game because of all that, but this kid runs hard, plays hard, he’s not Alvin Kamara… but this kid is more of a pure running back than Kamara is, he’s just not a bulky guy.”

TRADING BACK

“They’re in a tough spot because of the number. We’ve got all of this stuff now.”

“That’s a tough one, because if I’m Dallas and I want to come up and get my guy [Calvin Ridley], I don’t need to come up as high as 13 anyway, if you really think about it.”

BILLY PRICE, OL, Ohio State

“He’s a really good player. The kid played guard, he played center. Price is a really good technician. 44 a possibility? Possibility. Before the injury he was going late-first, early second.”

This is only scratching the surface of what the expert talked about. Get the full experience and listen to the full podcast.

MORE DRAFT COVERAGE:

- SEVEN ROUND REDSKINS MOCK DRAFT

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Why the Redskins should be hoping Tremaine Edmunds falls in their lap

Why the Redskins should be hoping Tremaine Edmunds falls in their lap

NBC Sports Washington’s four-part digital series ‘E-Boyz’ -- chronicling the illustrious past, decorated present and bright future of the Edmunds family -- is NOW LIVE. Check out a new episode daily, leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft. Watch the first episode above and more here.

When the NFL Draft comes around, you'll hear fans and analysts often say, "If Player X makes it to pick No. __, then Team Y should sprint to the podium to pick him."

Well, this Thursday, if Player X is Tremaine Edmunds, the pick is No. 13 and Team Y is the Washington Redskins, the Burgundy and Gold should sprint to the podium only if there's no other option to get there quicker. 

While the 'Skins already have two talented linebackers in Zach Brown and Mason Foster on the roster already, taking the Virginia Tech teenager shouldn't be ruled out. Now, the only problem is that Edmunds has to slide that far in the 2018 draft; the majority of mocks have him going before that spot.

Edmunds is the type of do-it-all LB that is especially valuable in today's NFL. He has the athleticism and ability to fit on the inside or outside, and is just as comfortable rushing the passer as he is in coverage. You know that issue the Redskins have when it comes to covering tight ends, the one that's lasted for like a decade now? Edmunds would help erase it, along with a host of other problems.

"They don't come like him," one NFC scout told NFL.com about Edmunds. "I don't think there has ever been a linebacker that has had his size and speed."

Redskins fans, go outside and start searching for your four-leaf clovers now. Last year, the franchise got lucky and landed Jonathan Allen. This time around, they're going to need even more of it to secure Edmunds. 

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