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Need to Know: Redskins Park news and notes--Thompson injury opening doors for others

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Need to Know: Redskins Park news and notes--Thompson injury opening doors for others

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, August 16, two days before the Redskins host the Browns on preseason Monday night football.

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—It’s not yet certain that Colt McCoy will make the Redskins’ 53-man roster. But Robert Griffin III likes having him around, despite the fact that McCoy is from the University of Texas, arch rival to Baylor, Griffin’s alma mater. “He brings another smart guy, seen a lot, played in a lot of games, he’s got a lot of NFL experience,” said Griffin. “He brings that to the table every time we step into the meeting room. I that’s valuable, I think our quarterback room is great with Kirk, Colt, Jay, and Sean and myself. It’s been a great thing, we’re learning new things every single day.” McCoy has played in 28 NFL games, starting 21. He came into the league in 2010, two years before Griffin.

—We’ll have to see if Keenan Robinson will be able to get it done on the field week in and week out but he sure has absorbed a lot of knowledge while spending a season and a half on injured reserve. “We’ve got to do our angles,” he said in response to a question about how the team can improve tackling. “As long as we do our angles right, once they do a checkdown and we’re breaking top down from zone coverage, we’ve got to make sure we’re enforcing the ball, someone’s on the outside, someone’s on the inside so the ball carrier has nowhere to go. We kind of vice him in there in traffic. As far as pursuit to the ball, the backside corner has to pursue the backside, the linebackers have to pursue, obviously, and the D-line has to help us out and get six, seven, or eight heads to the ball by the time the play’s over we’re doing a good job. If we don’t do that, that’s where we have missed tackle and that’s where we get into a problem.”

—Here a little more from Keenan on tackling, talking about how the linebackers have to help out and not leave a defensive back on an island. “You’ve still got to make the big boy tackles, it’s the NFL,” he said. “At times you can limit those situations. We can help out the safeties, we can help out the corner. The corners, they get paid to cover. Some corners can tackle but they get paid to cover so we can at least get to the ball and make their life easier. They might grab onto a leg and some of us complete the tackle. That’s how we can also get turnovers. You get guys wrapped up, you can get a helmet to the ball, the ball comes out, there’s a turnover.”

—A good showing from Robinson at Mike linebacker is one thing that could improve the defense. Another is a breakout year by cornerback David Amerson. Jay Gruden like what he’s seen. “Well, I obviously wasn’t here, but watching him on tape I see a different player,” he said. “There’s no question, and that happens a lot of times. You hope that happens with the rookies who are forced to play that struggle, that the second year they come into their own a little bit and play with a little bit of confidence. When you have more knowledge with the system, more knowledge of the situations and who you’re going against, the more confident you are at corner. I feel that’s what David’s coming to now.”

—Gruden has generally sounded somewhat annoyed when he talks about Chris Thompson, who is sitting out with an ankle injury. He was asked if Thompson being out helped the other running backs competing for spots on the roster. “It gives them an opportunity, it really does,” he said. “Every rep that he doesn’t take, somebody is going to take it. Unfortunately for him, his ankle, it’s a sprain. It’s a high ankle, low ankle, I don’t know where it is but it’s holding him out. It’s unfortunate for him because he was doing a great job, but it does open up a window for other guys that perform and we’ll see what they do with it.”

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Today’s schedule: Closed practice at Redskins Park, no availability

—It’s been 230 days since the Redskins played a game; in 22 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Redskins at Ravens 7; Final cuts 14; Home opener vs. Jaguars 29

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 22, 20 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The underrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/29/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Here, in no particular order, are three underrated events from 2017. Tomorrow we’ll look at three events that were overrated at the time they happened.  

Beating the Rams in Week 2—Nobody got particularly excited when the Redskins went to the LA Memorial Coliseum and beat a Rams team that had gone 4-12 in 2016. Sure, there was a belief that they were in good hands with Sean McVay but nobody saw them as anything better than a middle of the pack team. The win looks much more impressive now as the 11-4 Rams have locked up their division with a playoff game in their future.

Drafting safety Montae Nicholson—He was a fourth-round pick who had a shoulder injury and appeared to be a reach. But once he got on the field, the reasons the Redskins drafted him became apparent. His range and hard hitting had an immediate impact on the game. Nicholson had problems staying on the field and he will finish the year on IR, so his impact this year was diminished. Regardless, he has a good chance of being part of the solution to a position with which the Redskins have had issues for years.

Ty Nsekhe’s injury—Against the Raiders in Week 3, Shawn Lauvao’s facemask had an issue and he had to leave the game for a play. In came Nsekhe without an opportunity to warm up. He suffered a core muscle injury and had to undergo surgery. His absence didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but Trent Williams suffered a knee injury the next week and other offensive linemen were sidelined with injuries over the next several weeks. Nsekhe was inactive until the Week 10 game against the Vikings and he didn’t start a game until the Thanksgiving game against the Giants. He sure would have been useful to have in the lineup instead of T.J. Clemmings or Tyler Catalina.

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—NFL Combine (3/1) 7
—NFL Draft (4/26) 63
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 199

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Miami tagged Jarvis Landry, but what does that mean for the Redskins?

Miami tagged Jarvis Landry, but what does that mean for the Redskins?

Everything in the NFL feels like a powder keg, but the reality of Tuesday's opening of the franchise and transition tag period will play out as much more of a slow burn.

Few teams ever actually make moves on the opening day of the tag period, though the Dolphins bucked that conventional wisdom and used the non-exclusive franchise designation on wide receiver Jarvis Landry. 

Astute Redskins fans know the tag system all too well. Landry can now sign a one-year, fully guaranteed contract with the Dolphins worth more than $16 million, the average of the top-five paid receivers in the NFL.

They can also trade Landry and the compensation discussion with a non-exclusive tag begins at two first-round draft picks, though it can eventually be settled for much less. 

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What, if anything, does Miami's move mean for the Redskins? Let's take a look:

  1. Not gonna work here - Landry never really seemed like a great fit for the Redskins as a free agent, and that was before the franchise tag. He's a really good slot WR, but Washington already has that in Jamison Crowder. Whether or not Landry actually gets a deal done with the Dolphins or gets traded, it seems highly unlikely the Redskins are his next team. 
  2. "Spirit of the tag" - Miami putting the tag on Landry so early in the process signals that the team might be trying to trade him instead of actually trying to sign him. If that's the case, and plenty of people are suggesting just that, it would seem to be in contrast with the "spirit of the tag." The idea is that a franchise or transition tag is supposed to be used as a tool by an NFL franchise to get a long-term deal done with one of their own players facing free agency. Using the tag as a mechanism to pull of a trade seems very different. Why does any of this matter for Redskins fans? As reports emerged that Washington might look to use a tag on Kirk Cousins and work to trade him, the Cousins camp has made clear they would file a grievance against that technique. Why? Because it would violate the spirit of the tag. Well, it sure looks like Miami is doing the same thing, and as of now, nobody has complained. The situations aren't identical; few resemble the Redskins long, slow, awkward dance with Cousins. But it's certainly worth monitoring. 
  3. Wide Receiver$ - The Redskins could use a veteran wideout to help their young group of Crowder and Josh Doctson. Well, with Landry getting tagged, the price tag just went up. The player that seems to make the most sense in Washington would be Jaguars wideout Allen Robinson. Coming off a knee injury in 2017, some thought Robinson could be signed on a somewhat team-friendly deal. If Landry can get franchised after a season where he didn't even get to 1,000 yards receiving, any thought of a team-friendly deal for Robinson is dead. Make no mistake, Landry and Robinson are good players, but the ever-increasing NFL salary cap will make both young receivers very well paid. 

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