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Need to Know: Redskins Park notes and quotes--Gruden says RG3 has to 'let some things fly'


Need to Know: Redskins Park notes and quotes--Gruden says RG3 has to 'let some things fly'

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, August 26, two days before the Redskins wrap up the preseason against the Bucs.

Redskins Park notes and quotes

The buzz around Ashburn:

DeAngelo Hall doesn’t have an issue with Brandon Meriweather hittin receivers high. "Keep hittin', keep hittin' and I'll pay the fine,” he said on Monday. We’re pretty sure he was kidding. (note: This was said prior to the announcement that Meriweather will be suspended>)

Darrel Young indicated that the players have been led to believe that they might play on in the fourth and final preseason game. “Right now we’re playing vs. Tampa on Thursday, that’s what we’re game planning for,” said Young. “If our first team has to go out there for a half or three quarters, we have to do what we have to do.”

—I think Jay Gruden passed along a pretty insightful comment about what’s wrong with Robert Griffin III (emphasis added). “He's got to have a trust factor that the drop is going to match the receiver’s depth and all that stuff,” he said. “He's got to let some things fly. He's just a little bit hesitant right now, which is normal with some new concepts.”

—Hall certainly is aware of the struggles on offense and he sees good reasons that the defense seems to be ahead of the offense. “Our offense, you know, they haven’t been as successful as we have on defense,” he said. “They haven’t been doing some of the this we’ve been doing. It’s a lot easier to run out there and read and react and make tackles as opposed to trying to scheme guys up.”

—Gruden was not going to use the fact that they don’t game plan much for preseason games as an excuse for the team’s issues on offense. ““We’re running concepts that should be successful,” he said. “They should be more successful than they are. We ran a couple outside zone plays where the guard went the wrong way a couple times and that can never happen. We had some other pass plays that should be OK – shouldn’t be as bad looking as they were. We should be better at what we’re doing.”

Jason Hatcher showed no wear and year after seeing his first preseason action of the season, 19 snaps vs. the Ravens. “He’s good. He played well and he felt good today, so that’s a good sign,” said Gruden.

—Gruden indirectly and probably inadvertently gave us the reason that Rob Jackson was cut. “He’s worked hard, but part of the factoring – it’s not just how well you play that position, it’s what you do that can help the team in other spots, special teams for instance,” said Gruden. The message—if you’re not on special teams you’re not going to be a backup linebacker on this team.

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Today’s schedule: Practice 11:00 a.m.; Open locker room and Jay Gruden news conference following practice, approx. 1:00.

—It’s been 240 days since the Redskins played a game; in 12 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Final cuts 4; Home opener vs. Jaguars 19; Redskins @ Eagles 26

Will the starters play vs. Bucs?

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

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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.

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Redskins Draft Countdown: WR James Washington's numbers don't impress but he could be a solution for the Redskins

Redskins Draft Countdown: WR James Washington's numbers don't impress but he could be a solution for the Redskins

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James Washington

Wide receiver
Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington measured at 5 feet 11 inches at the combine and his 40 time was a pedestrian 4.54.

But forget about the numbers. His catch radius is larger than his height would indicate, and he plays much faster than the stopwatch says he does.

His route tree needs to be cleaned up but his ability to get open deep, make receptions on back shoulder throws and, yes, Redskins fans, fade patterns will make him a productive receiver while he learns.

Height: 5-11
Weight: 213
40-yard dash: 4.54

Projected draft round: 1-2

What they’re saying

He doesn't look like a receiver and he doesn't run routes like a receiver, but then you see him get open deep and make all those explosive plays, and you know exactly what he does for an offense.

—A Big 12 assistant coach via

How he fits the Redskins: The Redskins needed a wide receiver to line up opposite Josh Doctson after Terrelle Pryor fizzled out last year. They went out and signed Paul Richardson to a free agent contract, solving the immediate need.

But in the NFL, you should always be looking for your next receiver. It takes most of them at least a season to develop so if you wait until you really need a pass catcher it’s too late to draft one. Washington has the capability to contribute early and develop from there.  

Film review: vs. Pitt, vs. TCU, vs. Oklahoma

—Like most coaches, Jay Gruden wants his wide receivers to block and Washington certainly gives it the effort. He helped backs gain extra yards on stretch plays with hustling blocks downfield. His technique may need some work—a long touchdown run against Oklahoma was called back when he was hit for holding—but the effort is there.

—Against the Sooners, Washington got by a cornerback who was in off coverage and beat him for a long gain. Later in the game, the corner was in press coverage and Washington made one move and beat the defender on a post for a touchdown. We can insert the usual cautions about Big 12 defenses here, but it still was impressive to watch.

—Speed is important but so is how fast a receiver can stop to catch a pass. On one underthrown fade pattern, Washington was able to slam on the brakes while the cornerback kept on running, making the catch for a nice gain out of the end zone an easy one.

—Against TCU he split two defenders on a deep pass. He caught the ball in stride and then he found a second gear and easily outraced the defensive backs to the end zone to complete the 86-yard play. This is a good example of Washington playing faster than his 40 time.

Potential issues: Washington is not a good enough prospect to warrant the No. 13 pick, but he could easily be gone by the time the time their second-round pick is on the clock. As noted above, the quality of the defenses he faced in compiling 74 receptions for 1,549 yards (20.9 per catch) and 13 touchdowns has to be considered.

Bottom line: If I’m the Redskins, I have a talk with Jamison Crowder’s agent before the draft to gauge what his client would want in order to sign an extension prior to the 2018 season. If it’s something the Redskins consider reasonable, they should look elsewhere in the second round. But if a 2019 Crowder departure seems likely,  they should look at Washington if he’s there in the second round. 

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