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Need to Know: Redskins Park notes and quotes--Hatcher ready for a heavy workload


Need to Know: Redskins Park notes and quotes--Hatcher ready for a heavy workload

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, September 11, three days before the Washington Redskins open their home season against the Jaguars.

Redskins Park notes and quotes

Here is the buzz from around Redskins Park:

Jordan Reed’s injury may mean that Santana Moss will suit on for Sunday’s game but not necessarily, according to coach Jay Gruden. "Potentially, yeah. Wednesdays and Thursdays we're trying to look at all options, find out who our healthy bodies are and then our best case scenarios as far as who's dressing and special teams plays a big role in that. If you're going to dress six receivers, you’d like a couple of them to be special team demons.” That last phrase does not describe Moss, who does not play on special teams.

Robert Griffin III is like a lot of fans in that he would be perfectly happy to put the ball into the belly of his running back on every play. "Yeah, if that's how Coach feels, then dial him up,” he said. “We can give it to Alfred 40-50 times a game. You know, none of us are really worried about numbers, we just want to win football games and that's what it takes, whatever it takes to win games, that's our mindset.” Morris carried only 14 times against the Texans despite averaging 6.5 yards per carry.

—With Barry Cofield out Jason Hatcher will be getting a larger workload on the defensive line, which is fine with him. “I’m going to be all over the place,” he said. “I like it. No telling where I’ll be at this week. They keep using me I’m going to keep playing the best I can play to help this defense.”

—Gruden talked about the promotion of Akeem Davis from the practice squad. “He’s a great special teams player,” he said. “He’s still learning the defense – very raw as far as secondary is concerned. He’s learning, but he really makes his mark on special teams and really helps in that regard.”

Kedric Golston talked about his injury. “Strain in my groin,” he said. “I’m just trying to get the swelling out of it and get some strength back into it.” Ouch. He said he was day to day and unsure about his status for Sunday's game; Golston did not practice on Wednesday.

Chris Neild is going to have surgery to repair his torn ACL tomorrow. He and his wife have a young baby and Neild said that she is just staring to crawl. But it’s difficult for Neild to join his child on the floor. He said he has to go down on one knee with his other leg stuck out to the side.

—Special teams Coordinator Ben Kotwica gave us a good analogy for the way the game went for his units against the Texans. "The food was great, the music sounded wonderful and then we hit the iceberg,” he said.

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Today’s schedule: Open locker room player availability 11:15; Practice 1:00 (closed to media after first 30 minutes); Jim Haslett media availability, Jay Gruden news conference after practice (approx. 3:00)

Days until: Home opener vs. Jaguars 3; Redskins @ Eagles 10; Thursday night Giants @ Redskins 14

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

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

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.

Tweet of the week

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.