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Need to Know: Redskins Park notes and quotes--Shady McCoy says DeSean Jackson will play


Need to Know: Redskins Park notes and quotes--Shady McCoy says DeSean Jackson will play

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, September 18, three days before the Washington Redskins go to Philadelphia to play the Eagles.

Notes and quotes from Redskins Park

—There was plenty of speculation that safety Akeem Davis would be the player cut to make room for the return of Brandon Meriweather. It turned out that Bacarri Rambo was the one who was let go. Davis insisted that he wasn’t worrying about what was going to happen. “I can’t worry about the decisions that the front office makes,” said Davis. “All I can control is coming in here and doing by business every day whether it be on the roster or on the practice squad . . . Being nervous is some negative energy that I don’t need.”

—The Redskins’ scout team has to try to replicate the Eagles’ frantic offensive pace in practice. It presents challenges because the scout team players don’t have the plays memorized like the Eagles players do. "It's hard, it's very hard because you have to show the cards to the scout team,” said Jay Gruden. “You try to have a couple different sets of cards going and all that good stuff and you try to tell the defense, 'Hey don’t give the signal until the very last second so you’ve got to communicate it.’”

Kirk Cousins started the last three games of the season last year, a time when the team was out of contention and in turmoil. But Cousins said he learned a lot. "I think first of all I gained a lot of confidence,” he said. “I think when you start three games in a row that's an experience. That's something that helped me have confidence now when I'm asked to go in against Jacksonville on Sunday. So, you gain that confidence, that ‘been there, done that’ kind of feeling, and whether it was the close games we had against Atlanta or Dallas or the tough game in the rain against the Giants, you go through experiences that help you to say, 'I've been there and I've done that.'”

—Some reporters from Philly were there for DeSean Jackson’s press conference and, of course, they asked what he thought about the Eagles’ decision to let him go. He was polite but he was having no part of it. "Honestly, what's happened has happened,” he said. “It's in the past and moving forward in the career is the biggest thing I can really say. I'm not focused on why it happened or why it transpired or why it happened the way it happened. I'm not really worried about that.”

—Eagles coach Chip Kelly wasn’t very concerned about the possibility that Jackson could land in the division if they let him go. "No, whenever you release a player they have an opportunity to go play for anybody in the league, so we understood the ramifications of the decision that we made," he said.

Keenan Robinson thinks that the Redskins’ linebackers are fast and athletic enough to perhaps handle Eagles running backs Darren Sproles and LeSean McCoy better than many teams who have tried. “Our strength is our speed, our awareness,” said Robinson. “We’re allowed to attack now, allows us to play free, it helps the whole rest of the defense do what they need to do . . . They have speedy guys who pose matchup issues for linebackers who are not as athletic or fast. That’s something that in the NFL they try to exploit. They’ll use Shady and they’ll use Sproles and try to use them at the same time and try to post matchup problems for defenses.

McCoy remains good friends with Jackson and they communicate via phone and text frequently. The Eagles back is quite sure that McCoy will line up on Sunday. “I know him. I know what this game means to him, coming back here,” said McCoy. “I know what type of player he is. He’s always trying to make plays and be there for his teammates. So, I’m sure he’ll play this game. We’re scouting for him.”

If you have any questions about what's going on at Redskins Park, hit me up in the comments. I'll answer all questions as soon as I can get to them. And I'm always on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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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: Redskins @ Eagles 3; Thursday night Giants @ Redskins 7; Monday night Seahawks @ Redskins 19

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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.