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Need to Know: Redskins Park notes and quotes--Tight ends may be back to full strength

Need to Know: Redskins Park notes and quotes--Tight ends may be back to full strength

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, October 4, two days before the Washington Redskins host the Seahawks on Monday night football.

Friday Redskins Park notes and quotes

—Redskins special teams captain Adam Hayward doesn’t seem to be a big fan of doing more off the field to correct his unit’s issues. It’s what happens between the lines that matter. “Extra meetings and all that stuff, that’s not going to help,” the eight-year veteran said. “We’ve done that and we can do that now, but it just gets down to who wants to play. Doing what you’re supposed to do, get over the block, get to the ball, set the edge, restrict the run lane.”

Niles Paul was able to practice fully on Friday, a week and a day after being knocked unconscious against the Giants. The presence of Paul should get the Washington offense just about back to normal even if Jordan Reed is still sidelined by a strained hamstring. “Maybe there’s a few other plays that Jordan’s really good at that we haven’t asked Niles to do but for the most part we’re running our offense without a few of the specialty things we like Jordan to do,” said coach Jay Gruden. It does alter it some, but not to the extent where it hurts us moving forward.”

—Gruden was unsure of Reed’s status, saying “it’s hard to gauge.” But Reed still was out on the field well after the end of practice, putting in extra work with QB Colt McCoy and fellow TE Logan Paulsen. Perhaps that is a sign that his hamstring is ready to go.

—Here’s defensive coordinator Jim Haslett on Keenan Robinson’s progress: “He’s still growing. We’ve got a lot of young guys we’re playing with on the defensive side and I think they’re all going to be excellent football players. There’s some bumps on the way. I think Keenan is at that point where you can do a lot of different things with him.”

—Cornerback Richard Crawford returned to the Redskins earlier this week. He said that he felt much better now after suffering from the lingering effects of a devastating knee injury he suffered in the 2013 preseason. Haslett said that it shows. “I think he’s moving a lot better than he was in training camp,” he said. “I think that was hindering him also in training camp. Maybe he’s just fresh but it does like he was moving better than he did in training camp.”

—Haslett talked about what the Redskins are going to have to do to slow down Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch. Overcrowding is the answer. “I don’t think one guy’s going to tackle him,” said Haslett. “You’ve got to get off blocks and get to the ball. It’s going to be like a population problem. You’re going to have four, five guys tackle him. One, two guys don’t bring him down. So that’s our challenge, get off blocks, stay off the ground because they do a great job cutting.”

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—Redskins Hall of Fame linebacker Sam Huff was born on this date in 1934.

Today’s schedule: Practice 11:10; Open locker room, Sean McVay and Jay Gruden news conferences after practice, approx. 12:30

Days until: Monday night Seahawks @ Redskins 2; Redskins @ Cardinals 8; Monday night Redskins @ Cowboys 23

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NFL Draft 2018 Redskins live blog: First round draft updates, analysis

NFL Draft 2018 Redskins live blog: First round draft updates, analysis

The 2018 NFL Draft is finally here. It's time to file away the mock drafts and frame your big boards for memory.

Tonight, Thursday April 26, the best college football players in the country will learn which franchise they will begin their professional football careers with.

The NFL Draft is the biggest non-sporting event on the sporting calendar, and the 2018 edition is no different. Taking place at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas, the 2018 NFL Draft is sure to be bigger than ever, with four quarterbacks and a freakish running back all vying for the top pick.

The Cleveland Browns are on the clock, and will make the first overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft around 8:30 p.m. tonight.

The Washington Redskins have the No. 13 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and won't make their draft pick until around 9:45 p.m. ET.

But we are keeping you up to date on all things NFL Draft with our life blog and draft tracker.

NFL Draft 2018 Redskins First-Round Tracker and Live Updates:

PreDraft Coverage:

5:05 PM - We did a  bracket challenge for Redskins fans, giving you the chance to vote on who the Redskins should take at No. 13. If it were up to Redskins fans, Georgia LB Roquan Smith would be the choice.

4:45 PM - Since we are on the subject of the Edmunds brothers, let's ask and answer this question: When and where will both Tremaine and Terrell go?

4:30 PM - One option for the Redskins at No. 13 is Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds. He just so happens to be the focus of an exclusive NBC Sports Washington webseries. "E-Boyz" takes a look at draft prospects Tremaine and Terrell Edmunds, as well as their brother Trey, a running back for the Saints and their father, Ferrell, and former two-time Pro Bowl tight end for the Dolphins.

E-Boyz — Ep. 1: The Players
E-Boyz — Ep. 2: Ferrell
E-Boyz — Ep. 3: Danville
E-Boyz — Ep. 4: Celebration

4:10 PM - The first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft won't be announced for another four hours. But we have a lot to prep. Let's get started with draft music. Players in the green room get to select their walkup music. Josh Jackson deserves to be the No. 1 overall pick. 

4:00 PM - Welcome to our live update tracker of the 2018 NFL Draft. The draft doesn't get started until 8:00 p.m. But there is a lot to go over until then.

Here is a good place to start. 

- Draft Day Primer: JP Finlay goes over all the Redskins' options
- Top Prospects: RB options for the Redskins
- Top Prospects: WR options for the Redskins
- Need To Know: Rich Tandler's Seven-Round Redskins Mock Draft
- Mega-Mock Predictions: DC Media choose No. 13 pick

 

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Get ready for the NFL Draft, and get ready for plenty of surprises

Get ready for the NFL Draft, and get ready for plenty of surprises

In some circles of modern culture, producing shocking commentary or content seems like the top goal. Being shocking gets clicks, gets attention, and in turn, gets dollars. 

On NFL Draft night, nothing should be shocking. Remember, last season there was no way Jonathan Allen would fall to the Redskins at 17. There was no way Kansas City would trade up for QB Patrick Maholmes. There was no way Chicago would trade up for Mitchell Trubisky. But all those things happened.

Sure, for months draft experts have expounded about what will happen, but the truth is, once the Browns are on the clock, nobody actually knows anything. 

With that in mind, let's look at a bunch of options that should not shock Redskins fans. 

  • Don't be shocked if Washington takes Minkah Fitzpatrick. They want him.
  • Don't be shocked if the Redskins draft Da'Ron Payne over Vita Vea. Washington loves Payne's potential to be a disruptor in the pass game and his incredible strength. 
  • Then again, don't be shocked if the 'Skins take Vita. Plenty of folks like him too. 
  • Don't be shocked if a team makes a move for Louisville QB Lamar Jackson. That could happen after the Redskins pick at 13, but Washington's pick could also prove important in the race for the former Heisman Trophy winner.
  • Derwin James will be on the 'Skins list, but don't be shocked if he goes off the board before the Redskins pick. 
  • Don't be shocked with a trade back, but remember that isn't the goal. With four QBs expected in the Top 10, an elite talent should make it to Washington at 13. If that happens, the Redskins should take advantage of adding a blue chip to their squad. 
  • Don't be shocked if Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds ends up wearing the Redskins draft hat. Also, don't be shocked if he plays some outside linebacker in the Washington 3-4 scheme, not just the inside LB role most project for Edmunds. 
  • Don't be shocked if a seemingly sure thing slips all the way to 13. Perhaps that's Quenton Nelson? Or Denzel Ward? Remember, there was no way Jon Allen was supposed to fall to 17 last year.

There are some things Redskins fans should be shocked by. 

  • Washington should not trade up. 
  • Washington should not draft a running back at 13 unless Saquon Barley is available. He won't be.
  • Washington should not draft a wide receiver at 13. 
  • If one of the top four QBs is available at 13, Washington should vigorously work the phones to move the pick. Move down a few spots and get Payne should be the exact plan in that scenario. Arizona at 15 needs a QB. 

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