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Need to Know: The 5 best seasons by a Redskin 25 or younger

Need to Know: The 5 best seasons by a Redskin 25 or younger

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, June 14, three days before the start of Redskins minicamp.

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We haven’t wandered off into team history much lately. Here are the five best single seasons by Redskins who were aged 25 or under (according to the Pro Football Reference Approximate Value metric).

RB Larry Brown, 1972 (Age 25, AV of 20)—All Brown did was put the team on his back and carry it all the way to the Super Bowl. He gained 1,216 yards despite missing two of the 14 games scheduled that season. Brown, whose tough running style made him a big fan favorite, won a slew of honors including NFL MVP.

Brown, 1970 (Age 23, AV of 19)—This was the year before George Allen arrived in Washington and although Brown had a successful season the team around him wasn’t up to snuff. He led the NFL in rushing (he is the last Redskins to accomplish that feat) with 1,125 yards. That earned him first-team All-Pro honors.

QB Robert Griffin III, 2012 (Age 22, AV of 18)—You lived through this season so I don’t have to tell you much about it. To me, the most outstanding accomplishment was Griffin throwing just five interceptions in 393 pass attempts.

OL Russ Grimm, 1983 (Age 24, AV of 17)—This was the first of Grimm’s three straight first-team All-Pro selections, a run that really propelled his eventual induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Redskins were first in the league in rushing yards and Grimm led the way on many of John Riggins’ then-record 24 rushing TDs.

OL Joe Jacoby, 1983 (Age 24, AV of 17)—It makes sense that Jacoby would earn an identical AV as Grimm this season since the played right next to each other and Jacoby also earned All-Pro honors.

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Timeline

—It’s been 167 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 85 days until they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Minicamp starts 3; Training camp 40; Preseason opener vs. Patriots 54

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Redskins fans go crazy after refs miss unnecessary roughness call involving Brandon Scherff

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Redskins fans go crazy after refs miss unnecessary roughness call involving Brandon Scherff

Last week vs. the 49ers, Brandon Scherff was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness after the guard pushed a San Fran defender to the ground around the same time that the whistle blown.

A week later against the Eagles, Scherff was the one who was shoved. But this time, there was no penalty.

Derek Barnett played the role of aggressor in the Week 7 matchup. On a third-and-9, Kirk Cousins was hit as he threw, and players pursued the loose ball with some thinking it was a fumble. That's when Barnett came up and laid a late hit on Scherff, sending him to the turf.

Here's what it looked like:

The refs were chucking flags left and right in the early stages of the rivalry game. This one, though, somehow wasn't called.

MORE: REDSKINS WEEKLY MVPS ON OFFENSE AND DEFENSE

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Redskins Week 7 Inactives: Bashaud Breeland is good to go vs. the Eagles

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Redskins Week 7 Inactives: Bashaud Breeland is good to go vs. the Eagles

There are no big surprises on the Redskins’ inactive list Monday before the Eagles matchup:

  • CB Josh Norman
  • OL Tyler Catalina
  • OL Ty Nsekhe
  • DL A.J. Francis
  • TE Jeremy Sprinkle
  • OLB Josh Harvey-Clemons
  • S Deshazor Everett

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland, who suffered a knee injury last Sunday against the 49ers, is active. With Norman out, that is very good news for the Redskins’ chances.

Norman was declared out on the final injury report. He reportedly wanted to play with a broken rib that he sustained on October 3 against the Chiefs. But the medical staff would not clear him to play and Norman will miss his second consecutive game. Quinton Dunbar will start in his place.

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Reserve offensive linemen Catalina (concussion) and Nsekhe (core muscle) also were declared out on Saturday.

Starting RB Rob Kelley returns after missing the 49ers game with an ankle injury.

MORE: TRENT WILLIAMS IS PLAYING ON A BADLY INJURED KNEE

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