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Need to Know: 'We can't live on what we did last year'

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, September 23, six days before the Redskins visit the Raiders.

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Five key quotes from the locker room yesterday:

1. Aldrick Robinson on his overturned touchdown catch. I’m not completely sure that there was enough video evidence to overturn it. The ball did hit the ground and although it did move you couldn’t tell if his hand was under it at the time. Ed Hochuli called what he saw but perhaps without the indisputable video evidence standard needed to overturn the call on the field being met.

“When I saw the replay, I saw that the ball was sliding on the ground, but I for sure caught the ball. I had the ball in my left hand, but the camera view was on the right side and then I had it in my right-side hand. I secured the catch and I got up knowing that I secured the catch. When everyone was down, I saw that everyone wasn’t as excited as I was, so it was kind of strange to me. When I saw the replay, I saw what everyone else saw.”

2. Robert Griffin III on his split-second decision to dive headfirst rather than slide after running for 21 yards and a first down in Lions territory.

“I think it's just an instinct thing. On the sideline, I slid with [Lions safety Glover] Quin coming after me. I slid feet first because I didn't want him to hit me in the face. On the run I had the fumble on, I went face first because they were a little further away. You can't really be out there thinking about that kind of stuff. You've just got to do what happens when you react and hold onto the ball.”

3. Pierre Garçon with some refreshing, brutal honesty when asked about the team’s 0-3 start:

“This is a job, you have to come out and play. This is a business. If you’re not doing your part, they’ll get rid of you and you will be looking for a job. You never want that to happen.”

4. DeAngelo Hall on the hole the Redskins are in.

“Anything can happen, but you can’t hang your hat on winning seven in a row. We’ve got to come out here and take it one game at a time.  We can’t live on what we did last year. That means nothing right now. We have to look in the mirror and be tough on ourselves.”

5. Back to Griffin, who ran six times for 37 yards, many on designed runs. He was asked if that changed the coverage.

“I don’t know. I know the threat of the quarterback running definitely helps your offense. They have to play different coverages, and they did the rest of the game. It’s something that we have to be able to use. We were able to use it today because we didn’t get behind the sticks and didn’t get behind in the game so fast so it was good. We got to use a lot of our game plan. I thought our offense moved the ball pretty well. We’ve just got to win, period.”

Stat of the day

—Griffin set career highs in pass attempts (50) and completions (32) while becoming the first Redskin in the Super Bowl era to throw for 300 yards or more in three consecutive games.

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—Former Redskins head coach Marty Schottenheimer was born on this day in 1943

—Days until: Redskins @ Raiders 6; Redskins @ Cowboys 20; Bears @ Redskins 29

—Today’s schedule: Player availability 11:00 a.m. Mike Shanahan news conference 3:00 televised on Comcast SportsNet

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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.