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Practice report: Josh Wilson back in the swing

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Practice report: Josh Wilson back in the swing

RICHMOND—It’s getting hotter here every day but that’s the way it’s supposed to be. Here is your practice report for Monday afternoon.

—Jarvis Jenkins is in limbo. He’s the starter at left defensive end but he won’t be on the roster for the first four games. So he is spending some time with the second team, yielding first-team reps to Kedric Golston and Chris Baker so that they can get ready to play in the opener.

—Robert Griffin III is working on his hard count. Early in practice when the offense was going against air, the hard count worked so well that the entire right side of the offensive line jumped.

—Josh Wilson was a full participant in practice today for the first time. In one on one action he let Josh Morgan get a little behind him on a deep pass. But Wilson showed some good makeup speed and got to Morgan just in time to bat the ball away.

—There was a scary moment later in the one on one drill. DeAngelo Hall was covering Skye Dawson. The receiver took a few steps forward then planted and cut back to the QB. While Hall was slamming on the brakes to stay with him, he went down. At first it looked like he had seriously injured his right leg and he was helped off the field. He sat on a cooler as trainers took a look at the leg. After they taped up his ankle he tested it out a little bit and then went back into the lineup. He was in for one play, a deep pass, and then he exited. Hall watched the rest of practice from the sideline. Look here for an update.

—Lance Lewis is starting to flash some ability. Later in the one on ones he outmaneuvered Wilson for a deep pass and haled it in.

—Aldrick Robinson also had a good day. On one long pass from Kirk Cousins, Robinson had gotten past the defense. The pass was a touch underthrown and that gave safety Reed Doughty a chance to jump and almost knock the pass away. But Doughty didn’t quite get there and Robinson maintained his focus and hauled in the pass.

—Griffin was 8 for 10 in the seven on seven drills. That’s a few more snaps than he’s been getting there. The incompletions were one pass that was a little high a wide for Fred Davis and one that Pierre Garçon had in his hands until Chase Meriweather knocked it out. One of his passes was a nice intermediate dart to Aldrick Robinson. That’s the kind of pattern that Robinson needs to master is he’s going to get more playing time.

—Baker jumped offside on one play and then slapped himself on his facemask with both hands to punish himself.

—No, I wouldn’t want Rex Grossman running the read option very often—or ever, for that matter. But you’d have to admit it would fool the heck out of the defense. That’s just what happened today when Rex took a Pistol snap, pulled the ball out of the back’s belly and took off around right end. He had wide open spaces out there.

--Adam Gettis was out of practice with a hamstring strain, the same ailment that still has Donte Stallworth sidelined.

—Today’s camp attendance was 8.738 (2,255 for the AM walkthrough, 6,123 for the PM practice). The total for four days is 43, 260.

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What can the Redskins learn from the Eagles run to the Super Bowl?

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What can the Redskins learn from the Eagles run to the Super Bowl?

For Redskins fans, it's probably a tough pill to swallow that the Eagles are in the Super Bowl. Making matters worse, Philadelphia got to the championship game without their star quarterback Carson Wentz.

Beyond the feelings that fandom incites, which are real and severe, what does the Eagles' breakthrough season mean for Washington? Let's take a look. 

Perhaps the most incredible part of the Eagles' success is that wunderkind QB Wentz is not at the helm. The second-year player was an MVP candidate all season but got injured late in the year. Nick Foles, the Philly backup, took over and played well in both Eagles' playoff wins. 

Does that mean much, if anything, for the Redskins? 

Some will argue it means Washington should not look to invest top dollar in QB Kirk Cousins. Foles is not considered a top-flight quarterback and still was able to maneuver his squad to the Super Bowl.

Whether or not that argument makes sense, Redskins fans should prepare to hear a lot of it over the next two weeks. 

There is also a theory that the Redskins should eschew spending at QB in favor of spending on defense. 

That may very well be the right move, but don't look to the Eagles to support the theory. 

Philadelphia spent $47 million on the defensive side of the ball in 2017. On offense, they spent $56 million.

What is definitely true?

The Eagles played terrific football in the postseason, and catapulted through the NFC by playing the underdog role.

Redskins fans might hate it, but the Eagles absolutely earned their Super Bowl appearance. 

That doesn't mean Redskins fans have to like it. 

Philadelphia has never won a Super Bowl. 

Now, standing in the way of their first Lombardi Trophy: Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. 

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When is Super Bowl 2018? Date, time, location, odds, TV channel, halftime performer

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When is Super Bowl 2018? Date, time, location, odds, TV channel, halftime performer

Super Bowl LII (52) will feature the New England Patriots/ Jacksonville Jaguars (AFC Champion) against the Minnesota Vikings/ Philadelphia Eagles (NFC Champion) at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 4, 2018.

If they go on to advance, the Vikings would become the first team to ever ‘host’ the Super Bowl in their home stadium. They are the third to play the game in their home state. Minnesota will be looking for their first Super Bowl title in five tries, the most appearances by any team without a championship.

Philadelphia is looking for their first title ever as well, and doing it with a back-up quarterback Nick Foles. They have been the underdog in every game this postseason; it would be no different in the Super Bowl.

New England is looking for their third Super Bowl over the past four years and their sixth championship since 2001. However, their path in the AFC Playoffs is arguably the easiest in their history. A win by the Patriots would tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most in NFL history with six.

The new kids one the block, the Jaguars are one win away from their first Super Bowl appearance in what is already the best year ever for the franchise. If Jacksonville were to pull it off, they would be the tenth team in NFL history to win in their first Super Bowl appearance.

Super Bowl LII Information:

When is Super Bowl 52?

6:15 pm ET, February 4, 2018

Who is playing in Super Bowl 52?

New England Patriots/ Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Minnesota Vikings/ Philadelphia Eagles

Where is Super Bowl 52?

U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota

How can I watch Super Bowl 52 on TV?

NBC

Where can I stream Super Bowl 52?

The Super Bowl can be streamed for free on NBCSports.com and on the NBC Sports app.

Online with no cable TV: fubtoTV (Try for free)

Who are the announcers for Super Bowl 52?

Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya, Heather Cox

Who is performing the Super Bowl 52 halftime show?

Justin Timberlake is the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime performer. It is his third Super Bowl performance, previously performing in Super Bowl XXV and more famously in XXVIII with Janet Jackson.

What are the odds for Super Bowl 52?

New England Patriots: 6/5
Minnesota Vikings: 7/4
Philadelphia Eagles: 7/1
Jacksonville Jaguars: 8/1