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Redskins embracing bit role on HBO's Hard Knocks


Redskins embracing bit role on HBO's Hard Knocks

When the Texans arrive in Richmond for joint training camp practices with the Redskins, J.J. Watt and Co. won’t be coming alone.

HBO’s cameras and mics will be everywhere, as well, to record scenes for the 2015 edition of Hard Knocks.

Sure, it will be a bit of an inconvenience. But, for the most part, the Redskins are not concerned about the intrusion. 

“I’m not worried about that,” said Coach Jay Gruden, who was Cincinnati's offensive coordinator when the show featured the Bengals in 2013. “They’ll be focused on them. But I’m sure they’ll sneak a camera shot in on us. But we’ve got a good group of guys. I’m not worried about Hard Knocks, man. We’re going to have some fun with it and practice and compete.”

A handful of Redskins actually said they’re looking forward to being on HBO, even if Watt and the Texans will be the focal point.

“There’s going to be some extra cameras out there, but we’re all out there to earn a job,” nose tackle Chris Baker said before joking, “Now, I guess HBO can see what really goes down at camp. Swaggy Time could go viral on HBO.”

Baker added: “I love the attention, so I don’t mind the extra cameras.”

Tight end Niles Paul cracked that the cameras will definitely gravitate toward certain players.

“They are going to hear me and DY,” Paul said, referring to fullback Darrel Young. “They are probably going to hear Chris Baker and Hatch (Jason Hatcher). They are going to hear us. I just hope they censor it enough.”

Asked if having the addition cameras around from Aug. 6-8th will change how he speaks to teammates or opponents, Paul said it will not.

“This is our practice. This is our sanctuary,” he said. “It’s not going to change the way I talk to certain players, or the way I talk to defensive players. It’s not going to change that at all.”

Outside linebacker Trent Murphy simply said he'll have bigger things to worry about.

“It’s really outside of my control, to be honest,” he said. “Whether it’s recorded or not, we’re going to against somebody one-on-one everyday in practice. You have to do your job and you have to win. So that will be where my focus is.”

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Free agency frenzy

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Free agency frenzy

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 17, 40 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.

Redskins and NFL free agency tracker—I started this a week ago today and it grew to 3,500 words. The problem was there wasn’t much to add by the time that free agency actually started at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The legal tampering period or, as I dubbed it to avoid an oxymoron being used, the “permitted tampering-like activities period” was when all of the news happened. By the time actual free agency opened on Wednesday afternoon it pretty much was all over. Thanks to those of you who followed along.

Zach Brown agrees to terms with Redskins, per source—Since Kirk Cousins’ departure was a foregone conclusion, Brown was the Redskins’ most important free agent. His retention provides continuity in the defense and that will benefit both the team and Brown. His contract (preliminary numbers three years, $24 million) showed that the Redskins are willing to invest some money in the inside linebacker spot for the first time since Joe Gibbs brought in London Fletcher to play middle linebacker in 2007.

Report: Kirk Cousins to sign epic new deal with Vikings—We heard you, folks. The collective voice of the fans who visit NBC Sports Washington on a regular basis let us know that you were not interested in a lot of posts about the Cousins saga that was unfolding in Minnesota. So this was one of very few articles on Cousins that we posted even though Cousins posts have been popular, but with the vast majority of traffic coming from out of town. So, you’re welcome. It should be noted that we will write about Cousins in the future but infrequently.

Redskins officially announce 5-year deal with WR Richardson—He was the opening act for the Alex Smith press conference, and he handled himself very well. If Richardson is even moderately successful I think he will be a major fan favorite.  

Tweet of the week

Here is what fans need to know—a team can afford to do virtually anything it wants in free agency in a given year. If they wanted to the Redskins could restructure deals and sign all of their free agents to contracts that have very small first-year cap hits, creating room to sign the Honey Badger or Suh. The problems come in later years when the cap space you pushed back starts to pile up. The Redskins generally do squeeze free agent contracts into relatively small cap spaces. For example, Richardson’s deal average $8 million per year but the 2018 cap hit is just $4 million. But they don’t like to restructure deals to push money back into later years. That created problems during the Vinny Cerrato years.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 30
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 132
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 176

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Bashaud Breeland the latest former Redskin to fail a physical; won't be signing with Panthers

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Bashaud Breeland the latest former Redskin to fail a physical; won't be signing with Panthers

The Redskins had to say good bye to several key players as the 2018 NFL free agency period began.

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland was one of those players.

On Tuesday, Breeland reported agreed to a 3-year, $24 million deal with the Carolina Panthers.

But on Friday afternoon it was reported that Breeland failed a physical, which means he won't be signing with the Panthers, per Panthers reporter Bill Voth.


If this sounds familiar, it's because it is familiar.

Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant intended on signing a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens. But a failed physical just a day before his introductory press conference meant a voided contract and back to the drawing board.

According to multiple reports, Breeland's failed physical was due to a recent non-football injury. Breeland and the Panthers could still come to an agreement, but the former Clemson star is now back to being a free agent and will have to pass a physical before officially signing with a new team.

According to ESPN's David Newton, Breeland injured his foot on vacation in the Dominican Republic and will need his skin grafted in order to repair the injury.

The Redskins were one of the NFL's most injured teams in 2017, and that trend appears to have extended to the offseason.