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Redskins Monday practice report--Down then up for RG3

Redskins Monday practice report--Down then up for RG3

RICHMOND—Here we go with the final practice report from here. They will do a walkthrough on Tuesday morning before heading back to Redskins Park.

—Here is some video of, you guessed it, Brian Baker doing some teaching and some motivating.

—I post a lot of Instagrams with baker for two reasons. First of all, he’s interesting to watch. And he works close to where the media is allowed to stand. I’d love to post some of RG3 and the other quarterbacks but, as you can see from this picture, they do their work quite some distance away. They are at the far end of the other field, in between those two photographers.

—Here are two videos of one on one, backs vs. linebackers in pass protection. The second one shows running backs coach Randy Jordan breaking away from Adam Hayward. However, it doesn’t end well.

—I have to say after being an interception machine early in camp, Colt McCoy has looked a lot better the last couple of days. Today he fired a nice pass Lee Doss on the sideline. Maybe McCoy gained some confidence from his 8 for 9 performance against New England.

—The day of Robert Griffin III did not get off to a good start. In 11 on 11 work the quarterback floated a long pass for Andre Roberts and Bacarri Rambo got an easy pick. In general, he was hesitant to throw and he wasn’t sharp, particularly on sideline patterns where he tended to sail the ball high.

—Morgan Moses still needs work. In one on one blocking drills Adrian Robinson shot right by him. Later he did manage to slow down Ryan Kerrigan but only by applying a choke hold. Moses has some ability but he has a long way to go

—The kicking duel is on. Both Kai Forbath and Zach Hocker boomed some field goals high up into the net. But one of them cracked. Forbath clanked a 50-yard try off of the right upright. Then they moved it back five yards and Hocker booted it right down the middle about two-thirds of the way up the net. Forbath did counter by making his 55-yarder but it wasn’t as far up the net. Advantage Hocker, at least in that one exchange. But what happens in games will be the main separator between the two.

—Griffin started to improve near the end of 7 on 7 work with a few quick completions. He was sharper in red zone work, throwing a fade to Jackson for one touchdown and then finding Jackson in the back of the end zone for another one. Later on in other team work he rolled to his right and found Jackson again.

—On the Jackson pass in the back of the end zone, Chase Minnifield gave the receiver a moderate blow to the helmet with his arm. It wasn’t anything severe but it did draw some “ooh’s” from the crowd. I’m not sure if Minnifield will make the team but if he doesn’t, it won’t be because he’s afraid of or intimidated by anybody.

—And, just because I like the sound and the power on display here, a look at the inside linebackers attacking the sled. They call the sled "Surge". Nothing particularly interesting there, it's just the name that's printed on the front of the pad.

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The 2018 NFL schedule is here, but we still don't really know anything

The 2018 NFL schedule is here, but we still don't really know anything

The NFL dropped the Redskins' 2018 regular-season schedule on Thursday and everybody will predict the team’s season-long record. 

It’s a fun exercise, and something the football world enjoys doing.

Myself included. 

But don’t read much, if anything, into the schedule right now. 

Every year, some teams look mighty in the offseason only to fall apart in the regular season. 

Need an example? Many predicted the Giants to be the beasts of the NFC East in 2017, and the Eagles to finish last in the NFC East. 

What actually happened? The Giants finished 3-13 and the Eagles won the Super Bowl. 

The NFL cannot be predicted year to year. It can hardly be predicted week to week. 

Last season, two December home games against the Broncos and Cardinals looked very daunting when the schedule came out. Instead, that was a two-game win streak. 

Enjoy the schedule release. It’s a fun time to guess what will happen in 2018.

But remember, once the games start, anything can happen. 

(For the record: My prediction is 9-7.)

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Another Thanksgiving game for Redskins

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Redskins release official 2018 regular-season schedule

Redskins release official 2018 regular-season schedule

The 2018 NFL regular-season schedule is finally here.

We’ve known who the Redskins will play in the 2018 season and where the games will be played since the regular season ended.

Now we know the when.

Here is the Redskins 2018 schedule; games are at 1:00 Eastern unless otherwise indicated.

The first thing that jumps out is the Thanksgiving game. This will be the third straight year that the Redskins have played on Thanksgiving. Two years ago they lost at Dallas and last year the got a win over the Giants at home. 

Three Thanksgiving games in a row for a team that is not the Lions or Cowboys, the two teams that traditionally host on Turkey Day, is not without precedent although it is unusual. Besides Dallas and Detroit, only two teams have played in three straight Thanksgiving games since the 1970 merger.

The Bears played every Thanksgiving from 1979-1981. The Cardinals also played three straight, but there is an asterisk there since they hosted the game instead of the Cowboys in 1975 and 1977. In between the played at Dallas on Thanksgiving.

Washington Redskins 2018 Regular-Season Schedule

Week 1: Sunday, 9/9. 4:05 PM at Arizona Cardinals
Week 2 Sunday, 9/16 vs Indianapolis Colts
Week 3 Sunday, 9/23 vs Green Bay Packers
Week 4 BYE
Week 5 Monday, 10/8. 8:15 at New Orleans Saints 
Week 6 Sunday, 10/14. vs Carolina Panthers
Week 7 Sunday, 10/21. 4:25 vs Cowboys
Week 8 Sunday, 10/28.  At New York Giants
Week 9 Sunday, 11/4. vs Atlanta Falcons 
Week 10 Sunday, 11/11. At Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
Week 11 Sunday, 11/18. vs Houston Texans 
Week 12 Thursday, 11/22 (Thanksgiving).  4:30 at Dallas Cowboys 
Week 13 Monday, 12/3. 8:15 at Philadelphia Eagles 
Week 14 Sunday, 12/9. vs New York Giants 
Week 15 Sunday, 12/16. At Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 16 Sunday, 12/23.  At Tennessee Titans (Time TBD)
Week 17 Sunday, 12/30. vs Philadelphia Eagles

2018 REDSKINS SCHEDULE NOTES:

  • If the Redskins are going to take advantage of home cooking, they will need to get off to a good start. They have five home games in the first half of the season. After Week 9 they have just three home games and they face a stretch of four road games in five weeks in late November and December. Three of the teams in that stretch, the Eagles, Jaguars, and Titans, made the playoffs and won at least one game. The Eagles, of course, won it all. The other road game in that stretch is against the Cowboys, who finished 9-7 last year. 
     
  • The Redskins will open on the road for the first time since 2014 when they opened in Houston. This year they will have to travel west to Arizona and try to win to remove the goose egg in Jay Gruden’s 0-4 opening-game record as coach of the Redskins.
     
  • They get an early bye, in Week 4. That will be their earliest bye week since 2007 when the bye also came in Week 4. 
     
  • On the plus side, their two games in Florida come at times when hot weather is unlikely to be a factor. Their game in Tampa comes in November and the contest at Jacksonville comes in mid-December. 
     

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