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Redskins OTA practice report 06.03.15

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Redskins OTA practice report 06.03.15

The Redskins held their fifth OTA session on Wednesday. The practice was in the bubble due to a wet field with no sunshine to dry it off. Here are my observations from the session:

—The running backs were doing some pass protection drills with one back blocking and the other one imitating a blitzing linebacker What stood out was that rookie Matt Jones actually looked like a linebacker coming in there. He is a big guy.

—Alfred Morris looked about half a step faster than he has in the past. On one play on the far side of the field from where we were standing I thought for a moment that rookie scatback Trey Williams was carrying the ball. But it was Morris moving faster than I’ve ever seen him.

—Trent Williams was not present for the beginning of workouts. He came in later but without a jersey or helmet. Talking to him after practice we found out that he has been shut down until training camp due to an ankle injury.

—Jones is a very physical player. He caught a short pass and turned upfield with his shoulders lowered. The defensive backs who approached him didn’t want to have anything to do with him. After practice Jay Gruden said that he had to remind Jones on a few occasions that this was a non-contact practice and that he should take it easy.

—The Redskins are looking for an emergency backup center, one who would be active on game days and would be able to fill in if and finish a game if starter Kory Lichtensteiger got hurt. Josh LeRibeus took some reps there with the second team and Gruden said that they are pushing him to learn the position.

—Trent Murphy lined up on both the right and left sides and in two- and three-point stances. As he did last week, Trevardo Williams got a lot of the first-team OLB reps in place of the injured Ryan Kerrigan. Preston Smith also got some work with the first defense on both ends of the line.

—The Redskins have not had a quarterback who can throw a fade pattern since perhaps Joe Theismann. If the passes thrown by Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, and Colt McCoy during today’s red zone seven-on-seven work are any indication, they still don’t.

—Jones did some good things but running backs coach Randy Johnson tore into him for something he did wrong on a quick slant pass to DeSean Jackson. The demonstrative Jordan ran towards Jones yelling “No, no, no, don’t ever do that again. His mistake was not obvious but apparently critical.

—Griffin looked fairly good most of the day but he made one ugly play. In 11 on 11 in the red zone the rolled to the right, looked, looked and when he was a few steps from the sideline he threw to the goal line. It was an easy interception for Bashaud Breeland.

—Morgan Moses was on the sideline during team drills but he was an active participant in individual drills. Just looking at him doing those there is no reason to believe that he won’t be back from the Lisfranc injury he suffered in December for the start of training camp.

—One of the nicest plays of the day was Cousins hitting Jackson over the middle about 20 yards downfield. Jackson had to extend a bit to catch the pass but he didn’t have to break stride much.

—Griffin took off downfield on one play and when the defense converged after he picked about 20 yards he went into a slide. It wasn’t perfect form as his legs were sticking up in the air as he came to a stop. But the thought was good.

—Terrance Knighton is huge. That is all.

—Rookie Tevin Mitchel may have made a goal line interception of Colt McCoy. The rookie cornerback made a diving catch of a pass near the goal line. Had there been a replay review it may have been ruled that he trapped it but it was a nice play on the ball in any case.

—Brandon Scherff, Arie Kouandjio, Austin Reiter, and Takoby Cofield were out on the field for nearly 30 minutes after practice ended getting in some extra work with O-line coach Bill Callahan.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—All-Redskins mock, fast-fading interest in Dez

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—All-Redskins mock, fast-fading interest in Dez

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 21, five days before the 2018 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

Should the Redskins pursue Dez Bryant? This topic was one like a meteor, very hot for a short period of time before it quickly faded out. It started to heat up as soon as the Cowboys cut Dez (about a month too late) and when it was reported that he wanted to play against Dallas twice a year it really picked up steam. But then people started to actually think and figured out that signing Bryant didn’t make much sense for the Redskins. Add to that the reports that the Redskins had no interest and would not look into signing Dez in the future and the Redskins fans quickly lost enthusiasm for the topic.

Seven-round Redskins mock draft—I think that most Redskins fans would be happy with this mock. Well, I’ll say some Redskins fans, most is a pretty strong word in this case. 

Is the draft pool deep enough for the Redskins to trade back? There is plenty of talk about the Redskins trading down in the first round to recoup the third-round pick they gave up in the Alex Smith trade. But they need to be careful. Many consider the draft to be top heavy and they may lose their chance to pick up an impact player if they trade back too far. The question then becomes one of quality vs. quantity. 

Three questions as offseason workouts get underway—There will be plenty more questions that we can ask about this team. But we don’t really know what to ask before the draft, particularly when it comes to the defensive line and running back. One the personnel settle into place we will know what we don’t know. 

Tweet of the week

On Chris Cooley’s thought that the Redskins might try to trade back and get Da’Ron Payne in the draft and the use the assets obtained to move up to get Derrius Guice. 

This is related to the questions about trading back. On paper it looks like a good idea, assuming the Redskins want Payne. We’re pretty sure they would like to have Guice but we haven’t heard as much about the Alabama defensive lineman. 

I had many reply that Guice won’t be there in the second round. It’s possible, perhaps even likely, but you just don’t know. There was zero chance that Jonathan Allen would be there at No. 17 last year, right? 

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

Timeline  

Days until:

—OTAs start (5/22) 31
—Training camp starts (7/26) 96
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 141

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Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018

Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018

The NFL started taking into account a new factor when putting together its schedule this year. The concept is called rest disparity. It stems from a complaint made by the Giants last year. And, of course, when the Giants have a cold, the NFL sneezes and immediately does whatever it takes to cure the cold. 

Here is how Peter King laid it out this morning on the MMQB:

Last year, I heard the Giants were not pleased with their schedule because they felt they were too often playing teams more rested than they were. In consecutive October weeks, they played teams coming off byes, for instance. The NFL calculated a figure for every team based on the number of combined days of rest for their foes or for the team, calculating, for instance, in those two weeks, the Giants were a minus-14 (minus-seven for each of the foes, Seattle and Denver, coming off byes). In all, by my math, the Giants were a league-worst minus-22 in “rest disparity.”

So the schedule makers worked to minimize the rest disparity this year. According to King, the worst rest disparity in the league this year is minus-11. The Giants are minus-eight. 

The question that Redskins fans will have immediately here is if the Giants’ rest disparity was reduced at the expense of the team in burgundy and gold. The answer that will surprise many is no. 

The Redskins rest disparity in 2018 will be either minus-one or zero. The variance is due to the possibility that their Week 16 game in Tennessee will be flexed to a Saturday game (see details here). If the game stays on Sunday, they will be at minus-one in rest disparity. If it gets moved, they will have had exactly as much rest over the course of the season as did their opponents, in aggregate. 

If you're interested in the nitty-gritty, here is how it breaks down. In eight or nine of their games, they will have had the same amount of rest as their opponents. They play one game coming off of their bye, a Monday night game in New Orleans. The Saints play the previous Sunday, giving Washington a plus-seven in days of rest. That is canceled out when they play the Falcons in Week 9 after Atlanta’s bye. 

Due to their Thanksgiving game, they get three extra days off going into their Week 13 Monday night game in Philadelphia. Two weeks later the Jaguars will have those three extra days of rest when they host the Redskins, having played on Thursday in Week 14.

They lose a day relative to their opponents coming off of those Monday night games against the Saints and Eagles. The Redskins get an extra day prior to visiting the Giants in Week 8 as New York has a Monday night game in Week 7. 

So far, that comes to minus-one in rest disparity. That will remain in place if they play the Titans on Sunday, December 23. If the game is flexed to Saturday, they will gain a day of rest on the Eagles in Week 17, zeroing out the rest disparity for the season. 

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