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Redskins practice report—Day 12


Redskins practice report—Day 12

RICHMOND—It's Fan Appreciation Day here in Richmond. If you're not here, you're probably a lot cooler than the fans who are. And I want to let you know that I appreciate you.

--I'm going to try to do the live blog deal as I have been but the iPad is subject to overheating and shutting down in conditions like this. There may be some interruptions if that happens as I will have to go back and forth between making observations and going to the air conditioned CSN tent to send them out.

--Trent Williams is not participating in the early part of practice. Ty Nsekhe is lined up at left tackle. Niles Paul is not in pads after hyperextending his knee against the Falcons. On the plus side, Jordan Reed and Jamison Crowder, both non-participants on Thursday, are in pads and working.

--Rookie OT Kevin Bowen also is not wearing pads, watching wearing his jersey and a bucket hat.

--Counsins with an arching deep pass to Dez Stewart, who beat Kendall Fuller and hauled in the pass for the TD.

--Then Stewart got loose again deep and Colt McCoy's pass was on the money but Stewart dropped it.

--I can't discuss plays or formations. But one they just ran showed that they need to get the ball into DeSean Jackson's hands more often.

--Spencer Long is playing center with the first team while Kory Lichtensteiger is watching team drill, at least the first session of them. My bet is that Steiger doesn't like it at all.

--A good pop up the middle by Chris Thompson. He can run well, he just probably shouldn't run too often.

--Quinton Dunbar, who had a tough time in coverage against the Falcons, just had his run fit corrected when he let Robert Kelly turn upfield.  Joe Barry wanted him to string the run out and Perry Fewell joined in with some advice of his own.

--Terence Garvin met Mack Brown in the hole with a solid pop. It would have been a highlight quality clip had there been live tackling.

--Special teams my be a third of the game (although I'm not so sure) but there isn't a whole lot of action during special teams practice, which is like a walkthrough. In the tent cooling down and hydrating, waiting for more interesting action. Or, really, any action at all.

--More team, Long still at center. Will ask Gruden about Stieger after practice but I'm guessing that it's just to get Long some work.

--Cousins just misfired on a pass to Jamison Crowder. The QB's gesture after the play made it clear that he expected his receiver to go in a different direction.

--Now with the second team we have Josh LeRibeus, the sometime backup center, at right guard and Austin Reiter, who is a natural center, playing center.

--A breeze is keeping the conditions tolerable, when it's blowing. Not that you're all that concerned but I thought I'd pass it along.

--Crowder with a catch on a quick slant to convert a third and three. He seems to be fine after missing the game on Thursday.

--Greg Toler continues to make plays in camp. He just tipped a pass away from Vernon Davis and caught the ball. On the sideline, however, he just said that he did not land inbounds. Have to appreciate the honesty, right?

--Back-to-back picks for the defense. First one was tipped in the air and Dashaun Phillips picked it out of the air. Then Toler tipped one and Su'a Cravens picked it off.

--Kendall Thompson made a diving catch of a deep pass. Play of the day.

--A Nate Sudfeld pass was headed towards me and John Keim. We both moved out of the way and the pass hit John's three-legged stool with a direct hit. I would bet it would take Sudfeld a dozen tries to do that if he tried.

That's it. See you tomorrow afternoon.

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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.