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Redskins practice report, Day 7: Focus on details

Redskins practice report, Day 7: Focus on details

RICHMOND—All of the pre-camp talk about being here this year was about the heat, how the law of averages would catch up with last year’s relatively mild conditions and we would run into scorching temperatures this year.

But the law of averages isn’t in play so far this year. Between some rain, the 8:35 start to the practices, and a run of just plain nice days like today, we haven’t had many heat issues. Here is some of what I saw:

— Special teams have been starting off by breaking players into groups and working on techniques. Today they started with full team kickoffs. Apparently it’s time to start pulling things together for preseason game.

—Kirk Olivadotti was giving some very detailed coverage instructions to his inside linebackers, going over responsibilities depending on what direction the receiver takes. Earlier the ILBs were working on some pursuit and closing angles.

—The D-line was practicing audibles and adjustments in various situations. Jacob Burney would call out the audible and the line would have to adjust its alignment. There’s no time to think, the reaction to the audible has to be instantaneous. —The status along the offensive line is the same as it was yesterday.
Tyler Polumbus not at #Redskins practice again. Personal matter as we were told yesterday. #RedskinsTalk — Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) July 31, 2014
—Darryl Sharpton and Niles Paul got into a brief scuffle after a running play. It was quickly broken up before anything major started.

—Sometimes it’s hard to judge what’s good and what’s bad on a play. In 11 on 11 play Ted Bolser made a nice catch of a Colt McCoy pass for a gain of about 12 yards. But safety Trenton Robinson was near Bolser but he turned around wrong and just got off a swipe at the football. Good offense or bad defense? The coaches will have to sort that out on film.

—A few times, Robert Griffin III set to pass, was forced to move, reset his feet, and threw an accurate pass. This skill isn’t nearly as easy as it sounds and it may be more important than actually running the ball.

—But he still does run. He galloped for about 20 yards late in the last 11 on 11 session. But as with his long run yesterday you have to wonder if he would have been as successful had he not been wearing the yellow no contact jersey. It looked like some defenders had an angle on him but may have pulled up to avoid hitting the franchise QB

—Here’s rookie nose tackle Robert Thomas doing rookie duty by carrying a bunch of helmets off of the field.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 24, 33 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.

Free agency update: What's next for the Redskins on the D-line? The Redskins have been casting out lines for defensive linemen since before free agency officially started but they haven’t been able to reel one in. Part of the issue might be that they know that Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are likely to be available in the draft. They have to balance spending big on a lineman vs. being able to get one pretty cheap for the next five years.

Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility—Speaking of the D-line, the team negotiated the removal of a salary guarantee for one player to give themselves more flexibility when it comes time to cut the roster down to 53 in September. See the post for details.

Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract—In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big f-----g deal. It showed that the Redskins aren’t afraid to pay a quarterback big money if they think it’s the right guy. It should be noted that whether or not they chose the right guy is something that remains to be seen. Although the post shows that it’s plausible for the Redskins to terminate the deal after three years, I anticipate Smith playing out at least four if not all five years of the contract.

Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign Scandrick—Orlando Scandrick has struggled with injuries the past few years and Redskins fans did not greet the news of his signing with great enthusiasm, to say the least. To point out the bright side, his contract is not pricey by NFL terms ($2.6 million cap hit this year, no guaranteed money beyond a $1 million signing bonus) and from what I have been able to gather it’s possible that change of scenery might give him a boost for a year or two.

Tweet of the week

Well before free agency started, I wrote that the Redskins’ top priorities in free agency should be to get extensions done for Smith, Brandon Scherff, and Jamison Crowder. They should have about $15 million to work with after a few more free agent signings and that would be plenty to get all of those extensions done. And if they do score a big free agent signing, it would be worth it to restructure the contract of someone like Ryan Kerrigan to get them done.

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) 23
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 124
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 169

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

Philadelphia Eagles lineman Michael Bennett has been indicted on felony abuse for allegedly pushing an elderly NRG Stadium worker during Super Bowl LI.

Bennett was indicted by the Harris County, Texas district attorney's office for injury to the elderly — which is intentionally and knowingly causing injury to a person 65 years or older, according to a press release from the Harris County Sheriffs' Office.

A warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest.

The 66-year-old paraplegic stadium worker was attempting to control field access when Bennett allegedly pushed her. 

The maximum penalty Bennett faces is ten years in prison in addition to a $10,000 fine.


Bennett — whose brother Martellus played in that Super Bowl for New England — was a member of the Seattle Seahawks during the incident and was in attendance as a noncompetitive player.

The NFL has been made aware of the situation and is looking into the matter, according to Pro Football Talk.

The 32-year-old 10-year NFL veteran could potentially face NFL discipline under the league's personal conduct policy.