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Talking points: Kyle, Haz, and Raheem at the podium today

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Talking points: Kyle, Haz, and Raheem at the podium today

Its been almost two months since the Redskins drafted Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick and we have yet to hear the Redskins offensive coordinator talk about his new prize pupil.It has been about three months since the Redskins released O. J. Atogwe, let LaRon Landry leave in free agency and signed several free agent defensive backs and we havent heard the defensive coordinator comment on those moves.And it was over four months ago that the Redskins hired a former NFL head coach, one who had won 10 games just two years ago, to be their secondary coach and that assistant has not addressed the media.All of that will change today when Kyle Shanahan, Jim Haslett, and Raheem Morris come to he podium at Redskins Park to take questions from the press corps.With Shanahan, of course, the focus will be on Griffins development. It would be shocking to hear him say anything negative about the rookie but you can often glean something when praise is not very glowing or not offered at all. In addition to RG3, Shanahan will also talk about the guys to whom hell be throwing and handing off and the players who will be blocking for him.Haslett will be discussing a defense that is strong and deep up front but very unsettled in the backfield. Its a unit that improved last year but it has yet to develop into a unit that consistently applies pressure to the quarterback and creates piles of turnovers. Haslett will talk about how they are trying to get there.The man in charge of that muddled backfield is Morris, who was the Bucs secondary coach before being promoted to head coach when Jon Gruden was fired in 2009. Ever since Joe Gibbs was here for his second go-around, the Redskins have had a safeties coach and a cornerbacks coach. They combined the responsibilities for Morris so we will go over the secondary with him and also talk about his vocal style on the field.That will take place starting at 12:30 until about 1:30 so be prepared for a stream of tweets on your timelines around then. The minicamp practice is at 2:00 and will run until about 4:00. After that it will be Shanahan at the podium. It appears that RG3 will not be talking today as he has after every practice open to the media so far. Another player may talk but that has not been announced.

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Maybe the Redskins aren't as banged up on defense as we thought they were

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Maybe the Redskins aren't as banged up on defense as we thought they were

The Redskins’ defense may not be as banged up as we thought it was.

On Thursday, the first day of serious preparation for their Monday night game in Philadelphia, injured defenders CB Josh Norman (rib), CB Bashaud Breeland (knee), and S Deshazor Everett (hamstring) all practiced on a limited basis.

Norman was inactive against the 49ers after suffering a broken rib against the Chiefs on October 2. Breeland injured his knee against San Francisco. They are the starters, and if they both can play against the 5-1 Eagles it would be a huge boost to the defense.

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It should be noted that both cornerbacks only took part in individual drills, so it is no sure thing that either will be ready to play in Philadelphia. But having them at practice was a good start.

Everett is a reserve safety and a key special teams contributor. His presence in the latter area could be important as the Eagles’ performance on special teams is among the best in the league.

LB Ryan Anderson (back) and S Stefan McClure (knee) both practiced on a limited basis.

Also practicing was S DeAngelo Hall. He has been on the physically unable to perform list since the start of training camp rehabbing a torn ACL he suffered in 2016. The team now has a 21-day window during which they can activate him. However, he must sit out at least one more game.

On offense, Trent Williams (knee) did not practice. That is not ideal but he was able to play last Sunday after being out of practice all last week.

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Jay Gruden announced roster moves that had been reported previously, with K Dustin Hopkins (hip) and DE Jonathan Allen (foot) going on injured reserve. First-year player Nick Rose will handle the place kicking duties and A.J. Francis will take Allen’s roster spot.

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A.J. Francis promoted to Redskins' 53-man roster

A.J. Francis promoted to Redskins' 53-man roster

The Redskins put Jonathan Allen on injured reserve and brought in a familiar face to replace him on the roster.

Jay Gruden announced that the team has signed former practice squad member A.J. Francis to take the place of Allen, who suffered a Lisfranc injury last Sunday in the game against the 49ers. Francis spent part of last season on the Redskins practice squad and he was on the 53-man roster for a couple of weeks, although he did not appear in a game. Francis also was on the team this year before being released in the cut to 53 on September 2.  

The former Maryland standout has played in three NFL games, all in 2015, appearing in two for the Seahawks and one for the Dolphins.

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In all, Francis has been a part of 22 transactions, starting when he signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

Allen has undergone surgery to repair the foot already. The normal schedule for a Lisfranc calls for a player to stay off of the foot for 6-8 weeks and then start rehabbing, which can take a month or possibly a lot longer.

He would be eligible to be activated off of injured reserve after missing eight games, which means he technically could play in Week 15 against the Cardinals. But that would be an extremely optimistic timetable for such an injury.

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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.