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The Week That Was: What can Davis and Garçon do together?

The Week That Was: What can Davis and Garçon do together?

RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, August 4, four days before the Redskins play the Titans in their preseason opener.

That Was the Week That Was

—The Redskins have just three full practices next week and so don’t look for any major changes to what Robert Griffin III does. Mike Shanahan said that the second phase of the team’s plan for RG3’s practice activities would not kick in until the Monday after the Tennessee preseason game. That day is the start of the final week of training camp in Richmond. The good folks in the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia might get a peek at RG3 running in 11 on 11 drills. Or they might not. Shanahan wouldn’t say one way or the other yesterday.

—I’ve written off Santana Moss more than once and he usually proves me wrong. I didn’t write him off this year and, hey, it looks like I’ll be right. The one-handed catch he made last week (you can see the picture here) was the play of camp so far. And his camp has been more than one spectacular play; he has been catching virtually everything throw in his direction the whole time. I’m not sure what I’ll be saying about Moss next year when his contract is up but right now the call is for a lot of key plays from No. 89 in 2013.

—Fred Davis says he’s pain free about nine and a half months after surgery to repair his torn Achilles tendon. Pierre Garçon has been doing well after choosing to rehab the toe injury that cost him six games last year rather than a surgical procedure that had no track record of results. And both of them talk of being able to help each other as a Mr. Inside (Davis) and Mr. Outside (Garçon) combo. It will be interesting to see what the two can do together. By the time Garçon had regained his form last year after dealing with the toe injury that he suffered in the first quarter of the season opener, Davis was on the shelf with his injury.

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Links to all 46 Redskins posts from the past week:

Sunday 07.28

Monday 07.29

Tuesday 07.30

Wednesday 07.31

Thursday 08.01

Friday 08.02

Saturday 08.03

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Growing rumors that Redskins will land Pernell McPhee

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Growing rumors that Redskins will land Pernell McPhee

Every team in the NFL would love to add to their pass rush, and the Redskins are no exception. The team withdrew its contract offer to Junior Galette, spurring rumors that they were looking elsewhere.

The Redskins recently had linebacker Pernell McPhee in for a visit, and rumors are swirling that the former Bear is close to joining the Burgundy and Gold.

Nothing has been confirmed, but if McPhee does come to Washington, it would be in the hopes that he can provide a boost to the team's pass rush. The linebacker has proven himself capable of getting to the quarterback in his seven seasons in the NFL, recording 31.0 sacks in his career, with 21.5 of those coming in the last four years. He's also forced at least one fumble in each of the past five seasons.

Playing in the DMV again would mark a homecoming of sorts for McPhee, who played in Baltimore for 4 seasons after being drafted by the Ravens in the 5th round of the 2011 draft before signing in Chicago as a free agent.

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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.

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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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