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Wednesday practice report: RG3 edition


Wednesday practice report: RG3 edition

RICHMOND—We’re in Day 6 of training camp and after a while the regular practice reports, while they are fun to do, all start to sound alike. So I thought I’d do something different today—focus on one player. It would have to be someone who would do enough during practice to fill up a whole post. I had to come up with a player who almost everyone would want to read about, one with sufficient interest to get people to read the post. Oh, wait, the Redskins do have such a player. Here’s the Wednesday practice report, RG3 edition.

—Before the rain got started, they were doing red zone against no defense. It’s important to have good touch on the ball in the tight spaces near the goal line and Griffin displayed it. He was putting just enough air under the ball to get it over the imaginary defenders to the receiver without making the receiver slow down. He did put a little too much air under one to Santana Moss, running the receiver out of bounds before he could catch it.

—As the rain started to come down harder, Griffin went to the other end zone to throw to running backs who were being covered one on one by linebackers. His touch wasn’t quite what it was with the dry ball.

—Griffin became a spectator in 11 on 11 drills. Early on he stepped up to get a closer look at a play. It came his way and he had to take a few quick steps back to make sure he stayed out of harm’s way. He didn’t venture up any more the rest of the way.

—He went behind the group to get a drink of water. Some fans immediately starting chanting “RG3, RG3!”

—As the 11 on 11 went on, Griffin started to get a bit antsy. He spent part of the time paying strict attention to what was going on and the other part pacing like a caged tiger.

—Griffin got increased reps in seven on seven drills. Most days he has been taking about 10 reps, today that increased to 18. First they went red zone and Griffin’s performance was bumpy. He had a few good throws but he put too much mustard on one intended for Santana Moss. Another pass went right into the numbers of Josh Wilson, who made the interception.

—On one play he found nobody open so he ran it in from around the 10 yard line. A couple of defenders converged on him as he got near the goal line. Griffin wrapped the ball up to protect it but there was zero danger of either defender actually coming close to hitting him. After getting into the end zone he spun the ball on the ground and pointed at it, doing his best Pierre Garçon imitation.

—They turned around and went to the deep end of the field. It started getting sloppy as the rain got harder and the ball got wet. It was slightly reminiscent of the game in Pittsburgh last year. As Mike Shanahan pointed out in his presser after practice, a day like today might help them down the road if they play in rainy conditions like they had in Pittsburgh.

—About 45 minutes after practice, Griffin still was not done. He continued to sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans.

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Paul Richardson's Redskins contract is team friendly early

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Paul Richardson's Redskins contract is team friendly early

The Redskins’ contract with wide receiver Paul Richardson is very team friendly in the first year but it increases over the years to the point where he needs to be a very productive receiver in order to justify staying on the roster.

The big picture of the deal is $40 million over five years. A total of $12.5 million is fully guaranteed at signing, which is comprised of a $10 million signing bonus, his $1.5 million 2018 salary, and $1 million of his $5 million 2019 salary.

More money will become guaranteed if Richardson is on the roster as of five days after the start of the league years in 2019 and 2020. The remaining $4 million of his 2019 salary and $3.5 million of his $6 million 2020 salary become guaranteed on those dates.


Richardson will get salaries of $7.5 million in 2021 and 2022. Each year of the contract he can earn $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses ($31,250 for each game he is on the 46-man game day roster).

It all adds up to the following salary cap numbers:

2018: $4 million
2019: $7.5 million
2020: $8.5 million
2021: $10 million
2022: $10 million

The average annual value of the contract is $8 million, which is tied for 24th among NFL receivers.

The first window the Redskins have to terminate Richardson’s contract without taking a negative cap hit would be in 2020 as long as they do it prior to the fifth day of the league year when the partial salary guarantee kicks in. They would take a $6 million deal cap hit but they would save a net of $2.5 million.

The last two years, when the cap numbers are at their highest, the Redskins could easily move on, saving $6 million in cap space in 2021 and $8 million in 2022.


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.


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Need to Know: Redskins player quick hitters—Offensive starters

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Need to Know: Redskins player quick hitters—Offensive starters

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, March 21, 36 days before the NFL draft.  

Redskins starters quick hitters—offense

The last couple of days here I looked at how the depth charts are shaping up with a little bit of commentary (offense, defense). Today and tomorrow I’ll take a closer look at the starters with some quick hitters about each one, starting today with the offense.

QB Alex Smith—The deal is done, and the Redskins have their man for five years at $22.2 million per year or, if they prefer, three years at $23.7 million per. It seems like most fans are behind him but there will have to be a few more wins than losses this fall for that to become permanent.

RB Samaje Perine—He got better as the year went on, averaging nearly a half yard per carry more in the last seven games compared to the first nine. But the 3.4 average per carry certainly did not stop both Doug Williams and Jay Gruden from talking about drafting a running back early.

TE Jordan Reed—According to reports, he is rehabbing well from the hamstring and toe injuries that severely limited him last year. Still, expect him to be kept in bubble wrap until training camp and even then, his action may be limited.

WR Josh Doctson—Did Kirk Cousins look away from Doctson too often, lacking the confidence in him to let him go get the 50-50 balls? Will Smith have more confidence in Doctson? The answers to those questions may determine if the third-year receiver breaks out in 2018 or he continues to tease with flashes of ability.

WR Paul Richardson—He’s capable of the acrobatic catch, which should be fun to watch. Richardson was good with Russell Wilson on the off-schedule plays, maybe he can do the same with Smith.

WR Jamison Crowder—I guess it’s fair to say he had an off year in 2017 but his receiving yardage only dropped by 60 yards from 2016. It will be interesting to see if they keep him in as the punt returner after he averaged 6.3 yards per return (23rd of 25 qualifiers) last year.

LT Trent Williams—The six-time Pro Bowler is still in the relatively early stages of recovering from surgery to the knee that kept him from practicing from about Week 6 on. Don’t look for him until training camp and even then, the early workload is likely to be light.

LG Arie Kouandjio—This is the one offensive position that remains up in the air. Kouandjio has shown some grit as a spot starter but I don’t think the organization views him as a 16-game starter.

C Chase Roullier—Shortly after Roullier got the starting job when Spencer Long went out injured, Jay Gruden said that Roullier would be the Redskins’ center “for a long time”. There is no reason to doubt that at this point in time.

RG Brandon Scherff—His concern no longer is trying to live up to having been the fifth pick of the draft. Scherff has to play well enough to justify his 2019 option-year salary, which will be in the vicinity of $13 million.

RT Morgan Moses—He had surgery to repair his ankles, which were an issue most of last season. Still, he didn’t miss a start. Like Williams, even if he’s ready for training camp, don’t expect to see a whole lot of him.

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.

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Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 27
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 129
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 173

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