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Derrius Guice posts picture and message from White House visit with Donald Trump

Derrius Guice posts picture and message from White House visit with Donald Trump

Redskins third-year running back Derrius Guice first gained national fame during his breakout college career at Louisiana State University from 2015 to 2017. In three seasons at LSU he rushed for more than 3,000 yards and 32 touchdowns. Even more remarkably, as a sophomore Guice ran for nearly 1,400 yards and 15 touchdowns as part of a backfield timeshare with Leonard Fournette. 

Understandably Guice always vocally supports his college, and this year, during LSU's incredible run to the college football championship, the Redskins young running back loudly rooted on his Tigers. When LSU beat Alabama in November, Guice razzed many of his Redskins teammates that played in college for the Crimson Tide. Often. Loudly. 

So it should be no surprise to Redskins or Tigers fans that Guice accompanied LSU on their visit to the White House last week. He lives in the D.C. area and Tigers coach Ed Orgeron likes to include former players in many activities. 

On Friday Guice posted a picture from visit, but from one of most exclusive places in the world.

For a young man that dealt with tragic circumstances as a child and poverty throughout his young life, Guice's message is uplifting. In fact, if more people listened to what Guice was saying instead of an instant reaction to a picture, some things might be in a better spot. Right and left, executive and legislative, all could use to listen to Guice on this one. Not everything is about politics. 

So far in his Redskins career, Guice has dealt with multiple knee injuries, but when on the field he's been explosive. His season ended in early December but he's expected to be ready to go for offseason work. 

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Nate Orchard is thrilled to be back with the Redskins after a whirlwind 2019

Nate Orchard is thrilled to be back with the Redskins after a whirlwind 2019

To say the 2019 season for linebacker Nate Orchard was a whirlwind would be an understatement.

The 27-year-old had nearly double-digit tryouts with NFL clubs during the first 12 weeks of the season but failed to earn a contract with any of the teams. While unemployed, Orchard was installing windows on days he wasn't working out for an NFL squad.

The linebacker finally found a home when he was signed by the Redskins prior to the team's Week 13 matchup versus Carolina and remained with the team through the end of the year.

"It was a crazy process," the linebacker explained on Redskins Nation. "Last year, I had nine different tryouts in 12 weeks. Once I got to the Redskins, I didn't know what was to come, as if I was going to make the team, is if it was a tryout. The opportunity presented itself and they signed me. I went out there and gave everything I got, hoping to prove myself for the future." (Watch the full interview on Redskins Nation at 5:30 and 11:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington).

Orchard re-signed with the Redskins on a one-year deal this offseason, and is thrilled to be back with the team that gave him a chance a season ago.

"Oh man, I'm super excited to be back in the building with these guys," Orchard said.

With the Redskins, Orchard played in five games and recorded 14 tackles and one sack on the season. Orchard contributed on special teams too, blocking a punt in a Week 16 clash with the Giants.

But Orchard's best performance with the Redskins came against the Panthers, ironically new Redskins head coach Ron Rivera's final game with Carolina. The linebacker finished with a sack, two tackles for loss and recovered a fumble on the final play of the game to seal the victory for the Redskins. So, it made sense why he was quite emotional postgame.

"Playing against Coach Rivera and seeing how things unfolded, it's just crazy how things come full circle," Orchard said.

Although he didn't emerge as a regular starter, Orchard brought a positive mindset into the Redskins locker room. The linebacker credited his outlook towards the adversity he has faced in the past.

"I had been through a lot. I had my ups and downs, which we all have," Orchard said. "Coming from Cleveland, going 0-16, I had a little experience battling through those losses, but also what it means pushing through that adversity. So when I got [here] with the guys, I did everything I can to be that positive influence around them. I just wanted to brighten up the mood for the guys and have them enjoy going out there and play the game we all love so much."

Under new defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, the Redskins are switching from a 3-4 base to a 4-3. Throughout free agency, the Redskins have signed multiple players that can play several positions. Orchard believes his experience playing all over the field can help the club in 2020.

"Coming out of college, I was in a 4-3 scheme," Orchard said. "I was drafted in a 3-4, now back to a 4-3, so I've kind of bounced around. I have familiarity when it comes to playing different positions. I was even a 3-tech at one point. It's nice to have that versatility and bring that to the table for this team and this coaching staff going forward."

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Redskins have reportedly interviewed this LSU left tackle who could be a mid-round target

Redskins have reportedly interviewed this LSU left tackle who could be a mid-round target

The Redskins have reportedly interviewed LSU left tackle Saahdiq Charles ahead of April's draft, according to Draft Network analyst Jordan Reid. This is significant, of course, because the team's relationship with its best left tackle isn't exactly a good one these days.

Charles, according to Reid, grades out as a late Day 2 or early Day 3 target, meaning he should go somewhere in the third or fourth round. Perhaps Washington is eyeing him with their 66th pick, which comes right at the start of the third. They also will select twice in the fourth.

The 6-foot-4, 320-pounder started nine games at left tackle for the Tigers in their recent run to the college football title, serving on Joe Burrow's security detail. He started 10 times as a sophomore and racked up nine more as a freshman, with most coming on the left edge in addition to a few at right tackle and one at right guard.

A player with that amount of experience coming from such a strong program would seem like someone who should be higher up on boards, but Charles had some issues while in school. LSU suspended him for six games last year based on a "coach's decision" and he was also suspended for one contest as a sophomore. 

Getting to the bottom of those suspensions was no doubt a part of the Redskins' interview with Charles.

As things stand now, Cornelius Lucas appears to have the inside track on being Washington's Week 1 starter at left tackle. Lucas recently signed with the Burgundy and Gold as a free agent and could probably replicate what Donald Penn did there in 2019, but that might be his ceiling. Aside from him, no one else on the roster is that appealing.

Obviously, things would really change if the Redskins choose to trade down from the No. 2 slot. They're not going to take an offensive lineman there, but if they move out and acquire additional first-round capital, then they very well could address the issue with a premium prospect.

With their current collection of picks, however, it looks like their best option for finding competition for Lucas will come in the middle rounds of the draft. Charles is one such player who should be there, so it's no surprise the franchise used one of its allotted interviews to do extra research on him.

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