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Redskins add to linebacker depth with fifth-round pick Khaleke Hudson

Redskins add to linebacker depth with fifth-round pick Khaleke Hudson

Both new Redskins head coach Ron Rivera and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio are former NFL linebackers. On Saturday, they invested a fifth-round pick in one.

Washington added Michigan's Khaleke Hudson with the 162nd pick in the draft, the Redskins' second fifth-round selection, He's the second defensive player the Redskins have drafted this year.

As a senior for the Wolverines, Hudson led all Michigan defenders with 102 tackles. He was a three-year starter during his tenure in Ann Arbor and a three-time member of the All-Big Ten team.

Although his official position is linebacker, Hudson played in what they call the "viper" spot at Michigan. In short, it's basically a safety that plays close to the line of scrimmage but has the ability to cover tight ends and any receiver out of the backfield.

Simply put, he can play all over the field.

Since taking over as head coach, Rivera has added a bunch of players that are extremely versatile. Signing players that have the ability to play multiple positions was a theme that surrounded Washington in free agency, and it seems to have carried over to the draft.

Hudson's role at Michigan required him to be all over the field. With the ability to play multiple positions, the Redskins might have found themselves an impactful defender in the fifth round.

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NFL extends daily coronavirus testing through at least September 5

NFL extends daily coronavirus testing through at least September 5

In an effort to keep NFL teams and facilities as safe and healthy as possible, the NFL and NFL Players Association have agreed to extend daily coronavirus testing for players and coaches. Previously, the two sides agreed to daily testing through the first two weeks of camp. Now, they'll undergo tests every day through September 5 -- five days before the season opener.

The NFL and NFLPA are committed to playing a full 16-game season in 2020, and frequent testing is a necessary step. As they continue to monitor test results, the NFL will continue adjusting how long daily testing will last.

If they do move away from daily testing, it remains to be seen how frequent tests will be administered during the regular season.

For players who test positive, or are known to have contact with others who tested positive, the league still has its reserve/COVID-19 list in place.

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What will make a successful training camp for Washington? Brian Mitchell explains

What will make a successful training camp for Washington? Brian Mitchell explains

The year 2020 hasn't been the least bit normal, but it's the middle of August and NFL training camp is here.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic still being extremely prevalent in the United States, the NFL and its players association have agreed to several protocols to help conduct a season in as safe of a manner as possible. Such include daily testing, frequent social distancing and the elimination of all preseason contests.

So, as Washington gears up for the 2020 season, which begins in almost exactly a month, NBC Sports Washington's Brian Mitchell explains the three most important things the team must do over the next few weeks to be as prepared as possible for when the Philadelphia Eagles come to town on Sept. 13.

The first key, which comes as no surprise, is that players must do everything they can to stay healthy and limit their risk of being exposed to those who have contracted the virus.

"First of all, the players must take care of themselves off the football field," Mitchell said.

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In an interview with local media on Tuesday, veteran Ryan Kerrigan stressed the importance of players being as careful and aware of their surroundings when they are away from the facility as they are when inside the Park. Some teams, such as the Dallas Cowboys, have had players all check-in to the same hotel during camp and create their own mini bubble to limit the risk of contracting the virus.

"People think it’s what we do here at the [facility] that’s important, but really, we’re taking all the protocols here at the [facility]," Kerrigan said. "It’s how you’re handling it away from [the facility], how you’re handling it at home. You’ve just got to make sure you’re taking the proper precautions and mask up. We’re all dependent on each other to have a season, so we’ve really got to be responsible not only here but socially."

On the field, Mitchell believes that one of the crucial things Washington must figure out over the next few weeks is how the left side of the offensive line will look.

"They have to find a way to get that left side solidified if they're going to have a chance to go with Dwayne Haskins, have the young receiver group go out and do some things and have that talented running back room go out and do what they need to do," Mitchell said.

Longtime Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams is now in San Francisco, while left guard Ereck Flowers left Washington for Jacksonville in free agency this offseason. Washington has a few candidates vying for the starting gig at both left tackle and left guard, but what the starting lineup will look like in Week 1 remains a mystery.

The team has promising young talent at the skill positions on offense. But as Mitchell said, it'll be hard to see that young talent maximize its potential if the Washington offensive line is struggling in 2020.

Mitchell's final point as to what will make a successful camp has to do with players maximizing their time on the field.

"Players learn in the room and then out on the field. All they've been doing is studying," Mitchell said. "Now, they need to make sure it's implemented properly, then they can go out there and hit the ground running. If you're thinking, you're not going to be performing well."

In a normal year, the second week of August usually means teams are practicing with full pads and already have a preseason game or two under the belt. But due to coronavirus wiping out all in-person offseason activities, much of what Washington has done thus far resembles an OTAs session in May, rather than a typical training camp practice in August.

With no preseason games, there are plenty of question marks up and down Washington's roster that won't have an answer until Week 1. That lack of exposure to other teams before the regular season begins is something head coach Ron Rivera said could give Washington an advantage, but also something that makes his job over the next few weeks a lot more difficult.

While the team's opening contest is still over 30 days away, there's still plenty Washington must accomplish over the next month in order to come out victorious in the opener and start its season on the right foot. 

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