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Redskins rookie camp practice report: News, notes, and observations

Redskins rookie camp practice report: News, notes, and observations

The Redskins held the first day of their 2018 rookie minicamp on Friday, under sunny skies in Ashburn, Va.

Here are my observations from the session, which ran about 90 minutes. 

—It was a bit jarring to see a yellow quarterback jersey with No. 8 on it. It wasn’t the departed Kirk Cousins, of course. It was tryout QB Mack Lowrie out of Bentley. You never know but my gut tells me he will never signed a contract worth $28 million per year unless it’s for something he learned at Bentley not related to football. To be fair, none of the other tryout quarterbacks looked like they would last past this weekend either. 

Derrius Guice got his first carry in a Redskins uniform on a handoff up the middle. He looked smooth moving through the hole; it’s hard to say much more since there was no blocking or tackling. Or, for that matter, defenders, just other offensive players lined up. 

—LB Shaun Dion Hamilton said that he is 90 percent healthy. He participated in some individual drills, but he went inside before they got into seven on seven and team work. Gruden said that this was scheduled. Daron Payne and Guice also went inside before any competitive drill started, also scheduled. 

—You could easily tell the draft picks and signed college free agents from the tryout players. The former group had their names on their jerseys, the latter group did not. 

—The offensive line spent some time working on leg drive with long stretch bands. One end was wrapped about a player’s waist, the other held by another lineman as it he was in a tug of war. One player who had some trouble moving was third-round pick Geron Christian. His leg drive was not as impressive as that of some other players. It was well known that he will have to work on his upper-body strength, but his lower body needs some work as well. 

—Another offensive tackle, Cameron Jefferson, moved well in the resistance drill. He has spent time on the Redskins’ practice squad and he looks the part of an NFL lineman. 

—Guice was the first one in line for every running back drill. Gruden noted that he also was the first one in the meeting room with is playbook open. If he is at all productive he will quickly become a fan favorite. 

—Payne was going through a drill on the sled, moving from pad to pad and making contact. His lateral movement was very quick, he looked very light on his feet for such a big man, and his hand technique was nearly perfect. 

Trey Quinn can run routes. Twice he put the defensive back guarding him on the ground with quick moved. On one he started upfield and just as he was accelerating to top speed he stopped on a dime. The cornerback fell trying to stop backpedaling. Later on, Quinn did have a good pass go through his hands but all in all it was a good first session. 

—As expected, Quinn and Greg Stroman were back fielding punts during special teams drills. They wore a belt with flags, like you’d see in an intramural game, to make the non-contact drill a little livelier. Undrafted free agent Danny Johnson of Southern mishandled one kick and did about a dozen pushups. 

—During one-on-one pass blocking drills, DL Chris Lee of Norfolk State went down clutching his leg. As he was being tended to by trainers the drill was moved up 10 yards and it continued. It seemed a bit cold but the work needs to get done. 

—Troy Apke had some issues in coverage, but it often didn’t matter because he has great makeup speed. You can get away with that in rookie camp but even in the preseason games it will be a different story. 

—The rookie camp continues through Sunday; Friday is the only day that the media has access. 


- 53-man roster: Three up, three down
- 2018 NFL Draft: Grading the Redskins' draft
- The Future: 4 additional picks in 2019 draft?
- Front Office : Long-time executive on the way out

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

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New head coaching candidates uncomfortable with Redskins power structure, per report

New head coaching candidates uncomfortable with Redskins power structure, per report

The Redskins might struggle to get the new head coach they want due to the organization’s unique front-office structure, according to a new report. 

Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reported that some potential head coaching candidates are not sure they can properly function in Washington under the leadership of team president Bruce Allen and the existing front-office infrastructure. 

“My understanding is they've gotten some pushback on the current structure of the organization from some of those candidates,” Breer said during an appearance on 106.7 the Fan’s Grant and Danny program. 

The Redskins fired head coach Jay Gruden after he opened the season 0-5 and promoted Bill Callahan to interim head coach. In the weeks since Callahan took over, Washington is 3-4 and on a two-game win streak with the Green Bay Packers on tap this Sunday. 

While Callahan has stabilized the Redskins to some degree, it seems highly unlikely that he keeps the job in 2020. It’s also unclear if Allen will remain as team president and football boss. NBC Sports Washington and other reports have shown that Allen is under more scrutiny than ever in his 10-year tenure as team president and could be gone after this season. 

It’s been a rough year for Allen, as the team is in the middle of an awful season and standout left tackle Trent Williams has called him out personally for ugly tactics during a contract holdout. 

What that means going forward remains to be seen. 

Breer said NFL teams are starting to make covert outreach to potential coaching candidates, particularly college coaching candidates, and that the team is getting “pushback” because of the existing power structure. 

"My sense is that they've already gotten the feeling that the head coach search is going to be affected by the way that the building has operated for the last 10 years," Breer said.

The past 10 years mark Allen’s tenure, the era of no playoff wins and many, many embarrassing situations. 

If coaching candidates have reservations, it’s hard to blame them. 


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Redskins at Packers Week 14: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

Redskins at Packers Week 14: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

The Washington Redskins (3-9) take a two-game winning streak to Wisconsin to take on the Green Bay Packers (9-3).

The game will serve as a reunion for a couple of former Redskins. First-year Packers head coach Matt LaFleur was the Redskins' quarterbacks coach from 2010-2013, and linebacker Preston Smith spent the first four seasons of his career in Washington before joining Green Bay this year.

LaFleur has led the Packers to a 9-3 record, including a 31-13 rout of the New York Giants last week, and Smith leads one of the league's top defenses in sacks. The Redskins took down the underperforming Carolina Panthers 29-21 last week thanks to a dominant performance from Derrius Guice.

The Packers lead the all-time series 20-16-1, however, the Redskins have won the last two matchups, both of which were played at home. Washington's last win in Green Bay came in October 1988.

Here's everything you need to know about their Week 14 matchup:


Who: Washington Redskins (3-9) vs. Green Bay Packers (9-3)

What: Week 14 of the 2019 NFL regular season

When: Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, 1 p.m. ET

Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisc.

TV Channel: FOX

Live Stream: Stream on FuboTV, Pregame and postgame coverage streaming on

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Spread: Packers, -12.5

Over/Under: 42

Weather: 40 degrees, mostly cloudy


8:30 a.m.: Pro Football Weekly

9:00 a.m.: Redskins Talk: Week 14

10:00 a.m.: Inside the Redskins

11:00 a.m.: Redskins Coaches Show

11:30 a.m.: Redskins Nation

12:00 p.m.: Redskins Kickoff Live

4:00 p.m.: Redskins Postgame Live 


Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 8, Redskins at Eagles (L, 32-27)

Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 15, Cowboys at Redskins, (L, 31-21)

Week 3: Monday, Sept. 23, Bears at Redskins, (L, 31-15)

Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 29, Redskins at Giants, (L, 24-3)

Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 6, Patriots at Redskins, (L, 33-7)

Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 13, Redskins at Dolphins, (W, 17-16)

Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 20, 49ers at Redskins, 1 p.m. (L, 9-0)

Week 8: Thursday, Oct. 24, Redskins at Vikings, 8:20 p.m. (L, 19-9)

Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 3, Redskins at Bills, 1 p.m. (L, 24-9)

Week 10: BYE

Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 17, Jets at Redskins, 1 p.m. (L, 34-17)

Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 24, Lions at Redskins, 1 p.m. (W, 19-16)

Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 1, Redskins at Panthers, 1 p.m. (W, 29-21)

Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 8, Redskins at Packers, 1 p.m.

Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 15, Eagles at Redskins, 1 p.m.

Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 22, Giants at Redskins, 1 p.m.

Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 29, Redskins at Cowboys, 1 p.m.