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Kirk: RG3 will be fine, NFCE is iconic and hot dogs are sandwiches


Kirk: RG3 will be fine, NFCE is iconic and hot dogs are sandwiches

A typical AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Reddit carries with it some unpredictability. Whoever is being asked the questions — and this can be literally anybody, from celebrities to athletes to someone who has been on Judge Judy — will face many inquiries about what they're most known for, but will also be interrogated about things that are totally unrelated. 

On Thursday, Kirk Cousins participated in one, and he covered a litany of topics ranging from very insightful discussions on the NFL to whether or not a hot dog qualifies as a sandwich. Here are some of the best parts of the thread, alternating from serious to non-serious...

On him and RG3's working relationship:

"We have a very good relationship and it's been that way since day 1. I remember the first day we met, after the draft, getting to the hotel for rookie mini-camp and he was helping me with some cut-ups on his laptop, showing me plays and that kind of helped and our working relationship continued all the through for four years. Up until the very last week against the Packers, as we worked together to win that game. I know he will be successful with whatever he does. He's very intelligent and a hard-worker and those two things carry you pretty far."

On what he does when anxiously awaiting games that start later than 1 o'clock:

"There's a lot more time in the hotel room where I'm just sitting and twiddling my thumbs. It gets pretty annoying. I just end up sitting in the hotel room and I watch some film on my iPad, I take notes and draw plays. I draw plays over and over in my journal until the whole page is just filled with chicken scratches of plays and then usually, my brain is just fried and it gets to a point where you've crammed everything in that you can cram. Then I turn on the TV and watch Netflix and watch an Office episode to kind of clear my head before I get on the bus and go to the stadium. So, there's a balance of preparation and just trusting it and resting."

On his favorite victory of this past season:

"I think the fact that on the day after Christmas, we won the NFC East in a very well-played game and we won at the Eagles. I thought that was a very gratifying moment and at the time, I said that it was probably the most satisfied I've felt as a football player and I would probably still stand by that comment now."

On a very important debate about breakfast foods:

"Good pancakes beat good waffles everyday."

On what it's like playing in the NFC East:

"What I was thinking the other day about this is that what makes the NFC [East] unique is that the four teams have a major history, they go way back. The Redskins were founded in I believe 1932; the Cowboys are considered "America's Team". The Eagles have history that goes way back and a loyal fanbase, and the Giants are the Giants! I mean, how many divisions have four iconic NFL organizations like that? So whether the teams are 3-13 or 13-3, they're gonna have a lot of coverage, there's gonna be a lot of interest, a lot of discussion, and a lot of excitement, and I think that's why it's a huge privilege to play in that kind of a division."

On whether a hot dog is also a sandwich:

"I've never been asked that question before, and I'm shocked that the rest of the world has never asked me that question in 27 years of life. They gotta be, right? It's between two pieces of bread...I'm gonna go yes, but I'm more liberal than most in the sandwich framework."

On team owner Dan Snyder:

"Nobody wants to win more than Mr. Snyder. I've been around him for 4 years now, and I've seen his passion for the game, and I've seen his frustration after losses in the locker room; I've seen how celebratory he is after wins. He really lives and dies with each game, and he's a true fan. I think that's what you want as a player, someone who cares about your team at the top, someone who cares about winning, and that's Mr. Snyder down to the core."

On his golf game:

"My handicap - I've never actually sat down and calculated because I'm not quite to that level yet, but I shoot in the 90's. I would put my handicap somewhere in the high teens, but maybe even right around 20. I played in a Redskins golf tournament last spring, which we won, as a group. It was a scramble. As a result of winning, I now get to go to the Super Bowl of golf in Scottsdale in April and play with the same group against the winners of the other 31 teams tournaments that they had as well, last spring. So, we'll represent the Redskins in April out in Scottsdale."


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Need to Know: Redskins' Jay Gruden and Alex Smith from the podium

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Need to Know: Redskins' Jay Gruden and Alex Smith from the podium

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, May 24, 64 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

What Jay Gruden and Alex Smith had to say from the podium

After yesterday’s OTA practice, Alex Smith and Jay Gruden took the podium. Here are some of their quotes and my comments on them:

Smith was asked about getting together with his new teammates:

So I think every guy these last two days has enjoyed just getting back out there and losing yourself in the game, right? To be limited, it does make you miss it, and I think it makes you appreciate it, so that’s been nice. 

Comment: This is a guy who loves football and everything that goes with it. Smith would start playing games tomorrow if they were scheduled.

Gruden was asked how Smith has looked in these first two days of OTAs:

He’s got good command of the offense already. Great command in the huddle. He’s just getting a feel for the receivers, the players around him, how we call things, but overall, the first two days, I would say I’m very pleased with his quick progression and learning. I knew that wouldn’t be an issue with as much as he’s played in a similar-style system.

Comment: It did seem that Smith was in sync with his receivers, Jamison Crowder in particular. He and Paul Richardson connected on a deep pass after giving each other a look at the line of scrimmage. The encouraging thing is that he is coming from a similar offensive system, so the learning curve should not be too long. 

Smith had a great analogy when asked about similarities to the offenses he has run:

Both from West Coast worlds, so it’s kind of like they are all Latin-based languages, you know, but they are not the same. There are some similarities, structure of the playbook, of how we call things, things like that. There are a lot of similarities but it’s not the same language. I guess that’s the best analogy I can make

Comment: If terminology is the biggest obstacle for Smith to overcome it will be a smooth transition for him. 

Gruden was impressed with the running backs. 

“I’ll tell you what, just today in general, you could see the competition. You could see Rob Kelley step up. Samaje Perine’s had a couple big days. Byron Marshall, I mean, he had a couple great routes today. He’s running the ball between the tackles. [Kapri] Bibbs had some big runs yesterday. Obviously, Derrius Guice has come in here and fueled the fire a little bit.

Comment: I think that the Redskins are going to have to release some good running backs. Rob Kelly never really earned the nickname “Fat Rob” but he looked particularly lean and quick running the ball. He wants nothing to do with being on the roster bubble. Marshall moved quickly and showed his speed. Although Gruden wouldn’t say it, Guice clearly was the best of the bunch; his ability to change direction while maintaining his speed will serve him well. It must be noted that they are not in pads and not getting tackled so more definitive opinions will have to wait until we are in Richmond for a few days. 

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Days until:

—Minicamp (6/12) 19
—Training camp starts (7/26) 64
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 78

The Redskins last played a game 144 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 108 days. 

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Redskins OTA practice report—QB Alex Smith sharp

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Redskins OTA practice report—QB Alex Smith sharp

Even though it was a bright, warm Wednesday in Ashburn the Redskins held their OTA session in the practice bubble because recent rains have left their outdoor fields to soggy to use. Here are my observations from the practice:

—A few Redskins were not present and a few who were there were not participating in the drills. Jay Gruden said that OT Trent Williams is rehabbing in Texas and that LB Zach Brown is in the process of relocating to the Washington area. RB Chris Thompson and OT Morgan Moses were present, but both were spectators. 

— It should be noted that even though Moses didn’t practice and is still rehabbing after ankle surgery, he still participated in the sideline-to-sideline running the team does at the end of practice.

—At rookie camp, RB Derrius Guice was first in line to do every drill. Today, he gave way to the veterans to all take their reps and then he went first among the rookies. 

— “Fat Rob” Kelley never really was fat but he is now lean and mean. He also seems to be a half step quicker than he was in the past. Added competition in the form of second- and fourth-round picks being added at your position will do that to a player. 

—The “starting” offensive line from left to right was Geron Christian, Shawn Lauvao, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, and John Kling. The interior could well start the season; the tackle position awaits the returns of Williams, Moses, and Ty Nsekhe. 

—RB Byron Marshall, who was on the team briefly last year before getting injured, looked very quick with good acceleration.

—CB Josh Norman was back with the group fielding punts. I seriously doubt that he will handle any kicks in games, even preseason games, but perhaps with DeAngelo Hall being gone he wants to be available as an emergency option. Also back with the punt returners were CB Danny Johnson, CB Greg Stroman, WR Maurice Harris, WR De’Mornay Pierson-El, and, of course, WR Jamison Crowder.

—S D.J. Swearinger spent most of the special teams practice on the sideline working on catching passes with his hands extended away from his body. A little while later, he had a chance to make an interception with his arms extended. Of course, he dropped it. 

—It seems like QB Alex Smith and Crowder have some good rapport built already. Once on the right sideline and a few minutes later on the left, Smith threw a well-placed ball into Crowder, who was well covered on both occasions. 

—Eventually, CB Orlando Scandrick caught on and he swatted down a quick out to Crowder. 

—With Brown out, Josh Harvey-Clemons was with the first unit at inside linebacker. He’s still skinny but less so than he was last year. The second-year player was impressive in coverage, staying with Crowder step for step on a deep pass down the middle.

—The play of the day was a deep pass down the right side from Smith to WR Paul Richardson. Stroman was with the receiver step for step on the 9 route but Smith laid the ball out perfectly and Richardson made a lunging catch. Even though it doesn’t have to under the new rule, the catch did survive the ground. 

—WR Cam Sims had a few impressive plays. On one, QB Colt McCoy lofted one high in the air down the right side. Sims kept his focus on the ball while two defenders lost it and made the catch. 

—WR Trey Quinn had his moments. He made a good grab while being bumped by Scandrick. But a while later he dropped a fairly easy one. 

—The running backs all looked good but Guice looked the best of all of them. He had an ability to cut and maintain his speed that not many have. With the warning that they were playing with no pads with no contact and not at full speed, Guice’s vision appeared to be outstanding. 

More 2018 Redskins

- 53-man roster: Player one-liners, offense
- Tandler’s Take: Best- and worst-case scenarios for 2018
- The draft: Redskins should get 4 additional picks in 2019 draft
- Schedule series: Gotta beat the Cowboys

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.