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Need to Know: Kerrigan first Redskins first rounder extended since Chris Samuels

Need to Know: Kerrigan first Redskins first rounder extended since Chris Samuels

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, July 30, the day the Washington Redskins start training camp.

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As I noted in a post yesterday, prior to reaching a contract extension agreement with Ryan Kerrigan, the Redskins have been able to re-sign only two of the 11 first-round picks they have had since 1997 whose contracts had expired. Here is a look at what happened to them.

DE Kennard Lang, 1997—Signed with the Browns as a free agent in 2002. He played with the Browns for four seasons before finishing up his career with Denver in 2006.

CB Champ Bailey, 1999—Played out his rookie contract and was given the franchise tag by the Redskins in 2004. But they ended up trading him and a second-round pick to the Broncos for RB Clinton Portis. Yeah, I know, why the second? Simply put, the Redskins offered it and the Broncos took it. Bailey is a likely first ballot selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

OT Chris Samuels, 2000—Re-signed with the Redskins and ended up playing 10 seasons until spinal stenosis ended his career.

LB LaVar Arrington, 2000—Also re-signed with Washington, although there was a disagreement over some money that Arrington’s camp thought would be in the final deal that wasn’t. Things did not end well as he repaid some of his guaranteed money to be let out of his deal in 2006.

WR Rod Gardener, 2001—The Redskins traded him to the Panthers for a late-round draft pick following the 2005 season.

QB Patrick Ramsey, 2002—He was traded to the Jets for a sixth-round pick in 2006.

S Sean Taylor, 2004—We all know the sad story here, cut down by a home intruder after just three and a half years in the NFL.

QB Jason Campbell, 2005—Mike Shanahan couldn’t wait to get rid of him when he came in as coach in 2010 and he shipped Campbell to the Raiders for a 2012 fourth-round pick.

CB Carlos Rogers, 2005—After his rookie contract was up in 2010, a loophole in the CBA rules allowed the Redskins to keep him for a year as a restricted free agent. He signed with the 49ers in 2011.

S LaRon Landry, 2007—He signed with the Jets as a free agent in 2012. A dispute over how to treat an injury poisoned any chance of a long-term deal.

OLB Brian Orakpo, 2009—The Redskins tagged him in 2014. After another injury-plagued season, he siged with the Titans as a free agent.

Status of recent first rounders: Trent Williams (2010) is signed through this season, Robert Griffin III (2012) also is signed through 2015 and the team has an option for 2016 for about $16 million. Brandon Scherff (2015) signed a four-year contract earlier this year.

To add up the trail of frustration for the first-round Redskins, there were 10 players who have had expiring contracts. Two re-signed, Samuels and Arrington although only Samuels stayed with the team to finish his career. Two were franchised, Orakpo and Bailey although Bailey was traded shortly after being tagged. In addition to Bailey, three were traded. And three left as free agents.

Today's schedule

—Redskins walkthrough, 10:35 a.m.; Jay Gruden news conference approx. 2:45; Redskins practice, 3 p.m.

Timeline

—It’s been 214 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 45 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Preseason opener @ Browns 15; final cuts 38

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Zach Brown says Redskins defense will 'have it out' for Terrelle Pryor during joint practices

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Zach Brown says Redskins defense will 'have it out' for Terrelle Pryor during joint practices

Terrelle Pryor made a number of highlight reel catches last year during training camp, and it appears the Redskins defense didn't like it. 

Washington's marquee free agent signing last season, Pryor came into Richmond with sky-high expectations. Throughout the training sessions last August, Pryor put on one-handed displays at the Jugs machine and often made big catches in team drills. It's also important to remember there was never any live tackling during these drills, leaving defenders at a distinct disadvantage. 

Zach Brown remembers the scene quite well, and thinks it will look very different this summer when Pryor comes to Richmond as a member of the New York Jets. 

"That’s going to be something right there. The boys are gonna have it out for him. We can put hands on him now," Brown said on Inside the Locker Room on the Team 980 (full audio here).

Brown explained that Redskins coach Jay Gruden would not allow the defense to hit Pryor last year, even when the wideout did some showboating. 

"Jay ain't here to protect you anymore," Brown said.

The Redskins linebacker explained that he tried to explain to Pryor that the one-handed catches from training camp would not translate in the NFC East, where players get hit hard. It doesn't seem like Pryor listened, as he finished the season with only 240 receiving yards on 20 catches in nine games. 

"The boys were already hot for what he was doing last year," Brown said. He added, "Try to one-hand something while you’re with the Jets, you’re gonna catch a forearm."

One incident that supports Brown's comments came when Bashaud Breeland got thrown off the practice field last training camp. Breeland got mad that he wasn't allowed to get physical with Pryor at the line of scrimmage, and the scene blew up. Breeland eventually got sent off the field after arguing with coaches. 

The Jets visit the Redskins for three days of practices beginning August 12th. The two teams then square off in the second preseason game on August 16th. 

Brown will get his chance at Pryor, assuming the wideout plays. Pryor finished the 2018 season on the injured reserve, but is expected to be fine once training camp begins in New York. 

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Need to Know: The Redskins' best players who are 25 or younger

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Need to Know: The Redskins' best players who are 25 or younger

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 17, 39 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The best Redskins players 25 or younger

Here is a look at the best Redskins players who have played at least one season and will be 25 or younger as of Week 1 this year. 

WR Jamison Crowder, 25 as of Week 1—Crowder hit the ground running in his first year, with 59 receptions, a team rookie record, and gaining 604 yards. He has been very dependable in his three years, averaging 64 catches, 747 yards, and four receiving touchdowns per year. 

OLB Preston Smith, 25—Since he came into the league, no player but Smith has at least 20.5 sacks, three or more interceptions, and four or more forced fumbles. His sack numbers tend to be up and down from week to week, but Jay Gruden has said more than once that Smith is very consistent in getting pressure on the quarterback even if he doesn’t always get home for the sack. 

DL Matt Ioannidis, 24—A year ago it was thought that he would face an uphill battle to make the 53-man roster. Now goes into the season as a starter and key contributor. The 2016 fifth-round pick got much stronger between his first and second seasons and he took well to the coaching of new defensive line coach Jim Tomsula. Only a broken hand that cost him two games and had him playing with an awkward cast for a few more kept him from threatening to make double-digit sacks. 

DL Jonathan Allen, 23—The Redskins were just starting to get a hint of what Allen could do early in the season. Pro Football Focus credited him with a total of three sacks in the Redskins third and fourth games. But in their fifth game, he suffered a foot injury that ended his season. Allen was a full go for the offseason program and there is no reason to think that he won’t pick back up right where he left off. 

S Montae Nicholson, 22—Like Allen, Nicholson’s rookie season was shortened due to injuries. He took advantage of the absence of anticipated starter Su’a Cravens and made an impact from the beginning. While the 2017 fourth-round pick and free-agent pickup D.J. Swearinger were in the lineup the decade-long struggles the Redskins have had at the safety position were suddenly gone. 

Best of the rest: WR Josh Doctson (25), C Chase Roullier (25)

It should be noted that DL Daron Payne turned 21 in May and RB Derrius Guice will the 21 later this month so they could be joining this list soon. Assuming those two start, the Redskins will have nine quality starters aged 25 or younger this year. 

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Timeline  

Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder was born on this date in 1993. 

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 39
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 53
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 76

The Redskins last played a game 166 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 84 days. 

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