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OPEN THREAD: Consider Trent Murphy in Junior Galette pursuit

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OPEN THREAD: Consider Trent Murphy in Junior Galette pursuit

It appears the Redskins pursuit of recently dismissed New Orleans Saints linebacker Junior Galette is quite serious. While not a done deal yet, Galette seems to have major interest of the Washington brass, and perhaps more importantly, not many other suitors.

Galette's talent is obvious: With 22 sacks the last two seasons he has a proven ability to get to the quarterback. Outside of Ryan Kerrigan, few on the Redskins defense can boast the same, and certainly no other linebacker can tout those kind of numbers. 

Galette brings much baggage, both as a teammate and a person, and GM Scot McCloughan and coach Jay Gruden must weigh that against his on-field talents. But one name seems a bit lost in the Galette-palooza, that of former second round pick Trent Murphy. By all accounts, Murphy had a tremendous offseason, adding weight and getting familiar with the new defensive scheme of Joe Barry. Gruden even said as much after practice on Wednesday.

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"It’s very early at training camp and we like competition in all spots, but Trent Murphy has really done an excellent job," the coach said. "In OTAs, he probably had about 15 sacks – would-have-been sacks – if we let the whistle blow."

As a rookie, Murphy's numbers were rather pedestrian, though the big man from Stanford did deal with injuries. He played in 15 games, logged 22 tackles to go with 2.5 sacks and forced two fumbles. He took over the starting outside linebacker job when Brian Orakpo went down with injury, and with 'Rak gone now to Tennessee, that job is presumed to be Murphy's. Or was presumed to be Murphy's until the Galette situation arose.

There will certainly be competition from new rookie Preston Smith, but Murphy has already established himself as a strong player against the run. If he can combine that with better pass rushing, there would be no question who gets the starting spot. To call it a hype train implies false connotation, and by all accounts that's not the case, but the avalanche of positive talk on Murphy's development this offseason leads reason to think it could be a big year for 93.

"He’s really put on some weight. He’s stronger, he looks a little quicker, and he’s got great knowledge of the system. He’s a very smart player," Gruden said of Murphy. "Trent is going to be a tough guy to get out of that lineup."

An NFL team can never have too many pass rushers, period. As offenses transition around the league to more up-tempo and pass heavy, the ability to get to the opposing QB is one of the few means to slow a team down. If McCloughan believes Galette will make the team better, and the organization is properly prepared to handle any off-field issues, a potential signing makes sense.

But what does it mean for Murphy? And what does it mean if the coaches all speak to his development from his rookie season to Year 2?

Let us know what you think in the comments. 

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Chris Simms: Why Dwayne Haskins has 'Big Ben Roethlisberger-type talent'

Chris Simms: Why Dwayne Haskins has 'Big Ben Roethlisberger-type talent'

It did not take long for Dwayne Haskins to win approval from the media and the Redskins coaching staff in a short amount of time at OTAs. 

That excitement from the Redskins OTAs has reverberated across the country and made him the feature of NBC Sports' Chris Simms QB School series. There, the current NFL analyst and former NFL quarterback made big comparisons to the No. 15 overall pick Haskins to Super Bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger. 

Simms was enthralled with the skillset that Haskins possesses and his potential. Citing his arm talent and the small mechanics of the 22-year-old, Simms thinks he has all the tools to be a top-tier NFL QB.

"He reminds me a lot of a big Ben Roethlisberger with his style of football play. [Haskins] arm is special, there's no doubt about that," Simms said. 

Comparing a rookie QB to a two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback that has made six All-Pro teams is not too shabby. Roethlisberger has thrown for over 54,000 yards in his career with 363 touchdowns across his NFL career. They both wear No. 7, both played their college ball in Ohio, and both are known for their ability to hurl a football down the field. 

Some of the strong qualities of Haskins that Simms highlighted were his tight and quick arm motion, his controlled body rotation, and the accuracy down the field. At the same time, he pointed out that Haskins has a tendency to drop his elbow on passes, forcing his passes to sail high. 

"[Haskins] has Big Ben Roethlisberger-type talent and I know he's already wowed some people down there in Washington in his first few practices." 

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Redskins 2019 Training Camp Schedule: Dates, times, location, how to attend

Redskins 2019 Training Camp Schedule: Dates, times, location, how to attend

Before you blink Redskins training camp will be here, which means preseason football is not far off and the 2019 NFL regular season will come with it.

On Friday afternoon, the Washington Redskins released its 2019 training camp schedule, set to begin July 25. Training camp will take place at Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, Va. for the seventh straight year. 

This year is set to be the most intriguing training camp since Robert Griffin III was drafted by the team in 2012. Playing in his first NFL training camp first-round draft pick Dwayne Haskins will be the center of attention with the team's quarterback position still up in the air. There will be competition from trade acquisition Case Keenum and Redskins mainstay Colt McCoy. 

More to watch:

-Derrius Guice will be in the backfield practicing with Adrian Peterson for the first time.
-The return of the Alabama Wall in Darron Payne and Jonathan Allen.
-Which wide receiver(s) will step up into holes in the offense.

Here is everything you need to know about the 2019 Redskins training camp.

When is the Redskins 2019 training camp?

The Redskins 2019 training camp begins on Thursday, July 25 at 9:45 a.m. ET and runs to the team's final practice on Saturday, August 11. 

What time does the Redskins training camp start?

Most days of the Redskins training camp schedule starts with a practice at 9:45 a.m. ET with a late afternoon walkthrough at 4:40 p.m. ET.

Where is the Redskins training camp located?

The Redskins 2019 training camp is located at the Bon Secours Training Center at 2401 W. Leigh St., Richmond, Va. 23220.

How much does it cost to attend the Redskins training camp?

The Redskins training camp is free and open to the public. For more information on logistics, head to the Redskins’ official training camp page

Redskins training camp schedule

Date — Camp Opens — Practice — Walkthrough — Camp Closes

Thurs. 7/25 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Fri. 7/26 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Sat. 7/27 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Sun. 7/28 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Tues. 7/30 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Wed. 7/31 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Thurs. 8/1 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Fan Appreciation Day:
Sat. 8/3 — TBA — 1:00 p.m. — No Walkthrough — TBA

Sun. 8/4 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Mon. 8/5 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Tues. 8/6 — TBA — 1:35 p.m. — No Walkthrough — TBA

Thurs. 8/8 — PRESEASON WEEK 1 AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 7:30 P.M.

Sat. 8/10 — TBA — 1:35 p.m. — No Walkthrough — TBA

Sun. 8/11 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — No Walkthrough— TBA

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