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Redskins OTAs LIVE Blog: Updates, analysis, photos and more from Ashburn

Redskins OTAs LIVE Blog: Updates, analysis, photos and more from Ashburn

The Redskins will host the media during their final week of OTAs on Wednesday, and the CSN Redskins crew will bring you live updates from the action in Ashburn.

JP Finlay, Rich Tandler and Pete Hailey will be on scene, providing plenty of live looks at the practice session via social media. 

Wednesday OTAs begin at 11:00 a.m. ET at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va. The day's activities will wrap up around 2:00 p.m. ET with player availability and Jay Gruden press conference.

You can watch the live stream of  Jay Gruden's Wednesday press conference on CSN Mid-Atlantic by heading over to our Live Stream page at 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday Redskins OTAs Live Updates

1:00 PM Offensive tackle Kevin Bowen appears to have been injured in practice, causing the team to cut the session short. The injury risks at OTAs have drawn significant attention since Ravens CB Tavon Young and TE Dennis Pitta suffered major injuries in the sessions. 

12:50 PM: Jay Gruden has not hid his love for WR Ryan Grant. STL's Rob Carlin and Brian Mitchell have talked a lot about Grant recently. He's a solid player who does everything well and takes instruction very well. But he doesn't exactly have a huge ceiling. He's a good safety blanket to have now, as the Redskins continue to bring Josh Doctson along slowly.

12:35 PM: Offseason free agent signing Zach Brown continues to get his named called a lot.

12:15 PM: Sometimes, you can take what you can get.

12:10 PM: Fear not, Redskins fans. Josh Doctson is healthy and on the field, and doing well too.

12:00 PM: First-round pick Jonathan Allen in action. He's going to be fun to watch.

11:55 AM: In case you're wondering who is in and who is out at OTAs on Wednesday. Trent Williams, Jordan Reed and Matt Jones are not on the field. 

11:50 AM: The running back position battle is going to be an interesting one to watch. Matt Jones is yet again not participating in drills. Here are the others in action.

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11:45 AM: Jay Gruden's strut is already in midseason form.

11:40 AM: Ty Nsekhe, the Redskins' resident jumbo jet, is back on the practice turf. But one notable offensive lineman not of the field so far? Trent Williams.

11:15 AM: With nasty weather on the horizon, Wednesday's OTAs are headed inside the bubble at Redskins Park.

11:00 AM: Our entire CSN Redskins team is on-site today. be sure to follow CSN Insiders JP Finlay and Rich Tandler, CSN Redskins digital producer Pete Hailey and CSN photographer/local celebrity Mitch Tischler.

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Clinton Portis among group of NFL players charged by Justice Department with defrauding NFL health care program

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Clinton Portis among group of NFL players charged by Justice Department with defrauding NFL health care program

The Justice Department charged Clinton Portis and nine other former NFL players with defrauding a health care program for retired players.

The news broke Thursday morning when the Eastern District of Kentucky alleged that the retired players submitted fraudulent claims for medical equipment costing between $40,000-50,000 to the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan. 

Former Redskins cornerback and first-round pick Carlos Rogers is also charged along with Robert McCune, John Eubanks, Tamarick Vanover, Ceandris Brown, James Butler, Frederick Bennett, Correll Buckhalter and Etric Pruitt. Joe Horn and Reche Caldwell are also expected to be charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

Portis' attorney Mark Dycio said of the charges (via The Washington Post): "Clinton Portis had no knowledge that his participation in what he believed to be an NFL sanctioned medical reimbursement program was illegal. He is completely taken aback by this indictment and will move forward with the process of clearing his good name and those of his fellow NFL alumni."

According to the indictment, the claims filed between June 2017 and December 2018 totaled $3.9 million and the health care plan paid out more than $3.4 million.

Portis played seven years for the Redskins from 2004 to 2010, rushing for nearly 7,000 yards and 46 touchdowns. He remains a fan favorite and currently works for the Redskins Broadcast Network. 

A Redskins spokesperson was not immediately available for comment. 

Stay tuned as this is a developing story. 


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The Redskins' offense has been bad all year, but they're atrocious on opening drives

The Redskins' offense has been bad all year, but they're atrocious on opening drives

No matter how you break it down — by quarter, by month, by time of day, by location, by whether the opponent has an animal mascot or a human mascot — the numbers show that the Redskins have a really ineffective offense. Currently, they're last in the NFL in points per game and yards per game.

They're bad all the time, honestly.

However, they're downright atrocious when it comes to their opening drives.

In Week 1 against the Eagles, the Redskins scored a touchdown on their opening possession. It was fun. The players had fun. The fans had fun. Everybody had fun.

But since then, they haven't notched a single TD on a first drive. In fact, they haven't converted a field goal, either.

Overall, in their 13 game-opening possessions on the year, Washington has that single end zone trip to go along with a missed kick, seven punts, two fumbles and two interceptions (one of which was taken back for a score).

What's the opposite of coming out hot? The 2019 Redskins' offense.

"I'm tired of the slow starts, our guys are, too," Bill Callahan said Wednesday. "That's the goal of the first drive of the game — try to jump ahead, get ahead, find a way to get on the board early. We haven't succeeded at that." 

The issue is registering with Dwayne Haskins, too. So, what can they possibly do to try to improve?

"Just trying to figure out a way we can move the ball early, not getting behind the chains, finding lanes and getting the ball out fast," the quarterback said. "It helps our defense when we come off fast and move the ball down the field and not put them in a tough scenario with having a short field."

Many have complained about the offense's run-first approach being too predictable under Callahan, and that's something that could be plaguing them at the beginning of their contests. Since he took over as interim coach, for example, the offense has run the ball on their first snap in six-of-eight matchups, including four-out-of-five with Haskins under center.

Of course, this is an area where Jay Gruden struggled as well, but his tendencies weren't as obvious. Plus, and yes, this is minutiae now, he did call two play-action shots in Weeks 2 and 4 that schemed up wide-open receivers that Case Keenum simply missed. He was also in charge for that lone touchdown in Philly.

The most obvious explanation for the problem, however, is one that can explain a lot of things this season: an overall lack of talent. As mentioned at the start of the story, it's not like the offense gets into a rhythm at any point, so their numbers will be underwhelming in any situation or sample.

That said, even with an inexperienced and undermanned group, there should be more production than one TD in 13 chances. Callahan told the media that "we put a lot of thought, focus and concentration" into the early-game plan. Clearly, it's not paying off.

In many ways, the Redskins have fallen behind the rest of the NFL over the past few months. The stats above show that, at least in one way, that's literally very true.