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Rehashing every Redskins-related part of 'Hard Knocks' debut


Rehashing every Redskins-related part of 'Hard Knocks' debut

The brawls that broke out between the Redskins and the Texans in Richmond over the weekend were a bit startling and pretty surprising to the fans who saw them live and the audiences who saw them on their TVs. And while they probably caught Washington coach Jay Gruden and Houston coach Bill O'Brien a bit off guard, too, a conversation they had together before the practices will probably make some wonder if the two bosses can tell the future.

"We're kicking a guy out of practice if there's a fight," O'Brien told Gruden on the debut of HBO's 'Hard Knocks' ahead of the team's first joint practice, which took place last Thursday.

"When I was in Denver, if it was like, an all out brawl, the guy was gone," he continued. "You agree with that?"

"Yeah," Gruden responded.

Little did they know how prescient that brief exchange would prove to be.

While the majority of the episode was (obviously) centered around the AFC South squad, the Redskins did get some decent camera time near the end of the show's premiere thanks to the two teams agreeing to practice each other for three straight days in Virginia. And aside from the two coaches talking, there were many, many other highlights -- and lowlights -- from that stretch related to the Burgundy and Gold. Here is a rundown of the rest of the action that concerned the Redskins:

  • A poorly constructed line on one of the Redskins' practice fields drew the ire of Texans star JJ Watt: "I think the guy was hammered when he painted this line," Watt said, in reference to its squiggly nature. "This line's not even remotely close to straight." It was just one of many parts that featured #99.
  • The Texans equipment managers forgot to pack the jerseys that their quarterbacks wear ahead of the trip, so Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallet took the field wearing Redskins uniforms instead. 
  • A Brandon Scherff vs. JJ Watt one-on-one drill was highlighted, and in it, Scherff was driven back quite easily by the standout defender. "He's a rookie," Watt said to a teammate while laughing. "He doesn't count." 
  • We got our first look of the Matt Jones hit that reportedly sparked the massive fights between the two franchises. Afterward, a few Texans defenders were heard complaining about the Redskins being too physical the day before.
  • There was a segment of trash talk between Redskins corner DeAngelo Hall and Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins that may have set the record for expletives said in a 30-second window. Hopkins took issue with Hall touching him after a play, and for the next few moments, the two players sparred verbally before finally being separated. Transcribing what they said would be a fireable offense though, so unfortunately, you'll have to find those quotes on your own.
  • Finally, as expected, there were plenty of fight scenes. There was Pierre Garçon yelling in the face of a few Texans during one stoppage. There was Niles Paul delivering a nasty blow to a Houston player. And there was a lot of slow motion shots of full on scrums featuring a handful of players. The final line of the episode? It was a memorable one, courtesy of Texans corner Jonathan Joseph: "Let's get the (expletive) out of Richmond."

For diehard Redskins fans, seeing their team make a short appearance on the incredibly well-done show was pretty exciting, and that excitement was evident on Twitter as the premiere was going on. Should Washington ever become the focus of an entire season of 'Hard Knocks,' Twitter may need to make sure they can handle all of that traffic before the debut. 


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Derrius Guice continues to ingratiate himself with Redskins fans with new fundraising effort

Derrius Guice continues to ingratiate himself with Redskins fans with new fundraising effort

For most college players, being a part of the NFL Draft experience is a dream come true, but for Derrius Guice, it was becoming a nightmare. Originally projected as a first round pick, Guice saw his name falling fast on draft boards due to questions raised about his maturity and high-maintenance personality.

Two months removed from the Redskins selecting him 59th overall, Guice has erased any doubt regarding his character. Whether it be taking fans out to the movies, shooting the breeze while signing autographs, or even the occasional leap frog over two practice barrels and a trainer, Guice has ingrained himself as a Redskins fan favorite. He's done a great job at making himself popular, now he's focused on making change for others. 

On June 20th, a day before his birthday, Guice announced he would be running a fundraiser for the Mary Bird Perkins center, a cancer foundation in his hometown of Baton Rouge. Inspired by his best friend's mother who "rang that bell,"—an indication that a patient has beaten cancer—Guice wants to help others do the same. 

Guice has utilized his newfound popularity to entice other peope to donate. If you donate $5, you can play him in Fortnite. For $50, you guys can go bowling together. Anyone willing to donate $100 or more will be entered in a raffle for tickets to the Redskins Monday Night Football game against the Saints. 

If Guice can match his off the field popularity with on the field production, he'll be in contention for Rookie of the Year. Anyone interested in donating can click here


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Need to Know: Five Redskins on the bubble who could make the roster

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Need to Know: Five Redskins on the bubble who could make the roster

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, June 21, 35 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The first five off of the roster

Here are five players who are not on my projection of the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) but who are one injury or a few strong preseason game performances away from making it. 

G Kyle Kalis—Last year he lined up with the second team during most of training camp and he nearly made the roster as an undrafted free agent. The team did re-sign him after injuries struck the O-line in the middle of the season. He will push Tyler Catalina for a backup guard spot. 

RB Byron Marshall—He got a few touches last year before ending up on injured reserve. Marshall has looked good in practices so far, especially catching out of the backfield. Jay Gruden likely will play Chris Thompson sparingly in the preseason and that could give Marshall a chance to shine. Don’t sleep on him. 

WR Cam Sims—Right now, the undrafted rookie out of Alabama looks like the eighth wide receiver on the roster and they are only going to keep six. But if he continues to get the attention of Gruden with his play in practice and makes the most of his opportunities in preseason games, Robert Davis and Maurice Harris should look out. 

S Fish Smithson—The Redskins liked him a lot after they signed him as an undrafted free agent last year. But they didn’t like him enough to keep him on the 53-man roster; he spent the year on the practice squad, getting a late-season cup of coffee on the roster. He will push both Deshazor Everett and Troy Apke for a backup safety spot. If the Redskins have reason to be concerned about the health of Montae Nicholson they might figure out a way to keep Smithson on as a fifth safety. 

ILB Martrell Spaight—It looks like Spaight’s three-year tenure with the team essentially came to an end when they drafted Sean Dion Hamilton in the fifth round. But his play in offseason practices indicates he’s not going to go out without a fight. 

Next five off: OT T.J. Clemmings, QB Kevin Hogan, RB Kapri Bibbs, NT Phil Taylor, CB Danny Johnson

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


Redskins running back Derrius Guice was born on this date in 1997. 

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 35
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 49
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 72

The Redskins last played a game 172 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 80 days. 

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