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RT's 5: Is Haslett looking over his shoulder?

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RT's 5: Is Haslett looking over his shoulder?

Refreshed and recharged from a week on North Carolinas Outer Banks, here are my three things possibly related to the Redskins and other matters.5. I was asked on Twitter yesterday for my pick for a surprise player to make the 53-man roster. My response was running back Alfred Morris. Although its usually not a huge surprise when a sixth-round draft pick makes the squad its far from a given, especially since the Redskins have three backs who are at least semi established in Roy Helu, Tim Hightower, and Evan Royster. With Mike Sellers gone, Darryl Young is the only fullback on the roster. The last two years the fullback has played only about a third of the snaps, making it hard to justify keeping a second fullback on the roster. If Morris can play fullback and contribute on special teams he will have a good shot at making the 53.4. Ill have an article later this morning on rumors that the Redskins are interested in trading for Tampa Bay cornerback Aqib Talib, who faces trail on felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon later this month. A debate on the wisdom of trading for players who have been in trouble with the law popped up on Twitter on Sunday morning. Some pointed out that not all players are honor roll boy scouts and that the Redskins locker room is strong enough to handle a talented but troubled player like Talib. My opinion is that if only two or three percent of NFL players get into trouble so why not limit your pool of players to the 97 to 97 percent who are solid citizens. In addition, some of your home-grown players are going to find trouble as Fred Davis and Trent Williams did last year. Why import trouble when the chances are its going to find you anyway?3. I wonder if Jim Haslett will spend some time this year looking over his shoulder at Raheem Morris. Although Morris may not be cut out to be a head coach, at least not at his age (hes two years younger than London Fletcher), he is a strong defensive coordinator candidate. According to reports, the Vikings offered him their defensive coordinator position a day after he took the defensive backs position job with the Redskins. If the Redskins defense again fails to generate turnovers and is generally mediocre in 2012 it would not be a shock to see Haslett get the axe and see Morris get the job.2. Good stuff on Jarvis Jenkins by my man Ben Standig over the weekend. The Redskins didnt have a second-round pick in this years draft but Jenkins could fill the void. All indications are that he is all the way back from the torn ACL that forced him to spend his rookie season on injured reserve.1. You will note on the Days until countdown below that we have ticked under 100 days until the Redskins opener at New Orleans. Thats not right around the corner or anything but the NFL debut of Robert Griffin III is creeping closer and closer. After next weeks minicamp things will go into deep freeze until training camp starts on about July 26 (that date is unofficial, the full camp schedule should be released sometime in the next few weeks). However, that doesnt mean that the Redskins coverage here will go into hibernation. My new colleague Tarik El-Bashir will be on board by the end of this month and we will fill up this space with previews and analysis every day. Check out this site multiple times every day to stay informed.Days until: Minicamp 8; training camp 52; preseason opener @ Bills 66; Redskins @ Saints 97; home opener vs. Bengals 111Rich Tandler blogs about the Redskins at www.RealRedskins.com. You can reach him by email at RTandlerCSN@comcast.net and follow him on Twitter @Rich_Tandler.

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In addition to being an NFL player, Bryce Love can now call himself a Stanford graduate

In addition to being an NFL player, Bryce Love can now call himself a Stanford graduate

Bryce Love hopes he'll have the opportunity to carry many footballs in his NFL career. But this past weekend, the running back picked up something that'll be just as, if not more, valuable than the attempts he'll be getting on Sundays.

How's a college diploma from Stanford sound? Pretty solid, right?

Oh, how about a college diploma from Stanford in human biology? Yeah, probably something worth hanging up on the ol' fridge, huh?

Well, that very hard-earned and impressive degree is what Love is now in possession of:

Drafted by the Redskins in late-April and walking across the stage at Stanford in mid-June, Love is doing well for himself recently. He passed up the chance to enter the draft early to ensure he graduated, and now he has.

His college GPA isn't known, but once you find out his high school GPA was 4.5 (that's apparently possible) and add that to the fact that he was able to finish up school out west while also churning up yards for the Cardinal, you can imagine it was very, very good. And if his yards-per-carry average as a pro matches or exceeds it, then the Redskins will be thrilled.

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There's a competition brewing among the Redskins defensive linemen, per Daron Payne

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There's a competition brewing among the Redskins defensive linemen, per Daron Payne

If you find yourself looking for Daron Payne, Jonathan Allen, and Matt Ioannidis, you really just need to find one of them. Odds are, if you locate one, the other two will be close by.

The second-year pro, third-year pro, and fourth-year pro have forged quite a bond on the Redskins' defensive line, which is easily the team's most promising unit going into 2019. The three guys share an appreciation for lifting really heavy weights and dropping opposing quarterbacks. 

As it turns out, that latter love is actually part of the inspiration behind a bet Payne, Allen and Ioannidis have queued up for the 2019 campaign. Payne revealed that while with Larry Michael on a recent episode of Redskins Nation.

"Me and Jon and Matt got a little competition right now on sacks and tackles," he said with a smile, but he ultimately didn't shed any light on what the competition's compensation will be.

Whatever the trio is playing for, it should be a close race.

Ryan Kerrigan led the 'Skins in sacks in 2018, but Allen (8), Ioannidis (7.5) and Payne (5) were second, third and fourth respectively. In terms of tackles, meanwhile, it went Allen (61), Payne (56) and then Ioannidis (31). 

Allen and Payne saw a ton of snaps last year while Ioannidis was used more in a rotational role, which limited his tackles. He's an insanely productive pass rusher, though, so he can make up some ground in the sacks/tackles bet by keeping that trend going. Any of them are a solid pick if you're trying to project who'll capture their title.

Payne, for one, expects to generate better numbers in his second go-round in the league.

"Of course," he responded when Michael asked if he left some sacks out there as a rookie. "Definitely did. I want to get a couple more."

In the team's offseason practices, he's already noticed that things are "coming easier," so perhaps he'll be able to record those extra takedowns he's looking for.

As mentioned earlier, you can make an easy case for Payne, Allen or Ioannidis to win their competition, but you won't know who that winner is until late December.

One thing you can already say, however? That the QBs and running backs they'll be chasing down are the losers in this thing. That much is already known.

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