Its been almost two months since the Redskins drafted Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick and we have yet to hear the Redskins offensive coordinator talk about his new prize pupil.It has been about three months since the Redskins released O. J. Atogwe, let LaRon Landry leave in free agency and signed several free agent defensive backs and we havent heard the defensive coordinator comment on those moves.And it was over four months ago that the Redskins hired a former NFL head coach, one who had won 10 games just two years ago, to be their secondary coach and that assistant has not addressed the media.All of that will change today when Kyle Shanahan, Jim Haslett, and Raheem Morris come to he podium at Redskins Park to take questions from the press corps.With Shanahan, of course, the focus will be on Griffins development. It would be shocking to hear him say anything negative about the rookie but you can often glean something when praise is not very glowing or not offered at all. In addition to RG3, Shanahan will also talk about the guys to whom hell be throwing and handing off and the players who will be blocking for him.Haslett will be discussing a defense that is strong and deep up front but very unsettled in the backfield. Its a unit that improved last year but it has yet to develop into a unit that consistently applies pressure to the quarterback and creates piles of turnovers. Haslett will talk about how they are trying to get there.The man in charge of that muddled backfield is Morris, who was the Bucs secondary coach before being promoted to head coach when Jon Gruden was fired in 2009. Ever since Joe Gibbs was here for his second go-around, the Redskins have had a safeties coach and a cornerbacks coach. They combined the responsibilities for Morris so we will go over the secondary with him and also talk about his vocal style on the field.That will take place starting at 12:30 until about 1:30 so be prepared for a stream of tweets on your timelines around then. The minicamp practice is at 2:00 and will run until about 4:00. After that it will be Shanahan at the podium. It appears that RG3 will not be talking today as he has after every practice open to the media so far. Another player may talk but that has not been announced.
ESPN Fantasy Football expert Matthew Berry was at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere last weekend in Los Angeles, where he got the chance to interview the three Redskins rookies in attendance: Dwayne Haskins, Terry McLaurin, and Bryce Love.
Berry, who was a guest of JP Finlay's on the Redskins Talk podcast on Thursday, has been a fan of the Burgundy and Gold since he was a kid, so he was eager to talk to three of the team's newest players and learn more about them.
It was during those interviews where Berry got a quick glimpse of a side of Haskins that now has Berry really excited.
"I thought what was really cool was... When I was interviewing McLaurin, Dwayne Haskins came in and interrupted the interview to give him some crap," he told Finlay. "It was really a wonderful moment to see. Obviously, they know each other very well from Ohio State, but just the fact that they felt comfortable enough and he wanted to come over and mess with him a little bit and have some fun, I was impressed with that."
Once Haskins left, Berry explained how he asked McLaurin about the interaction. Redskins fans will like McLaurin's answer.
"That's Dwayne, Dwayne is being a leader," McLaurin said, per Berry.
Haskins did something similar to Love during Love's interview as well. Berry even caught up with Colts receiver Parris Campbell, who also played with the QB at Ohio State, to inquire about the 15th overall pick.
"I asked him, 'Listen, I'm a diehard Redskins fan, what am I getting?'" Berry said. "He couldn't have been more effusive. 'You're not only getting a guy who puts the ball where you want it, but you're getting a leader. You're getting a guy who makes sure everyone in the huddle is included.'"
You can be skeptical of how much these little moments mean, and that's fair. Ultimately, how quickly Haskins picks up Jay Gruden's playbook and how accurate his arm turns out to be will factor more into his success in the NFL than being able to joke around a bit with some of his guys.
But you can also hope that these little moments are hints of a bigger personality and approach, a look into an athlete who can get a football team to buy into him. That's the side Berry is on.
"I thought that was really cool, and just showed somebody who's very comfortable in the leadership position and who's trying to be inclusive of everyone," he said. "It's early in the process, but I have yet to hear somebody on or off the record say something bad about Dwayne Haskins."
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Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and Titans tackle Taylor Lewan got into a widely-discussed altercation after Washington's Week 16 loss to Tennesse last season.
But on Thursday, Lewan said he's finally ready to let bygones be bygones.
Lewan tweeted he wants Norman to come on the "Bussin' With The Boys" podcast he co-hosts with former Redskins linebacker Will Compton to "settle our differences."
Judging by what happened last December, there are plenty of differences: Norman threw his helmet at Lewan after the latter approached him, Lewan later accusing Norman of trying to hurt Titans running back Derrick Henry.
Things got HEATED between Josh Norman and Taylor Lewan postgame. pic.twitter.com/HXCE6zRSzj— NBC Sports Redskins (@NBCSRedskins) December 23, 2018
"I'm not worried about Josh Norman, man," Lewan told reporters after the incident. "I'm an offensive lineman, he's a [defensive back]. I don't know who that is."
"I was pissed. He was trying to hurt Derrick [Henry]. That's BS. That’s not the way football’s supposed to be played, man. It’s not our fault you’re not relevant anymore."
"Why would you come to another man's sideline?" Norman said of the dust-up. "And then after you won a game, you pick fun at the player that is relevant. You go out of your way to come to his bench, his sideline, to go at him in that kind of way."
"We're not having it. We will not tolerate disrespect. That's zero tolerance for that. That was the ultimate disrespect. You just don't do that."
The incident happened months ago, so it's about time the pair made peace. And as an ex-Redskin and ex-Titan, perhaps Compton can help mend the fences. But if Norman does accept Lewan's invitation to come on the podcast, we might be in for even more verbal fireworks.
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