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Need to Know: The top five takeaways from Gruden’s presser

Mar 27, 2014, 4:58 AM EST

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Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, March 27, 11 days before the Redskins start their offseason workouts.

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Here are the top five takeaways from Jay Gruden’s press availability at the NFL owners meetings:

Orakpo needs to prove it—Gruden said that he would be fine with having Brian Orakpo play out the season on the franchise tag. If you read this blog regularly you know that I’ve been saying that the team really has no interest in giving him a long-term deal for a variety of reasons, among them his need to show that he can get it done two years in a row among them.

The offensive line shuffle is official—As many expected, left guard Kory Lichtensteiger will slide into the center spot that became vacant when Will Montgomery was released and free agent signee Shawn Lauvao will be the starting left guard.

Phillip Thomas should be ready to go—He suffered a Lisfranc injury in August and Gruden thinks he’ll be ready to play. However, he wasn’t specific about whether or not Thomas will be able to be fully participant in the offseason program that starts April 7. But he did indicate that they would like to see him step up into a substantial role so he must have some confidence that he will be able to get in a lot of practice before the season starts.

He doesn’t care if RG3 wears a knee brace—“His knee is strong” said Gruden and he said that braces are so light that it really shouldn’t hinder him if the doctors do recommend that he wear one.

He likes having two good QB’s—Well, he said “great” quarterbacks but I’m not quite sure either Griffin or Kirk Cousins qualify. But he does like having Cousins around, especially since Griffin tends to put himself in harm’s way from time to time. Gruden said that the team hasn’t received any trade offers for Cousins so far.

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Timeline

—It’s been 88 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 164 days until they play another one.

Days until: Offseason workouts start 11; NFL Draft 42; Training camp starts 118

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  1. manilarizzo - Mar 27, 2014 at 7:16 AM

    The brace comment is one I’m not sure RG would agree with.

  2. vtsquirm - Mar 27, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    the brace may be light, but it certainly restricts his movements which WILL slow anyone down.

    • Bryan - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:07 AM

      Maybe they are saying rg3 can go to brace that isnt as bulky and maybe doesnt protect like last one but does offer better range of motion n some form of protection

  3. alextwrs - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    The brace is an issue especially if he goes to slide and it catches on the turf and takes some real estate with it. I remember him cleaning it out and banging it, to get it back on straight. He also changed his throwing motion meaning he transferred his weight differently basicly coddling his knee. This caused a regression. Without the brace he should be able to feel more confident about his accuracy which was his downfall last year and was what made him #2 overall in 2012 draft. Super accurate in college even on the run. Need that back this year.

  4. alextwrs - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    I wonder if we cut Rambo, and resign Doughty. I know im gonna get beheaded for saying it, but Rambo didnt play ST. Doughty is a stud on ST and has been solid for us through the years. Hes a positive presence works hard and should be cheap. I believe in developing players but Rambo fell hard. (projected third round) We drafted him in the sixth. The league knew something we didnt. I was super excited about having him until chris johnson made him look like a toddler in the preseason game.

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:33 AM

      I’m tepid on bringing back Doughty but if they do there’s no point in cutting Rambo now. His salary isn’t in the top 51 so he literally counts nothing on the cap. If he shows up in preseason and plays special teams and works on his tackling they can keep him. If not, cut him. If Rambo works out, cut Doughty.

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      • alextwrs - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:16 AM

        Yea that sounds like a situation that could happen. Im hoping Rambo learns how to wrap up and is willing to play ST.

  5. ceetown22 - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Cooley touched on the “brace” topic last night on the radio. He said that Yes, the braces are light, but for the brace to effectively work, you have four huge straps super tight on your leg, almost cutting off circulation. not an exact quote but the jist of what he said.

    On another note – I like Gruden, he’s been very open and transparent thus far, I hope it continues!

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