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Need to Know: CB Amerson among week’s 5 most talked about Redskins

May 3, 2014, 5:06 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 3, five days before the NFL draft.

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Here are the five most talked about Redskins from the week that was:

Jay Gruden doesn’t have final say in the draft but it would be foolish to say that he doesn’t have a major voice in who’s selected. He got great productivity out of two tight ends in Cincinnati and it would not be surprising if he successfully lobbied for Bruce Allen to tab a second one to pair with Jordan Reed for the Redskins.

Is David Amerson ready to start at cornerback yet? We took a look at that question and concluded that a second-round pick who has 700 NFL snaps under his belt had better be able to start.

There’s plenty of optimism that DeSean Jackson can bring a major boost to the Redskins’ offense. But if you’ve been following the team for longer than, oh, 10 minutes or so you know that these things don’t always work out in Washington. Will Jackson boom or bust in DC?

The decision to franchise tag Brian Orakpo stirred up some controversy with some saying that he hasn’t played well enough to justify the $11.45 million salary. Now he stirred up some more discussion by saying that he was a “proven” player.

Robert Griffin III has been a team captain since midway through his rookie year so he certainly has some leadership traits. But with London Fletcher gone he will have to pick up the leadership intensity a notch or two. Appearing on TV, Fletcher speculated how well Griffin might be able to handle it.

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Timeline

—Redskins linebacker Perry Riley was born on this date in 1988.

—It’s been 125 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 126 days until they play the Texans in the 2014 season opener.

Days until: NFL Draft 5; Training camp starts 81; Preseason opener Patriots @ Redskins 97

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  1. kenlinkins - May 3, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    When I think of CB’s I think of race horse’s. You go to the Yearling Sales and check out the breeding, how they look, move and buy on potential (just like the draft). Then you start training for their first year on the track (a true rookie). In that first year you hope they can work up to graded stakes races and show they belong in major races. Maybe they become a Sprint Specialist, a mudder, or a closer (Like Special Teams or nickel back) but they show they belong and by performance move up the latter. They are lightly raced in year one because they are young and learning (like a rookie CB). They do not have to win the KY Derby but they must show they can run against Grade One talent and win sometimes (win a job in sub packages). Then they get a few months off before the must prove they can handle the best race horses in the world (Starting in season two). Again, they do not have to win the Breeders Cup, but they must win Grade One races and make money. (must handle the best WR in the game without get burned all game long). If they can do that, you have a solid race horse (A true NFL CB talent). So this is the year that David Amerson shows if he can run with the big boys or is a going to be a ALSO RAN type of player.

  2. internetcareer - May 4, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    WOULD SOMEBODY PLEASE SLIP ME A SLEEPING PILL SO I CAN WAKE UP 3 MONTHS FROM NOW AND FIND THE PRESEASON GAMES HAVE STARTED…….I AM DYING FOR SOME FOOTBALL.

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