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Need to Know: 5 notes and quotes from Redskins players after OTAs

Jun 6, 2014, 4:44 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Friday, June 6, 11 days before the start of minicamp.

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Here are five notes and quotes from various Redskins players following Wednesday’s OTA session at Redskins Park.

—Even though Kory Lichtensteiger has been the starting left guard when healthy since about midway through the 2010 season, he has been ready to slide over to play center, his college position, all along: “It’s something I’ve stayed up on the whole time,” he said. “There’s really never been a year since I came into the NFL where I wasn’t snapping the ball in practice. Shotgun snaps, having to take that big step, gaining ground. That’s not really too much.”

—Players tend to be very confident about being able to bounce back from injuries. Hamstring strains, however, are an exception. As are most players, DeSean Jackson was very cautious when discussing his. “It’s a hamstring, a slight pull,” Jackson said Wednesday. “That’s the most I can tell you.” When might he be back? “I don’t know, maybe next week. We’ll see. It’s going good, so we’ll see how it feels next week.”

—The fact that Brian Orakpo doesn’t have a new long-term contract seems to be eating on him a bit; the Redskins hope that he takes out whatever frustration he has on the field. “Once I signed on the dotted line, I don’t have to be here,” Orakpo. “I could still [stay away] like the majority of NFL players do when they [get tagged]. But nothing in my DNA wants to do that. I love my teammates. I wasn’t going to miss this opportunity.”

—It’s hard to blame fans and media for tagging linebacker Keenan Robinson with the “injury prone” label; he has logged 21 games missed due to two torn pectoral muscles in his first two seasons in the league. But Robinson insists the shoe doesn’t fit. “In college I never got hurt. In high school I never got hurt,” Robinson said. “I never had to deal with injuries, especially injuries that kept me out for, shoot, six games my first year; my second year, the whole season. Coming back from it I learned to really appreciate the game.”

—The Redskins have been very careful to note that Doug Williams would not be coaching Robert Griffin III about on-field techniques but would be there to serve as a mentor to the young QB. Griffin was asked about Williams on Wednesday. “He’s been great. I get to stop by his office and talk to him whenever I need to. I’ve been doing some things with him here off the field in the community. It’s a pleasure to have him here and I’m glad they brought him back.”

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Timeline

—Redskins Hall of Fame receiver Bobby Mitchell was born on this date in 1935.

—It’s been 159 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 93 days until they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Minicamp starts 11; Training camp 48; Redskins @ Eagles 107

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Tandler’ OTA observations

  1. mauriceatwood - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    I hope that Doug Williams is doing some mentoring to Desean Jackson as well.

  2. shermanp79 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    I think there is so much to figure out here. I worry KL is too small? Maybe he can put a few pounds on and plays better at his natural position. That is clearly what they are thinking. I’m not sold on the FA they brought in long term. They both rated out low. There are so many young guys who we know little about. It will be an interesting camp. I do like the idea of having a vet at C, he then can help RG3 with line calls. I am a bit worried how much Moses is struggling at RT in shorts. I like Polumbus more than most and he has been better each year and believe he will this year too. But if Moses can’t figure it out at RT what a wasted pick. They could have grabbed a big WR or TE there and a RT later. The guy mentioned early on for Skins was the T from Miami and he was an UDFA. Who knows how it works out but was just a thought. Gruden has mentioned it so much, it worries me.He can play LT and we really have nobody if Williams got hurt. I want the best guys and if it’s a vet holdover or young one, I don’t care. I just want rg3 protected.

  3. shermanp79 - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    I find it interesting Williams says little about on field stuff but the reality is he played long ago. I don’t know how much he could help. He can with the other things. If he gets frustrated or whatever, it will be good having him to lend an ear . The leadership stuff, he can help with too. Honestly Williams didn’t have the best mechanics. He had an incredible arm but endured a lot in his career, with injuries and other stuff. So it makes sense to me.

    • ET - Jun 6, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      Williams is an honorable, level-headed dude who dealt with a lot of pressure and adversity as a quarterback and as a coach.

      I’m glad to have him with the organization in ANY capacity, and I think he’s potentially a great mentor for a number of our players.

  4. kenlinkins - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Rich: I am a little confused about the Doug Williams and RG3 mentorship (off the field only?). Is it about RG3 being a black QB in the NFL, RG3 finding someone to trust inside the Redskins (not his father), or a new head coach giving his star QB an “as required outlet” for non on the field concerns (like when and how to say No! Leadership) or more about finding something else for Doug Williams to do? Are there concerns with RG3 or is this a minor thing that should not have any effect on a QB who holds most of he teams success in his 2014 performance?

    • Rich Tandler - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      The off-field emphasis is there because Williams doesn’t know how the Redskins want to things to get done as far as mechanics, techniques, etc. He’s not messing with that part at all.

      As far as his role, it seems to be everything you mentioned. It’s nothing formal. Williams is in the personnel department and he spends 99% of his time working on that. If Griffin needs to talk about life as a black QB of the Redskins, Williams is there.

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