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Need to Know: Redskins getting players to buy in to special teams

Jun 29, 2014, 5:18 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 29, 25 days before the Redskins start training camp.

Three and out

—There was very little down time in special teams practices at Redskins Park. “We’re able to break up and [Special Teams Coordinator] Ben [Kotwica] does an outstanding job of utilizing everybody and getting the most out of his 10-15 minute allotments,” said Jay Gruden. “You see guys running around, all types of different areas, working tackling drills, cover drills, punting, kicking, protection, all that. You get all that taken care of and in order to do that, assistant coaches have to be part of it.” Gruden said that the process is helping to get players to buy in to the importance of special teams. The fact that has to be done is not good but it is a good sign that the team might have a good chance of turning it around on specials teams this year.

—We heard the word “multiple” used a lot regarding the offense, by Gruden and by Robert Griffin III in particular. “But after that, I think the good thing about our offense right now is we have multiple threats and the biggest key will be to distribute the ball, try to distribute it evenly and make sure everybody feels a part of the offense,” said Gruden. “Jordan Reed has had a great camp. Pierre [Garçon] had a great day today. DeSean [Jackson] has done his thing. Andre Roberts has done good things. There’s been other players. Ryan Grant had some big plays today. Alfred Morris is going to do his thing in the running game. [Roy] Helu has made some big plays. So it’s just a matter of getting people involved and getting excited about the game plan and knowing every play, there could be somebody different that could hurt you.”

—We’re hearing a lot about the defense becoming more aggressive and putting more of an emphasis on rushing the passer. This doesn’t just apply to the linebackers; it applies to the line as well. “We expect big things out of Chris and Jarvis, and they’re doing a much better job of getting off blocks and transitioning from a run-type of front to a pass rush on the playactions,” said Gruden. “Everybody down there, from all those defensive tackles, linemen are doing a good job. [Defensive end Kedric] Golston’s doing a good job – they’re all rushing the passer a lot better. They’re still maintaining their run gaps and playing good run defense also at their pad level but transitioning from a run-style stance to a pass rush isn’t easy for a lot of people but our guys are doing a good job.”

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Timeline

—It’s been 182 days since the Redskins played a game; in 70 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Training camp 25; Preseason opener vs. Patriots 39; Home opener Jaguars @ Redskins 77

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  1. Scott - Jun 29, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Let’s hope this is true. Last preseason Our D looked like Killers but when Wk 1 started they were nowhere to be found. I have a lot riding on the Redskins this yr. I need them to go 10-6 minimal and hope 13-3 happens

    • Rich Tandler - Jun 29, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      I hope you don’t “need them to go 10-6 minimal” because you have a lot of money riding on it. You never know what will happen but that may be a bit ambitious. I would recommend you tamp down your expectations to a more realistic 8-8 or so.

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  2. mrhart76 - Jun 29, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Wassup Scott. I love my Redskins. But a fellow fan at work bet me they would go 12-4 and win the division. $200. I hate to take his $$ but thats a crazy bet I couldn’t pass up.

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