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Need to Know: Redskins’ week that was includes honors for two players

Jun 14, 2015, 6:16 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 14, two days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp.

The week that was

Here is a look back on the news from the past week:

Redskins formally announce joint practices with Texans—It’s official; J.J. Watt is headed to Richmond for practices against the Redskins from August 6-8. Brandon Scherff will get the opportunity, if you want to call it that, to go up against the player who has won defensive player of the year honors two times in the last three years. Scherff’s experience aside, this is a good opportunity for the Redskins to measure themselves against a team that was worse than they were in 2013 but bounced back and had a winning record last year.

Jackson misses Tuesday OTA—After missing the first week of OTA’s and then showing up next week, DeSean Jackson again was absent for the first practice of last Tuesday. According to Jay Gruden Jackson had a personal matter and that was that. It should be noted that these sessions are voluntary. And it’s worth mentioning that attendance during the offseason program so far has been very good, with only a handful of absences other than Jackson. Minicamp, which gets underway on Tuesday, is mandatory.

DC Mayor wants Redskins but still doesn’t like the name—Speaking at an event concerning the new soccer stadium the District has agreed to build, Mayor Muriel Bowser had a mixed message regarding a return to the city for the Redskins. She said that the team name is “offensive”. Bowser also said, “We have made it clear to the team that we’re interested to talk to them about their needs.” It remains to be seen if a DC stadium deal that did not involve a change of the nickname could happen or if such a condition would be a deal breaker.

Jackson, Williams among NFL’s top 100 players—The wide receiver was No. 50 on the NFL.com ranking, voted on by NFL players. Williams made his third straight appearance on the list. He was No. 99 in 2013, No. 69 last year and his ranking improved again to No. 47. Ryan Kerrigan was revealed at No. 78 a couple of weeks ago. It’s hard to see any other Redskins players making the list.

Timeline

—It’s been 168 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 91 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Redskins minicamp starts 2; Redskins training camp starts 46; Preseason opener @ Browns 60

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  1. kenlinkins - Jun 14, 2015 at 7:09 AM

    Dear Mayor Muriel Bowser: If you really want to change the name of the Washington Redskins may I suggest you get 1/3 of the people in the USA (about 100,000,000) to send you $25.00 each (about $2.5 billion) and write Mr. Dan Snyder a check. This would only require you to get 33% of the people to join your movement and you could also tie in health reasons like “Give up cigs for a week” or “Drink more water vs. coffee / soda / Beer for a week” or “Car pool for a week” to gain your $25.00 to “help change the world”! This is a sure fire way to change the name and you could stop trying to hold a new stadium, tax breaks, trade mark court fights and talking heads on Sunday TV shows (that most NFL fans do not watch anyways) to try and force the owner to change a name that is worth Billions in Marketing. Why is this so hard for the Redskins haters to understand! It should be an easy thing to do, just get 1/3 of the people to go along with you, you would not even be require to get 51% of the people go along, just 1/3 of the people. Remember Hitler changed the world with only 1/3 of the vote, you and your kind can do the same thing and you can do it inside on a week (see above) and in time for all those great preseason games starting in Aug! But I would caution you that running for Mayor of DC (and most likely Gov. of Maryland or VA for that matter) again might not be a good investment if you are successful! (But, You may want to try L.A. Calf, I hear they like supporting “do gooders” like you and do not even have a NFL team). Good luck Sparky, and Gods speed!

    • Reggierob - Jun 14, 2015 at 7:25 AM

      Dumbest comment ever!!!!

      • kenlinkins - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:08 PM

        Oh No, not even close, why I myself have placed much dummier comments on this web site. In fact, I do not think this one even hits the “Top Ten”! But I do thank you for the high marks! Just wait until I start calling for T. Williams to be cut or to have Kerrigan moved to FS, then you might have a case.

        • brucefan1 - Jun 15, 2015 at 6:24 PM

          I like your angle an that reply, ken; turn an attack into a “compliment”.

          Well played my friend!

          (I wish more people around here could reply to negative comments with a bit of humor. But you know, sometimes that just don’t come easy! LOL)

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jun 15, 2015 at 11:38 AM

        No it is actually a sound strategy even if it wouldn’t work. Dumb is making three worded response with out clarifying why it doesn’t make sense.

        • brucefan1 - Jun 15, 2015 at 6:25 PM

          Haha! Dat’s a good one too!

    • soulbldr7 - Jun 14, 2015 at 8:28 AM

      No offense but that is not how things change. Has something like this ever happened to change the world? Did women only get the right to vote after 1/3 of the population wrote a check? Did slavery end after 1/3 of the people wrote a check? NO because that is not how things work.

      As the Mayor of DC, Bowser has every right to request that the name b e changed before they bring it back into the district. If they don’t want to change, they can go ahead and find a field in VA or MD. I, for one, don’t like being a racist so therefore think they should change the name.

      Oh, and before someone comes and says the name is not racist… ” “Redskin” is a slang term for Native Americans defined in current dictionaries of American English as offensive,[1] disparaging,[2][3] insulting,[4] and taboo”

      • Garry - Jun 14, 2015 at 6:00 PM

        Now that was the dumbest comment ever. Not a single person would have called you racist even 20 years ago if you used the term “Washington Redskins”. I too hope that the team moves to Virginia or Maryland just so people like you can not benefit from the billions of dollars that team brings to its local. Shut your panzie mouth and worry about real issues that are happening in your back yard, drugs homelessness, the loss of family values, ect.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jun 15, 2015 at 11:35 AM

        Tell the Native Americans who have schools using the name Redskins it is offensive. The amateur argument from a dictionary just proves while you may not be a racist you don’t know what racism really means.

    • gonavybeatarmy - Jun 14, 2015 at 5:39 PM

      Nationals: Offensive as it reminds us of those dark days of nationalism, the conditions that enabled Hitler to exploit people and rise to power.

      Wizards: Offensive as the leader of the KKK is known as the Grand Wizard.

      United: Offensive as it implies groupthink, a dangerous attitude that eliminates critical thinking.

      Mystics: Nobody cares.

      • hitmeimopen - Jun 14, 2015 at 6:19 PM

        I guess your point is that you could label just about anything as offensive if you tried.

  2. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Jun 14, 2015 at 7:35 AM

    I call it a great opportunity.

    Scherff will get to find out where he is in relation to the top D.L. in the league, and won’t cost his team any games in the standings while doing so.
    ~

  3. 214hof - Jun 14, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Yeah for sure. If Scherff can hold his own against J.J it will prove he IS an OT in the NFL.

    • berniebernard666 - Jun 14, 2015 at 9:49 AM

      yea and if Scheff gets beat for a QB sack then we will know he is not worth a darn, just like those other 21 worthless starting linemen who gave up sacks last season to Watt.

      • 214hof - Jun 14, 2015 at 11:27 AM

        Haha… Never said he had to stonewall him… Just hold his own. J.J. is the most dominant force in football right now, if Scherff doesn’t get embarrassed by him on every snap there is hope. Scherff came from a run-first school, that and his size is why many projected him a G at the pro level. You read into the comment too much, I liked the Scherff pick, people say it was too high, but their hands were tied. Nobody before the Giants pick at 9 were going to trade up. I would rather OT then the edge rushers everyone else seemed to think the pick would be.

    • kenlinkins - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:11 PM

      Very true, we fans will get an early read on the new O-Line coach and what he brings to the table. So many fun things to look forward to this season.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jun 15, 2015 at 11:41 AM

      I love the enthusiasm but a good practice against Watt doesn’t make him an assured tackle in the NFL. In a game situation then that would speak volumes IMO.

  4. 214hof - Jun 14, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    Long story short, it’s a good practice for him to going up against J.J. and Kerrigan (when he returns) he should be able to dominate less opponents afterwards.

    • ET - Jun 14, 2015 at 12:10 PM

      Not just Scherff, all the linemen will benefit (I’m assuming JJ will line up in more than one spot). TV show aside (blech), I’m all in favor of these dual team practices. I think it helps everyone to face new athletes and coaches in a non-game situation.

  5. mr.moneylover - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Going up against the texans will be great for the redskins offense they will find out if they need to make changes player wise and see what they need to improve on before the season start it will be a great test for our O-line jj.watt just dont stay on one side of the field he moves all over the line until he finds the weakest player on the O-line…it will be a good test for our defense as well to see were is a weak spot at on the defense that they must upgrade or improve on ….it will also show whose been in they playbook and it will also show who dont care aboutand just there for a pay check…I wanna know more about trey wolfe his highlights is on point he was on redskins practice squad but got release but got signed again can he be an undrafted standout I know he got the talent too make the 53 roster

  6. mr.moneylover - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    The mayor cant even do her job she need to worry about these old subway trains that made somebody die….she worry about a name that native Americans said that its not offensive and if she look up the word redskins it means respect,pride,and loyalty it just shows we have a small minded mayor running dc straight to hell smh

    • Rob - Jun 14, 2015 at 6:44 PM

      why isn’t anyone upset about the name of the state of Oklahoma? It means land of the red people. for those upset with the name of the Washington Redskins start with Oklahoma or shut the hell up

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jun 15, 2015 at 11:55 AM

        I think many just want to settle for changing the word skin as slang. Mention even the term skin color to some an they’ll quiver in their high heals. I’m referring to the men in this case.

  7. hk2000 - Jun 14, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    I hope DC current and future mayors keep insisting on a name change, this way the Redskins will definitely come to VA, since Snyder does not want to repeat the MD experience.

    • mr.moneylover - Jun 15, 2015 at 9:05 AM

      I dont think redskins will come to Virginia simply cause most the fans live in Maryland and DC….dan synder really wanna come back to dc because how crazy it was when the redskins was playing at RFK

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jun 15, 2015 at 11:52 AM

        Are you referring to locations like Northern Virginia as a relocation option? I’d see no issue with fans from the DC and Maryland area attending games in that location. However if it was as far south as Richmond then I can see your point.

      • hk2000 - Jun 15, 2015 at 2:01 PM

        NoVA is still considered DC metropolitan area, they’d still be the Washington Redskins, After all, they’re in MD now. Unlike MD, VA does not have another NFL franchise.

  8. Shane - Jun 14, 2015 at 11:45 PM

    Been a redskins fan all my life an it seems to me that people other than native Americans have the problem with the name its just sad that we as people still take offense to names maybe it’s those people that need to be scrutinized not the team…..need to let it go people why continue something that we have worked so hard to get away from

  9. redskinsnameisheretostay - Jun 15, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    I have found most mayors of DC to be offensive. Oh and those junkies come and go buy as my user name states Redskins will still be here.

  10. joeyjust4u2 - Jun 15, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Maybe this has already been said,but tear down RFK and build a brand new RFK Stadium,one that will be the best in the NFL.Our name will always be “The Washington Redskins” and we will always have our song “HTTR HV BOTW FFODC” For those who feel the name “REDSKINS” is this and that,get over it and kiss a “DONKEY” I have something else for people who have a problem with our team’s name “WASHINGTON REDSKINS”,perhaps i will make that comment one day,we are all entitled to our opinion and just like people say theirs and fine,i will say mine to those who have a problem with “REDSKINS”

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