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  1. Need to Know: 5 reasons the Redskins could struggle in 2014

    Jun 23, 2014, 5:01 AM EST

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    Here is what you need to know on this Monday, June 23, 31 days before the Redskins start training camp. Nickel coverage Yesterday we looked at five reasons for the Redskins to be optimistic about the 2014 season. Today it’s the other side of the coin, five reasons the team could struggle this season. —The…

  2. Need to Know: 5 reasons for the Redskins to be optimistic about the 2014 season

    Jun 22, 2014, 6:02 AM EST

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    Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 22, 32 days before the Redskins start training camp. Nickel coverage After their 3-13 debacle in 2013 the Redskins got a new coach and some new key players, giving them some reasons to be optimistic about their prospects for 2014. Here are five reasons…

  3. Need to Know: 5 Redskins on the wrong side of the roster bubble on offense

    Jun 21, 2014, 5:34 AM EST

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    Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, June 21, 33 days before the Redskins start training camp. Nickel coverage Yesterday, I posted my 53-man roster prediction for the players on offense. In the tradition of March Madness bracketology, here are my first five off of the roster (the five who came closest…

  4. Redskins’ Jackson still a topic of discussion around the Eagles

    Jun 20, 2014, 1:25 PM EST

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    Almost three months after the Eagles released him it appears that DeSean Jackson is still living rent free inside the collective heads of his old team. The topic of the talent wide receiver, who signed with the Redskins within days after the Eagles let him go, came up recently when running back LeSean McCoy said…

  5. Need to Know: The 5 biggest events of the Redskins’ offseason

    Jun 20, 2014, 4:52 AM EST

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    Here is what you need to know on this Friday, June 20, 34 days before the Redskins start training camp. Nickel coverage The Redskins offseason program ended yesterday with their final minicamp practice. Here are the five most important events that have happened during the offseason. —Mike Shanahan fired—Shanahan’s team pulled out a playoff spot…

  6. How big a concern is Jason Hatcher’s knee injury for the Redskins?

    Jun 19, 2014, 12:55 PM EST

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    The Redskins almost got out of minicamp without a scratch. For weeks the Redskins went through their offseason program without anything resembling a major injury. They looked around their own division and saw Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee get knocked out for the season with a torn ACL and Giants linebacker John Beason suffer a foot…

  7. Need to Know: Redskins players will stay in touch with strength coaches over break

    Jun 19, 2014, 5:23 AM EST

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    Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, June 19, 35 days before the Redskins start training camp. Nickel coverage With minicamp winding down, here are five notes and quotes from Jay Gruden’s press conference on Wednesday. —Ryan Kerrigan rarely misses practice but he was a spectator on Wednesday: “He just was a…

  8. Minicamp notes and quotes: Redskins’ Trent Murphy lining up at a variety of positions

    Jun 18, 2014, 5:03 AM EST

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    Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, June 18, 36 days before the Redskins start training camp. Nickel coverage Here are five notes and quotes from Jay Gruden from after the Redskins’ minicamp practice on Tuesday. —Without pads it’s difficult to judge the performances of running backs and linemen. So what can…

  9. Redskins minicamp report: Temperatures and tempers rise

    Jun 17, 2014, 1:08 PM EST

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    Here are some practice notes from a steamy first day of minicamp at Redskins Park in Ashburn, VA. — —Robert Griffin III was on the same page with most of his receivers. He rolled out and launched one deep to DeSean Jackson for a big gain. It must be noted that Courtney Bridges was the…

  10. Need to Know: 5 players to watch during Redskins minicamp

    Jun 17, 2014, 4:39 AM EST

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    Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, June 17, 37 days before the Redskins start training camp. Nickel coverage Minicamp really isn’t that much more than OTAs except that attendance is mandatory and, by league rule, the media can attend all of the sessions. Here is who I will be keeping an…

  11. Redskins were among the NFL’s oldest teams in 2013

    Jun 16, 2014, 10:55 AM EST

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    The Redskins were one of the oldest teams in the league in 2013. But how much does age really matter? Football Outsiders calculated each team’s average age weighted by the number of snaps the players took. This is a much more revealing way to analyze the age of a team than taking the simple average…

  12. Need to Know: 5 Redskins notes as they report for minicamp

    Jun 16, 2014, 4:49 AM EST

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    Here is what you need to know on this Monday, June 16, one day before the start of Redskins minicamp. Nickel coverage Here are five things you need to know about the Redskins as they prepare for minicamp and the final week of their offseason program. —Today is reporting day for minicamp and practices start…

  13. Redskins roundup: Gruden likes read option only as a surprise tactic

    Jun 15, 2014, 6:10 AM EST

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    Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 15, two days before the start of Redskins minicamp. Nickel coverage Here are five Redskins notes and quotes from around the web: —Jay Gruden reiterated to Don Banks of Sports Illustrated that the read option will be a change of pace for Robert Griffin…

  14. Need to Know: The 5 best seasons by a Redskin 25 or younger

    Jun 14, 2014, 5:08 AM EST

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    Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, June 14, three days before the start of Redskins minicamp. Nickel coverage We haven’t wandered off into team history much lately. Here are the five best single seasons by Redskins who were aged 25 or under (according to the Pro Football Reference Approximate Value metric).…

  15. Countdown to Training Camp to debut on Comcast SportsNet

    Jun 13, 2014, 1:59 PM EST

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    I’m passing this along to let you know about our live, daily Redskins show that’s debuting on Monday. I’ll be participating at least a few times a week so tune in or set your DVR’s for news and analysis to get you through the looooong gap between the end of minicamp and training camp. Here is…

  16. Redskins’ Gruden picks up the tempo with no-huddle sessions

    Jun 13, 2014, 1:25 PM EST

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    The no-huddle offense was something of a source of frustration for Redskins fans last year. It seemed that when the Redskins ran it, they were effective. They didn’t run it at all during their 0-3 start, not even in situations where they were playing from behind (which was nearly all of every game). Then going…

  17. Need to Know: 5 ‘on the bubble’ Redskins whose jobs are safe

    Jun 13, 2014, 4:53 AM EST

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    Here is what you need to know on this Friday, June 13, four days before the start of Redskins minicamp. Nickel coverage Here are five Redskins who many fans think are in danger of not making the 53-man roster whose jobs are, in reality, safe. Niles Paul—Many complain because he doesn’t produce much as a…

  18. Need to Know: Five Gruden notes and quotes after Redskins’ OTA

    Jun 12, 2014, 5:25 AM EST

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    Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, June 12, five days before the start of Redskins minicamp. Nickel coverage Here are five notes and quotes from Jay Gruden’s presser after Wednesday’s OTA session. —Gruden did not lose hope for safety Bacarri Rambo after seeing his rough rookie season on tape. “That’s going…

  19. Redskins OTA observations: RG3 sharper than last week

    Jun 11, 2014, 3:34 PM EST

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    There are my observations from Wednesday’s OTA practice at Redskins Park. 11:15—Brian Baker is teaching the outside linebackers the best route to the quarterback. He has it painted on the grass, an arc that goes from the offensive tackle to the quarterback (as you can see in the picture to the right). There was one…

  20. Do the Redskins need to make a salary cap move?

    Jun 11, 2014, 10:25 AM EST

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    The Redskins are eight days away from wrapping up their offseason program and they have just over $2 million under the salary cap. Only two teams, the Saints ($1.7 million under) and Packers ($732,000), have less cap room than Washington. Do the Redskins need to do anything about their cap situation? They might. They have…

  21. Need to Know: 5 Redskins to watch during today’s OTA

    Jun 11, 2014, 5:05 AM EST

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    Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, June 11, six days before the start of Redskins minicamp. Nickel coverage Five players I’ll be watching during today’s final OTA session at Redskins Park. Robert Griffin III—He was a little bit off last week and he threw an interception that appeared to be intended…

  22. Redskins TE Jordan Reed should get more deep passes in 2014

    Jun 10, 2014, 1:55 PM EST

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    Redskins tight end Jordan Reed lived in the short area of the field in his rookie 2013 season. He was targeted 60 times (all stats via Pro Football Focus unless noted) last year and only two of those passes traveled 20 or more yards in the air. That was a pass deep down the right…

  23. Need to Know: The 5 worst pass defenses on the Redskins’ 2014 schedule

    Jun 10, 2014, 5:36 AM EST

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    Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, June 10, seven days before the start of Redskins minicamp. Nickel coverage Here are the five worst pass defenses the Redskins will face in 2014 (as determined by 2013 opponent’s passer rating). Vikings (opp. passer rating 98.6)—Robert Griffin III had one of his best days…

  24. Need to Know: 5 numbers the Redskins need to improve in 2014

    Jun 9, 2014, 4:45 AM EST

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    Here is what you need to know on this Monday, June 9, eight days before the start of Redskins minicamp. Nickel coverage Numbers don’t tell the whole story but they can be a good way to measure where your team needs improvement. Here are five numbers from last year that the Redskins need to improve…

  25. Need to Know: 5 thoughts on the state of the Redskins after Week 2 of OTAs

    Jun 8, 2014, 5:25 AM EST

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    Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 8, nine days before the start of Redskins minicamp. Nickel coverage With Week 2 of OTAs is in the books and here are five thoughts on the state of the Redskins. —The Redskins carried eight offensive linemen last season—the five starters, swing tackle Tom…

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