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  1. Need to Know: The five best offensive linemen drafted by the Redskins

    May 1, 2014, 5:06 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, May 1, seven days before the NFL draft. Nickel coverage Yesterday we looked at the five best offensive linemen who have been drafted in Round 2 since the start of the common draft in 1968. Let’s bring it a little closer to home with the…

  2. Has Brian Orakpo proven himself?

    Apr 30, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    Has Brian Orakpo proven himself? “I have to prove myself again, huh?” Orakpo said on Monday on the subject of the possibility of signing a long-term contract extension. “I don’t have to prove myself to anybody. I’m already proven in this league. I don’t have to prove anything to anybody. That goes for fans, that…

  3. Need to Know: The five best O-linemen drafted in the second round

    Apr 30, 2014, 5:11 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, April 30, eight days before the NFL draft. Nickel coverage The five best offensive linemen drafted in the second round since the common draft starting in 1968 (per the career Approximate Value metric used by Pro Football Reference). Kevin Mawae, Seahawks, 1994 (36 overall, 109…

  4. Draft trade back scenarios for the Redskins

    Apr 29, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    The Redskins could use an infusion of young talent from next month’s NFL draft. The problem is that that have only six picks and they are missing a first rounder. They could improve their chances of landing good contributors and perhaps even a star player or two by acquiring more draft picks. One way is…

  5. Need to Know: DeSean Jacksons five biggest plays of 2013

    Apr 29, 2014, 4:54 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, April 29, nine days before the NFL draft. Nickel coverage Yesterday we looked at how the departure of DeSean Jackson and the explosive plays he produced could hurt the Eagles’ offense. Here is a look at his five longest plays of 2013 (all pass receptions).…

  6. DeSean Jackson’s explosive plays fed the Eagles’ offense last year

    Apr 28, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    The Eagles need to face facts; they are going to miss DeSean Jackson. Some interesting numbers crunched by my friend Jimmy Kempski on Philly.com detail why. The 2013 Eagles were the most explosive offense in the NFL. Although the Broncos scored more touchdowns on offense (71) than the Eagles did (51), Philly scored its TD’s…

  7. Need to Know: RG3’s top five pass targets in 2013

    Apr 28, 2014, 5:02 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Monday, April 28, 10 days before the NFL draft. Nickel coverage Here are the top five targets for the 456 passes thrown by Robert Griffin III in his 13 starts in 2013. Pierre Garçon, 138—This is no surprise since over the course of all 16 games he…

  8. Draft Chatter: Will Gruden want another tight end?

    Apr 27, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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    When Jay Gruden came to the Bengals in 2011 he already had a solid tight end in Jermaine Gresham, who made the Pro Bowl in 2011 and 2012. But Gruden didn’t mind it a year ago when the Bengals drafted tight end Tyler Eifert in the first round. Eifert and Gresham combined to gain over…

  9. Need to Know: The top five Redskins posts of the week

    Apr 27, 2014, 5:00 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, April 27, 11 days before the NFL draft. Nickel coverage Here are our five most popular posts from the week that was. 1. Redskins’ LB Brian Orakpo encouraged by scheme tweaks—The linebacker said that the players would have to “worry about being robots” and that the…

  10. Draft Chatter: Where do mock drafts go wrong?

    Apr 25, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    This is the time of year where we hear many firm declarations by draft prognosticators, both paid and unpaid, about what will unfold when the draft starts. “There’s no chance that Player X gets past Team Y.” “He’s a surefire first-round talent.” “Team A has absolutely no interest in player B; he’s not a fit…

  11. Need to Know: 5 safe draft picks for the Redskins at No. 34

    Apr 25, 2014, 5:16 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Friday, April 25, 13 days before the NFL draft. Nickel coverage With only six picks, the Redskins can’t afford to take chances with any of them, especially their top pick, the second one of the second round. Here are the five safest picks for the Redskins…

  12. Need to Know: 5 pivotal 2014 Redskins games

    Apr 24, 2014, 5:17 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, April 24, 14 days before the NFL draft. Nickel coverage Here are the five pivotal points in the Redskins 2014 schedule: Week 2 vs. Jaguars—This team has a proclivity for laying an egg at home, or even multiple eggs. If they want to have a…

  13. Predicting the Redskins’ 2014 games

    Apr 23, 2014, 9:10 PM EDT

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    It’s difficult to try to predict the outcome of an NFL game 10 minutes before kickoff. It’s sheer folly  to do it about four and a half months before game time. But that’s never stopped me before. Here are my way, way, way too early 2014 predictions game by game. (Home teams in bold) Sept.…

  14. Press release: Redskins release 2014 schedule

    Apr 23, 2014, 8:09 PM EDT

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    PRESEASON   DATE                                     OPPONENT (NETWORK)                                                 TIME (ET) Thursday, Aug. 7                  vs. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (NBC4/CSN)                7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18                   vs. CLEVELAND BROWNS (ESPN) #                               8:00 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23                   @ Baltimore Ravens(NBC4/CSN)                                        7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28                  @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NBC4/CSN)                               7:30 p.m. REGULAR SEASON DATE                                    …

  15. Need to Know: Five players the Redskins should hope slide down in the draft

    Apr 23, 2014, 4:50 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, April 23, 15 days before the NFL draft. Nickel coverage Here are five players widely projected to be taken late in the first round that the Redskins should hope slip to them (as a guide I used players taken from picks 20-32 on at least…

  16. Draft Chatter: Buyer beware on Morgan Moses?

    Apr 22, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    Offensive tackle Morgan Moses of Virginia has been a popular mock draft pick for the Redskins with the 34th overall pick. But should they steer clear if his name is on the board when they are on the clock? The Dolphins are in desperate need of offensive linemen. Their offensive coordinator is Bill Lazor, who…

  17. Need to Know: The five 2014 Redskins games most worthy of prime time

    Apr 22, 2014, 5:28 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, April 22, 16 days before the NFL draft. Nickel coverage The NFL schedule should be out at some point in the next few days. The Redskins may or may not get the maximum of five prime time games scheduled but if they get the max,…

  18. Need to Know: Draft dominates week’s top five Redskins posts

    Apr 20, 2014, 5:06 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, April 20, nine days before the first veteran minicamp. Nickel coverage Here are our five most popular posts from the week that was. 1. Draft chatter: Could CB Darqueze Dennard fall to the Redskins?—It’s that time of year when everyone gets interested in the draft.…

  19. Need to Know: The top five Redskins free agents in 2015

    Apr 19, 2014, 5:00 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 19, 19 days before the NFL draft. Nickel coverage (Note: I’m going to be out of action for a few days here. I’m bringing back a few of the most popular Nickel Coverage posts from the last few months to give you a chance…

  20. Need to Know: The five best Redskins performances of the last 20 seasons

    Apr 18, 2014, 5:00 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Friday, April 18, 20 days before the NFL draft. Nickel coverage (Note: I’m going to be out of action for a few days here. I’m bringing back a few of the most popular Nickel Coverage posts from the last few months to give you a chance…

  21. Need to Know: Five key questions that will impact the Redskins’ draft

    Apr 17, 2014, 4:58 AM EDT

    Hall-TD-vs.-Lions

    Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, April 17, 21 days before the NFL draft. Nickel coverage The draft does not happen in a vacuum. Future plans for veteran players impact draft day decisions. Here are the top five questions about their current team the Redskins need to answer before next month’s…

  22. Need to Know: 5 NFL draft notes including the Redskins’ pick at 34

    Apr 16, 2014, 4:48 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, April 16, 22 days before the NFL draft. Nickel coverage Here are five thoughts on the Redskins and the NFL draft, which eventually will get here, I’m told. —It’s not a grocery list, people. You don’t grab your cart and head to aisle five to…

  23. Need to Know: Will Santana Moss make the Redskins’ roster?

    Apr 15, 2014, 4:54 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, April 15, 23 days before the NFL draft. Nickel coverage Here are five thoughts on the state of the Redskins as we wait for the draft (May 8) and the release of the 2014 NFL schedule (date prior to May 8 TBA): DeSean Jackson has…

  24. Need to Know: The five most popular Redskins posts of the week

    Apr 13, 2014, 5:35 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, April 13, 25 days before the NFL draft. Nickel coverage Here are our five most popular posts from the week that was. 1. Clark talks about RG3’s logo, Jackson’s absence—As it turns out those were topics of interest and discussion among some fans and some in…

  25. Redskins finding that safety is a tough position to fill

    Apr 11, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    The Redskins can’t be accused of completely neglecting the safety position the past two offseasons. Last year they spent two of their seven draft picks on the position, taking Phillip Thomas in the fourth round and Bacarri Rambo in the sixth. This year they brought back Brandon Meriweather and signed veteran Ryan Clark. As Redskins…

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