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  1. Is tagging Orakpo a better move than a long-term deal?

    Feb 17, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    Some notable websites are weighing in who teams might/should tag as their franchise players and two of them agree that the Redskins are likely to designate Brian Orakpo in that category. Our corporate cousins at Pro Football Talk don’t think that the situation requires much thought. If anyone gets tagged, it’ll be linebacker Brian Orakpo,…

  2. Need to Know: The Redskins top five in sacks in the last 20 years

    Feb 17, 2014, 5:11 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 17, two days before the start of the NFL Combine. Nickel coverage Our stroll through recent Redskins history takes us to the pass rushers today. Here are the team’s top five in sacks in the last 20 years (1994-2013). 1. Ken Harvey (1994-1998) 41.5…

  3. Cousins trade window may extend past draft

    Feb 16, 2014, 10:55 AM EDT

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    The window for the Redskins to trade backup quarterback Kirk Cousins will open at 4 p.m. on March 11. It may not close for quite some time. First, let’s give the obligatory update on the Cousins trade situation. He has said that he is “open” to being traded to a team where he can start.…

  4. Need to Know: The five longest tenured Redskins

    Feb 16, 2014, 6:15 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, February 16, three days before the start of the NFL Combine. Nickel coverage Here are the five longest tenured Redskins currently under contract (including time spend on practice squad): 1. DE Kedric Golston 2006, drafted in sixth round—He could be challenged for a reserve spot…

  5. Haslett says he’ll turn Orkapo and Kerrigan loose

    Feb 15, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    Redskins’ defensive coordinator Jim Haslett hit the radio this week and he promised to get more pass rush pressure out of outside linebackers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan. Speaking on Inside the Locker Room on ESPN 980, (via John Keim of ESPN) he talked about the need for the Redskins to improve the pass rush.…

  6. Need to Know: Are yardage stats for losers like Haslett says?

    Feb 15, 2014, 4:56 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 15, four days before the start of the NFL Combine. Nickel coverage Earlier this week, Jim Haslett told ESPN 980 that he didn’t pay much attention to the number of yards his defense gave up. “That’s kind of for losers,” he said. Let’s put…

  7. Gruden really does prefer taller pass targets

    Feb 14, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    We have heard that when he was the offensive coordinator of the Bengals, Jay Gruden liked to employ tall receivers. Almost any discussion of a potential Redskins free agent or draft target starts with “how tall is he”? Sometimes these “preference” are exaggerated by the presence of one tall player. Someone might look at the…

  8. Need to Know: The Redskins’ five longest plays of 2013

    Feb 14, 2014, 5:15 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 14, five days before the start of the NFL Combine. Nickel coverage Here are the Redskins five longest gains of 2013: 1t. Robert Griffin pass complete deep left to Darrel Young for 62 yards, touchdown @ Eagles 11/17—If you had Griffin to Young for…

  9. Redskins fan questions: Rak, O-line, the draft and more

    Feb 13, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    Haven’t done this in a while, answering your questions from Twitter and Facebook. Let’s jump right into it. @Rich_TandlerCSN Will the Redskins address the secondary or WR corps with their first pick? #RedskinsTalk — Eli Nachmany (@PFF_EliNachmany) February 12, 2014 It’s too early to even make an intelligent guess. Those certainly are positions of need.…

  10. Need to Know: The Redskins top five in interceptions in the last 20 years

    Feb 13, 2014, 5:00 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 13, six days before the NFL Combine. Nickel coverage Here are the Redskins five (plus three) interception leaders of the last 20 years (1994-2013). 1. DeAngelo Hall (2008-2013) 23—The Redskins picked him up midway through the 2008 season and he has lived up to…

  11. Should Orakpo be paid like an ‘elite’ pass rusher?

    Feb 12, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    If the Redskins want to keep pending free agent linebacker Brian Orakpo around they are going to have to either negotiate a contract with him or hit him with the franchise tag. We know that the franchise tag will cost right around $10.9 million for the 2014 season. It’s harder to figure out what a…

  12. Need to Know: The five most valuable Redskins in 2013

    Feb 12, 2014, 5:00 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, February 12, seven days before the NFL Combine. Nickel coverage Here are the top five (plus three) Redskins in terms of the Approximate Value metric used by, among other sites, http://www.Pro-Football-Reference.com. The site sums up AV as follows: “The Approximate Value (AV) method is an…

  13. Like all NFL teams, Redskins play a zero-sum game in free agency

    Feb 11, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    Saints coach Sean Payton recently talked about the challenges the team faces in trying to keep pending free agent tight end Jimmy Graham on their team. “The first thing that comes to my mind with free agency is your own roster,” Payton told Fox Sports 1 (via the Times-Picayune). “I think often times that gets…

  14. Need to Know: The Redskins’ five top running backs of the last 20 years

    Feb 11, 2014, 4:57 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, February 11, eight days before the NFL Combine. Nickel coverage Here are the Redskins’ five leading rushers in the last 20 years (1994-2013): 1. Clinton Portis (2004-2010) 6,842—Although he probably wasn’t worth Champ Bailey and a second-round pick he still gave Redskins fans some thrills.…

  15. Need to Know: The Redskins’ five biggest salary cap hits

    Feb 10, 2014, 5:05 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 10, nine days before the NFL Combine. Nickel coverage The players who have the Redskins’ top five salary cap numbers: 1. LT Trent Williams, $10.98 million—He was among the last high draft picks under the old system where early draft picks got six-year contracts…

  16. More cap space for the Redskins? NFL cap could reach $130 million

    Feb 9, 2014, 12:55 PM EDT

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    The Redskins could be getting some more salary cap room by the time free agency starts on March 11. The official cap estimate for 2014 is $126.3 million. According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, that is a low estimate so that teams can begin to draw up their budgets for the season. The…

  17. Need to Know: The Redskins’ top five receivers since 2010

    Feb 9, 2014, 5:54 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, February 9, 10 days before the NFL Combine. Nickel coverage Here are the Redskins’ five leading receivers since the 2010 season (in terms of yards receiving): 1. Santana Moss 2,724—You likely could grab any four-year span since Moss came to the Redskins in 2005 and…

  18. Need to Know: The Redskins’ five most effective offensive players

    Feb 8, 2014, 5:55 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 8, 11 days before the NFL Combine. Nickel coverage The NFL keeps a stat called “net yards over average”. It works along the lines of the plus/minus numbers they keep in basketball and hockey. The NFL has figured out how many yards the average…

  19. How good can Aldrick Robinson be?

    Feb 7, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    The Redskins signed Aldrick Robinson to a one-year contract sometime last week. There was no doubt that Robinson would be back. Although he technically was a free agent since his contract expired he has only two accrued years of NFL service. That meant he was an exclusive-rights free agent and his options were to stay…

  20. Need to Know: Five things on RG3′s offseason to-do list

    Feb 7, 2014, 5:08 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 7, 12 days before the NFL Combine. Nickel coverage According to Pierre Garçon, Robert Griffin III has set up a number of players-only offseason passing camps already. Here are five more things that are on his to-do list between now and the start of…

  21. Patriots’ Kraft wary of committing big money to Talib

    Feb 6, 2014, 12:08 PM EDT

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    Kraft wary of bringing back Talib The Patriots were able to get cornerback Aqib Talib back last year on a one-year, $5 million. Among the bidders they had to compete with was the Redskins. The good news was that their investment paid off. Talib made the Pro Bowl and he was New England’s best defensive…

  22. RG3 has already set up passing camps

    Feb 6, 2014, 8:41 AM EDT

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    A few weeks ago, I was in the Redskins broadcast studio when Robert Griffin III walked it. It was his first day back at Redskins Park since he left the day that Mike Shanahan was fired. Among the things he told me and Larry Michael was that one of his first orders of business would…

  23. Need to know: Five potential cap casualties who could interest the Redskins

    Feb 6, 2014, 5:01 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 6, 13 days before the NFL Combine. Nickel coverage Spotrac.com came out with a list of 30 possible salary cap casualties from around the NFL. Here are five from that list who may interest the Redskins. S Thomas DeCoud, ATL—He made the Pro Bowl…

  24. Redskins salary cap analysis: How much for Orakpo, Riley?

    Feb 5, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    As Jay Gruden continues the process of assembling the playbook, people in another part of the building at Redskins Park are looking forward to free agency and how best to utilize the approximately $28 million in cap space the Redskins have. Here we’ll take a position-by-position look at the cap situation and explore some of…

  25. Need to Know: The five most important off season dates for the Redskins

    Feb 5, 2014, 4:50 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, February 5, 14 days before the NFL Combine. Nickel coverage Tarik posted the full NFL calendar on the site the other day. Let’s go through it and pull out the five dates that are most important to the Redskins. *Feb 17 Teams can apply franchise…

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