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  1. Need to Know: Redskins’ Kerrigan wants to step up his game

    Jul 12, 2014, 5:41 AM EDT


    Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, July 12, 12 days before the Redskins start training camp. Three and out Let’s look at a few more storylines as the Redskins get ready to report to Richmond. —The Stephen Bowen situation will be interesting to follow. He may or may not be ready…

  2. Need to Know: The Redskins’ plan for Brian Orakpo

    Jun 27, 2014, 4:51 AM EDT


    Here is what you need to know on this Friday, June 27, 27 days before the Redskins start training camp. Three and out —“Ryan, it’s his strength. What are the little things you do to make him better? It’s to try to get Ryan to play to his strength which is his strength. He’s a…

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

    Jun 19, 2014, 5:23 AM EDT

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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…

  4. Need to Know: 5 Redskins who could have breakout 2014 seasons

    Jun 2, 2014, 5:20 AM EDT


    Here is what you need to know on this Monday, June 2, 15 days before the start of minicamp. Nickel coverage Breakout players can either be relative unkowns who all of a sudden have a standout year or they can be solid performers who blossom to play at a Pro Bowl level. Here are five…

  5. Twitter questions: Any surprise veteran cuts coming?

    May 2, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT


    A good mix of draft and non-draft questions today, let’s jump right into it. @Rich_TandlerCSN how do you think the secondary will hold up if we have a better pass rush #RedskinsTalk — Hol Dat Noise (@_CountUpMOB) May 1, 2014 Pass defense starts with pass pressure. If the front seven can consistently get pressure rushing…

  6. Press release: Redskins exercise 5th-year option on Kerrigan

    May 2, 2014, 10:37 AM EDT

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    From Redskins PR: LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have exercised their fifth-year option on the contract of linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. Kerrigan (6-4, 260) has started all 48 of Washington’s regular season games and one postseason game since he entered the NFL as the Redskins’ first-round pick (16th overall) in the 2011…

  7. Has Brian Orakpo proven himself?

    Apr 30, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT


    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…

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

    Apr 19, 2014, 5:00 AM EDT


    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…

  9. Will the Redskins look for any more outside linebackers?

    Apr 7, 2014, 12:09 PM EDT


    A couple of weeks ago we wondered what the Redskins would do for depth at inside linebacker. They had just starters Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan and second-year player Brandon Jenkins as likely candidates to make the team. They now have at least part of the answer. Just when it was looking like they would…

  10. Redskins have help wanted sign up at outside linebacker

    Mar 24, 2014, 11:15 AM EDT


    As free agency plods into its third week, most of the focus has been on the Redskins’ defensive backfield, the safety spot in particular. But there is another area on defense that will need to be shored up prior to the start of the season. Outside linebacker is a vital position in the 3-4 defense…

  11. Redskins putting their eggs in the pass-rush basket

    Mar 18, 2014, 2:20 PM EDT


    We are a week in to free agency and the Redskins’ two biggest signees will probably play a few yards apart from each other and will have the same primary responsibility much of the time. Before free agency started they retained right outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, who had 10 sacks in 2013, via using the…

  12. Cap could hit $160 million in 2016, Redskins will need it

    Mar 7, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT


    It was just over a week ago that we heard that the NFL salary cap would be $133 million this year, somewhere in the vicinity of $140 million next year and $150 million in 2016. Well, those future numbers could be growing already. Mike Florio of our corporate cousins at Pro Football Talk said that…

  13. Need to Know: Redskins top five 2015 free agents

    Mar 7, 2014, 4:53 AM EDT


    Here is what you need to know on this Friday, March 7, four days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage Yes, it’s only 2014 but the way the NFL salary cap works you have to look into the future when deciding who to sign and how much to pay them. You also…

  14. Another tag for Orakpo in 2015?

    Mar 6, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT


    At some point in the next several months it is likely that Brian Orakpo will sign his franchise tag tender. Given that he and the Redskins were not close to an agreement on a long-term contract prior to the team using the tag, the chances are that he plays out the 2014 for the $11.455…

  15. Need to Know: Five ripple effects of the Orakpo tag

    Mar 5, 2014, 4:43 AM EDT


    Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, March 5, six days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage Nothing happens in a vacuum in the salary-capped environment of the NFL. Here are five ripple effects from the decision to tag Brian Orakpo: 1. Ryan Kerrigan safe for now—As noted yesterday,…

  16. Five things you need to know about the Orakpo tag

    Mar 4, 2014, 5:06 AM EDT


    Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, March 4, seven days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage Here are five angles on the Redskins’ decision to put the franchise tag on Brian Orakpo. 1. Why did they do it?—In the end, they didn’t want to lose a home-grown, very…

  17. Do the Redskins have any candidates for early contract extensions?

    Mar 2, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT


    The Eagles have been quite busy the last few days signing players to new contracts. Two of those players, left tackle Jason Peters and center Jason Kelce, were not set to be free agents until next year. This is the way the Eagles and some other teams, notably the 49ers, have operated for a number…

  18. Orakpo talks remain stalled; what’s Plan B?

    Feb 28, 2014, 2:21 PM EDT


    The Redskins’ contract talks with Brian Orakpo remain at a standstill. The team has yet to make their outside linebacker a firm contract offer, according to the Washington Post. The deadline for using the franchise player tag on Orakpo comes this Monday at 4 p.m. and there is no indication that the Redskins are going…

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

    Feb 17, 2014, 5:11 AM EDT


    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…

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

    Feb 15, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT


    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.…

  21. 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, The site sums up AV as follows: “The Approximate Value (AV) method is an…

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

    Feb 5, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT


    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…

  23. Need to Know: Five Redskins cap bargains

    Jan 15, 2014, 4:35 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, January 15, 113 days from the NFL Draft. Nickel coverage We’re looking at the Redskins’ salary cap all week long here on Real Redskins. Here’s a look at five of the Redskins’ best cap values in 2014: 1. QB Robert Griffin III (2014 cap $5.76…

  24. Need to Know: Redskins expect the best out of Morgan, Davis

    Nov 22, 2013, 6:05 AM EDT


    Here is what you need to know on this Friday, November 22, three days before the Washington Redskins host the San Francisco 49ers. Nickel coverage Five items of interest from Redskins Park: 1. Many fans and some in the media tend to assume that if a player is benched or otherwise has his playing time…

  25. Open thread: Stopping Shady

    Nov 14, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT


    Someone (sorry, I can’t dig through the comments and find out who) brought up the concept of an open thread, a place for you the readers to comment on whatever you think the topic of conversation should be. Since giving the readers what they want is a good way to get people to read your… Archives

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