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Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 03/07/2014

NFL free agency: Five players the Redskins should avoid

Big names are available in free agency, but doesn’t mean Washington should bite. Mike Jones provides five alternatives.

By Mike Jones  |  11:40 AM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  free agency, observations

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 02/26/2014

NFL Combine: Five observations from the past week in Indy

Mike Jones provides insights as the NFL combine wraps up, and it covers the gamut, from the freakish talents to the depth of the defensive-back class, plus Michael Sam and Johnny Manziel.

By Mike Jones  |  10:23 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL Combine, NFL draft, observations

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 12/23/2013

Five observations from the Redskins’ loss to the Cowboys

The slide continues. The Redskins again proved incapable of protecting a second-half lead, and fell 24-23 to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

By Mike Jones  |  10:30 AM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kirk Cousins, Mike Shanahan, observations, Pierre Garcon, Redskins vs. Cowboys, Week 16

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 12/16/2013

Five observations from the Redskins’ loss to the Falcons

There was some good and plenty of bad to be taken from the game. But ultimately, it had more to do with Kirk Cousins’s performance than anything.

By Mike Jones  |  12:55 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo, Kirk Cousins, observations, Redskins vs. Falcons, Week 15

Posted at 08:33 AM ET, 12/09/2013

Five observations on the state of the Redskins

Just when you thought things couldn’t get much worse, they did.

By Mike Jones  |  08:33 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Daniel Snyder, Mike Shanahan, observations, Redskins vs. Chiefs, Robert Griffin III, video, Week 15

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 12/02/2013

Five observations from the Redskins’ loss to the Giants

The Washington Redskins’ second-half slide continued in their third consecutive loss.

By Mike Jones  |  11:09 AM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alfred Morris, Mike Shanahan, observations, Redskins vs. Giants, Robert Griffin III, Week 13

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 11/26/2013

Redskins-49ers: Five observations from Monday night’s loss

Another game, another embarrassment, and the Redskins at 3-8 took another step toward a disastrous end.

By Mike Jones  |  09:39 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Josh Wilson, Mike Shanahan, observations, Redskins vs. 49ers, Robert Griffin III, special teams, Trent Williams, Week 12

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 11/18/2013

Redskins vs. Eagles: Five observations from Sunday’s loss

Here we are again, sifting through the wreckage following another Redskins loss.

By Mike Jones  |  10:20 AM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  observations, Redskins vs. Eagles, Week 11

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 11/08/2013

Five observations from the Redskins’ loss to the Vikings

By Mike Jones  |  10:59 AM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:19 AM ET, 11/04/2013

Redskins vs. Chargers: Five observations from the 30-24 overtime victory

The Redskins get a much-needed win in a game that basically, Washington could not afford to lose.

By Mike Jones  |  08:19 AM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kyle Shanahan, observations, offensive philosophy, Redskins vs. Chargers, Week 9

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 10/28/2013

Five observations from the Redskins’ loss to the Broncos

The Redskins drop to 2-5 after losing what wound up being a very winnable game against Denver.

By Mike Jones  |  11:02 AM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kyle Shanahan, Mike Shanahan, observations, offensive philosophy, Redskins vs. Broncos, video, Week 8

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 10/21/2013

Five observations from the Redskins’ win over the Bears

Mike Jones gives five observations from Sunday’s win, including the impact of Roy Helu Jr.

By Mike Jones  |  11:07 AM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, Fred Davis, Jordan Reed, Keith Burns, observations, Redskins vs. Bears, Robert Griffin III, Roy Helu Jr., special teams

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 09/30/2013

Five observations from the Redskins' win over the Raiders

The Washington Redskins on Sunday managed to stop the bleeding with a 24-14 win over the Oakland Raiders.

By Mike Jones  |  11:41 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, Brian Orakpo, observations, Redskins vs. Raiders, Reed Doughty, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Kerrigan, Safeties, tight ends, Week 4, Wide Receivers

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 09/23/2013

Five observations from the Redskins’ loss to the Lions

The Redskins show improvement in a number of areas, but can’t find a way to overcome shortcomings in yet another loss this season.

By Mike Jones  |  09:10 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  0-3, Defense, Injuries, observations, Redskins vs. Lions, Robert Griffin III, special teams

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 09/20/2013

Redskins vs. Lions: Five story lines to follow

The Redskins are challenged with slowing a Detroit offense averaging 27.5 points a game and ranked eighth in the NFL in passing.

By Mike Jones  |  12:55 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeAngelo Hall, observations, Redskins vs. Lions, Robert Griffin III, Week 3

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 09/16/2013

Five observations from the Redskins’ 38-20 loss to the Packers

The Washington Redskins have now dropped to 0-2 after another baffling performance that saw them struggle to do anything right in the first half and then have to claw their way back to respectability in the second half.

By Mike Jones  |  09:30 AM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, observations, read option, Redskins vs. Packers, Robert Griffin III, zone read

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 09/10/2013

Five observations from the Redskins’ loss to the Eagles

Monday night’s game was a much more lopsided affair than numbers indicate.

By Mike Jones  |  10:04 AM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  observations, Redskins vs. Eagles, Week 1

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 08/30/2013

Five observations from the Redskins’ preseason finale

The Washington Redskins got some answers in some areas as they closed out the preseason with 4-0 record following a 30-12 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday night at Raymond James Stadium.

By Mike Jones  |  06:02 AM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bacarri Rambo, Brandon Meriweather, Chris Thompson, David Amerson, Evan Royster, observations, preseason, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 08/25/2013

Five observations from the Redskins' win over the Bills

It wasn't the typical third preseason game, but there still was plenty to take away from the matchup even though the starters basically played just one quarter.

By Mike Jones  |  12:11 PM ET, 08/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Buffalo Bills, observations, preseason

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 08/20/2013

Five observations from the Redskins' win over the Steelers

There were positives, as well as some other negatives, that came from Monday night's game. Here are five areas that stand out.

By Mike Jones  |  07:01 AM ET, 08/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  observations, Pittsburgh Steelers, preseason

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 08/16/2013

Observations from Friday's practice at Redskins training camp

Redskins training camp is officially in the books after the team held its final practice in Richmond on Friday.

By Mike Jones  |  03:01 PM ET, 08/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  observations, Robert Griffin III, Training camp

Posted at 06:58 PM ET, 08/15/2013

Observations from Thursday's practice at Redskins training camp

The Redskins are almost there. One more practice left of training camp, and then they return to Ashburn, where they will continue the preseason.

By Mike Jones  |  06:58 PM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo, Practice observations, Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

Posted at 06:41 PM ET, 08/14/2013

Observations from Wednesday's practice at Redskins training camp

RGIII's first day of 11-on-11 drills, Forbath kicking performance, Nick Barnett update and more ...

By Mike Jones  |  06:41 PM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  observations, place kickers, Robert Griffin III, special teams, Training camp

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 08/14/2013

Robert Griffin III receives first 11-on-11 snaps of camp

Robert Griffin III completed five of eight passes for 101 yards and threw one interception. He also handed the ball off five times.

By Mike Jones  |  03:50 PM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, observations, Quarterbacks, Robert Griffin III, Training camp

Posted at 07:37 PM ET, 08/13/2013

Observations from Tuesday's practice at Redskins training camp

The Redskins were dealt a blow to their strong safety depth today when it was learned that Phillip Thomas will miss all of the season with a Lisfranc sprain in his left foot. Who gets his snaps?

By Mike Jones  |  07:37 PM ET, 08/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  observations, Training camp

Posted at 08:30 PM ET, 08/12/2013

Observations from Monday's practice at Redskins training camp

Griffin's day by the numbers, plus David Amerson goes for X-rays after landing awkwardly on his hand, and much more.

By Mike Jones  |  08:30 PM ET, 08/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, Linebackers, observations, Running backs, Training camp

Posted at 08:19 AM ET, 08/09/2013

Redskins vs. Titans: Five observations from Washington's preseason opener

Bacarri Rambo takes his lumps, Kirk Cousins looks sharp, and more from the 22-21 exhibition victory in Nashville.

By Mike Jones  |  08:19 AM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bacarri Rambo, Defense, Kirk Cousins, observations, preseason, Robert Griffin III, Running backs, Tennessee Titans

Posted at 08:41 PM ET, 08/06/2013

Observations from Tuesday's practice at Redskins training camp

The Redskins got in their last practice before Thursday's preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans and on Wednesday will have a walk-through and then fly to Nashville.

By Mike Jones  |  08:41 PM ET, 08/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  observations, Training camp

Posted at 08:03 PM ET, 08/05/2013

Observations from Monday's practice at Redskins training camp

Healthy first-team defense, two-pick day for Wilson, dunk contest, RGIII update

By Mike Jones  |  08:03 PM ET, 08/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, Injuries, observations, Safeties, Training camp

Posted at 07:02 PM ET, 08/03/2013

Observations from Saturday's practice at Redskins training camp

Big crowd on hand for fan appreciation day, and much more.

By Mark Maske  |  07:02 PM ET, 08/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, observations, Training camp

Posted at 07:33 PM ET, 08/02/2013

Observations from Friday's practice at Redskins training camp

RGIII goes deep, referees in practice, Cousins-to-Paul, and more ...

By Mike Jones  |  07:33 PM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  observations, Training camp

Posted at 07:32 PM ET, 08/01/2013

Observations from Thursday's practice at Redskins training camp

Robert Griffin III had his most accurate passing performance of training camp, completing 16 of 17 throws in seven-on-seven action.

By Mike Jones  |  07:32 PM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  observations, Training camp

Posted at 09:04 PM ET, 07/31/2013

Observations from Wednesday's practice at Redskins training camp

More action for RGIII, injury updates, Moss still shining, throwback role for Wilson, and more ...

By Mike Jones  |  09:04 PM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Practice observations

Posted at 09:19 PM ET, 07/30/2013

Observations from Tuesday's practice at Redskins training camp

The offense works on red zone plays, Fred Davis makes some noise, Santana Moss shines, and more ...

By Mike Jones  |  09:19 PM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  observations, Training camp

Posted at 07:48 PM ET, 07/29/2013

Observations from Day 4 of Redskins training camp

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall rolled an ankle early in Monday afternoon's practice session, Robert Griffin III tries some new drills, and more.

By Mike Jones  |  07:48 PM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeAngelo Hall, observations, Robert Griffin III, Training camp

Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 07/28/2013

Observations from Day 3 of Redskins training camp

The Washington Redskins wrapped up their third day of practices, and Saturday's action featured plenty of action.

By Mike Jones  |  07:32 AM ET, 07/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 07/27/2013

Observations from Day 2 of Redskins training camp

Another day of camp in the books, and the Redskins, who today practiced before an announced crowd of 9,658 fans in the two sessions combined.

By Mike Jones  |  06:01 AM ET, 07/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  observations, Training camp

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 07/26/2013

Observations from Day 1 of Redskins training camp

The Redskins wrapped up their first day of training camp practices on Thursday and get back to work Friday with a morning walk-though and another practice in the afternoon.

By Mike Jones  |  06:01 AM ET, 07/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  observations, Training camp

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 06/12/2013

Redskins minicamp: Observations from Wednesday's practice

The Washington Redskins concluded their minicamp on Wednesday and tomorrow, many of the players will depart for their offseason home and summer vacation destinations.

By Mike Jones  |  04:01 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Linebackers, minicamp, observations, Offensive line, RGIII, Secondary

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 06/11/2013

Redskins minicamp: Observations from Tuesday's practice

The Washington Redskins returned to the practice field today for the first session of their mandatory minicamp, which is scheduled to run Tuesday through Thursday.

By Mike Jones  |  04:00 PM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, defensive line, Injuries, minicamp, observations, returners, Rookies, Safeties, Secondary

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 06/06/2013

Observations from Thursday's practice session

Mike Jones shares insights on the Redskins' Thursday practice, including who's hurt, who's lining up with first- and second-teams, and who scuffled.

By Mike Jones  |  03:32 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, inside linebackers, observations, Offensive line, OTAs, Practice reports, running back, Safeties, tight ends

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 05/30/2013

Observations from Redskins' Thursday practice

Mike Jones shares what he observed at Redskins practice on Thursday, including in the secondary and at running back.

By Mike Jones  |  04:32 PM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, defensive line, observations, offseason, OTAs, Running backs, Safeties

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 05/30/2013

Maurice Hurt has arthroscopic surgery, and other injury news

Backup offensive lineman Maurice Hurt missed Thursday's offseason practice to have arthroscopic surgery on one of his knees, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said.

By Mike Jones  |  03:51 PM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Maurice Hurt, observations, Offensive line, OTAs

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 01/07/2013

Five observations from the Redskins' season-ending loss to the Seahawks

The Washington Redskins this morning will clean out their locker rooms and scatter to their offseason homes while their coaches and the team's front office officials assess their season and turn their attention to improving this team.

By Mike Jones  |  10:06 AM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 12/31/2012

Redskins-Cowboys: Five observations from Washington's NFC East clinching win

You're not dreaming. The Redskins are in the playoffs.

By Mike Jones  |  11:05 AM ET, 12/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Five observations, Redskins-Cowboys

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 12/24/2012

Five observations from the Redskins' win over the Eagles

The Washington Redskins pulled off yet another victory, extended their streak to six games the first such regular season run since 1996 and next Sunday night play the Dallas Cowboys in what could be an all-or-nothing game.

By Mike Jones  |  09:50 AM ET, 12/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 12/17/2012

Five observations from the Redskins' win over the Browns

The Washington Redskins have won five straight and control their future in the NFC East.

By Mike Jones  |  10:55 AM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Five observations, Redskins, Redskins-Browns

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 12/10/2012

Five observations from the Redskins' win over the Ravens

The Redskins pulled off yet another victory to extend their win streak to four games and improve to 7-6.

By Mike Jones  |  11:14 AM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Five observations, Redskins, Redskins-Ravens

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 12/04/2012

Redskins-Giants: Five observations from Washington's 17-16 victory

The Redskins continued their post-bye surge. It wasn't pretty, but they upset the defending champion New York Giants.

By Mike Jones  |  10:22 AM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Five observations, Redskins-Giants

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 11/05/2012

Five observations from the Redskins loss to the Panthers

So much for riding into the bye week with a sense of promise for the rest of the season.

By Mike Jones  |  10:52 AM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Five observations, Washington Redskins

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 10/29/2012

Five observations from the Redskins’ loss to the Steelers

The Redskins fell to 3-5 on the year after their worst loss of the season.

By Mike Jones  |  11:52 AM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Five observations, Redskins-Steelers, Washington Redskins

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 10/22/2012

Five observations from the Redskins’ loss to the Giants

Who will make plays for the Redskins' offense with Pierre Garcon and Fred Davis out?

By Mike Jones  |  12:08 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Five observations, Redskins-Giants, Washington Redskins

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 10/15/2012

Five observations from the Redskins’ victory over the Vikings

The Washington Redskins get a day to savor their dramatic victory.

By Mike Jones  |  11:29 AM ET, 10/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Five observations, Redskins-Vikings

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 10/15/2012

Five observations from the Redskins' victory over the Vikings

The Washington Redskins get a day to savor their dramatic victory.

By Mike Jones  |  11:29 AM ET, 10/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Five observations, Redskins-Vikings

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 10/08/2012

Five observations from Redskins-Falcons game

Robert Griffin III needs to throw the ball away; Ryan Kerrigan shines.

By Mike Jones  |  11:30 AM ET, 10/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Five observations, Redskins-Falcons

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 10/08/2012

Five observations from Redskins-Falcons game

Robert Griffin III needs to throw the ball away; Ryan Kerrigan shines.

By Mike Jones  |  11:30 AM ET, 10/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Five observations, Redskins-Falcons

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 09/24/2012

Five observations from the Redskins’ 38-31 loss to the Bengals

The Washington Redskins suffered another close loss, falling 38-31 to Cincinnati on Sunday, and dropped to 1-2.

By Mike Jones  |  09:00 AM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Five observations, Redskins-Bengals

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 09/10/2012

Five observations from Sunday’s Redskins-Saints game

The Redskins can take plenty of positives away from their season-opening victory at New Orleans.

By Mike Jones  |  01:09 PM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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