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The Insider: June, 2014

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 06/30/2014

How much impact will Jason Hatcher have for the Redskins?

Mike Jones looks at players whose performances in 2014 will be key to the team’s fortunes, starting with new defensive lineman Jason Hatcher.

By Mike Jones  |  01:32 PM ET, 06/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jason Hatcher, Players to watch

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 06/30/2014

Quiz: How well do you know your Redskins?

It’s easy to tune out during a 3-13 season. If you paid attention, this quiz will prove you’re a Washington football die-hard.

By Keith McMillan  |  10:56 AM ET, 06/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Opening kick

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 06/26/2014

Redskins sign Jerry Rice Jr.

Hall of Famer’s son is undrafted rookie who was in minicamps this offseason with the Ravens and 49ers.

By Mark Maske  |  04:35 PM ET, 06/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wide Receivers

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 06/26/2014

Poll: Do football fans care about today’s futbol match?

Do fans of American football care about today’s World Cup match, and if so, how much?

By Keith McMillan  |  12:02 PM ET, 06/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 06/25/2014

Crowdsourcing the Redskins’ roster: Defensive line

Who do you think should make the Redskins roster along the defensive line?

By Keith McMillan  |  01:55 PM ET, 06/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defensive line, Opening kick, polls, Roster

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 06/25/2014

How is Tyler Polumbus really playing? A closer look.

Washington’s right tackle gets a lot of flak. Instead of going on reputation alone, Mark Bullock closely examined his play.

By Mark Bullock  |  10:27 AM ET, 06/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Offensive line, The Outsider, Trent Williams, Tyler Polumbus

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 06/24/2014

What they’re writing: On Redskins’ Jordan Reed and more

What folks outside The Post have been saying about the team as the offseason slows to a trot.

By Keith McMillan  |  03:43 PM ET, 06/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 06/24/2014

Who is the best player on the Redskins?

Is there a clear-cut answer on this team at this time?

By Keith McMillan  |  10:01 AM ET, 06/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 06/23/2014

Crowdsourcing the Redskins’ roster: Offensive line

You tell us who should make the final 53-man roster.

By Keith McMillan  |  03:47 PM ET, 06/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Offensive line, Opening kick, polls, Roster

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 06/20/2014

Appeals court reinstates NFLPA’s collusion complaint against league, teams

Case had been dismissed in 2012. It accuses the NFL and teams of operating with a secret salary cap during the uncapped year in 2010.

By Mark Maske  |  12:33 PM ET, 06/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  League news, Salary cap

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 06/20/2014

Gruden pleased with foundation laid during first offseason program

New coach Jay Gruden expressed encouragement over the way the Redskins have come together, the enthusiasm his players have displayed, and the progress they have made in the last three months.

By Mike Jones  |  10:13 AM ET, 06/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jay Gruden, Redskins OTAs

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 06/20/2014

Jim Haslett thinks this year’s defense has a lot of potential

Finally given the freedom to run the defense his way, Washington’s defensive coordinator is happy with the players he’s been given to do the job.

By Jason Reid  |  07:01 AM ET, 06/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  3-4 defense, Defense, Jason Hatcher, Jim Haslett, minicamp, pass rush

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 06/19/2014

Outside linebackers coach Brian Baker talks pass rushers

Now that he has gotten the chance to work with his three top pass rusher, Brian Baker explains how he expects to get them to improve, and how they might be used.

By Mike Jones  |  02:06 PM ET, 06/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Baker, Brian Orakpo, outside linebackers, pass rush, Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Murphy

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 06/19/2014

RGIII has ‘no doubt’ he is a better quarterback now

The third-year quarterback still has more work to do. But he says can tell he has made significant improvements.

By Mike Jones  |  11:01 AM ET, 06/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jay Gruden, minicamp, Robert Griffin III, Sean McVay

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 06/19/2014

Gruden scraps final day of Redskins minicamp practices

Coach Jay Gruden cancelled the final day of minicamp practices as a reward to his players for the work they have put in this offseason.

By Mike Jones  |  10:01 AM ET, 06/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jay Gruden, minicamp

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 06/18/2014

Redskins minicamp: Observations from Wednesday’s practice

Mike Jones shares what he saw out at minicamp today.

By Mike Jones  |  03:16 PM ET, 06/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  coaches, Injuries, minicamp, observations

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 06/18/2014

Redskins’ Hatcher to have arthroscopic knee surgery

Redskins defensive end Jason Hatcher has to have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. He expects a four- to six-week recovery time.

By Mike Jones  |  12:26 PM ET, 06/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Jason Hatcher

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 06/18/2014

DeSean Jackson says that he and Pierre Garcon will benefit each other

‘It’s gonna be tough on defenses,’ wideout says of the pairing that gives the Redskins two 1,300-yard receivers from last season.

By Mark Maske  |  10:42 AM ET, 06/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeSean Jackson, minicamp, Offense, Pierre Garcon, Wide Receivers

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 06/17/2014

‘It feels great’ not to have to wear a knee brace, Robert Griffin III says

Quarterback says he’s ‘blessed’ to have a full offseason this year after last year’s recovery from knee surgery.

By Mark Maske  |  03:44 PM ET, 06/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  minicamp, Robert Griffin III

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 06/17/2014

Redskins minicamp: Observations and notes from Tuesday’s practice

The Redskins kicked off minicamp, and players said that Tuesday’s action felt a lot of like training camp both because of the heat and because of the competitive nature of the practice, which included a fight.

By Mike Jones  |  02:27 PM ET, 06/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  minicamp, observations

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 06/17/2014

Hatcher sidelined by knee injury; Orakpo sits out with illness

Defensive end Jason Hatcher will have an MRI on one of his knees after experiencing some pain and swelling, coach Jay Gruden said on Tuesday.

By Mike Jones  |  12:27 PM ET, 06/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo, Injuries, Jason Hatcher, minicamp

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 06/17/2014

Redskins mailbag: Offseason progress, linebacker depth chart and more

Mike Jones answers readers’ questions about the mood out at Redskins Park so far, plus thoughts on the punters kicking off, linebacker depth and the quarterbacks.

By Mike Jones  |  10:00 AM ET, 06/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mailbag, minicamp

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 06/16/2014

Redskins open three-day minicamp Tuesday

After Thursday, players are off until training camp in July in Richmond.

By Mark Maske  |  12:17 PM ET, 06/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jay Gruden, minicamp

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 06/16/2014

Andre Roberts wants to return kicks

The wide receiver had some experience as a returner in Arizona, mostly as a rookie in 2010.

By Mark Maske  |  11:09 AM ET, 06/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Andre Roberts, special teams

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 06/16/2014

David Amerson appears poised to take next step in his development

The Redskins passed on high-profile free agent cornerbacks because they believe Amerson this season is ready to take over at the starting spot opposite Hall.

By Mike Jones  |  09:39 AM ET, 06/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, David Amerson

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 06/13/2014

No firm timetable given yet for Hankerson’s return

Wide receiver working his way back from knee surgery in November.

By Mark Maske  |  11:39 AM ET, 06/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Leonard Hankerson, OTAs, Wide Receivers

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 06/13/2014

Redskins still have high hopes for Bacarri Rambo

Despite a rookie campaign that saw him struggle mightily and the addition of veterans that play his position, the Redskins remain hopeful that safety Bacarri Rambo will develop into an impact player.

By Mike Jones  |  09:04 AM ET, 06/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bacarri Rambo, OTAs, Safeties

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 06/12/2014

What they’re saying about the Redskins during OTAs

A roundup of outside chatter about the team.

By Keith McMillan  |  04:26 PM ET, 06/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  OTAs, Word around Washington

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 06/12/2014

Griffin won’t compare how his knee feels now to how it felt last season

“I leave that talk to you guys,” the Redskins quarterback told reporters after Wednesday’s practice.

By Mark Maske  |  11:26 AM ET, 06/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  OTAs, Robert Griffin III

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 06/12/2014

Belichick pitched idea of Redskins-Patriots practices to Gruden & Co.

The Redskins will host the New England Patriots for joint practices in Richmond, and the idea came from Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

By Mike Jones  |  09:11 AM ET, 06/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins-Patriots, Training camp

Posted at 08:21 AM ET, 06/12/2014

Redskins to host free agent outside linebacker Quentin Groves

A sixth-year pro out of Auburn, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Groves, 29, spent last season with the Cleveland Browns, but appeared in only five games, mainly on special teams, because of an ankle injury.

By Mike Jones  |  08:21 AM ET, 06/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  free agency, outside linebackers, special teams

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 06/11/2014

Redskins OTAs: Observations from Wednesday’s practice

Mike Jones took notes during Wednesday’s open practice on Robert Griffin III’s sharpness, who’s running at second-string guard, the shiftiness of a reserve running back, and more. Here’s his report.

By Mike Jones  |  04:17 PM ET, 06/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, observations, OTAs

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 06/11/2014

Jon Gruden watches Redskins practice

“He’s always been a better player than me and a better coach,” former Raiders and Buccaneers coach says of his brother Jay.

By Mark Maske  |  03:12 PM ET, 06/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jay Gruden, Jon Gruden, OTAs

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 06/11/2014

DeSean Jackson returns to practice, but not yet at 100 percent

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson this week returned to action, while cornerback DeAngelo Hall was excused from OTAs on Wednesday.

By Mike Jones  |  02:20 PM ET, 06/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeAngelo Hall, DeSean Jackson, Injuries, OTAs

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 06/11/2014

The differences between 1-gap and 2-gap principles on the Redskins’ defensive line

While the Redskins are keeping the 3-4 defense, changing principles means they can cut their defensive linemen loose to let them attack.

By Mark Bullock  |  07:02 AM ET, 06/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  3-4 defense, Defense, The Outsider

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 06/10/2014

Redskins mailbag: Sean McVay and the offense, plus the future for Moss

Mike Jones answers readers’ questions on the young offensive coordinator’s role and the offense, plus Santana Moss, Trent Murphy and, of course, Tanard Jackson.

By Mike Jones  |  12:15 PM ET, 06/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mailbag, Safeties, Santana Moss, Sean McVay, Tanard Jackson, Trent Murphy, Wide Receivers

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 06/10/2014

What if there were a developmental-level Redskins team?

With the lack of football action this time of year, wouldn’t you want to see some less-heralded players in action?

By Keith McMillan  |  07:02 AM ET, 06/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Opening kick, practice squad

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 06/09/2014

Santana Moss says having to work for a roster spot is nothing new to him

Santana Moss is part of a suddenly crowded wide receiver corps as he eyes a 14th NFL season.

By Mark Maske  |  12:19 PM ET, 06/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Santana Moss, Wide Receivers

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 06/09/2014

Director of pro personnel Alex Santos stressing team approach as he assumes new role

Unforseen circumstances put Alex Santos on the path that led him to his new role as director of pro personnel.

By Mike Jones  |  10:33 AM ET, 06/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Santos, Front office

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 06/06/2014

Colt McCoy, at 27, is the old man among current Redskins quarterbacks

Fifth-year NFL veteran says he’s in Washington to “be the best teammate I can be and contribute in any way that I can.“

By Mark Maske  |  01:00 PM ET, 06/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Colt McCoy, Quarterbacks

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 06/06/2014

Jay Gruden: Doug Williams will help Robert Griffin III continue to mature

Gruden said that Griffin needs to learn how to tune out outside criticism, and the coach believes that Williams will help the quarterback grow and do this.

By Mike Jones  |  09:11 AM ET, 06/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Doug Williams, Jay Gruden, Quarterbacks, Robert Griffin III

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 06/05/2014

On Kaepernick, Griffin and contracts for young quarterbacks

Colin Kaepernick’s contract was the first given to the vanguard of young passers sweeping the NFL, and at some point, Washington and Robert Griffin III will be at a similar crossroads.

By Keith McMillan  |  01:55 PM ET, 06/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  contracts, Quarterbacks, Robert Griffin III, video

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 06/05/2014

Things ‘coming together nicely’ for Redskins in Gruden’s offense, Griffin says

Quarterback says transition has been smooth so far in offseason practices.

By Mark Maske  |  12:36 PM ET, 06/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jay Gruden, OTAs, Robert Griffin III

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 06/05/2014

Trent Williams believes Redskins, offensive line are off to a good start

Now two months into the introductory process to the Jay Gruden regime, Redskins Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams feels both relieved and encouraged.

By Mike Jones  |  10:04 AM ET, 06/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Offensive line, OTAs, Trent Williams

Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 06/04/2014

Redskins OTAs: Observations from Wednesday’s practice

Mike Jones watched Wednesday’s open practice closely, eyeing everyone down to the kickers and third-string safeties, and picking up on players’ remarks to each other. Here’s his report.

By Mike Jones  |  04:28 PM ET, 06/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  observations, OTAs, Robert Griffin III

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 06/04/2014

Robert Griffin III says a full offseason of work is ‘very valuable’

Redskins quarterback also says he won’t make comparisons to last year: ‘That question will not be answered.’

By Mark Maske  |  03:34 PM ET, 06/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  offseason, OTAs, Quarterbacks, Robert Griffin III

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 06/04/2014

Brian Orakpo eager for long-term deal, refuses to hold out

Brian Orakpo could stay away while his long-term contract status is in limbo, but he says he would rather be with his teammates.

By Jason Reid  |  02:52 PM ET, 06/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo, contracts, outside linebackers

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 06/04/2014

DeSean Jackson continues to nurse hamstring

Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson remained sidelined with a strained hamstring during the Redskins’ second week of offseason practices, but said he possibly could return to action next week.

By Mike Jones  |  02:10 PM ET, 06/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeSean Jackson

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 06/04/2014

Redskins on the field in Ashburn

Today’s practice is open to reporters, so here’s a spot to follow along and react to the latest.

By Keith McMillan  |  12:30 PM ET, 06/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  OTAs, video

Posted at 06:46 AM ET, 06/04/2014

A closer look at Robert Griffin III’s mechanics

Much has been made over the difference in the quarterback’s mechanics in 2012 and 2013, so let’s examine them.

By Mark Bullock  |  06:46 AM ET, 06/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Quarterbacks, Robert Griffin III, The Outsider

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 06/03/2014

Jason Hatcher says Redskins have to ‘expect to be a great defense’

Defensive end Jason Hatcher, signed in free agency from the Cowboys, says he’s been encouraged by what he’s seen so far.

By Mark Maske  |  03:18 PM ET, 06/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jason Hatcher

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 06/03/2014

Redskins mailbag: Tight end depth, pass rush and the cornerback battle

Mike Jones answers reader questions about the depth of various positions, position battles and expectations for the coming season. We also look back at why the Shanahan era ended.

By Mike Jones  |  12:03 PM ET, 06/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, Darrel Young, Kory Lichtensteiger, Mailbag, Mike Shanahan, special teams, tight ends

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 06/02/2014

Phillip Thomas aims to play his way back into Redskins’ safety plans

Second-year pro is back after missing his entire rookie season because of a Lisfranc foot injury.

By Mark Maske  |  11:37 AM ET, 06/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  OTAs, Phillip Thomas, Safeties

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 06/02/2014

Gruden predicts more exotic blitzes from Haslett’s defense

Coach says Washington’s defensive coordinator is experimenting with a variety of blitz packages.

By Mike Jones  |  10:36 AM ET, 06/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Jay Gruden, Jim Haslett, pass rush

Posted at 07:16 AM ET, 06/02/2014

Morning video: Moses’s singing, Jackson-Griffin chemistry

Here are a few videos, including one with rookie tackle Morgan Moses claiming he can sing, to start your week at The Insider.

By Keith McMillan  |  07:16 AM ET, 06/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeSean Jackson, Morgan Moses, Opening kick, Robert Griffin III, Tanard Jackson, video

 

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