What they’re saying about the Redskins as OTAs begin


Defensive end Jarvis Jenkins will be looking to stand out in OTAs. (The Washington Post)

Occasionally, The Insider samples what folks outside The Post are writing about the team.

Full-squad offseason workouts have begun. Although the swarm of fresh blog posts and bits of insight about players will likely come Thursday, when the team opens the gates to reporters and members of the press, there’s still plenty to talk about. The Redskins have a way of remaining in the news.

On the football side, Mike Jones wrote our OTA kickoff story. ESPN’s John Keim did a 13-point primer, and CSN Washington’s Tarik El-Bashir listed six positions up for grabs in OTAs. Here’s one of Keim’s things to watch:

The starting competitions. It’ll be interesting to see the rotation at inside linebacker. The Redskins signed Darryl Sharpton and Akeem Jordan to compete for the job (Sharpton received the stronger contract between the two; Jordan is not an every-down linebacker). Robinson will be in the mix, too. At defensive end, the Redskins have Jason Hatcher, Jarvis Jenkins, Chris Baker and [Stephen] Bowen (who will not be participating). How is the rotation at guard? Not just the starter because I assume Chris Chester will still be in that role this week, but among the backups.

● NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks wrote that the Redskins had the NFL’s best wide receiver group, edging the Bears and Broncos. Neil Greenberg, of The Post’s Fancy Stats blog, took an analytical look at that claim.

Off the field, the team’s name is in the news again. Among the latest kick-ups:

● A group attempting to get the Redskins name changed is sending out 2,740 letters to players, asking them to stand on what they call the right side of history. It could be a potentially powerful move, if prominent players respond.

● Via The Bog, current Washington players back the letter their GM sent defending the name, although they use the exact same verbiage rather than tweeting in their own words.

● The Daily Caller and MarketWatch point out where senators who signed a letter urging the team to change their name have high school team name issues in their home states. The Red Raiders of Concord, N.H. are okay with one senator who signed the letter. MarketWatch also features a map of schools using Native American-themed names in the home states of senators who signed the letter.

● A couple letters to the editor pick at the team’s inconsistency in using the words “Redskins” and “Native Americans.”

● The Sporting News argues that the team should change the name to “The Americans” and be done with it.

● HuffPost has a little fun in reacting to to Fox News’s defense of the team name here:

Here are archives of Insider posts regarding the franchise name issue.

Have a Redskins question? Send an e-mail to mike.jones@washpost.com with the subject line “Mailbag question,” and it might be answered on Tuesday in The Mailbag.

More from The Post:

Mailbag: On front-office changes and 40 times

Bog: Jerry Jones and Bruce Allen are only president/GMs

Redskins get a closer look at full squad as OTAs begin

Just more than $2 million in cap space left for Washington

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