Bullet points: What's the holdup with LeRibeus?

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Bullet points: What's the holdup with LeRibeus?

--What is the holdup with getting a deal done for Josh LeRibeus, who was the eighth pick of the third round? In the rush to get draft picks signed last year after the lockout ended a couple of contracts for players chosen early in the third round ended up being significantly undervalued. Those contracts set the value for this years early third round picks lower than the CBA says they should be. The teams want the lower values to set the basis for the deals this year and the players and agents want the CBA to be the guide. Check out this article for a more detailed explanation.--Robert Griffin III remains unsigned so unless something happens this morning he and LeRibeus cant be at Redskins Park today when their fellow rookies report for work. If nothing happens with his contract this morning and Griffin misses today it wont be a big deal. There isnt much to worry about if it goes into Tuesday, either. If hes not there Wednesday that will start to add up into some significant missed time.--Until RG3 is in the fold or the veterans report, Kirk Cousins will be the top QB in camp. Sunday morning channel surfing brought me to a rebroadcast of Michigan State vs. Georgia in the Outback Bowl on New Years Day. Cousins was impressive for most of the game but his big moment came with two minutes left to play and his Spartans trailing by seven. Using his arm, his feet and his head, he led a 10-play, 85-yard touchdown drive to tie the game and sent it into overtime. Michigan State won it in the third extra period.--The 53 players I have making the Redskins roster average 26.8 years old. Only seven of them are 30 or older and of those players only two, London Fletcher and Jammal Brown, are starters as of now. They are a lot younger than they were in 2010 when they were the oldest team in the league with an average age of over 28 and six starters over the age of 30. They have gotten younger, now its time for them to play better.Days until: Training camp 10; preseason opener @ Bills 24; Luck vs. RG3 at FedEx Field 40; final cuts 47; Redskins @ Saints 55

Toughness, versatility the keys to Redskins’ 2016 draft class.

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Toughness, versatility the keys to Redskins’ 2016 draft class.

The Redskins added seven players in the draft class of 2016 and many of them share some common traits.

“I'm very excited about these guys, really,” Jay Gruden said to the media after the draft was over. “I think the theme is we got some football players. We got some versatile guys who can do a lot of different things. Tough guys, who love the game of football. We're excited about them, they all bring great attitude to this organization. They're going to play hard and they're good people.”

Gruden seems to be particularly impressed with a pair of defensive players, fifth-round lineman Matt Ioannidis out of Temple and inside linebacker Steven Daniels, a seventh-round pick out of Boston College.

“Steven Daniels is very tough,” said Gruden. “When he hits you, he thumps you.”

Like Daniels, Ioannidis was the captain of the defensive unit. Gruden said that he loved his relentless play and said that “he’s a tough guy.”

Ioannidis and Su’a Cravens, the team’s second-round pick out of USC, will both play a number of roles on defense. Ioannidis could add 15-20 pounds (he is listed at 299) and play nose tackle or he could play all along the line. Cravens is a dime linebacker but he could play outside linebacker and strong safety in other situations as well.

Gruden said that the Redskins were able to emphasize toughness and versatility because they weren’t buttonholed into being forced to draft particular positions because they didn’t have anyone there.

“We didn't have a lot of glaring needs, like 'oh, my gosh we're totally incompetent at this position,’” he said. “I felt really good about the depth on our footbal team already, now that the draft is about adding a lot of good football players and adding guys that are tough.”

The team used toughness and other factors as tiebreakers when selecting among players.

“When you're in the draft and it's close between a couple of different guys, the toughness, maybe the special teams factor, the versatility, being a captain, all that stuff factors into it,” said Gruden. “You're always going to err on the side of tough, loves football.”

Josh Norman quickly acclimates to D.C. - attends White House Correspondents Dinner

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Josh Norman quickly acclimates to D.C. - attends White House Correspondents Dinner

Just a week into his Redskins tenure, new CB Josh Norman is enjoying the D.C. life, attending in the White House Correspondent's Dinner. 

@jno24's welcome to DC, the White House Corespondent Dinner! #whcd #RedSkins #HTTR #DC

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Norman came to the 'Skins with much fanfare; an unusual release from a franchise tag in Carolina made him a free agent and Washington swooped in quickly. Norman signed a massive five-year, $75 million contract, and is expected to start at cornerback this fall opposite Bashaud Breeland.

Just hours before donning his tuxedo and heading downtown, Norman was spotted at FedEx Field meeting Redskins rookies Josh Doctson, Su'a Cravens and Kendall Fuller.

It's been a busy day for Norman, and depending what you hear about #NerdProm, the night is just getting started.

Redskins' last pick in draft is speedy Georgia running back

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Redskins' last pick in draft is speedy Georgia running back

It took them their entire draft but the Redskins finally got a running back on their roster. They took Keith Marshall of Georgia with their seventh-round pick (No. 242 overall).

Marshall, 5-11 and 219 pounds, was supposed to be the Bulldogs’ next great back, but due to injuries and the emergence of Nick Chubb he never really got the chance.

He is the fastest player in the draft, if you go by his combine 40 times. He ran 4.31 in Indianapolis, the fastest time recorded this year.

Marshall will line up behind Matt Jones and probably Chris Thompson on the Redskins’ running back depth chart. He will get a chance to earn snaps on third down and possibly as a rotational back teaming with Jones.