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Need to Know: Injuries a part of the NFL camps

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Need to Know: Injuries a part of the NFL camps

Here is what you need to know going into Wednesday, Day 6 of practice at Redskins Park:Good news, bad news on Brown?My friend and colleague Chick Hernandez is reporting the following on Jammal Brown via Twitter: So it appears that a preliminary look found that the original injury, the one Brown suffered while running sprints last week, is not very bad. But there is something in the other hip that needs a look.We will get more information and further clarification on the story later his morning.Redskins not the only team with injuriesEvery year around this time the Redskins deal with training camp injuries and every year about this time I get people asking if the Redskins are extraordinarily unlucky or if they have an incompetent training staff.And, every year around this time I tell them that most NFL teams suffer from injuries this time of year. Here is a quick look through the last 48 hours of camp injuries reported in our corporate cousins at Pro Football Talk:Vikings TE John Carlson suffered a sprained MCL.
Chargers RB Ryan Mathews injured in a car accident.
Colts OL, LB suffer torn ACLs.
Jaguars G William Rackley is on crutches with a sprained ankle.
Lions RB Javid Best is still suffering from a concussion that ended his 2011 season early.
Pro Bowl Eagles DE Jason Babin will miss 2-3 weeks with a strained calf.
Cardinals starting QB Kevin Kolb has a thigh bruise.
Giants CB Terrel Thomas has re-injured the same knee that cost him all of last season.
Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta broke his hand in practice.
Eagles WR Ron Johnson suffered a gruesome leg injury.
Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno is still limited by last years torn ACL.
The Jets were suffering so many muscle pulls that Rex Ryan pushed back practice time to allow for more stretching.
Packers WR Greg Jennings is out of practice with an elbow injury.
Chiefs S Kyle McCarthy was carted off the field with a knee injury.
Broncos S Quinton Carter is out of practice with a hamstring injury.Again, those are just the more significant injuries reported in PFT since Monday morning. Its hard to look at that list and say that the Redskins are significantly worse off than the rest of the NFL.Tackle supply is getting thin out thereSome eyes were rolled when the Redskins signed tackle Jordan Black, who did not play in the NFL last year. But here is how bad the offensive tackle supply is in the NFL. The Chiefs just signed Ray Willis, who last played in the NFL in 2009. Yes, when he last played, Jim Zorn roamed the Redskins sidelines.In case you missed itYesterday, I looked at the backup plan at inside linebacker after Jonathan Goffs season-ending knee injury. Also, we had a couple of items on new offensive tackle Jordan Black, one on his impact on the depth chart and another on his weight problem (he needs to gain, not lose). The practice report has entries on Brian Orakpo, Brandon Banks, and Chris Cooley, among many others.On tap todayIt should be quite comfortable at Redskins training camp today with a high of only 83 this afternoon. There is about at 30 percent chance of thunderstorms like the ones that sent fans home early yesterday. But, then again, theres a 70 percent chance that it wont rain.

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Redskins defensive coordinator resume: Jason Tarver

Redskins defensive coordinator resume: Jason Tarver

The Redskins have interviewed some high-profile candidates for their open defensive coordinator position. When it was reported that they will meet with former Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver, the reaction among the fans was, “Who?”

Let’s take a look at what Tarver’s qualifications are to get the job of running the Redskins’ defense.

Before becoming a coordinator: At the age of 22, Tarver took a coaching job at West Valley College in California, and did that while earning his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Santa Clara. After that he was a graduate assistant at UCLA for three years before getting into the NFL in 2001, when the 49ers hired him as a quality control coach. Tarver worked his way up to outside linebackers coach in 2005 and did that job until 2010, when he was let go went Mike Singletary was fired as the head coach. After a year as the defensive coordinator at Stanford, Dennis Allen hired Tarver to run the Raiders defense in 2012.

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Note: If you want more complete stats on Tarver’s defenses check out his page on Pro Football Reference. DVOA stats via Football Outsiders. A negative DVOA percentage is better than a positive number. Zero is average.

For players, * designates Pro Bowl selection, + designates first-team All-Pro

2012 Raiders (4-12)

Rankings: Yards 5,672 (18th), points 443 (28th), takeaways 19 (26th), 3rd down 39.1% (20th), DVOA 12.5% 29th
Notable players: DT Richard Seymour, DE Lamarr Houston

It should be noted that Allen had a defensive background so he had a hand in these numbers. This team just wasn’t very good as indicated by the fact that Seymour, at age 33, was one of their best defensive players.

2013 Raiders (4-12)

Rankings: Yards 5,918 (22nd), points 453 (29th), takeaways 22 (21st), 3rd down 43.1% (28th), DVOA 10.3% (26th)
Notable players: S Charles Woodson

They did make an effort to shore up the defense by bringing back Woodson and drafting cornerback D.J. Hayden in the first round. But Hayden only played in eight games and Woodson could only contribute so much at age 37. The pass defense struggled, ranking 29th in DVOA.

Related: Redskins offensive coordinator resume: Matt Cavanaugh

2014 Raiders (3-13)

Rankings: 5,721 (21st), points 452 (32nd), takeaways 14 (30th), 3rd down 38.5% (14th), DVOA 6.3% (26th)
Notable players: LB Khalil Mack, S Woodson

Allen was fired after an 0-4 start and Tony Sparano took over as interim head coach the rest of the way. Sparano has an offensive background so perhaps Tarver is more fully accountable for these results than those in other seasons. They did draft Mack with the fifth overall pick but his impact as a rookie was limited as recorded four sacks. Hayden again missed half of the season and, again, the defense was near the bottom of the NFL.

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Need to Know: An early look at first-round draft possibilities for the Redskins

Need to Know: An early look at first-round draft possibilities for the Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, January 17, 100 days before the NFL draft.

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Days until:
NFL franchise tag deadline 44
NFL free agency starts 52
First Sunday of 2017 season 237

A six pack of potential first-round draft picks for the Redskins

We’re at a nice, round 100 days until the NFL draft starts. The deadline for underclassmen to declare has passed and the first of the postseason all-star events, the East-West Shrine game, is starting up this week. It’s time to look at some possibilities for the Redskins’ first-round draft pick, which is No. 17 overall.

We’re still not sure of what defensive scheme the Redskins will run this year but it’s likely that they could fit Stanford DE Solomon Thomas into it. He’s not the classic edge rusher type but he is big (6-2, 275), violent and he can collapse the pocket.

—Michigan S Jabrill Peppers is a top-five pick according to one NFC executive but it’s a little early to put him up that high. He’s a versatile defender and he has drawn comparisons to Troy Polamalu, Charles Woodson, and Tyrann Mathieu. If he’s there at 17 the Redskins might find it hard to resist pulling the trigger.

There has been very early buzz about the Redskins having some interest in Michigan State DL Malik McDowell. He can play end in a 3-4 front or tackle in a 4-3 and provide disruption and pass rush from either spot. The 6-6, 276-lb. McDowell was a top-five prospect on many early boards but he stock has slipped to the point where he could be available for the Redskins.

The upgrade the Redskins are looking for at inside linebacker could be Florida ILB Jarrad Davis. He’s tough, tenacious, smart, and instinctive. The most important part of the combine for him won’t be his 40 time or bench press, it will be the medicals. He has missed some games with assorted injures including a torn meniscus in 2014.

Another flexible linebacker who could help inside in a 3-4 or outside in a 4-3 is Vanderbilt LG Zach Cunningham. At 6-3, 230 he plays very well in space and he shows a great ability to take on blockers. He needs work on tackling and pass rushing techniques but he has the tools to be an impact defender very quickly.

Although a defender would be a popular and logical pick here, the Redskins could go off script. After the 2015 draft, it was reported that Scot McCloughan might have taken Todd Gurley if he had been able to trade back from No. 5 overall to a little later in the first round. So I think it would be a mistake to dismiss the possibility of him going with an offensive skill player such as Florida State RB Dalvin Cook if he’s on the board and McCloughan has him rated as the best available player.

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