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Brian Orakpo Notable Quotables

Brian Orakpo Notable Quotables

Here's the transcript of Brian Orakpo's conference call with the Washington media types.

On how excited he is to be a Washington Redskin:

"I am very excited.  The Washington Redskins are a great, great program.  I am just so excited to get down there and get started."

 

On why he believes the Washington Redskins are a perfect fit for him:

"I just felt it.  When I met with all the other teams, the Washington Redskins had the best vibes.  The coaching staff, the owner, the team, everything is just so great.  I told them I would be very excited to have the opportunity to play for them."

 

On how surprised he was to still be on the board at No. 13:

"To be honest with you, I wasn't even thinking about it too much.  I'm just kind of different.  I really wasn't worried about how I went.  I just wanted to have the opportunity to be drafted and finally know where I go."

 

On if there was another team he thought would take him besides the Washington Redskins:

"I thought of a lot of teams that would be a possibility, but you never know.  I just had my head on straight and was optimistic throughout the whole process."

 

On how confident he is that he can help the defense right away:

"First, it comes with a lot of hard work and that is what I know I am going to have to do and bring to the table.  Earn that respect from my teammates and come in and learn that I'm ready to work.  So, I'm pretty confident.  I have high expectations for myself each and every time I step out onto the field, so we'll see when I get down there."

 

On how excited he is to play with Albert Haynesworth:

"I am ecstatic.  Having one of the best defensive tackles in the game right now will make my job a lot easier, I'll tell you that much.  That is what you need, that force up the middle, so it will be great."

 

On holding up against the run:

"It is a huge accomplishment to the NFC East.  They have great running backs and a great running program, so you have to stop the run.  I am ready to learn from great coaches and Coach [John] Palermo and ready to get after it and stop the run when we need to and then pin your ears back and go."

 

On what he thinks he does well as a pass rusher:

"Just that fire and intensity that I bring as far as getting after the quarterback, doing whatever it takes.  I don't really have a favorite move or anything. I just go, try to do the best I can and putting pressure."

 

On if his knee injuries are a concern moving forward:

"Not at all.  When I got over these knee injuries, it was just an unfortunate situation.  What I do best is I try my best to get back and be 100 percent and don't even worry about it.  I am 100 percent right now.  I am healthy.  I am ready to go at the start of the season."

 

On his first impression of the Redskins organization:

"I think it is an organization with great tradition, great pride in the game of football.  I am just so ecstatic about being a part of this program.  Like I said, even before any of the picks, Washington would be a perfect pick for me if I'm still around.  My wish came true and here I am, ready to get started."

 

On where he thinks he will have to improve the most this season:

"Obviously, everybody is not perfect.  One thing I know is don't think pass too much.  I have to be able to stop the run obviously with the position that we are in.  That is something that I know I have to work on.  I know I can, just don't pull the trigger trying to get after the quarterback too much.  I have to settle down and play the run first."

 

On if he thinks he will play linebacker in packages:

"Exactly.  It is all about the packages that I can bring to the table.  Like I said, I talked with Coach Kirk Olivadotti, the linebacker coach, he really likes me, sees me as a SAM backer first and second and then it's time to get after it, third and long or whatever the situation is.  Get down in the stance and rush the pass and do what I do best.  That's the thing about me, I bring a lot of versatility to the table."

 

On if he has talked to any of his new teammates yet:

"I haven't talked to any of my teammates.  I've just been on the media circuit right now.  Hopefully I'll get through and turn my phone on and get started."

 

On if he knows anybody on the team already:

"Obviously Derrick Dockery, former Longhorn, is down there.  They signed Mike Williams who is from Texas.  I know a couple guys and I am just ready to get to know some more guys and make some good friendships with my teammates."

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Need to Know: Redskins pre-camp 53-man roster projection, defense

Need to Know: Redskins pre-camp 53-man roster projection, defense

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, July 25, two days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 205 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 47 days.

Days until:

—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 16
—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 25
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 40

Redskins roster projection—Defense

RICHMOND—The Redskins strap it up and start the battle for roster spots in earnest in just three days. Some are locks, others are hoping to hang on. Here is my prediction of the roster will shake out along with players who are on the bubble. The defense is up here, the offense went up yesterday.  

Players I have making the roster who are new to the organization in 2017 are in italics. Rookies are also in bold.

Defensive line (6)

Starters: Jonathan Allen, Terrell McClain, Joey Mbu (NT)
Backups: Stacy McGee, Anthony Lanier, Ziggy Hood

Bubble: Phil Taylor, Matt Ioannidis, A. J. Francis

It appears everybody is getting on the Mbu train so I might as well jump on, at least for the time being. But this area is very much in flux. It would not be a surprise to see any of the bubble players make it.

Inside linebacker (4)

Starters: Will Compton, Zach Brown
Backups: Mason Foster, Martrell Spaight

Bubble: Zach Vigil, Chris Carter

This is another area where the coaches did not tip their hands during the offseason program. Any combination of Brown, Compton, and Foster could start. In fact, you can’t rule out a long shot move by Spaight to get some significant playing time. Should they keep a fifth for special teams, a door could open for Vigil or Carter.

Outside linebackers (4)

Starters: Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith
Backups: Ryan Anderson, Junior Galette

Bubble: Houston Bates

Trent Murphy is suspended for the first four games so a tough numbers decision is put off until Week 5. Bates is going to start camp on the PUP list but if he gets on the field quickly and Galette falters, he could steal a roster spot.

Cornerbacks (5)

Starters: Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland
Backups: Kendall Fuller, Quinton Dunbar, Josh Holsey

Bubble: Fabian Moreau, Dashawn Phillips

Moreau is only on the bubble because he is likely to start camp on the NFI list (non-football injury). The third-round pick will be on the 53 eventually but perhaps not until midseason as he continues to rehab a torn pectoral muscle. That could open the door for Holsey, a seventh-round pick. Even if Moreau is healthy for Week 1, Holsey or Phillips could be kept as the sixth cornerback.

Safety (6)

Starters: D.J. Swearinger, Su’a Cravens

Backups: DeAngelo Hall, Will Blackmon, Deshazor Everett, Montae Nicholson

Bubble: Josh Evans

Evans could get a spot if they decide that Nicholson, a fourth-round pick who is athletic but raw, isn’t ready yet. Everett is likely to be a lock because of his special teams play but an injury at this position or at cornerback could push him off the 53

Specialists (3)

LS Nick Sundberg, K Dustin Hopkins, P Tress Way

With no challengers, there is no bubble here. Both Way and Hopkins need to bounce back from sub standard 2016 performances.

Defensive breakdown: 25 players, four rookies, a total of eight new to the organization.

Full roster breakdown: 25 offense, 25 defense, three specialists. Eight rookies, A total of 13 players new to the Redskins.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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RGIII reportedly earns tryout with Los Angeles Chargers

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RGIII reportedly earns tryout with Los Angeles Chargers

Robert Griffin III's career resurgence in Cleveland ended following a lackluster 2016 season in which injuries sidelined him for all buy five games.

The Former 2012 Rookie of the Year finished the season 87-of-147 for 886 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions before being released by the team in March.

But the Redskins' former No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft is not giving up on his goal.

RGIII will reportedly work out for the Los Angeles Chargers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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Griffin III has spent the offseason working out with former Browns coordinator Pep Hamilton. According to Ian Rapoport, who spoke with Hamilton, RGIII is in very good health and is throwing the ball very well.

The Chargers' quarterback situation is as clear as any on the NFL. Phillip Rivers is the starting quarterback. He has been the Chargers' starting quarterback since 2006, and will be the team's starting quarterback until he retires or is traded. And despite Rivers starting every regular-season game for each of the last 11 seasons, the Chargers have no real plan at backup. There's career backup Kellen Clemens and rookies Mike Bercovici (Arizona State) and Eli Jenkins (Jacksonville State). That's it. 

Even if he remains injury riddled, RGIII does that have the tools to bat out backups Clemens, Bercovici and Jenkins.

But for now, it's a step in the right direction for the polarizing former Redskins quarterback.