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LIVE Redskins practice report--Day 3

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LIVE Redskins practice report--Day 3

They're putting the pads on today so the intensity will go up another notch. I'll be updating this report frequently as events warrant so drop by and refresh frequently.

--The afternoon has been somewhat eventful with the Bon Secours Training Center getting evacuated for a while due to lightning in the area. There have been period of rain, clouds, and sun. The skies remain threatening so if this blog gets cut off abruptly it's because they opened up.

--They are running possibly the most boring special teams drill imaginable. They are in kickoff formation and Dustin Hopkins is running up to the ball, swinging his leg, and not kicking it. The coverage team runs about 10 yards downfield and stops. They go back to the line and do it again. I'm sure there's some value in it in regards to getting in your lane but it sure is boring.

--Keith Marshall had a little bit of trouble in individual drills. First he had problems high stepping over the ropes and then he stumbled after he was hit with pads after catching a short pass. He is going to have to gain a lot of polish to his game very quickly is he intends to be on the 53-man roster.

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--Jamison Crowder put a slick little move in Bashaud Breeland in a coverage drill. The receiver gained two steps on Breeland with the move and caugh the pass over the middle. Great route running.

--Then in 11 on 11, Pierre Garçon put a similar quick move on Breeland and got open to make the grab over the middle.

--Nate Suffield got a rep, threw a short, wobbly pass that was tipped and almost picked off. Then he went back to watching. Tough to make an impression that way.

--Martrell Spaight just got a good pop on a would-be returner in a one-on-one drill. Those backup linebacker spots will be determined by special teams and it seems that Spaight is well aware of that.

--Joe Barry was a very vocal presence in the special teams drills that just concluded.

--Nice long pass by Colt McCoy. He arched it deep down the middle to WR Dez Stewart, who had a couple of steps on fellow rookie Lloyd Carrington. The pass his Stewart in stride and he made the catch for an easy touchdown.

--kAn action-packed couple of minutes.  Breeland with a leaping, falling pick of Cousins. Cousins to Jackson, who streaked out of nowhere past Norman to make the catch. Then Trent Murphy read a Cousins screen and picked it off. All of a sudden a lot of fun broke out.

--Ross is trying hard to make up for his earlier drop. He made a nice diving catch over the middle and then caught one around the hash mark and made a nice move to shake Kendall Fuller and jetted upfield.

--There was a brief skirmish between Niles Paul and Spaight after some action downfield.

That's it for today, thanks for dropping by. They are off tomorrow, see you Monday afternoon.

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Need to Know: Redskins' Cousins called a 'mercenary' and that's a good thing

Need to Know: Redskins' Cousins called a 'mercenary' and that's a good thing

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 24, 13 days before the March 9 start of NFL free agency.  

Timeline

Days until:

—NFL Franchise tag deadline (3/1) 5
—NFL Combine (3/2) 6
—Redskins offseason workouts start (4/17) 52
—NFL Draft (4/27) 62
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 198

Friday quick hitters

What about Baker? I’m not sure what the Redskins’ thinking is regarding Chris Baker. As with all their other free agents the Redskins haven’t been in communication with Baker’s camp, waiting for the chance to scope out the market at the combine next week. I think that Baker’s fate will depend on cost. If they can get in for around $7 million or less, he stays. If the bidding pushes his deal up much higher than that I think he’s gone.

McCloughan’s status: It’s not exactly news that Scot McCloughan doesn’t have the full powers that many NFL GMs have. He has always been more of a super scout, in charge of stocking the roster. He is not frozen out when it comes to contracts and financial matters but they never have been his strong suit and they are best left to Bruce Allen and, particularly, Eric Schaffer.

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Anything new? So, was there much new in Jerry Brewer’s column in the Post yesterday? Given that the power structure has been in place for over two years now, it doesn’t appear that there was. Brewer essentially said it himself: “McCloughan isn’t necessarily losing power as much as he is having his lack of power revealed.” So during this past two years, while the team improved from 4-12 to playoff contention, things have been how they are now. Let me be clear, there were some disturbing insights in Brewer’s article such as the team’s lack of a response to a request for comment on Chris Cooley’s on-air musing about McCloughan’s alcohol consumption. But on how things work on the organizational chart at Redskins Park it’s been the same.

Who wants Kirk? We are at a point where the popular perception among the fans and media is that Allen is the one who will run Kirk Cousins out of town, either this year or next, while McCloughan and Jay Gruden are begging for him to stay. The narrative is that Allen is the bad buy and McCloughan is the good guy because that’s the way fans and some in the media perceive it. But I would pump the brakes on the notion that McCloughan is willing to pay whatever it takes to keep Cousins around. We haven’t heard from him this year but last year he said on multiple occasions that while he was interested in keeping Cousins around for the long haul the team needs to be careful not to give up too much of the salary cap to one player. That doesn’t sound like he’s all in on giving Cousins a blank check.

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Cousins is right to go for the money: Some fans in my Twitter timeline are calling for Cousins to take less money from the Redskins to help Allen and McCloughan pay other players. That’s not happening, nor should it. Jim Trotter of ESPN referred to Cousins as a “mercenary” and he meant it in a positive way. What he is doing is using the NFL system to maximize his earnings potential. Look around at what has been happening around the NFL over the last few weeks, with players getting dumped when they are no longer of use to their teams—and instances of players getting cut will increase exponentially soon—and you should understand why there’s not anything wrong with a player getting as much money as he can while he can. If you add in the short careers they have and the risk that they might spend the last 40-plus years of your life having trouble getting out of bed every morning or sufferig from worse problems and you still don't get it, I can't help you. Cousins should get as much money as he can and it's the job of the team that voluntarily pays him that to figure out how to make it work around him. 

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Bucs QB Jameis Winston wants DeSean Jackson in Tampa

Bucs QB Jameis Winston wants DeSean Jackson in Tampa

Plenty of teams will line up for the services of soon to be free agent DeSean Jackson, but Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston made clear he wants D-Jax with the Bucs. 

"You better believe we want DeSean here," Winston told the the Tampa Bay Times. "I think he would be a great asset to our team. Me growing up an Eagles fan, seeing what he did for the Eagles and back in his Cal days and even with the Redskins, I would love to have DeSean."

Jackson has been clear he looks forward to the free agent process. He's only hit the open market once, and that was under inauspicious terms. The Eagles released Jackson well past the start of free agency in 2014, and the Redskins moved quickly to sign the speedster. 

In three seasons with the 'Skins, Jackson has been a solid teammate and strong player. In 37 starts for the Burgundy and Gold, Jackson has more than 2,700 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. 

RELATED: DeSean Jackson wants to play for an elite QB

With elite speed and arguably the NFL's best ball tracker, Jackson makes sense for a lot of teams. Tampa, in particular, could use a deep threat to play alongside Mike Evans. Teamed with Winston, who has a strong arm and loves to go deep, the Bucs offense would be formidable. 

That does not mean Tampa is a sure thing.

While ESPN's Josina Anderson reported the Bucs could be a  "possible destination" for Jackson, Philadelphia has long been rumored to want him back. His old coach Andy Reid is in Kansas City. Former 'Skins offensive coordinator Sean McVay is now running the show in LA. For a player like Jackson, just about any potential destination could make sense. 

Like it almost always is in NFL free agency, guaranteed money will be a major factor in DeSean's decision. At 30 year's old and with a game reliant on speed and quickness, this could be the last big contract of Jackson's career. Odds are he will land a big deal, and the team with the biggest bag of cash may prove the most tempting. 

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