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Minicamp Day 1: Minnifield looking good


Minicamp Day 1: Minnifield looking good

The Redskins held the first practice of their three-day minicamp on Tuesday. Once again, they were able to take advantage of the presence of their new indoor field as the rainy conditions would have either cancelled or severely curtailed their activities.No tweeting was allowed during the session, so here are some quick notes and observations in Twitter format:-Jammal Brown is looking pretty spry. Should be fine to start the season but what about November?--It looks like Maurice Hurt is packing a few more pounds than the 320 he is listed. After filling in at guard last year it looks like he is working strictly at tackle.--Tim Hightower is looking better and better every week. He was doing some cutting after catching Short passes. Not 100 percent but getting there.--Evan Royster is looking pretty quick. At this early point I would not be shocked to see him start multiple games this year.--M. Williams did a good job moving to the ball to knock down an RG3 pass to Moss. Still not sure he's a lock for the 53 but he looked good there.--Davis with a nice diving catch of an RG3 pass off of a rollout.--We really haven't seen Griffin's vaunted deep ball accuracy yet. He just overthrew Moss by a good 10 yards on a play action rollout.--Something to keep an eye on--Aldrick Robinson on kick returns. That is one aspect of the game that really can't be judged until preseason games start. Still, Robinson looks fluid and natural with a nice burst.--Beau Reliford really looks the part of an NFL tight end and he is fluid and athletic. But he will need to have a big preseason if he is going to make it.--Another diving catch for Davis. Maybe he is really, really getting serious about the game.--In some serious and lively 11 on 11, rG3 completes passes to Davis, Moss, and Garcon twice. The last Garcon grab was a beauty, one handed in the end zone.--Minnifield looks small out there, very skinny legs. But he moves well--Robinson with a picture perfect grab of a picture perfect Cousins bomb. Robinson's stock could be on the rise.--Rex threw behind a cutting Armstrong, allowing the ball to get knocked away. The next play he hit Paulsen deep down the middle for a TD. Good Rex, bad Rex.--And then Rex gets picked by Minnifield, probably for six. Didn't see him.--Bowen being held out today as he has been for most of camp after having a procedure done on his knee in April.--Perhaps the pick earned Minnifield some extra reps. He has been out there a lot today.--Roy Helu has not been participating in team drills as he is banged up. He has feature back ability but his consistent availability is a question mark.--Minnifield again, breaking up an RG3 pass in the end zone. The guy is giving the coaches something positive to ponder for the rest of June and July.--Lance Lewis taking advantage of his opportunity with a nice leaping end zone grab of a Cousins pass.--Rackers clanks a 52 yarder off of the right upright after Gano nailed one from the same distance.

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Morgan Moses serves as latest reminder that some draft picks take time

Morgan Moses serves as latest reminder that some draft picks take time

In the lead-up to the 2014 NFL Draft, NFL.com labeled Morgan Moses a "developmental project," touting his size and ability to move but also saying the Virginia prospect's inconsistency and up-and-down effort forced some teams to shy away from him.

Other sites, meanwhile, pointed to Moses' high ceiling as well, but no one was quite sure where the lineman would be selected. Eventually, the Redskins took him in the third round, 66th overall.

His rookie year, though, was a disappointment. He didn't log much time with the Redskins and when he did, he looked lost (especially on this infamous Monday Night Football play). 

The next year, however, he seized the starting right tackle job and has started in every game since, at times looking dominant. And now, the 26-year-old has a new, expensive contract extension to celebrate, after the Redskins made him the second-highest paid right tackle in the league.


The timing of the extension — just hours before the 2017 NFL Draft — is what's especially fitting, because Moses is another prime example of how being patient and developing a middle round draft pick can really work out.

Many times, fans or analysts will use words like "project" or call a player "raw." In both instances, a negative tone is often used. With Moses, that was the case, and after his nondescript first season there wasn't a ton of hope surrounding him (remind you a bit of Josh Doctson?).

But the Redskins were committed to improving him and Moses was committed to improving, too. Now, Washington has a pair of massive and talented tackles on each end of their offensive line, and No. 76 is No. 2 in professional football when it comes to money at his position. Both parties are happy.

Therefore, if (and when) the Burgundy and Gold picks up a member or members of this year's class who bring with them phrases like, "He may need to sit and learn behind a veteran" or "He has some tools but has yet to put them together," just remember not to fret. It's tempting to grade draft hauls the moment after the event's conclusion, but the real stars sometimes don't emerge until a few years down the road.


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Report: Redskins worked out Michigan defender Jabrill Peppers

Report: Redskins worked out Michigan defender Jabrill Peppers

The Redskins saved one of their final prospect workouts for one of the draft’s most interesting prospects.

According to NFL Media’s Mike Garofolo, team president Bruce Allen and a contingent of other scouts and coaches made a trip to Michigan this past weekend to work out Wolverines safety Jabrill Peppers. They also had dinner with Peppers after the workout.

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Peppers can best be described as a defensive weapon. During the combine he worked out with both the defensive backs and the linebackers. He played multiple roles at Michigan including taking snaps on offense.

Peppers’ “tweener” status has made him a controversial prospect. Some scouts, in fact, think that he’s better fit on offense than on defense. But it is safe to assume that the Redskins worked him out envisioning him playing defense, where most of their draft needs lie. His diluted sample for a combine drug test, which is considered a failed test, also has made some teams wonder about him.

The Redskins interest in Peppers doesn’t quite fit with their current draft position, which is with the No. 17 overall pick. He is considered to be a better value later in the first round. This could be an indication that the Redskins are preparing for the possibility that they will get a good offer to trade back, moving them into an area where picking Peppers (say that five time fast) would make sense.

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Some might say it wouldn’t make sense to take Peppers at any point. His skill are similar to those of Su’a Cravens, who was the team’s first-round draft pick last year. But the Redskins could find a way to use both if they are a bit creative. The Cardinals have two versatile pieces in their defense in Tyrann Mathieu and Deone Buchannon and they manage to make things work.

In any case, it should be noted that teams work out many players and draft just a few. Although the presence of Allen makes this more than just a typical workout session, we will see if things fall into place to have the Redskins be in a position where taking Peppers makes sense.

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