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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Skepticism at safety, Doctson's health

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Skepticism at safety, Doctson's health

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 1, 26 days before the April 27 NFL draft.


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 16
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 41
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 53
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 105
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 153

The Redskins week that was

My weekly look at five of the post popular posts this week along with some additional commentary:

Doctson's short tweet delivers good news for Redskins—There may be no player the Redskins need to come through for them more than Josh Doctson. It’s a long way from tweeting “100%” after a March workout with Kirk Cousins and some other receivers at Jon Gruden’s facility in Tampa to getting it done on the field starting in September. But it’s a good sign and the Redskins will take all of those they can get these days.

Redskins starters quick hitters—Kelley, Lauvao top depth chart, for now—Included in here are a few lines about the possibility of former QB Terrelle Pryor taking some snaps from the Wildcat formation. A couple of days later Jay Gruden downplayed the idea of Pryor taking snaps. But if you do have some tentative plans for the Wildcat you don’t want to broadcast them at this point. It’s the kind of thing you work on in the couple of weeks before the season starts after practices close to the fans and media. Despite what Gruden said I'd be surprised if we went though the season without seeing Pryor behind center at some point. 

Exclusive: Allen answers questions on McCloughan firing—Well, yes, Allen did answer questions about the former GM but he really didn’t impart much information. It seems to me that everyone has their own ideas about how things went down and barring something more definitive coming out it’s probably best to just move on from it.

Ignore the rumors, Allen clears up plan for Cousins in 2017—This is another area where a lot of words added up to very little additional clarity. It still seems as though he will stay around in 2017 and beyond that is anybody’s guess. We might get some more clarity during the draft. If the Redskins take a quarterback early we can pretty well surmise that Cousins is headed elsewhere in 2018.

Redskins starters quick hitters, defense—Year 3 huge for Preston Smith—Skepticism at safety is going to last until we are several games into the season at least. We don’t know if Cravens can make the switch from nickel linebacker to strong safety and we don’t know if D.J. Swearinger can play free safety in base defense. And we won’t know until they actually do it. But if they can, the Redskins may be settled at safety for the next few years, something that hasn’t happened in, well, forever.

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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Mic'd up: This is what it sounds like as the Redskins running backs go through drills

Mic'd up: This is what it sounds like as the Redskins running backs go through drills

During a chat on the #RedskinsTalk podcast last month, Washington's running back coach Randy Jordan clued in CSN Redskins Insider JP Finlay about the way he teaches his players and the things he wants to see from them.

Now, though, thanks to an exclusive Redskins Nation video, you have a chance to truly watch and listen to how Jordan and his students approach their on-field work.

In this all-access Mic'd Up segment (which was filmed at minicamp and which you can watch in the player above), you'll see the assistant encourage Samaje Perine, correct Matt Jones and compliment Rob Kelley. You'll also hear every grunt, bump and cut, an important ingredient that these types of packages must have.

It's clear from the footage that Jordan cares about the details. Now, don't blow this assignment, and go check out the video above.


Special thanks to Redskins Nation for the video.

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Poll: Three weeks out; does a Cousins deal get done?

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Poll: Three weeks out; does a Cousins deal get done?

Three weeks from right now, Kirk Cousins will either have a new long-term deal or he will be playing on the tag. Which will it be?

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