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Need to Know: 5 notes and quotes from Redskins players after OTAs

Need to Know: 5 notes and quotes from Redskins players after OTAs

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, June 6, 11 days before the start of minicamp.

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Here are five notes and quotes from various Redskins players following Wednesday’s OTA session at Redskins Park.

—Even though Kory Lichtensteiger has been the starting left guard when healthy since about midway through the 2010 season, he has been ready to slide over to play center, his college position, all along: “It’s something I’ve stayed up on the whole time,” he said. “There’s really never been a year since I came into the NFL where I wasn’t snapping the ball in practice. Shotgun snaps, having to take that big step, gaining ground. That’s not really too much.”

—Players tend to be very confident about being able to bounce back from injuries. Hamstring strains, however, are an exception. As are most players, DeSean Jackson was very cautious when discussing his. “It’s a hamstring, a slight pull,” Jackson said Wednesday. “That’s the most I can tell you.” When might he be back? “I don’t know, maybe next week. We’ll see. It’s going good, so we’ll see how it feels next week.”

—The fact that Brian Orakpo doesn’t have a new long-term contract seems to be eating on him a bit; the Redskins hope that he takes out whatever frustration he has on the field. “Once I signed on the dotted line, I don’t have to be here,” Orakpo. “I could still [stay away] like the majority of NFL players do when they [get tagged]. But nothing in my DNA wants to do that. I love my teammates. I wasn’t going to miss this opportunity.”

—It’s hard to blame fans and media for tagging linebacker Keenan Robinson with the “injury prone” label; he has logged 21 games missed due to two torn pectoral muscles in his first two seasons in the league. But Robinson insists the shoe doesn’t fit. “In college I never got hurt. In high school I never got hurt,” Robinson said. “I never had to deal with injuries, especially injuries that kept me out for, shoot, six games my first year; my second year, the whole season. Coming back from it I learned to really appreciate the game.”

—The Redskins have been very careful to note that Doug Williams would not be coaching Robert Griffin III about on-field techniques but would be there to serve as a mentor to the young QB. Griffin was asked about Williams on Wednesday. “He’s been great. I get to stop by his office and talk to him whenever I need to. I’ve been doing some things with him here off the field in the community. It’s a pleasure to have him here and I’m glad they brought him back.”

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—Redskins Hall of Fame receiver Bobby Mitchell was born on this date in 1935.

—It’s been 159 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 93 days until they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Minicamp starts 11; Training camp 48; Redskins @ Eagles 107

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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.


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.

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Monday was an unlucky day for Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead.

What started with a warrant for his arrest ended with him being released by the Cowboys.

Back on June 22, Whitehead was arrested on charges of petit larceny in Woodbridge The former Osbourn High School (Va.) and Florida Atlantic wide receiver was popped for shoplifting under $200 of merchandise at a local Wawa convenience store.


An arraignment was scheduled for July 6. Court records indicate that Whitehead did not show up to court, and on Monday, July 24, a warrant for his arrest was issued, the Prince William County police Department confirmed. On Monday afternoon, Whitehead was informed that he was being released, according to Ian Rapoport.

Whitehead told the Dallas Morning News on Monday that he wasn't even aware that he was wanted in court. 

Whitehead's agent also claimed that the wide receiver wasn't in Virginia at the time of the arrest.

This all comes less than a week after Whitehead's pet dog was kidnapped and held for ransom. Whitehead got the dog back 24 hours later.

The Bealton, Va. native appeared in 15 games last season, hauling in three catches for 48 yards. He also carried the ball 10 times for 82 yards. Whitehead's biggest contribution came in the return game, where he returned 25 punts for 195 yards and 17 kickoffs for 394 yards.

Whitehead signed a 3-year, $1.5 million deal with the Cowboys in 2015 after going undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft.