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Need to Know: 5 Redskins notes and quotes from RG3's press conference

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Need to Know: 5 Redskins notes and quotes from RG3's press conference

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 31, 17 days before the start of minicamp.

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A year ago as Robert Griffin III recovered from reconstructive knee surgery his press conferences during OTAs and minicamp were major productions, with ESPN and NFL Network often running them live and national media types in the press gaggle. On Thursday it was quite different with just the locals gathered around the third-year QB and no live broadcast. Instead of stretching out to 15 minutes or more, Griffin’s Thursday session lasted about five and a half minutes. Here are five notable quotes from Griffin’s presser:

Initially, Griffin dismissed a question about his mechanics, but he went on to say that he had made a tweak in his stance. “A lot of that talk I just leave to you guys to talk about that stuff. I talk with coach. We’re just back out there playing football, man. I talked about it already, getting the base to shrink a little bit from what we were being taught before and back to what’s natural. Going out there, playing football, being aggressive, being decisive, and that’s what we’re doing.”

In an answer to a question about his chemistry with DeSean Jackson, Griffin noted that after Jackson’s much ballyhooed absence from the first with of conditioning his attendance at workouts has been perfect. “We’ve been throwing a lot. He’s been here for the majority of the offseason program. I know there was a big splash about him not being here at the beginning but he’s been here since then. He’s a guy that’s so talented and like I said before he’s got a wide catch radius. He can pretty much gel anywhere he goes and we’re excited to have him.”

Last year Griffin was separated from his healthy teammates during OTAs, throwing to the side with others who were rehabbing and running sprints to stay in shape. This year it’s different. “As everyone knows, last year I was rehabbing, getting ready for the season. Right now I get to go out there and be with the guys. That’s the most important part, to be with your teammates, to gel, build that chemistry, and that’s what I’ve had a chance to do. I thoroughly enjoy it and I hope they do too.”

On how he is adjusting to Jay Gruden’s new offense: “It’s always a work in progress. Everything that we’re doing, it just feels good. It feels like it’s flowing well and everybody is fitting in nicely. Moving them around, putting them in different spots. Really just trying to keep our defense off balance.”

Griffin talked about being out of the field with Gruden and it’s apparent that the coach had discussed what happened to Sean Lee, the Dallas linebacker who is out for the season with a torn ACL after a collision during an OTA: “Coach is bringing a lot of energy to the field for us, we’re practicing at a high pace. He wants us to go out there and compete every day but also be safe and take care of each other because we’re all on the same team.”

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Timeline

—It’s been 149 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 99 days until the play the Texans in their season opener.

Days until: Minicamp starts 17; Training camp 53; Redskins @ Eagles 113

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Risk vs reward when Redskins consider Alabama LB Reuben Foster in NFL Draft

Risk vs reward when Redskins consider Alabama LB Reuben Foster in NFL Draft

An undeniable talent, Reuben Foster seemed for months to be a lock for the Top 10 of the 2017 NFL Draft. The Alabama star is a sure tackler, playmaking force and winner of the 2016 Dick Butkus Award as the nation's best college linebacker.

The actual football season went great for Foster, he logged 115 tackles and was named the SEC Championship Game MVP. Since play on the field stopped, things have stalled. Foster had an unfortunate incident at the NFL Combine, where he was sent home after an altercation with a hospital worker. In the time since, it's come out Foster tested positive for a diluted urine sample and will enter the NFL in the substance abuse program. 

Still, despite a tough two months, Foster's talent is too rich to pass up for some NFL teams. And per NFL Network's Lance Zierlein, the Redskins could be that team

In his mock draft released Wednesday, Zierlein predicts Foster's draft day slide to end with Washington at the 17th pick. From NFL.com:

Foster could fall due to off-field concerns and worries about injuries, but he fits a need for the Redskins, bringing a tough playmaker into the fold.

Beyond the diluted sample and the combine altercation, Foster also has had stinger issues throughout his career at 'Bama. He has elite speed at the linebacker position and the type of athleticism defensive coordinators dream about, though some pro scouts question if he can handle the calls of a Mike linebacker in the NFL game.

The Redskins are not desperate for interior linebacker help, this season. The team added Zach Brown in free agency, re-signed 2016 defensive captain Will Compton earlier this week and Mason Foster remains under contract. All three players, however, are headed to free agency in 2018. Adding Foster would provide depth this year and a potential star in the future.

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Final Redskins seven-round mock draft: Defense first, a surprise in the third

Final Redskins seven-round mock draft: Defense first, a surprise in the third

We’re a day away from the start of the NFL draft and all the questions surrounding the Redskins’ intentions will start to get answered when they go on the clock at about 10 p.m. on Thursday.

[More Redskins: Full Redskins Seven-Round Mock Draft]

Speaking at the team’s annual pre-draft news conference, Scott Campbell, the team’s director of college scouting, stuck with the company line when he was asked about making picks based on team needs.

“I’m going to frame the answer, and the age-old answer of ‘I’m going to take the best player available,’” he said. “And if that serves your needs, that’s a bonus.”

It would be a big “bonus” for the Redskins if a defensive lineman who can rush the passer and stuff the run was the best player on the board when their first-round pick comes up at No. 17. But it doesn’t look like the board will play out that way. That’s OK because the Redskins have plenty of needs.

In fact, it’s not hard to do a mock draft for the Redskins because they have needs at virtually every position. Certainly, some needs are more urgent than others. But once you get past the first couple of rounds there is enough doubt at each position, whether it’s immediate depth or possible free agency holes in 2018, to get that need “bonus” with every pick.

Campbell said that this is a strong defensive draft and this is reflected in these mock selections, with six of the 10 picks going to defense including the top two. The first offensive pick may surprise some but the talent was just too good at that point in the draft.

Go here to see the full seven-round mock draft.

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