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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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—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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Redskins draft oft-injured Auburn CB Joshua Holsey with their final pick

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Redskins draft oft-injured Auburn CB Joshua Holsey with their final pick

The Redskins haven't shied away from using draft picks on players with an injury history, and that trend continued all the way to their final pick of the draft with Auburn CB Joshua Holsey.

Holsey missed parts of the 2013 and 2015 seasons at Auburn due to torn ACLs, but rebounded with a strong season in 2016. He had 30 tackles, three interceptions and 10 passes defended in his senior season.

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He was overlooked through most of the draft process due to his injury history and was snubbed at the combine. 

The seventh round is a spot to take a flier on a guy who has some traits you like, and this certainly fits the bill with the pick of Joshua Holsey. 

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All or nothing? Redskins roll dice on 7th-round safety with lots of talent

All or nothing? Redskins roll dice on 7th-round safety with lots of talent

With two picks in the seventh round, the Redskins rolled the dice and selected Josh Harvey-Clemons. A safety from Louisville that started his career at Georgia, Harvey-Clemons was a five star recruit out of high school that eventually left Georgia due to multiple positive drug tests.

His junior year at Louisville, however, was a breakout season for Harvey-Clemons. Here are three things to know:

  1. Testing - At Georgia, Harvey-Clemons dealt with multiple suspensions for marijuana. That had a major impact on his draft status, and will have the eyes of the NFL watching him on the next level.
  2. Size - Harvey-Clemons has the size to play safety in the NFL, or maybe even more of a hybrid role like Su'a Cravens as a rookie. He's listed at 6-foot-4 and 217 lbs. NFL.com describes him with an "alpha mentality."
  3. Keep it together - After sitting out a transfer year, Harvey-Clemons played well at Lousville for two seasons. He logged more than 140 tackles and took ACC conference honors in 2015 and 2016. Whatever problems he had early in his college career (cough pot cough) he controlled at Louisville. If that continues, Harvey Clemons could have a chance at making the Redskins roster.

Simply put? The Redskins rolled the dice on a kid with good size and tackling ability who had problems with marijuana early in his college career. A lot of college students have problems smoking marijuana early in their college career. In the 7th round, this seems like a good gamble.

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