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Need to Know: Kerrigan first Redskins first rounder extended since Chris Samuels

Need to Know: Kerrigan first Redskins first rounder extended since Chris Samuels

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, July 30, the day the Washington Redskins start training camp.

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As I noted in a post yesterday, prior to reaching a contract extension agreement with Ryan Kerrigan, the Redskins have been able to re-sign only two of the 11 first-round picks they have had since 1997 whose contracts had expired. Here is a look at what happened to them.

DE Kennard Lang, 1997—Signed with the Browns as a free agent in 2002. He played with the Browns for four seasons before finishing up his career with Denver in 2006.

CB Champ Bailey, 1999—Played out his rookie contract and was given the franchise tag by the Redskins in 2004. But they ended up trading him and a second-round pick to the Broncos for RB Clinton Portis. Yeah, I know, why the second? Simply put, the Redskins offered it and the Broncos took it. Bailey is a likely first ballot selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

OT Chris Samuels, 2000—Re-signed with the Redskins and ended up playing 10 seasons until spinal stenosis ended his career.

LB LaVar Arrington, 2000—Also re-signed with Washington, although there was a disagreement over some money that Arrington’s camp thought would be in the final deal that wasn’t. Things did not end well as he repaid some of his guaranteed money to be let out of his deal in 2006.

WR Rod Gardener, 2001—The Redskins traded him to the Panthers for a late-round draft pick following the 2005 season.

QB Patrick Ramsey, 2002—He was traded to the Jets for a sixth-round pick in 2006.

S Sean Taylor, 2004—We all know the sad story here, cut down by a home intruder after just three and a half years in the NFL.

QB Jason Campbell, 2005—Mike Shanahan couldn’t wait to get rid of him when he came in as coach in 2010 and he shipped Campbell to the Raiders for a 2012 fourth-round pick.

CB Carlos Rogers, 2005—After his rookie contract was up in 2010, a loophole in the CBA rules allowed the Redskins to keep him for a year as a restricted free agent. He signed with the 49ers in 2011.

S LaRon Landry, 2007—He signed with the Jets as a free agent in 2012. A dispute over how to treat an injury poisoned any chance of a long-term deal.

OLB Brian Orakpo, 2009—The Redskins tagged him in 2014. After another injury-plagued season, he siged with the Titans as a free agent.

Status of recent first rounders: Trent Williams (2010) is signed through this season, Robert Griffin III (2012) also is signed through 2015 and the team has an option for 2016 for about $16 million. Brandon Scherff (2015) signed a four-year contract earlier this year.

To add up the trail of frustration for the first-round Redskins, there were 10 players who have had expiring contracts. Two re-signed, Samuels and Arrington although only Samuels stayed with the team to finish his career. Two were franchised, Orakpo and Bailey although Bailey was traded shortly after being tagged. In addition to Bailey, three were traded. And three left as free agents.

Today's schedule

—Redskins walkthrough, 10:35 a.m.; Jay Gruden news conference approx. 2:45; Redskins practice, 3 p.m.

Timeline

—It’s been 214 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 45 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Preseason opener @ Browns 15; final cuts 38

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With one catch, Josh Doctson proved just how dangerous he can be for the Redskins

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With one catch, Josh Doctson proved just how dangerous he can be for the Redskins

LANDOVER, Md. — It took a while, longer than likely anyone expected, but Josh Doctson's first career touchdown catch may just have been worth the wait.

In the third quarter of the Redskins' 27-10 win over the Raiders on Sunday night, Kirk Cousins lofted a deep ball from a bit beyond midfield toward Doctson, who was being boxed out by David Amerson. And as the pass made its descent, Amerson went up to go snag it.

There was just one problem for the corner: Doctson went up and got to it first.

The result? A 52-yard touchdown that made the score 21-0 in favor of the hosts but, far more importantly, opened — quite forcefully, too — everyone's eyes to the sheer talent No. 18 possesses.

MORE: WHY THE DEFENSE'S EFFORT WAS SO ENCOURAGING

"I just made the play," the second-year wideout said afterward, about as nonchalantly as he made the TD look even though it absolutely wasn't. "It was pretty simple to be honest."

Against the Eagles and Rams in Weeks 1 and 2, Doctson suited up for Washington's offense but wasn't involved at all. And in the early going vs. Oakland, it again looked like he'd walk off the field with the same statline as an inactive player, on the verge of facing more questions about why he isn't producing. 

But that all changed on one jump-ball, which is exactly what his head coach has been anxiously waiting for.

"I think it was some relief for him," Jay Gruden answered when asked about the highlight. "I think the players have seen him do that in practice quite often but nobody else has... It wasn't a perfectly thrown ball, but to give him a chance where he can go up and make a big time catch, hopefully we'll get more of that."

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Doctson's QB, who gestured toward him during the post-score celebration as if to say There's the dude you've all been hearing about for months, certainly appreciated it.

"I do like Josh's ball skills and his ability to catch the ball up in the air and I thought, 'You know what, I'm going to give him a chance, they have been asking me to give him that chance and let's give it to him," Cousins said.

As fans of the team know all too well by now, Doctson isn't someone that can be counted on yet. He's oft-injured, and the grab he made over Amerson, while spectacular, was just the third of his career. 

But that sequence provides hope that many more similar to it will follow if he continues to stay healthy and gains more of Gruden's and Cousins' trust this year. He's still far from validating his 2016 first-round selection, but it's now obvious he has the skills to distance himself from those who so badly want to label him a bust.

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Redskins offense finally clicked, but their defense is why you should be thrilled

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Redskins offense finally clicked, but their defense is why you should be thrilled

LANDOVER, Md. — It'll be tempting to focus on the Redskins' offense as you bask in the glow of their 27-10 Sunday night win vs. the Raiders. In fact, it'll be tempting not to just spend Monday at work watching that graceful Josh Doctson grab over and over again. 

But don't be too distracted by how well Kirk Cousins and his unit played, because it was the defense's effort that should have you most excited throughout the week as you talk about the now 2-1 Burgundy and Gold.

Allow Jay Gruden to explain how proud he is of the group that dominated throughout the Week 3, nationally televised matchup against an AFC favorite.

"I think it was as good a defensive performance that I've seen in a long time by anybody," the head coach said in his press conference. "To hold that offense with Marshawn [Lynch] and Derek [Carr] and [Michael] Crabtree and Amari Cooper... the list goes on and on. 0-11 on third downs. I mean, it's a great tribute to Coach Manusky and the staff, but the players were executing."

MORE: QUARTER-BY-QUARTER BREAKDOWN OF THE WIN

Trying to select a defensive player of the night? Write down about 10 names, toss them into your favorite 'Skins hat, mix them up and choose one. Odds are, you'll find a deserving player.

Montae Nicholson hauled in his first career interception on the Raiders' first passing play. Kendall Fuller notched his first pick, too. Preston Smith and Jonathan Allen, meanwhile, both posted a sack and were around Derek Carr on plenty of other occasions. And you could make a compilation of Zach Brown and DJ Swearinger's hardest hits, and it'd probably run a few minutes featuring just their tackles.

The Raiders came into D.C. as one of the league's most productive offenses through two contests. They left, however, with just 128 total yards, never able to find any momentum against an opponent that was flying around from beginning to end.

"D-line was going out there and just attacking, hunting, eating," Fuller said afterward. "I remember just being on the sideline — just all the DBs — just telling them how much we appreciate it. The linebackers helping them in the run game, helping us in the pass game. So just all three levels, all three phases of the game."

"We just got our butt kicked," Carr stated matter of factly.

Coming into the season, it was expected that the Redskins' offense would author complete performances like the one they did at home vs. the Silver and Black. Turning over a rising young QB a couple of times, manhandling a premier offensive line and coming up with clutch red zone stands, though?

Those are the types of things that could make the 2017 season a special one. And those are the types of things that make the defense's showing the best part of an excellent overall victory.