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Need to Know: News and notes from Day 1 of Redskins training camp

Need to Know: News and notes from Day 1 of Redskins training camp

RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Friday, July 25, 13 days before the Redskins open the preseason against the Patriots.

Nickel coverage News and notes from the rain-altered first day of training camp for the 2014 Redskins

—Even though it looks like Richard Crawford is healthy, Andre Roberts said that as of right now he has double duty as both the top kickoff returner and punt returner. He knows that’s not necessarily permanent. “You never know during training camp what they’re going to do. [It could] depend on how much they use me on offense ...Right now, I’m on top. But we’ll see.”

—Back to Crawford, he’s had a great recovery. It’s been 11 months since he tore multiple knee ligaments in a preseason game. He went out on Thursday without a knee brace or even a protective sleeve. It will take a while to see if he’s lost a step and then we will have a better idea of his roster chances.

—It seems kind of odd on the surface. They ran the morning practice as normal despite the fact that there was a moderately heavy rain falling. Then, at a time when it wasn’t raining at all, they moved the afternoon walkthrough inside. Of course it all made sense when a torrential downpour with some lightning started at a time when they would have been about halfway through the walkthrough. A walkthrough can be conducted in a hotel ballroom fairly easily and they were able to get in all of the work they had planned in the morning. “We were able to get all the reps in, so we had a lot of learning that we could get accomplished on tape,” Jay Gruden said. “So we were very fortunate to get every play in.”

—With London Fletcher gone, some defenders are going to have to step up into a leadership role. Gruden said that DeAngelo Hall is one of the players he wants to see step up. “Well, he’s one of the veterans we’re going to count on, one of the backbones of this defense,” he said. “He’s been here for a long time. He knows what good defense is all about and he’s going to lead by example like he has.”

—Hall seemed to embrace the role and said that he and Gruden has talked about it during the offseason. “It’s going to be the first camp in a long time that I haven’t had a guy like Fletch around,” said Hall. “So definitely the onus is on me. Meeting with Jay [Gruden] this offseason he kind of stressed that to me and I embraced it.”

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TimelineToday’s schedule: Full practice 8:35; Jon Gruden media availability 1:00; Jay Gruden media availability 3:45; Walkthrough 4:10; players availability after both practices.

—It’s been 208 days since the Redskins played a game; in 44 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Preseason opener vs. Patriots 13; Final cuts 36; Redskins @ Eagles 58 In case you missed it

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Jay Gruden at Senior Bowl: Redskins 'totally anticipate' Kirk Cousins will return in 2017

Jay Gruden at Senior Bowl: Redskins 'totally anticipate' Kirk Cousins will return in 2017

MOBILE – Jay Gruden provided a glimmer of optimism for Redskins fans freaked out about Kirk Cousins' contract situation. 

"I totally anticipate him coming back to the Washington Redskins," Gruden said. 

The Redskins coach talked from the sidelines of the Senior Bowl where he and much of the team's staff were scouting college seniors. 

Gruden explained he had texted back and forth with Cousins a few times this offseason and looked forward to watching him play in the Pro Bowl. 

Since Gruden named Cousins starter in 2015, the quarterback had passed for more than 9,000 yards and twice broken Skins franchise passing records. 

Some indications of a long term deal for Cousins land in the $120 million range, but the Washington organization also has the flexibility to use the franchise tag this season at a cost of nearly $24 million. 

MORE REDSKINS: Who else might want to trade for Cousins?

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The Final Countdown: Redskins defense can't stop Matt Stafford for 5th worst play of 2016

The Final Countdown: Redskins defense can't stop Matt Stafford for 5th worst play of 2016

As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and, to present a more complete picture of the season, the 10 worst.

No. 5 worst play of 2016

Redskins at Lions Week 7

0:22 left in Q4, Lions ball at the Redskins 18, 3rd and 10, Redskins leading 17-13

Matthew Stafford pass short left to Anquan Boldin for 18 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

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Tandler: The Redskins had just taken the lead on a nifty 19-yard option run by Kirk Cousins with 1:05 left to play. All they had to do was keep the Lions out of the end zone but the defense was not up to the task. In fact, it was laughably easy for Stafford. The first three times he dropped back he completed passes for 23, 14, and 20 yards and just like that the Lions were in the red zone. It looked for a minute like the Redskins might hang on as two passes went incomplete. But on third down Stafford found Boldin open inside the five and the defense couldn’t get there quickly enough to keep him out of the end zone.

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Finlay: 65 seconds was all the 'Skins defense needed to preserve a win by holding the Lions without a touchdown. 65 seconds away from a five-game win streak, and knowing what we do now, a playoff berth. The Redskins defense couldn't stop Stafford, or Boldin, and lost in Detroit. A gut wrenching loss as the momentum on the Washington sideline seemed incredibly high just minutes before when Cousins ran in what looked like the game-winning score. 

10 best plays countdown

10 worst plays countdown

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