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Need to Know: Rambo vows to keep fighting

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Need to Know: Rambo vows to keep fighting

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, September 26, three days before the Redskins visit the Raiders.

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Five things you need to know about from Redskins Park.

1. Bacarri Rambo isn’t necessarily happy about going from playing virtually every defensive snap the first two games of the season to playing none against the Lions. “It was very difficult,” he said. “But the coaches coach and I'm just going to go out there and play to the best of my ability.” It remains to be seen if Rambo’s demotion was a one-time thing or if he will ride the bench until he earns more playing time.

2. Barry Cofield, one of the best locker room quotes on the team, had a great perspective when he was asked about the Redskins “beating themselves”. He doesn’t like that terminology. “I think that we're hurting ourselves,” said Cofield. I'm not going to sell the other teams short; they're beating us, we're losing.”

3. Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson is not one of those who thinks that the read option of the flavor of the month. “The read option I think is something that’s here to stay because it works,” he said on a conference call with Washington media. “All you have to do is catch the defense in the wrong defense and you have the potential for a big play . . . I think it’s good. I think it works.”

4. Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor talked to the Oakland media on Tuesday. Although he said that he had not yet passed the test necessary for him to be cleared to practice, the fact that he was talking with reporters was significant. Players who have concussion symptoms are not permitted to speak to the media so his session means that there is a pretty good chance he’ll play against the Redskins on Sunday.

5. The Redskins converted 46 percent of their third downs (6 of 13) against the Lions, a marked improvement over their first two games when they converted 24 percent (5 of 21). It helped that they had six or fewer yards to go on eight of their third downs.

Stat of the day

—Robert Griffin III attempted a career-high 50 passes against the Lions. Last year, on seven occasions he went two games in a row throwing 50 or fewer passes combined.

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Timeline

—Days until: Redskins @ Raiders 3; Redskins @ Cowboys 17; Bears @ Redskins 24

—Today’s schedule: Player availability 11:15, Jim Haslett news conference 12 noon; Practice 1:00 (media can observe first 30 minutes), Kyle Shanahan and Mike Shanahan news conferences after practice (approx. 3:00) streamed on RealRedskins.com

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Redskins' Doug Williams presents a special jersey to family of Jim Vance

Redskins' Doug Williams presents a special jersey to family of Jim Vance

On July 22, legendary D.C. broadcaster Jim Vance died at the age of 75.

During the first day of training camp on Thursday, Washington Redskins VP of player personnel Doug Williams, presented NBC4 sports reporter Carol Maloney with a gift for Vance's family.

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The gesture by the Redskins was one filled with much respect for the award-winning anchor.

Vance was a staple for many D.C. locals, being a full-time anchor since 1972 for NBC4. 

Last summer, Vance revealed he had been diagnosed with cancer but never stopped working. 

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LIVE Redskins training camp practice report: Day 1

LIVE Redskins training camp practice report: Day 1

RICHMOND—The Redskins took the field for their first practice of the season. Jordan Reed is missing as was the usual stifling heat at the Bon Secours training center.It's warm but the humidity is down from the normal late-July sauna here. 

Here are my observations from practice as it unfolds. Come back and refresh often for the latest:

—Jamison Crowder still appears to be the No. 1 punt returner. Also fielding kicks off of the leg of Tress Way were Maurice Harris, Chris Thompson, and Will Blackmon. 

—The Redskins are practicing without pads per collective bargaining rules. A few are wearing shells. 

—New tight end EJ Bibbs just introduced himself to Vernon Davis as they were getting ready for some individual drills. Reminds me of a few year ago when a just acquired player was participating in stretching and they brought his contract out onto the field for him to sign. He wouldn’t have been able to practice otherwise. 

—Kirk Cousins just acknowledged a fan lined up near the sideline. ‘How’s it going, Derrick?” Derrick’s friends were properly impressed. 

—Maurice Harris showed good form in catching a Cousins pass over the middle against no defense. Nothing spectacular but but a good job reaching forward to pull in a pass that was ahead of him. 

—Harris with another nice catch, this time guarded over the middle by Will Blackmon. He is off to a good start in competing for playing time.

—Torian Gray is admonishing his defensive backs to “wake up, wake up.” On one rep he wanted Tevin Homer to “drive to the ball.”

—It looked like Josh Doctson had a step on Bashaud Breeland on a deep pass but the CB recovered and knocked the pass away. 

—A few plays later Doctson got deep again, this time against Quinton Dunbar. This time the CB couldn’t catch up and Doctson hauled in the pass.

—In the early going in 11 on 11, Will Compton and Mason Foster are the inside LBs with the first team and Joey Mbu is at nose tackle. Both situations could change over the course of the next few weeks. 

—Nice cut by Keith Marshall on a run around right end. He planted his foot and cut upfield with some serious burst. He’s a dark horse when it comes to making the roster but I’m keeping an eye on him. 

—Cousins with a dart to Terrelle Pryor along the sideline. A sharp and accurate throw. 

—Rain is approaching but it should hold off until practice is over. Meanwhile, the clouds and breeze are cooling things down. Nobody is complaining.  

—Pryor was assigned to block Josh Norman on a running play. Norman made a business decision not to contest the block and there was light contact as Norman backed down the field.

—Rookie Robert Davis made a solid back-shoulder catch on the sideline. I’m not sure if Colt McCoy intended for the pass to be back shoulder but that was where it went and Davis reached to make the grab. 

—What was that? Nate Sudfeld heaved one downfield to nobody in particular. Kendall Fuller got an easy interception, his second of the day. 

—That is from Richmond for today. Come on back tomorrow, we’ll do it again.