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Need to Know: Redskins camp news and notes Day 6--More receptions for Morris?

Need to Know: Redskins camp news and notes Day 6--More receptions for Morris?

RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, July 31, seven days before the Redskins open the preseason against the Patriots.

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News, notes, and quotes from Day 6 of Redskins training camp.

—The 2011 CBA brought about training camp walkthroughs. Since moving training camp to Richmond, the Redskins have opened them to the public. I’m never sure if it’s more interesting to watch the players go through the “activities” or watch the grass grow under their feet. But, says Jay Gruden, they are useful. “They are [boring], but we do get a lot out of them. It’s a chance for us to walkthrough certain areas of the game that we need work on. Maybe it’s base blitz, maybe it’s nickel blitz, maybe it’s red zone, maybe it’s spread and empty, maybe it’s no-huddle, maybe it’s two-minute. And it’s a chance to just take it at a different pace and try to utilize it the best way we can as coaches to get as much out of it as we can.

—Trent Williams thinks that he could take some snaps if necessary. He was asked if he could be the emergency QB. “I think I definitely could be,” he said with a smile. “I definitely could be. I do have a talented arm. Not to toot my own horn, but, you know, just telling the truth.”

—Gruden wasn’t real keen on the idea, however. “Emergency quarterback? No. We’d run a read option with Trent maybe,” he said, laughing. “Trent’s a great athlete obviously but I think he’s going to stick at the left tackle spot. That’s what he’s built for, that’s what he is born to do and he loves it.

—Gruden confirmed what the many in the media had heard, that Tyler Polumbus missed Wednesday’s practice for personal reasons. Tom Compton filled in on the first unit. “Tom did good,” said Gruden. “Tyler missed today for personal reasons and we expect him back soon. But Tyler did a good job. Morgan [Moses] stayed at left tackle and Mo Hurt played a little bit at right tackle, so both of them filled in very well.”

—I’ll believe it when I see it but Gruden indicated that Alfred Morris will catch more passes out of the backfield. “Alfred is not flying under the radar in our eyes, that’s for sure. He’s done a great job,” said Gruden. “He’s had a great camp. He’s caught the ball very well too which is a pleasant surprise for us out of the backfield, so Alfred’s going to get his touches.” Morris has 20 career receptions in 32 games.

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Timeline

—Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo was born on this date in 1986.

Today’s schedule: Full practice 8:35; Media rules seminar 3:00Jay Gruden media availability 3:45; Walkthrough 4:10; players availability after both practices.

—It’s been 214 days since the Redskins played a game; in 38 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Preseason opener vs. Patriots 7; Final cuts 30; Redskins @ Eagles 52

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Final Countdown: Punch to the gut floors Redskins in Arizona on 6th worst play of 2016

Final Countdown: Punch to the gut floors Redskins in Arizona on 6th 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. 6 worst play of 2016

Redskins at Cardinals Week 13

3:47 left in Q4, Cardinals ball at their own 34, 4th and 1, Cardinals leading 24-23

David Johnson up the middle to ARZ 48 for 14 yards (Josh Norman).

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Tandler: What's worse than a punch in the gut? A gut punch you don't see coming. The Redskins had pulled to within a point with plenty of time left to get a winning score—if the defense could get a stop. When Bruce Arians sent out his offense on fourth and one, the Redskins had to watch for Carson Palmer to try to draw them offside. In fact, Joe Barry told the Redskins not to expect a snap and to be sure not the jump. But they did snap the ball and Johnson ran for the easiest 14 yards up the gut you’ll ever see. The air was out of the Redskins’ comeback balloon and Palmer all but put it away a few plays later with a 42-yard TD pass to J.J. Nelson.

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Finlay: This is not the first 4th Down conversion on our list of bad plays, but perhaps the most important one. Washington desperately needed this stop, and the defense thought they had it on the 3rd down play prior. Only Arians did not flinch about going for it, much to Barry's surprise, and the 'Skins D had no shot at Johnson. This play illustrated the weakness of Washington's defensive front perhaps better than any other run all season.

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With Matt Ryan in the Super Bowl, Kirk Cousins will make Pro Bowl, per report

With Matt Ryan in the Super Bowl, Kirk Cousins will make Pro Bowl, per report

Kirk Cousins' price tag just moved even higher with the news that he will replace Matt Ryan in the Pro Bowl. ESPN's John Keim reported the roster move first.

Ryan's Atlanta Falcons advanced to the Super Bowl on Sunday with a 44-21 dismantling of the Green Bay Packers. That victory means Ryan will not be available for the Pro Bowl, held this Sunday in Orlando. Cousins got his spot as an alternate.

Cousins gets the spot deservedly. This season he passed for 4,917 yards, completing 67 percent of his passes and throwing 25 TDs to 12 INTs. In two seasons since being named starter for the Redskins, Cousins has thrown for more than 9,000 yards. 

The Pro Bowl nod for Cousins will only make the Redskins pending contract talks that much tougher. The quarterback played in 2016 under the franchise tag, which netted him nearly $20 million. This season Washington could again place Cousins on the franchise tag, with a price tag around $24 million. Both sides can still work for a long-term deal, though the value of that contract would likely soar past $100 million and closer to $120 million.

Some questions exist within the Redskins organization if that is too much money devoted to one player, even if it is a Pro Bowl quarterback.

It's fitting that Cousins is subbing in for Ryan, who has found much success playing under Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. All signs points to Shanahan taking over as the 49ers head coach after the Super Bowl, and a report emerged that San Francisco would make a strong push to obtain Cousins, either in free agency or via trade. 

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