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Need to Know: Redskins camp notes--The big picture after 5 days

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Need to Know: Redskins camp notes--The big picture after 5 days

RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, July 30, eight days before the Redskins open the preseason against the Patriots.

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After the off day on Tuesday, the Redskins get back to work here today with three days of AM practices and PM walkthroughs before a single practice on Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday. Here are five big picture impressions from the first five days of training camp.

No distractions: The focus has been on football with minimal distractions on and off the field. There have been no major injuries, although one of those could happen at any time. There has been no coach-QB drama, no drug suspensions like we had last year. All the talk has been of hitting and pads and competition on the field.

A healthy RG3: This one is, of course, related to the first one. Members of the media and spectators are evaluating his passing and running and figuring out why he threw that interception, not breaking down his body language as he watched Kirk Cousins take snaps.

Gruden’s style: The big thing that stands out is his participation in practice. He’ll cover receivers, rush Griffin, or throw passes. The players seem to like this in particular. He also doesn’t micromanage; he let his coaches do their jobs. Although he’s very different from Mike Shanahan in these and other respects it needs to be noted that different isn’t always better in terms of results. We’ll have to wait and see on that.

Messages sent: After warming up the first thing that the team does is special teams drills. They do one session for about 15 minutes then and another 15-minutes of teams about midway through practice. The message is that special teams are important. The organization also let everyone know that if you don’t give your best effort at practice, it doesn’t matter that you were a 2013 draft pick. The quick hook given to Brandon Jenkins made it clear that you had better be giving your all.

RG3 availability: Player availability to the media has increased, particularly regarding Griffin. His first two years with the team he was available only during his weekly press conference. Now he is available coming off of the field every day. That makes Griffin pressers more of a routine event than a command performance, something that many fatigued fans might appreciate. Players are generally more accessible after both the morning practice and the afternoon walkthrough and the team P. R. staff will help you get a particular player.

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Timeline

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

—It’s been 213 days since the Redskins played a game; in 39 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Preseason opener vs. Patriots 8; Final cuts 31; Redskins @ Eagles 53

Full contact livens up Monday's practice

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NFL Draft 2017: Going 22 deep on possible Redskins first round picks

NFL Draft 2017: Going 22 deep on possible Redskins first round picks

A lot has changed since the end of the college football season, and that's obvious when you consider all of the names the Redskins might look at with the 17th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday night. 

Some players have surged up draft boards on the strength of strong combine or pro day efforts. Other have dropped, due to unfortunate incidents, injuries or poor measurements.

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Think about players like Teez Tabor or Zach Cunningham. Those guys play in the SEC and seemed like first-round locks two months ago. Now the 'Skins might be able to value shop for those players in the second round.

The flip side: A plyer like Haason Reddick. A star at the Senior Bowl who really busted out at the Combine, the Redskins might love to have him but he could be a Top 10 selection.

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All sorts of legal trouble and diluted urine samples will also impact draft night. Injuries too, or even the thought of possible injuries.

Few sporting events are as wild as the first round of the NFL Draft. Stay tuned with CSN for all your Redskins coverage. Chick Hernandez and Rich Tandler will be in Ashburn with the team, JP Finlay will be live in Philadelphia as the chaos unfolds. 

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Need to Know: Setting the odds on the Redskins' top draft pick one last time

Need to Know: Setting the odds on the Redskins' top draft pick one last time

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, April 27, 27 days before the Redskins start OTAs on May 24.

Timeline

Days until:

—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 15
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 27
—Training camp starts (7/27) 91
—Redskins opener vs. Eagles (9/10) 136

Setting the odds one last time

So, today’s the day for the NFL draft and our final chance to make some Monopoly money on who the Redskins first-round pick will be. I’ve chosen five names from the various mock drafts out there and from my own analysis to come up with the five most likely players to be picked at No. 17. Then I broke out the imaginary $100 in casino chips and spread them out on the five players.

LB Haason Reddick, Temple, $30—Reddick could give the Redskins some versatility and learn the inside linebacker spot in the base 3-4 defense and then move to the edge in nickel situations. I’m nearing he’s a “hot” name but I’m not so sure I believe he’s a top-10 pick like I’ve been seeing in some mock drafts lately. Pick 17 seems to be about right for him.

LB Reuben Foster, Alabama, $25—Foster has more red flags than an interstate highway construction project, including a diluted drug test sample at the combine, multiple shoulder injuries, and getting upset during a wait for a medical test, also at the combine. But at some point, the talent makes the player too good a value to pass up at that point would be at No. 17.

Edge Takkarist McKinley, UCLA, $20—Of the five names on here this is the one with the least buzz. But the Redskins need an edge rusher and McKinley, who can win with speed and by being relentless, may be the best one available. A lot of fans may be surprised by this pick but nobody should be mad if it happens.

RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State, $20—I’ve been going back and forth about Cook. He’s undoubtedly a talented runner with breakaway potential. But some injury concerns and his fumbling problems create doubts about him. Then again, as with Foster there is a point where the talent outweighs the flags. I’m not so sure that No. 17 is the spot where that happens but I would not be shocked if the Redskins think that it is.

RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford, $10—This is another player who supposedly zoomed up draft boards over the last few weeks without playing a single down. Five or six weeks ago he was a late first-round pick. Then he was a lock to go to the Eagles at 14 overall. Now everyone has him going to the Panthers with the eighth pick. The movement seems to be based more on pack journalism rather than any actual information coming out of teams. I’m not going to completely dismiss the chatter but I think there is a good enough chance that McCaffrey will be there when the Redskins pick to throw a few long shot dollars on him.

Bonus bet: As far as possible trades go, with an additional $100, I’ll go with $15 on a trade up, $35 on trade down, and $50 on staying put at 17.

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