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Need to Know: Redskins' free agents bring playmaking ability

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Need to Know: Redskins' free agents bring playmaking ability

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 14, 47 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock at the NFL draft.

Redskins free agent acquisitions are playmakers

The 2014 Redskins had some difficulty making big plays on defense. They had just 19 takeaways, tied for 28th in the NFL. They forced just 14 fumbles and only two teams had fewer than their seven interceptions. They ranked 22nd in sacks with 36.

We all know the story here. The Washington offense rarely got favorable field position because the defense couldn’t get takeaways and they struggled to score points.

It appears that Scot McCloughan is attempting to address that problem with his free agent acquisitions. All of the players acquired should add playmaking ability to the Redskins defense.

(2014 performances)

DL Stephen Paea—6 sacks, 3 passes defensed, 2 forced fumbles; Paea would have been second on the team and would have led the defensive line in sacks. Jason Hatcher had the most on the D-line with 5.5.

DL Ricky Jean Francois—3 sacks, 6 passes defensed, 1 fumble recovery; A pass batted down at the line isn’t a huge play but it does make a statement and can shake a quarterback up. IN 2014 Hatcher and Stephen Bowen each defensed one pass so Jean Francois can help out in that department.

DL Terrance Knighton—2 sacks, 3 passes defensed; A nose tackle isn’t expected to make a lot of big plays since he occupies two blockers much of the time. This is a decent contribution for a man in the middle.

CB Chris Culliver—4 interceptions, 15 passes defensed, 1 fumble recovery returned 35 yards for a touchdown; The Redskins had only seven interceptions all year and no player had more than two. And they did not have a single return touchdown.

There is no guarantee that these players will duplicate their 2014 numbers but they are bringing the ability to make plays and that’s all the team can ask for right now.

Timeline

—It’s been 76 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 183 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 37; 2015 NFL Draft 47; Redskins training camp starts 138

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Lucky Whitehead lands with the Jets after false identification, release from Cowboys

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Lucky Whitehead lands with the Jets after false identification, release from Cowboys

Lucky Whitehead quickly found a new home after being released by the Dallas Cowboys.

The Bealton, Va.,  native has officially been claimed off of waivers by the New York Jets on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Whitehead has been all over the news recently after being falsely identified by Prince William County Police in a shoplifting case.

On Tuesday, the Cowboys released Whitehead after hearing of the arrest only for the police to have been wrong.

Whitehead felt like Dallas never had his back throughout the case.

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The 25-year-old now has a fresh start with the Jets, where he will have the opportunity to fight for a roster spot on a struggling team.

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Josh Norman once again brings his soccer skills to training camp

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Josh Norman once again brings his soccer skills to training camp

The Redskins reported to Richmond, Va. on Wednesday to begin 2017 training camp.

While walkthroughs and practices don't begin until Thursday, the team had closed conditioning on Wednesday, followed by an introductory press conference from Jay Gruden.

After the press conference ended, the players weren't exactly itching to get back to their accommodations.

Josh Norman and Will Blackmon stayed behind to partake in one of Josh Norman's favorite non-football activities: Futbol.

With Josh Norman back on the field, the soccer ball is not far behind.

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Norman, as you may remember, is a huge soccer fan, and is close friends with French international star Paul Pogba.

Perhaps Pogba will make a stop in Richmond while his Manchester United side is in America on their summer tour. Not that Norman needs much help, though.