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Need to Know: Redskins getting healthier

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Need to Know: Redskins getting healthier

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, October 8, five days before the Washington Redskins visit the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.

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1. DeAngelo Hall shook his head in amazement watching the Denver defenders just miss making plays against Tony Romo and the Cowboys on Sunday: “I didn't watch that meticulously to exactly what Denver was doing defensively but It felt like everything Dallas tried to do worked perfect and everything they [Denver] did on defense didn't work at all.”

2. Is a better WiFi signal coming to FedEx Field? The NFL owners meetings are being held in Washington this week. One tidbit did come out before things got underway. According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the league owners are going to vote on a proposal that would give the Redskins $27 million for various renovations to their stadium including upgraded WiFi for fans in the stands. If approved, the money would also go towards stadium signage, some seating modifications and an expansion to the Hall of Fame located at the stadium.

3. It looks like Jordan Reed (bruised thigh) will play on Sunday. He was moving around pretty well at the part of practice that was open to the media. “Everything feels good, just a little sore,” he said. “But I’ll be ready for Dallas, definitely.” The Redskins will need every offensive weapon they can gather if they want to keep up with the Cowboys on Sunday.

4. Logan Paulsen (knee sprain), on the other hand, is not quite so certain. “I don’t know [but] I’m cautiously optimistic that I’m going to play,” Paulsen said. “It’s gotten better every day.”

5. The Redskins held a practice in shells in the practice bubble to stay out of the rain. Another advantage of the bubble is that they can crank up the speakers to simulate crowd noise. Sometimes when they are preparing to play in a noisy, domed venue they will use the indoor facility to work on communication even when the weather is nice outside. It will be interesting to see if they do that this week.

Stat of the day

—This year the Redskins have fumbled six times and have lost half of them. Last year they put the ball on the ground 26 times and only lost six (23 percent).

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—Days until: Redskins @ Cowboys 5; Bears @ Redskins 12; Redskins @ Broncos 19

—Today’s schedule: Off day, no availability

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Morgan Moses serves as latest reminder that some draft picks take time

Morgan Moses serves as latest reminder that some draft picks take time

In the lead-up to the 2014 NFL Draft, NFL.com labeled Morgan Moses a "developmental project," touting his size and ability to move but also saying the Virginia prospect's inconsistency and up-and-down effort forced some teams to shy away from him.

Other sites, meanwhile, pointed to Moses' high ceiling as well, but no one was quite sure where the lineman would be selected. Eventually, the Redskins took him in the third round, 66th overall.

His rookie year, though, was a disappointment. He didn't log much time with the Redskins and when he did, he looked lost (especially on this infamous Monday Night Football play). 

The next year, however, he seized the starting right tackle job and has started in every game since, at times looking dominant. And now, the 26-year-old has a new, expensive contract extension to celebrate, after the Redskins made him the second-highest paid right tackle in the league.

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The timing of the extension — just hours before the 2017 NFL Draft — is what's especially fitting, because Moses is another prime example of how being patient and developing a middle round draft pick can really work out.

Many times, fans or analysts will use words like "project" or call a player "raw." In both instances, a negative tone is often used. With Moses, that was the case, and after his nondescript first season there wasn't a ton of hope surrounding him (remind you a bit of Josh Doctson?).

But the Redskins were committed to improving him and Moses was committed to improving, too. Now, Washington has a pair of massive and talented tackles on each end of their offensive line, and No. 76 is No. 2 in professional football when it comes to money at his position. Both parties are happy.

Therefore, if (and when) the Burgundy and Gold picks up a member or members of this year's class who bring with them phrases like, "He may need to sit and learn behind a veteran" or "He has some tools but has yet to put them together," just remember not to fret. It's tempting to grade draft hauls the moment after the event's conclusion, but the real stars sometimes don't emerge until a few years down the road.

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Report: Redskins worked out Michigan defender Jabrill Peppers

Report: Redskins worked out Michigan defender Jabrill Peppers

The Redskins saved one of their final prospect workouts for one of the draft’s most interesting prospects.

According to NFL Media’s Mike Garofolo, team president Bruce Allen and a contingent of other scouts and coaches made a trip to Michigan this past weekend to work out Wolverines safety Jabrill Peppers. They also had dinner with Peppers after the workout.

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Peppers can best be described as a defensive weapon. During the combine he worked out with both the defensive backs and the linebackers. He played multiple roles at Michigan including taking snaps on offense.

Peppers’ “tweener” status has made him a controversial prospect. Some scouts, in fact, think that he’s better fit on offense than on defense. But it is safe to assume that the Redskins worked him out envisioning him playing defense, where most of their draft needs lie. His diluted sample for a combine drug test, which is considered a failed test, also has made some teams wonder about him.

The Redskins interest in Peppers doesn’t quite fit with their current draft position, which is with the No. 17 overall pick. He is considered to be a better value later in the first round. This could be an indication that the Redskins are preparing for the possibility that they will get a good offer to trade back, moving them into an area where picking Peppers (say that five time fast) would make sense.

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Some might say it wouldn’t make sense to take Peppers at any point. His skill are similar to those of Su’a Cravens, who was the team’s first-round draft pick last year. But the Redskins could find a way to use both if they are a bit creative. The Cardinals have two versatile pieces in their defense in Tyrann Mathieu and Deone Buchannon and they manage to make things work.

In any case, it should be noted that teams work out many players and draft just a few. Although the presence of Allen makes this more than just a typical workout session, we will see if things fall into place to have the Redskins be in a position where taking Peppers makes sense.

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