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Need to Know: Redskins' Reed puts in extra work

Need to Know: Redskins' Reed puts in extra work

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, July 15, nine days before the Redskins start training camp.

Three and out

—One thing I neglected to mention during OTAs and minicamp is that Jordan Reed was the last player off of the field on almost every day the media was allowed to observe. He would stay out in the heat catching passes or working on techniques for 10 minutes or more while his teammates headed inside. The sight has become so common that those of us who cover the team rarely make note of it any more. Make no mistake, Reed is one of the hardest workers on the team. On a very hot day last week I walked into Redskins Park past about a dozen or so pretty expensive cars in the players’ lot as some of them were working out and doing some injury rehab. None of the cars belonged to Reed. But he was there; as I was coming in, he was mounting his bicycle to get in a little more cardio work on the way home.

—There seems to be a lot of concern out there about Jason Hatcher going through a scheme change. He suddenly blossomed into a pass rushing force when the Cowboys ditched their 3-4 scheme and went to a 4-3. Now he’s going back to a 3-4 base defense in Washington. However, what the Redskins have drawn up for him is very similar to what worked for him in Dallas. “They’re going to do a lot of stuff they did with me in Dallas,” Hatcher told me during OTAs. “They’re not going to take my strengths away, what I do to help this defense.”

—Brian Orakpo gets a lot of flak for his coverage skills and Redskins fans certainly hope that he is rushing the passer far more often than he is dropping back. But the facts don’t back up the contention that he can’t cover. According to Pro Football Focus he was in pass coverage on 105 snaps last year and quarterbacks threw at him 10 times. Seven were completed but for only 34 yards with a long gain of 11. The numbers come out to a 68.3 passer rating with QB’s were trying to pick on him. This is a relatively small sample size and, as noted, he is much better running towards the pass then he is backing away from the line of scrimmage. Still, it's not accurate to say that he was a liability in coverage.

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—It’s been 198 days since the Redskins played a game; in 54 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Preseason opener vs. Patriots 23; Final cuts 46; Home opener Jaguars @ Redskins 62

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Redskins release Dashaun Phillips, again

Redskins release Dashaun Phillips, again

Cornerback Dashaun Phillips had a very short return to the Redskins’ active roster.

Phillips, who started the season as the nickel cornerback before being benched and eventually released and moved to the practice squad last month, was re-signed to the roster on Friday. He made the trip to Arizona but he was inactive for the game. The Redskins announced today that he has been released again.

It is possible for Phillips to return to the practice squad if he clears through waivers.

The transaction clears a roster spot for the return of offensive tackle Trent Williams, who has been suspended for the last four games.

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Jamison Crowder's touchdown dance was better than his touchdown

Jamison Crowder's touchdown dance was better than his touchdown

Among all the darkness and depression that has followed after the Redskins' 31-23 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday, one bright, shining light has emerged: Jamison Crowder's touchdown celebration.

Late in the third quarter, the second-year wideout was on the receiving end of a 26-yard Kirk Cousins strike, which put his team in the lead on the game's scoreboard by three. However, it's what he did post-catch that put his team in the lead by a far larger margin on the swagboard.

Feast your eyes on this dance, and if you've already seen it, feast your eyes on it again. And again. And AGAIN:

Do you see how much Juju he put on that beat? And did you catch how he gave the ref a little somethin'-somethin' right at the end of the sequence? Calling that flawless would be an insult to Crowder.

Apparently, Jay Gruden was heard screaming at his players in the locker room as they were processing the matchup's result Sunday night. Is it possible he was just loudly complimenting Crowder's moves?