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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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The best players left in the draft for the Redskins—Offense

The best players left in the draft for the Redskins—Offense

The Redskins have seven picks in the final four rounds of the draft today. Here are some of the top players available on offense. Will look at the defense a little later this morning.

Offensive line

G Dorian Johnson, Pitt—The Redskins probably would want him to add a few pounds to his frame, as at 6-5 he currently carries “only” 300 pounds. He’s smart, tough, and athletic.

G Nico Siragusa, San Diego State—At 6-4, his weight is about right at 319 pounds. A three-year starter with a great power game and pass protection skills that will need to be coached up.

RELATED: Redskins focus on defense in first 3 rounds

Tight end/receiver

TE Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech—He’s big enough to be your blocking tight end and athletic enough to line up split out wide.

WR Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma—One of the most productive receivers in the country and a Heisman finalist. He’s a little small at 6-0, 178 but he has excellent deep speed.

Running back

RB Samaje Perine, Oklahoma—As a true freshman in 2014 he set the national record by rushing for 427 yards in a game against Kansas. He probably doesn’t have that kind of monster game in him at the next level but he will be a solid, reliable back who can handle a heavy workload.

RB Jeremy McNichols, Boise State—A very productive runner and pass catcher who posted over 2,200 yards of offense last year.

MORE REDSKINS: Three reasons to like the pick of Ryan Anderson 

Quarterback

QB Nathan Peterman, Pitt—Nobody would have batted an eye if he had gone off the board in the third or maybe even the late second round. If the Redskins are concerned about Kirk Cousins leaving as a free agent, Peterman carries a very similar set of skills.

QB Brad Kaaya, Miami—Another QB many thought may be off the board by now, Kaaya has the mental makeup to succeed at quarterback but his game needs a lot of polish.

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Need to Know: The best Redskins late-round picks of the last 10 years

Need to Know: The best Redskins late-round picks of the last 10 years

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 29, 25 days before the Redskins start OTAs on May 24.

Timeline

At Redskins Park—Fourth through seventh rounds of the NFL draft; conference calls with players selected; Gruden will speak to media shortly after Redskins’ final pick.

Days until:

—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 13
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 25
—Training camp starts (7/27) 89
—Redskins opener vs. Eagles (9/10) 134

The Redskins’ best late-round picks since of the last 10 years

While no aspect of drafting in the NFL is easy, it is much harder to find key contributors on the last day of the draft than it is in the first three rounds. The Redskins will have seven picks in this afternoon's draft to try to find one or two of them. 

Since the 2007 draft the Redskins have taken 56 players from the fourth round on. Of those, 45 played in at least one NFL game but only 12 of them were the Redskins’ primary starter at their positions for at least one season. Here are the five best of those players.

QB Kirk Cousins (round 4, 2012)—He was probably the most controversial pick on this list since the Redskins had just drafted Robert Griffin III a couple of days earlier. History proved Mike Shanahan right.

RB Alfred Morris (6, 2012)—This pick came a few hours after and with much less noise than the Cousins pick did. Many believed that the Redskins were set a running back with Roy Helu and Evan Royster. Morris not only surprised many by making the team but he lined up as the Week 1 starter. He went on to break the team’s single-season rushing record by piling up 1,613 yards rushing.

LB Perry Riley (4, 2010)—He didn’t get into the lineup until midway through his second season. Riley was always solid for four-plus seasons as the starter but never spectacular. The team let him go last year in training camp and he played well for the Raiders after they picked him up.

CB Bashaud Breeland (4, 2014)—Breeland started 15 games as a rookie. At first he was in the slot but after DeAngelo Hall was injured in Week 3, Breeland moved to the outside and he has stayed there ever since. He has seven career interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

WR Jamison Crowder (4, 2015)—At 5-9, many teams thought Crowder was undersized and he didn’t run a great 40 at the combine. But he was big enough and fast enough to break the Redskins rookie record for receptions in a season and then to lead the team in touchdowns with eight last year.

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