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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Rookie camp, Preston Smith and a takeover

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Rookie camp, Preston Smith and a takeover

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 21, three days before the Washington Redskins start OTAs.

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—The Redskins last played a game 132 days ago. It will be 114 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: OTAs start 3; Redskins training camp starts 68; Preseason opener @ Falcons 82

The Redskins week that was

Redskins rookie camp roundup—The weather didn’t cooperate with the desire to get a close look at a large number the rookies. The Friday media availability was pushed to Saturday due to a wet forecast. There were two practice sessions scheduled for Friday and just one for Saturday, and that one was cut short by an approaching thunderstorm. But I was there long enough to gather a few observations and tidbits.

The light has turned on for Redskins’ Preston Smith—From the comments I got on this post it looks like Joe Barry gained some new fans thanks to how he dealt with Smith. Good football players have either talent or a good work ethic. Great players have both. Smith could be one of those players with both.

Long-term answers in place at tackle for Redskins—A year ago it looked like the Redskins had their two tackles in place for the long haul. It still does look like that but it’s Morgan Moses opposite Trent Williams, not Brandon Scherff. They should be in good shape for a while.

Tandler Takeover: What I'd do if I ran the Redskins—The main thing I missed on this list was uncoupling the preseason tickets from the regular season tickets and slash the preseason prices. It’s just indefensible to compel fans to pay for low quality practice football in order to get the real thing. Make them separate, charge $20 or $30 bucks each for them, give away a ton to kids, and try to turn it into a fun event. The team might take a bit of a financial hit but the goodwill gained would be well worth the cost.

Skins' Fuller confident he'll make a full recovery—On the one hand it’s unfortunate that the Redskins are going to have to closely monitor their third-round pick’s knee through OTAs, training camp, and the regular season. On the other hand, it’s fortunate that Fuller was dinged up because other wise he never would have been available in the third round.

Tweet of the day

I found this analysis from my friend to be interesting but perhaps a bit far fetched. In 2015 Kirk Cousins (5) scored more rushing touchdowns than the two Redskins tailbacks combined (4).

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Need to Know: First look at Redskins vs. Raiders

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Need to Know: First look at Redskins vs. Raiders

 

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, September 20, four days before the Washington Redskins play the Raiders at FedEx Field.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Practice 1:45; Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins press conferences, open locker room after practice, approx. 3:30

Days until:

—Monday night Redskins @ Chiefs (10/2) 12
—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (11/23) 23
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 39

First look at Redskins vs. Raiders

—This tweet seems a bit audacious. It’s from Vic Tafur, who writes about the Raiders for the pay site The Athletic.

They are second in the NFL in offensive yards and first in points scored. Oakland is fourth in rushing yards and 13th in passing yards. QB Derek Carr is third in the NFL with a stellar 126.5 passer rating and Marshawn Lynch has a bruising 121 yards rushing. They’re good but I would reserve phrases like “doing whatever they want” for teams like the Greatest Show on Turf or the ’07 Patriots. The Raiders aren’t there yet.

—Defensively, the Raiders are just OK, especially considering they have played a Titans team that is solid but not an offensive juggernaut and the putrid Jets. They are 17th in yards given up and tied for 11th in points allowed. They haven’t intercepted a pass although they have two fumble recoveries. They have five sacks, one more than a Redskins team that talks a lot about a need to get to the quarterback.

—Carr and Kirk Cousins have very similar numbers in the two seasons plus two games that they both have been starters. One area where Carr has an edge is in the touchdown passes column. Carr has 65 while Cousins has just 46. The Raiders have some quality receivers in Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper. But Cousins could throw to DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon up until this season and Washington also has tight end Jordan Reed. It’s at least a wash in terms of quality of targets if not an advantage to the Redskins. It is something that Carr has solved that Cousins has not. Carr’s ability to get the ball into the end zone helped him become the NFL’s highest-paid player, albeit temporarily.

—Although the Raiders’ offense is not going to make history, the Redskins still need to be prepared to be in a shootout on Sunday night. To be sure, the Redskins defense has improved but it’s hard to see the Raiders scoring less than somewhere in the mid to upper twenties. That means that the Redskins will have to score at least as many points as they did against the Rams, maybe more. They started and ended well in LA; to win next Sunday they probably won’t be able to get away with zero second-half points until after the two-minute warning.

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Giants TE grabs crotch, immediately introduced to NFL's celebration rules

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Giants TE grabs crotch, immediately introduced to NFL's celebration rules

It took the New York Giants a full game and another quarter before they scored their first touchdown of the 2017-18 NFL season.

Giants rookie Evan Engram was the recipient of their first touchdown of the season, scoring the first of his career on Monday Night Football.

Naturally he began to celebrate his accomplishment, but perhaps his celebration was too natural. 

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In the clip, right in front of the cameraman, the 23-year-old proceeds to dance with a finishing move crotch grab in the midst of his teammates.

Apparently the loosened NFL celebration rules from this off-season did not take out any sexually suggestive actions. 

It resulted in a 15-yard penalty on the ensuing kick-off for the Giants.

With the ball then kicked out of bounds the Lions had the ball at their own 45-yard line.

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Likely the grab will give Engram a fine from the NFL.

Last season Antonio Brown was fined for a similar celebration, by twerking following a score.

The touchdown remains the only time New York has found the end-zone through two games.

With only 13 points it is the lowest scoring two game start in 70 years for the franchise.