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Need to Know: 'We can't live on what we did last year'

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Need to Know: 'We can't live on what we did last year'

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, September 23, six days before the Redskins visit the Raiders.

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Five key quotes from the locker room yesterday:

1. Aldrick Robinson on his overturned touchdown catch. I’m not completely sure that there was enough video evidence to overturn it. The ball did hit the ground and although it did move you couldn’t tell if his hand was under it at the time. Ed Hochuli called what he saw but perhaps without the indisputable video evidence standard needed to overturn the call on the field being met.

“When I saw the replay, I saw that the ball was sliding on the ground, but I for sure caught the ball. I had the ball in my left hand, but the camera view was on the right side and then I had it in my right-side hand. I secured the catch and I got up knowing that I secured the catch. When everyone was down, I saw that everyone wasn’t as excited as I was, so it was kind of strange to me. When I saw the replay, I saw what everyone else saw.”

2. Robert Griffin III on his split-second decision to dive headfirst rather than slide after running for 21 yards and a first down in Lions territory.

“I think it's just an instinct thing. On the sideline, I slid with [Lions safety Glover] Quin coming after me. I slid feet first because I didn't want him to hit me in the face. On the run I had the fumble on, I went face first because they were a little further away. You can't really be out there thinking about that kind of stuff. You've just got to do what happens when you react and hold onto the ball.”

3. Pierre Garçon with some refreshing, brutal honesty when asked about the team’s 0-3 start:

“This is a job, you have to come out and play. This is a business. If you’re not doing your part, they’ll get rid of you and you will be looking for a job. You never want that to happen.”

4. DeAngelo Hall on the hole the Redskins are in.

“Anything can happen, but you can’t hang your hat on winning seven in a row. We’ve got to come out here and take it one game at a time.  We can’t live on what we did last year. That means nothing right now. We have to look in the mirror and be tough on ourselves.”

5. Back to Griffin, who ran six times for 37 yards, many on designed runs. He was asked if that changed the coverage.

“I don’t know. I know the threat of the quarterback running definitely helps your offense. They have to play different coverages, and they did the rest of the game. It’s something that we have to be able to use. We were able to use it today because we didn’t get behind the sticks and didn’t get behind in the game so fast so it was good. We got to use a lot of our game plan. I thought our offense moved the ball pretty well. We’ve just got to win, period.”


Stat of the day

—Griffin set career highs in pass attempts (50) and completions (32) while becoming the first Redskin in the Super Bowl era to throw for 300 yards or more in three consecutive games.

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—Former Redskins head coach Marty Schottenheimer was born on this day in 1943

—Days until: Redskins @ Raiders 6; Redskins @ Cowboys 20; Bears @ Redskins 29

—Today’s schedule: Player availability 11:00 a.m. Mike Shanahan news conference 3:00 televised on Comcast SportsNet

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Need to Know: Redskins’ needs line up well with the strength of the draft

Need to Know: Redskins’ needs line up well with the strength of the draft

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, April 25, one day before the April 27 NFL draft.

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Days until:

—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 16
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 28
—Training camp starts (7/27) 92
—Redskins opener vs. Eagles (9/10) 137

Wrapping up the Redskins pre-draft presser

We’ve looked at a some of what Redskins college scouting director Scott Campbell said during his pre-draft press conference on Monday, covering possible trades, who makes the final call on those trades, and how the organization handles character issues. Here are a few more bullet points from Campbell’s presser:

—Asked if the Redskins would draft to fill needs or take the best available player, Campbell gave the stock answer. “I guess as you asked the question, you kind of framed it and the way I’m going to frame the answer, and the age-old answer of ‘I’m going to take the best player available,’” he said “And if that serves your needs, that’s a bonus.” So, there you go. That said, don’t be surprised if the best players as defined by the Redskins in the first few also happen have the “bonus” of filling one the team’s top two or three needs.

—The needs could line up well because the strength of the draft as Campbell sees it coincides with side of the ball where the Redskins need the most help. “Well, I’m excited because I think it’s one of the strongest, deepest classes on the defensive side of the ball that I’ve seen,” he said. “I’ve told the guys upstairs I’m excited because we’re going to get better . . . And several different positions – sometimes it’s just maybe defensive line or outside backers or corners. Across the board on defense, I’m really excited about the class and the guys we’re going to bring in are going to help us.”

—The draft board is still used after the draft ends and the scramble for undrafted free agents starts up. “There’s going to be guys left on the bottom of that board that didn’t get drafted that we had rated as draftable,” said Campbell. “So that’s our No. 1 targets. I assign a scout to all the coaches, and really the coaches talk to the players – once the draft ends, let me be clear, it’s after the draft ends when we start making calls – the scouts are on the phone with the agent finding out what our competition is, how much.” Campbell said that money isn’t much of a factor in recruiting the undrafted players; selling opportunity is the key.

—The draft board was influenced by former GM Scot McCloughan but adjustments have been made since he was fired in early March. “Well, he certainly had influence on it because we all met as we always did the last couple of years and every team does. You meet right after the all-star games before you go to the combine and kind of get an initial ranking of how you like the guys. Of course Scot hadn’t been here since, so just like when he was here before, there’s adjustments being made to the board with the new information.”

—The 2016 draft class did not contribute a lot but does not mean that there is more pressure on the organization to do better this year. The pressure is always there regardless. “Always pressure. Every year’s pressure,” said Campbell. “I grew up in an NFL household. My dad was a coach and a player for 40 years. Pressure every year to perform, that’s what the NFL is. You’ve got to perform every year.” His father was Marion Campbell who played in the NFL for eight years and then coached for 21 seasons including stints as the head coach of the Eagles and Falcons.

—Campbell also asked for a little patience with the 2016 draft class, citing a group from a few years ago. “It takes a couple of years to develop a class,” said Campbell. “People are saying the ‘14 class had some success. Well, if I read articles and see what happened and what was said right after that draft, our grades in the mock drafts were not very good. It takes time. Morgan Moses didn’t start his first year, you know, but he’s come on to be one of the best right tackles in the league. That’s my opinion anyway. It takes time to develop. I still think with time, that class [2016] will be just fine.” I guess I buried the lede here—Campbell reads draft grades.

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The 2017 NFL Draft isn't officially here, but it's very near. And for the Washington Redskins, this year's NFL Draft brings with it a lot of intrigue.

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