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Need to Know: What will Redskins GM McCloughan look for at the NFL Combine?

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Need to Know: What will Redskins GM McCloughan look for at the NFL Combine?

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 6, 12 days before the Washington Redskins and the rest of the NFL assemble in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine.

Question of the day

We’re changing up the format of Need to Know for the offseason. Every day I’ll give an in-depth answer to a question submitted by a fan on my Twitter feed, via the Real Redskins Facebook page, or in the comments section here. On Twitter address the questions to me at @Rich_TandlerCSN with the #NTK hashtag. There will be a comment thread set up on the Facebook page and if you’re asking your question here, put “for NTK” at the start of the comment.

Today’s question is from Twitter:

Before addressing this, I should mention that I will be covering the NFL Combine from Indianapolis starting February 17. I’m still in the planning stages but expect a lot of information about players the Redskins might be interested in (which, as I noted here, could be just about any player in the draft pool).

Anyway, I’ll be there mostly to talk to draft prospects and that probably is what Scot McCloughan plans to do a lot of as well. He talked about what he’s looking for during player interviews a few weeks ago while he was at the Senior Bowl.

“You’ve got them for 10, 15, 20, 30 minutes,” he told reporters in Mobile. “It’s great just to start the whole portfolio. You see the talent on tape, but to see the person – what really drives him and the passion and competitiveness, what they’ve overcome in their life, what’s the family situation is like.  So, yeah, it’s just building the whole package”

And to answer your primary question, Hap, film does give a much better idea of what a player can do for a team than does running the 40, bench pressing, and the short shuttle.

“I think game tape is the DNA. That’s it,” McCloughan said at his introductory press conference. “You don’t play in T-shirts and shorts. All these kids nowadays get these speed trainers and nutritionists prior to the combine and I don’t blame them, if it gets them more money it gets them more money. I always go back to the tape. I have to. That’s the way I was taught.”

Some teams use the data from the combine more than others do. The Raiders are notorious for drafting based heavily on combine 40 times and other results from the artificial turn inside the domed stadium.. It sounds like McCloughan is on the other end of the spectrum.

Some teams might use combine results as a tiebreaker between two players or as a small percentage of their overall grades. It varies. But don’t believe it when the draft analysts say that a player is shooting up or down the draft board due to his results in the bench press or in the three-cone drill. They just aren’t that important.

But getting to know the prospects is important and that will be the focus of the Redskins’ new GM.

Timeline

—It’s been 40 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 221 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL free agency starts 32; Redskins offseason workouts start 73; 2015 NFL Draft 84

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Jay Gruden presser recap: Enough is on Chris Thompson's plate already

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Jay Gruden presser recap: Enough is on Chris Thompson's plate already

Here is a recap of Jay Gruden’s press conference on Wednesday:

—The injuries are covered in a separate post here. Jordan Reed was the only non-participant. Gruden said his status is “wait and see.”

—Gruden doesn’t see them playing Chris Thompson more than they do now. He noted that in addition to being the third-down back he also returns kicks and comes in on second and long plays. “It’s important for us to keep him healthy,” said Gruden. “He’s not a guy that I personally want to give him 30 carries a game.”

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—In a year, Matt Ioannidis has gone from being on the practice squad to being a key member of the defensive line. Gruden was impressed with his play against the Rams. “Against the Rams, he played very well,” he said. “He had pressured the quarterback four or five times, he hawked down Tavon Austin on a jet sweep, which was a big play on the first play of the game. If he gets out of there, it could’ve been a 70-yard touchdown.” Gruden said that work in the weight room with help from fellow DL Ziggy Hood helped in Ioannidis’ transformation.

—Gruden said that the Rams game might have been the best of Jordan Reed's career despite gaining just 48 receiving yards on six catches. “Yeah, Jordan was awesome,” he said. “I thought he had the best all-around game he’s had in a while. I think, not just route-running, but blocking. He was outstanding in blocking. Had a key block on the touchdown Chris Thompson had on the second series of the game, was physical and did a great job.”

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—The Su’a Cravens situation was dismissed rather quickly. The Redskins will not be adding another safety to the roster. “No, we have Fish [Smithson] already as our fifth guy on the practice squad and he’s doing a good job, so we’re OK at safety spot,” said Gruden. “As far as Su’a’ is concerned, we just have to put it behind us, move forward and let him take care of his personal life and let us take care of this season.”

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Redskins injury report: Jordan Reed out of practice, six are limited

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Redskins injury report: Jordan Reed out of practice, six are limited

There were a lot of wounded Redskins on the practice field on Wednesday as the team started preparations for their game against the Raiders on Sunday.

One injured player was not on the field. Jordan Reed was out with a chest injury. Obviously, there is concern but Jay Gruden said that it is too early to rule him out of the game.

A half dozen players were limited: RB Rob Kelley (rib), S Montae Nicholson (shoulder), CB Josh Norman (shoulder), OT Morgan Moses (ankle), S Deshazor Everett (knee), and LB Mason Foster (shoulder).

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While none of the injuries seems particularly serious, they still could affect each player’s status for the game.

Foster suffered a separated shoulder during the game, popped it back in, and continued without missing a snap. He said that said that he was letting the athletic trainers handle it. “I’m going in, getting my treatment, doing what they tell me to do,” he said.

Kelley suffered a rib cartilage injury in the second quarter on Sunday. He said that the pain was very high that day but that it has subsided since.

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Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.