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No firm plans for practice bubble for Redskins in RVA

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No firm plans for practice bubble for Redskins in RVA

RICHMOND—The rainstorms that led to the cancellation of two practices last week have brought up the subject of when there might be an indoor practice facility for the Bon Secours training center. The answer is that while one may be constructed one day, the Redskins may just have to get used to the idea of weather having an effect on their practice schedule during training camp for as long as they are in Richmond.

There is space set aside for a bubble, although that space would not allow for the construction of a facility with a 100-yard field. When asked on Saturday if the Redskins were going to build one, Mike Shanahan took his answer in another direction. But Bruce Allen was more direct in May.

During a media tour of the facility, still under construction at the time, Allen told the media that Richmond’s indoor football team, the Raiders, would have to commit to using the bubble during some of the 49 weeks out of the year that the Redskins are based in Ashburn. Otherwise, building one just isn’t economically feasible.

“[An indoor facility] was part of the discussion at the very beginning, 7 or 8 months ago, but it was not a prerequisite,” said Allen.

So while getting some protection from the elements is something that could happen down the road it seems to be far from a certainty.

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NFL Draft 2017: First round talent, but injuries explain Fabian Moreau's third round selection by Redskins

NFL Draft 2017: First round talent, but injuries explain Fabian Moreau's third round selection by Redskins

On the field, Fabian Moreau makes plays from his cornerback slot that translate to the NFL game. Staying on the field has been a different matter though. 

In five seasons at UCLA, Moreau dealt with his fair share of adversity. He took a medical redshirt year in 2015, suffering a Lisfranc injury three games into the year. More devestating to his draft status, however, was an injury suffered during his Pro Day in late March. Moreau tore his pectoral muscle while lifting weights.

For many, that injury caused his slip from a possible fringe first rounder to Washington's prize with the 81st pick. It's possible Moreau will be back from injury by the time training camp opens, but it seems likely he begins the summer sessions in Richmond on the PUP list. 

At the combine, Moreau ran a 4.35 40-yard dash. Serious speed, and it instantly makes the 6-foot, 206 lbs., Moreau the fastest corner on the Redskins.

In his senior season, Moreau grabbed two interceptions, forced a fumble and made 31 tackles. Not scared to get physical and play press coverage, Moreau's mindset should mesh well with Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland as he looks to force his way to playing time. 

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Redskins take UCLA cornerback Moreau in the third round

Redskins take UCLA cornerback Moreau in the third round

After taking Alabama DL Jonathan Allen in the first round and Crimson Tide linebacker Ryan Anderson in the second, the Redskins drafted UCLA corner back Fabian Moreau in the third.

Moreau may have been drafted earlier but he suffered a torn pectoral lifting weights during his pro day. Although medical evaluations have said he should be ready to participate in training camp, he lasted until the 81st pick.

Moreau has good size at 6-0, 206 and he is a plus athlete. At the combine he ran a 4.35 in the 40-yard dash. In 2016 he led the Bruins with six pass breakups and also two interceptions. He is also considered to be a good run defender.

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