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Orakpo, Meriweather out with injuries


Orakpo, Meriweather out with injuries

Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo and strong safety Brandon Meriweather each suffered serious-looking injuries in the first quarter of Saturdays preseason game in Chicago.Neither player will return, the team said.Orakpo was hurt while trying to tackle Bears wide receiver Devin Hester in the open field. Orakpo extended his left arm, which made contact with Hesters churning legs, and crumpled to the turf clutching his shoulder area.On the sideline, Orakpo had a bag of ice wrapped around his shoulder.Meriweather, meantime, suffered a left knee injury. He remained on the turf for several minutes, before walking slowly with help from the teams trainers to the bench.Check back after the game for the latest on both players.

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Morgan Moses serves as latest reminder that some draft picks take time

Morgan Moses serves as latest reminder that some draft picks take time

In the lead-up to the 2014 NFL Draft, NFL.com labeled Morgan Moses a "developmental project," touting his size and ability to move but also saying the Virginia prospect's inconsistency and up-and-down effort forced some teams to shy away from him.

Other sites, meanwhile, pointed to Moses' high ceiling as well, but no one was quite sure where the lineman would be selected. Eventually, the Redskins took him in the third round, 66th overall.

His rookie year, though, was a disappointment. He didn't log much time with the Redskins and when he did, he looked lost (especially on this infamous Monday Night Football play). 

The next year, however, he seized the starting right tackle job and has started in every game since, at times looking dominant. And now, the 26-year-old has a new, expensive contract extension to celebrate, after the Redskins made him the second-highest paid right tackle in the league.


The timing of the extension — just hours before the 2017 NFL Draft — is what's especially fitting, because Moses is another prime example of how being patient and developing a middle round draft pick can really work out.

Many times, fans or analysts will use words like "project" or call a player "raw." In both instances, a negative tone is often used. With Moses, that was the case, and after his nondescript first season there wasn't a ton of hope surrounding him (remind you a bit of Josh Doctson?).

But the Redskins were committed to improving him and Moses was committed to improving, too. Now, Washington has a pair of massive and talented tackles on each end of their offensive line, and No. 76 is No. 2 in professional football when it comes to money at his position. Both parties are happy.

Therefore, if (and when) the Burgundy and Gold picks up a member or members of this year's class who bring with them phrases like, "He may need to sit and learn behind a veteran" or "He has some tools but has yet to put them together," just remember not to fret. It's tempting to grade draft hauls the moment after the event's conclusion, but the real stars sometimes don't emerge until a few years down the road.


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Report: Redskins worked out Michigan defender Jabrill Peppers

Report: Redskins worked out Michigan defender Jabrill Peppers

The Redskins saved one of their final prospect workouts for one of the draft’s most interesting prospects.

According to NFL Media’s Mike Garofolo, team president Bruce Allen and a contingent of other scouts and coaches made a trip to Michigan this past weekend to work out Wolverines safety Jabrill Peppers. They also had dinner with Peppers after the workout.

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Peppers can best be described as a defensive weapon. During the combine he worked out with both the defensive backs and the linebackers. He played multiple roles at Michigan including taking snaps on offense.

Peppers’ “tweener” status has made him a controversial prospect. Some scouts, in fact, think that he’s better fit on offense than on defense. But it is safe to assume that the Redskins worked him out envisioning him playing defense, where most of their draft needs lie. His diluted sample for a combine drug test, which is considered a failed test, also has made some teams wonder about him.

The Redskins interest in Peppers doesn’t quite fit with their current draft position, which is with the No. 17 overall pick. He is considered to be a better value later in the first round. This could be an indication that the Redskins are preparing for the possibility that they will get a good offer to trade back, moving them into an area where picking Peppers (say that five time fast) would make sense.

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Some might say it wouldn’t make sense to take Peppers at any point. His skill are similar to those of Su’a Cravens, who was the team’s first-round draft pick last year. But the Redskins could find a way to use both if they are a bit creative. The Cardinals have two versatile pieces in their defense in Tyrann Mathieu and Deone Buchannon and they manage to make things work.

In any case, it should be noted that teams work out many players and draft just a few. Although the presence of Allen makes this more than just a typical workout session, we will see if things fall into place to have the Redskins be in a position where taking Peppers makes sense.

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