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Orakpo will be 'full-go' at camp

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Orakpo will be 'full-go' at camp

Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo said he expects to be full-go once training camp begins a week from now.

Orakpo, the teams leader in sacks each of the past three seasons, underwent surgery on his left shoulder in January after he was injured in the season finale. Like many of his teammates who are coming off injuries, Orakpo did not participate fully in last months minicamp at Redskins Park.

Im one hundred percent ready to go, Orakpo said Tuesday at his second annual youth football camp in Fairfax. In OTAs and minicamp, we kind of got held out because there was no point in reinjuring anything. But once training camp starts, I should be full-go.

Orakpo suffered injuries to his shoulder and pectoral muscle while sacking Eagles quarterback Michael Vick late in the second quarter Jan. 1. Dr. James Andrews operated on Orakpo about a week later.

Although months of rehab slowed his usual offseason conditioning program, Orakpo said hes managed to make up for lost time particularly in the conditioning and weight training areas in recent weeks.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection also said he focused on preparing for the double-teams hell no doubt continue to attract.

That preparation, he said, included work on technique, footwork and hours studying film.

Ive been preparing for that, he said. Rushing on my own, doing different things, trying to get acclimated to have two bodies on me instead of just one. When you talk to rushers from around the league, were always trying to fine-tune our skills. We watch every game from last season and try to see what we can do to get better.

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Is being nice hurting Kirk Cousins?

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Is being nice hurting Kirk Cousins?

JP Finlay and Rich Tandler are back for Episode 52 of the #RedskinsTalk Podcast.

With franchise tag day fast approaching, JP and Rich continue to discuss the Kirk Cousins contract situation. Cousins is a positive guy with a great attitude.

But does his happy-go-lucky demeanor actually hurt him at the bargaining table?

Fire up the podcast below. 

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DeSean Jackson wants to play with a great QB, and says Kirk Cousins fits that

DeSean Jackson wants to play with a great QB, and says Kirk Cousins fits that

Like a point guard and a shooter or a pitcher and a catcher, a quarterback and a wide receiver rely on each other. Free-agent-to-be DeSean Jackson understands that, and it's clear that the skill level of the signal caller will factor in to his decision when it's time to sign his next contract this March.

"I would love to play with a great quarterback," he told Adam Schefter in a podcast interview with the reporter. "I think Kirk Cousins is a great quarterback, he's done some great things these past couple of years as far as statistics. If it is another team out there that I'd have to go to or however it goes, we definitely know the business of the NFL. I would love to play with a great quarterback."

As is the case with any other passer and pass catcher, Cousins and Jackson miss on throws, or Cousins will look elsewhere on a certain play and Jackson will throw his hands up, exasperated that he wasn't the QB's target on that down. In the past three seasons, though, and especially the last two, the pair has connected on plenty of deep balls to add an electric element to what used to be a slogging Redskins offense.

But Cousins isn't the only NFC East quarterback the 30-year-old receiver respects.

"Carson Wentz, he came in and had a heck of a year," Jackson said of the Eagles promising young prospect. "He killed it. He showed he can do it, and he has all the intangibles of being a big-time quarterback in this league."

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That statement, of course, acted as a perfect transition to Schefter wondering how the ex-Eagle felt about possibly returning to Philadelphia.

"It definitely is a great story and ending, I guess you could say," Jackson said about the idea. "You just kind of think about all that, you started somewhere and maybe you want to finish it. There's a lot of speculation of a lot of thoughts. It all sounds good, but you never really know until the final decision is made."

Going off of those quotes, two conclusions can be made. The first: If the Burgundy and Gold don't re-sign or franchise tag Cousins, Jackson's interest in staying in D.C. would likely take a huge hit. With respect to the other options on the roster, Cousins is the only reputable quarterback on the Redskins, which Jackson said matters to him.

The second, meanwhile, would've been hard to fathom a few years ago: A reunion with the Eagles isn't a stretch at all. Wentz is an up-and-comer under center, and Jackson respects head coach Doug Pederson. 

Later in the interview, Jackson said he can thrive for another four or five years in the league. Whether he can accomplish that isn't the only question; what uniform he'll be wearing as he looks to play into his mid-30s is still up in the air as well.

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