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Practice report: Things get a bit feisty

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Practice report: Things get a bit feisty

We're going to try something different today, a look at today's practice through the tweets of Tandler and Tarik, your CSNwashington.com Redskins coverage team.
Not quite Saturday but another solid crowd here in #RVA #RedskinsTalk pic.twitter.com/1KkjuWJePY

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 5, 2013

Chris Thompson also in pads (a good sign for him). #RedskinsTalk pic.twitter.com/vZEc4bjMhn

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 5, 2013

Trent Williams has the club cast on his left wrist/hand again. #RedskinsTalk

— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) August 5, 2013

Some WR's dunked ball over crossbar after catching passes in end zone. Hank wisely shot a layup. #dontgethurt

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 5, 2013

Hall lined up with first team defense. #RedskinsTalk

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 5, 2013

Meriweather getting some snaps with first team. Good sign? #RedskinsTalk

— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) August 5, 2013

Many reminders that zone runs often aren't going to look good in practice. Backside blockers don't cut block due to danger of injury.

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 5, 2013

Chris Thompson (knee) welcomed back to practice with a hard hit from Phillip Thomas. #RedskinsTalk

— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) August 5, 2013

Nice reach back by Moss to grab aCousins pass thrown behind him. Barely slowed down. #RedskinsTalk

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 5, 2013

#RG3 4-5 in first set of 7 on 7. Last one INT by Will Compton. Tippevd ball by Moss. #RedskinsTalk

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 5, 2013

#RG3 4-5 in first set of 7 on 7. Last one INT by Will Compton. Tippevd ball by Moss. #RedskinsTalk

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 5, 2013

RG3 got an ovation from the crowd when he slid -- a little awkwardly -- in 7 on 7s. #RedskinsTalk

— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) August 5, 2013

#RG3 ends up 13-16 in 7 on 7. A few intermedtate passes to Garcon and one to Briscoe rest short. #RedskinsTalk

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 5, 2013

Chris Thompson (knee) also getting some run on special teams. Must be feeling better after not practicing last week. #RedskinsTalk

— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) August 5, 2013

Usual gang returning punts--Crawford, Moss, Nick Williams, Dawson. #RedskinsTalk

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 5, 2013

Not sure what happened to TE Jordan Reed, but Chick says he limped off. Ankle maybe? #RedskinsTalk

— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) August 5, 2013

Forbath went 6 of 7 in FG drills today. #RedskinsTalk

— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) August 5, 2013

I thonk these guys need to pay another team. We've seen a few tackles to the ground in this 11on 11 session. #RedskinsTalk

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 5, 2013

First tussle of camp, very minor. Paulsen vs. Hall a draw that lasted about 5 seconds. #RedskinsTalk

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 5, 2013

Chris Thompsom having a good practice, showing some burst. #RedskinsTalk

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 5, 2013

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Redskins Draft Room Revealed: Who works the phones, and who makes the call

Redskins Draft Room Revealed: Who works the phones, and who makes the call

Since the dismissal of former general manager Scot McCloughan, there's been little question who was in charge at Redskins Park. Unofficially anyway. 

Bruce Allen is back running the show, if he ever stopped, and will be at the center of the Redskins draft room and decision making process.

For weeks, Allen and Jay Gruden made clear that the entire Redskins front office - from scouts to the top brass - have input on draft grades. Those grades will determine what players the 'Skins take, and the team is unlikely to deviate from their draft board. 

On Monday, however, Washington director of college scouting Scott Campbell addressed the media and explained that when a decision needs to be made, it will be Allen's call. 

From Campbell:

The way we have the room when the draft is ongoing is we have Eric Schaffer and Alex Santos are constantly calling teams above us. They’re taking the phone calls from the other teams – also behind [us]. A lot of times per Bruce’s instructions, he’ll say, ‘Hey, you take these five teams. You take the next five teams. Start making calls.’ And then we’re receiving calls too at the same time. Once they get that information, they’ll tell the table in the front and say, ‘Hey, we can trade back for this, we can trade up for that.’ It would be me and Bruce and Jay saying ‘No, no, we’ve got enough guys there’ or say ‘I like these guys,’ or like, “Hey, there’s guys there.’ So it’s kind of a discussion amongst the people, and most times it’s Bruce saying, ‘Just tell them we’re not interested,’ or he says, ‘Get the league on the phone. We’re going to make that trade.’”

Campbell's comments reveal quite a lot. To start, it's interesting to know the roles of Schaffer and Santos during the draft. Both men carry a lot of impact in the team's personnel selection. Also, and it was fairly obvious since McCloughan's firing, but Jay Gruden's role continues to increase.

The biggest tell, however, is that ultimately Bruce Allen makes the decisions. It's not a surprise, but it is important to know. Officially.

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Redskins won't say if Joe Mixon is on their board but say character does count

Redskins won't say if Joe Mixon is on their board but say character does count

The Redskins may or may not have one of the most polarizing members of the 2017 draft class on their draft board. But they do believe that character counts.

Scott Campbell, the Redskins’ director of college scouting, would not say if  Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, who is seen on video striking a woman and knocking her to the floor in an incident that occurred in July of 2014, is on the team’s board.

“We don't announce who's on and off the board for strategic reasons,” said Campbell on Monday at the team’s pre-draft news conference, saying that it’s the team’s policy.

He added that incidents like the one that Mixon was a part of do come into consideration.

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“Character is very important to me, it's very important to the Redskins,” said Campbell.

He explained that early in the scouting process, character issues are not taken into account.

“What I always told the scouts and how I was trained 30 years ago when I started is when you start to evaluate guys in the beginning, you don't factor in the character, you don't grade character, you grade talent,” said Campbell, who has been with the Redskins organization for 16 years. “You don't throw away somebody early who may have some redeeming quality or a part of the story you didn't know about.”

It’s later on that the scouts gather information on such incidents as problems with the law, failed drug tests, and other quarters of character.

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“Our scouts do a great job getting a lot of information,” said Campbell. “Some of the incidents you brought up happened after the season, at the combine, and just a few days ago. All those things are factored into an evaluation as they are gathered.”

With that information at hand, they start the process of elimination, deciding who fits and who doesn’t.

“When it comes close to the draft, you start weeding out all that, getting more information, deciding, OK, that guy's not our kind of guy, that guy's not a Redskin, this guy could be drafted but good luck to them,” said Campbell.

It seems like much more of a gut feel type of process than anything rigid. There is not much of a clue there as to whether or not the team will consider bringing Mixon aboard, who is inarguably one of the most talented running backs in the draft. The upside is that Mixon could provide a jolt to the team’s offense. The downside would be an immediate public relations hit. The team also must consider what will happen if Mixon were to run afoul of the NFL’s domestic abuse policy in the future, which calls for a six-game suspension for a first offense with penalties getting progressively worse if problems persist.

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