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Press release: Redskins sign six draft picks

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Press release: Redskins sign six draft picks

Courtesy Redskins PR

The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed the following 2014 draft picks:

 

ROUND (PICK)                   PLAYER                                           SCHOOL

3 (78)                            G Spencer Long                                  Nebraska

4 (102)                         CB Bashaud Breeland                        Clemson

5 (142)                         WR Ryan Grant                                  Tulane

6 (186)                         RB Lache (Lake) Seastrunk                Baylor

7 (217)                         TE Ted Bolser                                       Indiana

7 (228)                         K Zach Hocker                                   Arkansas

Long (6-5, 320) started in all 33 career games in which he played at Nebraska. He was a second-team All-Big Ten selection in 2013 while helping the Cornhuskers finish third in the conference in rushing yards per game (215.7). As a junior, he earned second team Associated Press All-America honors and first team All-Big Ten honors in 2012, helping Nebraska have 16 100-yard rushing performances during the season.

Long, 23, was born on Nov. 8, 1990, and attended Elkhorn (Neb.) H.S.

Breeland (5-11, 197) started 24 of the 37 career games in which he played at Clemson, helping the Tigers finish with a 30-7 record. He amassed 159 tackles (121 solo), three sacks, 8.5 stops for losses, six interceptions, and 20 passes defensed. As a junior in 2013, Murphy earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors.

Breeland, 22, was born on Jan. 30, 1992. He attended Allendale-Fairfax (Allendale, S.C.) H.S., earning all-state honors after he led the team to a 10-2 record as a senior in 2009.

Grant (6-0, 197) started 31 of the 47 career games in which he played at Tulane, finishing with 196 receptions for 2,769 yards and 21 receiving touchdowns. As a senior in 2013, he was an All-Conference USA selection after leading the team in receptions (77), receiving yards (1,039), and receiving touchdowns (nine). He had at least one catch in each of the last 33 games he played and multiple-catch outings in his last 19 contests.

Grant, 23, was born on Dec. 19, 1990. He attended West Brook H.S. in Beaumont, Texas, where he was a first-team all-district selection his senior year after hauling in 42 receptions for 717 yards and seven touchdowns.

Seastrunk (5-9, 210) appeared in 24 games in two seasons at Baylor and amassed 2,189 rushing yards on 289 attempts (7.6 avg.) and added 18 rushing touchdowns. He was a two-time All-Big 12 honoree (2013 & 2012) and set the school and Big Twelve Conference career-records with his 7.57 yards per carry average (minimum 200 attempts). Seastrunk transferred from Oregon prior to the 2011 season.

Seastrunk, 22, was born on July 29, 1991. He attended Temple (Texas) H.S., finishing as the school’s all-time leader for touchdowns (52) scored and rushing yards (4,217). He was named to the U.S. Army All-America and USA Today All-USA teams as a senior in 2009.

Bolser (6-5, 257) appeared in 48 games with 37 starts at Indiana, finishing as the school’s all-time tight ends leader with 117 receptions, 1,337 receiving yards and 15 receiving touchdowns. In 2013, he earned honorable mention All-Big Ten.

Bolser, 23, was born on Oct. 22, 1990, and attended Indian Hill H.S. in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Hocker (6-0, 189) is Arkansas’ career leader in points scored (354). In 2013, he played in all 12 games and went 13 for 15 on field goal attempts, including a career-long 54-yarder vs. Mississippi State.

Hocker, 22, was born on Aug. 23, 1991, and attended Russellville (Ark.) H.S. where he earned all-state honors in 2009.

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Want to beat the Cardinals? Bring down Carson Palmer

Want to beat the Cardinals? Bring down Carson Palmer

Many considered the Cardinals a Super Bowl contender this season, though the team has not performed to that level so far in 2016. One huge problem for Arizona - protecting quarterback Carson Palmer. 

In its last four games, Arizona has given up 16 sacks on Palmer, including a staggering eight sacks against the Carolina Panthers. In the last two games, Palmer has gone down six times, and both games have been losses. 

With weapons like wideout Larry Fitzgerald and running back David Johnson, Palmer has lots of options to move the ball. That's why Jay Gruden knows how important it is for his front seven to get home.

"It’s going to start with the pass rush," Gruden said. "If Carson [Palmer] has all day to throw and give Larry time to do double moves and stem you inside and vertical and then get back out or break it back across, I don’t care how big you are or how fast you are, it’s going to be hard."

In all six Cardinals losses, Palmer has been sacked at least two times, and in four of the losses, Palmer has gone down at least four times. Beyond the Panthers' eight sacks, the Bills brought down the Cards QB five times, and both the Seahawks and Vikings got to Palmer four times.

While the sack totals stand out, Washington's Preston Smith knows each week is different in the NFL.

"Every game you’re fired up because you feel like it's an opporttunity to get out there and get sacks," Smith said. "You don’t think about what another team did, they’re going to play us different."

Talking on the latest #RedskinsTalk Podcast, Redskins linebacker Trent Murphy acknowledged that the defense knows how beat up the Cardinals' offensive line is. Murphy, who has seven sacks on the season, added that he's 'drooling' for this matchup and the opportunity to take advantage of the Arizona vulnerabilities up front. (Listen to the full podcast below.)

Bruce Arians knows his team is undermanned on the line, and the Arizona offense will be creative to protect Palmer.

"You have to help them," Arians said of his O-line. "You have got to stay balanced and hopefully not get into a situation where it’s a throw, throw, throw game because then you’re putting them in harm’s way and your quarterback in harm’s way."

It doesn't help that in his 14th season, Palmer is probably one of the least mobile quarterbacks in the NFL. After matching up against Aaron Rodgers and Dak Prescott in their last two games, the Redskins defense knows Palmer won't move nearly as much, though that doesn't mean he's neccesarily easier to get down.

"You’re not going against a mobile quarterback but you still got to get to that spot," Smith said. "Carson’s a good quarterback."

Linebacker Mason Foster said that sacks aren't as important as consistent pressure. 

"On a great quarterback like that you want consistent pressure all day long. Make things tough on him, you don’t want a clean pocket," Foster said. "If you have pressure in his face all day and you don’t get no sacks, I think that's a success."

Even at 36, Palmer is still a dangerous quarterback. He's thrown for nearly 3,000 yards this year with a beat-up offensive line and missing one start. But numbers are numbers, and the data shows that if the 'Skins pass rushers can get Palmer to the ground, the chances of a Washington win shoot right up. 

Want more Redskins? Check out @JPFinlayCSN for live updates or click here for the #RedskinsTalk Podcast on iTunes or press play below. Don't forget to subscribe!

 

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Poll: What is your approval rating for Redskins coach Jay Gruden?

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