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Redskins Monday practice report--Down then up for RG3

Redskins Monday practice report--Down then up for RG3

RICHMOND—Here we go with the final practice report from here. They will do a walkthrough on Tuesday morning before heading back to Redskins Park.

—Here is some video of, you guessed it, Brian Baker doing some teaching and some motivating.

—I post a lot of Instagrams with baker for two reasons. First of all, he’s interesting to watch. And he works close to where the media is allowed to stand. I’d love to post some of RG3 and the other quarterbacks but, as you can see from this picture, they do their work quite some distance away. They are at the far end of the other field, in between those two photographers.

—Here are two videos of one on one, backs vs. linebackers in pass protection. The second one shows running backs coach Randy Jordan breaking away from Adam Hayward. However, it doesn’t end well.

—I have to say after being an interception machine early in camp, Colt McCoy has looked a lot better the last couple of days. Today he fired a nice pass Lee Doss on the sideline. Maybe McCoy gained some confidence from his 8 for 9 performance against New England.

—The day of Robert Griffin III did not get off to a good start. In 11 on 11 work the quarterback floated a long pass for Andre Roberts and Bacarri Rambo got an easy pick. In general, he was hesitant to throw and he wasn’t sharp, particularly on sideline patterns where he tended to sail the ball high.

—Morgan Moses still needs work. In one on one blocking drills Adrian Robinson shot right by him. Later he did manage to slow down Ryan Kerrigan but only by applying a choke hold. Moses has some ability but he has a long way to go

—The kicking duel is on. Both Kai Forbath and Zach Hocker boomed some field goals high up into the net. But one of them cracked. Forbath clanked a 50-yard try off of the right upright. Then they moved it back five yards and Hocker booted it right down the middle about two-thirds of the way up the net. Forbath did counter by making his 55-yarder but it wasn’t as far up the net. Advantage Hocker, at least in that one exchange. But what happens in games will be the main separator between the two.

—Griffin started to improve near the end of 7 on 7 work with a few quick completions. He was sharper in red zone work, throwing a fade to Jackson for one touchdown and then finding Jackson in the back of the end zone for another one. Later on in other team work he rolled to his right and found Jackson again.

—On the Jackson pass in the back of the end zone, Chase Minnifield gave the receiver a moderate blow to the helmet with his arm. It wasn’t anything severe but it did draw some “ooh’s” from the crowd. I’m not sure if Minnifield will make the team but if he doesn’t, it won’t be because he’s afraid of or intimidated by anybody.

—And, just because I like the sound and the power on display here, a look at the inside linebackers attacking the sled. They call the sled "Surge". Nothing particularly interesting there, it's just the name that's printed on the front of the pad.

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Need to Know: Redskins’ needs line up well with the strength of the draft

Need to Know: Redskins’ needs line up well with the strength of the draft

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, April 25, one day before the April 27 NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:

—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 16
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 28
—Training camp starts (7/27) 92
—Redskins opener vs. Eagles (9/10) 137

Wrapping up the Redskins pre-draft presser

We’ve looked at a some of what Redskins college scouting director Scott Campbell said during his pre-draft press conference on Monday, covering possible trades, who makes the final call on those trades, and how the organization handles character issues. Here are a few more bullet points from Campbell’s presser:

—Asked if the Redskins would draft to fill needs or take the best available player, Campbell gave the stock answer. “I guess as you asked the question, you kind of framed it and the way I’m going to frame the answer, and the age-old answer of ‘I’m going to take the best player available,’” he said “And if that serves your needs, that’s a bonus.” So, there you go. That said, don’t be surprised if the best players as defined by the Redskins in the first few also happen have the “bonus” of filling one the team’s top two or three needs.

—The needs could line up well because the strength of the draft as Campbell sees it coincides with side of the ball where the Redskins need the most help. “Well, I’m excited because I think it’s one of the strongest, deepest classes on the defensive side of the ball that I’ve seen,” he said. “I’ve told the guys upstairs I’m excited because we’re going to get better . . . And several different positions – sometimes it’s just maybe defensive line or outside backers or corners. Across the board on defense, I’m really excited about the class and the guys we’re going to bring in are going to help us.”

—The draft board is still used after the draft ends and the scramble for undrafted free agents starts up. “There’s going to be guys left on the bottom of that board that didn’t get drafted that we had rated as draftable,” said Campbell. “So that’s our No. 1 targets. I assign a scout to all the coaches, and really the coaches talk to the players – once the draft ends, let me be clear, it’s after the draft ends when we start making calls – the scouts are on the phone with the agent finding out what our competition is, how much.” Campbell said that money isn’t much of a factor in recruiting the undrafted players; selling opportunity is the key.

—The draft board was influenced by former GM Scot McCloughan but adjustments have been made since he was fired in early March. “Well, he certainly had influence on it because we all met as we always did the last couple of years and every team does. You meet right after the all-star games before you go to the combine and kind of get an initial ranking of how you like the guys. Of course Scot hadn’t been here since, so just like when he was here before, there’s adjustments being made to the board with the new information.”

—The 2016 draft class did not contribute a lot but does not mean that there is more pressure on the organization to do better this year. The pressure is always there regardless. “Always pressure. Every year’s pressure,” said Campbell. “I grew up in an NFL household. My dad was a coach and a player for 40 years. Pressure every year to perform, that’s what the NFL is. You’ve got to perform every year.” His father was Marion Campbell who played in the NFL for eight years and then coached for 21 seasons including stints as the head coach of the Eagles and Falcons.

—Campbell also asked for a little patience with the 2016 draft class, citing a group from a few years ago. “It takes a couple of years to develop a class,” said Campbell. “People are saying the ‘14 class had some success. Well, if I read articles and see what happened and what was said right after that draft, our grades in the mock drafts were not very good. It takes time. Morgan Moses didn’t start his first year, you know, but he’s come on to be one of the best right tackles in the league. That’s my opinion anyway. It takes time to develop. I still think with time, that class [2016] will be just fine.” I guess I buried the lede here—Campbell reads draft grades.

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The 2017 NFL Draft isn't officially here, but it's very near. And for the Washington Redskins, this year's NFL Draft brings with it a lot of intrigue.

The Redskins are coming off an 8-7-1 season and are in the middle of an offseason that's included a lot of change. Therefore, the team needs to ace their 2017 NFL Draft and bring in a rookie class with a lot of talent. 

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