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Redskins-Patriots joint practice report, Day 1: RG3 watches the master

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Redskins-Patriots joint practice report, Day 1: RG3 watches the master

RICHMOND—Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and company showed up here today for their joint practice with the Redskins and they all put on a good show for a packed house at Washington’s training facility. There was a lot going on, with eight or 10 activities going on spread across the two main fields plus the drill field. Here is what I observed during practice:

—They went semi live on kickoff coverage with some pretty hard blocking but no tackling.

—I did not have a camera rolling for this but one of Zach Hocker’s kickoffs cleared the crossbar on the fly. That’s a 75-yard field goal.

—They did a lot of the position drills separately, with the Redskins in five groups on one field plus some of the drill field and the Patriots on the other field with some activity on the drill field.

—Here the Patriots’ running back are putting some pop into a sled.

—And here the Redskins linebackers are doing the same.

—Jason Hatcher is still working on rehab. This doesn’t look too strenuous but you can’t always judge how a player is really doing based on a snapshot of one rehab drill.

—In 11 on 11 work, Kirk Cousins hit Aldrick Robinson in stride with a deep pass down the right side. Robinson did not get off to a good start in camp but he has been coming on the last few practices. Consistency has been Robinson’s biggest problem

—In one on one pass bocking drills, Kory Lichtensteiger did a good job with massive nose tackle Vince Wilfork. The Redskins center used leverage and good placement to steer Wilfork off to the side.

—That was pretty good on the part of the Redskins. The worst all day was Adam Gettis doing the old “ole” act with Patriots lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna. The D-lineman blew right by him.

—Back to 11 on 11 action, Cousins continues his sharp performance on the morning with darts to Ryan Grant and Santana Moss.

—Wow, Tom Brady is good (if that was a tweet, the #analysis hashtag would be necessary). He did the hot knife through butter thing on the Redskins’ starting defense. He looks like he’s playing in Week 6, directing traffic ad barking out audibles. I’m not sure if he changed any plays but he wasn’t acting like it was a scrimmage less than two weeks into training camp.

—Ryan Mallett, Brady’s backup, is petty good, too. He was firing accurate passes short and long. My two-minute scouting report is that he will be an NFL starter somewhere in the next couple of years. His contract with the Patriots is up after this season.

—All eyes were on Brady, including those of a 24-year-old who would like to be like him.
RG3 on the field behind NE offense watching Brady work. #RedskinsTalk

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 4, 2014

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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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