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The Redskins rookies take the field starting today


The Redskins rookies take the field starting today

Eight days after the Redskins picked him with the second overall selection in the NFL draft, Robert Griffin III will take the field for the first time on Friday as the Redskins start up their three-day rookie minicamp.On the field at Redskins Park with the teams new quarterback will be the teams other eight draft picks, a dozen undrafted free agents under contract, plus some more players fresh out of college who will be there to try out for one of the precious 90 roster spots.In addition, some other players who were around Redskins Park last year are eligible to participate in the minicamp. As long as a player does not have a year of pension credit--meaning that he has not been on a 53-man roster for three or more games during a season--he can come to the rookie minicamp. Some of first-year players who could be there are:DB Travon BellamyQB Jonathan CromptonRB Tristan DavisOT Nevin McCaskillWR Aldrick RobinsonWhile the rules are highly restrictive in some phases of offseason activities, for these three days the players will wear helmets and the offense will be able to line up against the defense. No contact will be permitted.Dont expect to hear too much about the first two days of the minicamp as the media will be let in only for Sundays session.After the session is over, the rookies will not be permitted to come to Redskins Park until the next phase of the offseason program starts on May 14. OTAs, where the rules are similar to those seen in the rookie minicamp, get underway on May 21. There also will be sessions on May 23-24 and 29-31 and June 4-7.Attendance at those activities is voluntary. The one mandatory session is the three-day minicamp which runs from June 12-14. After that the players will be off until training camp starts. The camp schedule has not yet been announced but it will be at Redskins Park and will start around July 25.

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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."


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.