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Redskins Tuesday minicamp report, offense: Griffin sharp

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Redskins Tuesday minicamp report, offense: Griffin sharp

Earlier I took a look at what the Redskins did during their Tuesday minicamp on defense and special teams earlier today. Now, here’s a look at the offense.

—They have mixed up a lot of linemen on the second and third teams so don’t read too much into this but in the early going the second-team offensive line was, from left to right, Willie Smith, Arie Kouandjio, Josh LeRibeus, Tyler Larsen, and Ty Nsekhe.

—Chris Thompson and Trey Williams would both like to be the third-down back and they both showed the ability to hit the hole quickly on plays up the middle within a few snaps of each other. The rookie Williams was a bit more impressive, making a spin move to avoid contact.

—Robert Griffin III had a good day. He was mostly decisive and accurate when dropping back into the pocket, two qualities that have been seen inconsistently in the offseason practices that have been open to the media this year.

—Matt Jones displayed some good hands on a short throw from Griffin. The QB fired the ball in from close range and Jones caught the bullet without a problem.

—On a throw to Silas Redd, Griffin was not quite as smooth as he was most of the day. He spotted Redd in the flat, cocked his arm and had just a little bit of hesitation before firing the pass. It was complete but if he was facing a live rush or if Redd had been tightly covered the consequences of the slight hesitation could have been disastrous. He still has some work to do.

—Colt McCoy got most of the second-team work in the previous practices open to the media. Today, Kirk Cousins got most of the work with the second unit. He looked pretty impressive, zipping some passes into receivers. His only interception was not his fault; a pass right into the hands of Colin Locker bounced out and was picked off by Tajh Hasson.

—Receiver Quinton Dunbar also had a bad drop, this one on a pass from McCoy. Bubble players like Lockett and Dunbar can’t afford many mistakes if they want to stick around.

—Andre Roberts, who is in a battle with rookie Jamison Crowder for the starting job at slot receiver, helped his cause with a diving catch of a McCoy pass. Later on, Crowder dropped a fairly easy catch over the middle. Advantage, Roberts.

—Offensive tackle Morgan Moses, who has not taken part in any on-field offseason work while he recovers from a Lisfranc injury, was doing some running along the end line. He appears to be moving well but the real test will come when he needs to cut and put pressure on the foot. The 2014 third-round pick is expected to be ready for training camp.

—Griffin made a nice play on the move, rolling to his left and finding Niles Paul down the sideline. A few snaps later he got the ball out of his hand very quickly on a short throw to DeSean Jackson.

—In some 11-on-11 work the offense was coming out the end zone, Griffin stood in the pocket and found Pierre Garçon for about 10 yards and a first down. This drew some loud praise from Jay Gruden. “Robert, way to stand tall, big boy,” the head coach bellowed.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Mock drafts, cap bargains

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Mock drafts, cap bargains

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 22, five days before the April 27 NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:

—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 20
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 32
—Training camp starts (7/27) 96
—Redskins opener vs. Eagles (9/10) 141

The Redskins week that was

Redskins full 2017 schedule released—Even with the Caps and Wizards in full playoff mode, the DMV stops to take a look and see when the Redskins will be playing. The Thanksgiving game was surprising. It’s another working day but I worked at various places since I was 14 and last year was the first time I’ve had to work on Thanksgiving so I can’t complain too much about working two in a row. It’s a small price to pay for having the best job in the world.

Don't count out any RB for Redskins at 17—Yeah, I know that NFL teams aren’t supposed to take running backs in the first round any more. But that is one of those trends that comes and goes. In 2013 and 2014 there were no RBs taken in the first. Todd Gurley and Ezekiel Elliott in the last couple of years began to shift the thinking. If the Redskins think that Dalvin Cook or Christian McCaffrey can help them win games more than any other player on the board they should pull the trigger.

Rise of Patrick Mahomes could bring big payoff for Redskins—It seems likely that quarterbacks Deshaun Watson and Mitchell Trubisky will be taken before the Redskins pick at No. 17 goes on the clock. That means that two players in whom the Redskins might be interested will be available, pushed back by the quarter backs. Could Mahomes, out of Texas Tech, push a third player back to Washington. The buzz is that a team might grab him in the first half of the first round.

The Redskins' five best salary cap bargains for 2017—When I started pulling the numbers for this post I thought I’d find more key players with salaries of under $1 million. I only found three and one of them is the kicker. This means that they don’t have very many late-round or undrafted players who are contributing a lot of value. They need more out of players like Anthony Lanier, Matt Ioannidis and Maurice Harris. That is how a team thrives in the salary cap era. A couple of Saturday picks could make or break this draft.

Redskins mock 2.0 goes offense early, defense often—There are a lot of ways the first 16 picks of this draft can work out. It seems almost certain that everyone’s favorite first-round pick, a stud defensive lineman, won’t be a realistic option on the board. This could send things in an odd direction for the Redskins. It’s fun to do a mock and I’ll do one or two more prior to draft day but there are too many variables to think that it has a high degree of accuracy. 

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Chris Thompson will be with Redskins for at least one more year, team announces

Chris Thompson will be with Redskins for at least one more year, team announces

Coming into Friday the Redskins had two unsigned restricted free agents. Now, they have just one. 

The team announced that running back Chris Thompson has re-signed. If he signed his restricted free agent tender, he will be under contract for one year with a salary of $2.7 million. 

The announcement came just as the deadline for RFA’s to sign offer sheets with other teams passed. That meant that Thompson had no other practical options than to sign with the team. 

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Still unsigned is linebacker Will Compton. He got a restricted free agent tender for $1.8 million. We will see how his situation plays out. 

Last season, Thompson was the team’s third-down back and he played in all 16 games for the first time in his career. He posted 68 rushing attempts for 356 yards and three touchdowns and 49 receptions for 349 yards and two touchdowns. All those stats were career highs for Thompson, a fifth-round pick of the Redskins in 2013.

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