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Reed on RG3: 'He's pretty precise'

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Reed on RG3: 'He's pretty precise'

Ravens safety Ed Reed has made a career out of preying on opposing quarterback’s mistakes.

In 11 seasons, he’s made 61 interceptions, the most among active players and only two shy eighth most all time. The savvy 34-year-old has picked off four passes in 12 games this season, including one in last Sunday’s 23-20 loss to the Steelers.

But he doesn’t anticipate that Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III will make for easy pickings on Sunday.

“He’s pretty precise when he’s getting rid of the ball,” Reed said in a conference call with Washington reporters. “He’s making great decisions. He still has a lot to learn, obviously. The offensive scheme that they’re running helps him out a lot.”

Griffin has thrown 17 touchdown passes and only four interceptions, which, among starters, is tied with Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger for the fewest in the league. Last season, Rex Grossman and John Beck accounted for 24 interceptions.

In addition to being accurate -- Griffin its tied for fifth in completion percentage at 67.1 -- Reed said he’s noticed that Griffin rarely attempts to squeeze passes into small windows or double coverage.

“You see him throwing the ball to guys that don’t have guys on them [or] in tight coverage, should I say,” Reed added. “He’s throwing to open guys, and when he does throw to guys that are covered, you can see that he’s putting the ball [in there] accurate.” 

Griffin, in fact, has thrown only one interception in his last five games, despite attempting 136 passes in that span. His most recent interception came in the fourth quarter at Cowboys Stadium, where a pass down the middle simply sailed on him and landed in the hands of safety Charlie Peprah.

“That’s what he’s done such a great job of,” Ravens Coach John Harbaugh said of Griffin's low interception total. “His yards per completion are up. His completion percentage is up. It’s not like he’s sacrificing anything to keep the interceptions down.”

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Who will surprise, who will play NT

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Who will surprise, who will play NT

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 27, 17 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp on June 13.

Timeline

It’s been 146 days since the Redskins played a game. Their season opener against the Eagles at FedEx Field is in 106 days.

Days until:

—Redskins minicamp (6/13) 17
—Training camp starts (7/27) 61
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 75

The Redskins week that was

Here are some of the most popular post from the last week on www.CSNmidatlantic.com and on www.RealRedskins.com

How well will the Redskins' defense adjust to six new starters? The Redskins unquestionably got an infusion of defensive talent but as we have seen in the past that does not guarantee better results. Throw a new defensive coordinator into the mix and it could take some time for this unit to reach its full potential. I think that there will be struggles early in the season and a better (but not dominant) unit by the time November rolls around.

Which Redskins will surprise in 2017? Every player carries expectations into the season. Some will be better than we believe right now (think of what many thought Vernon Davis would do last year) and some will play worse (Josh Doctson). I take out the crystal ball to figure out who will exceed expectations and who will fall below them.

Don't count out 3rd straight franchise tag for Cousins—Yes, Bruce Allen said that he is willing to franchise tag Kirk Cousins for a third time next year, a move that would cost $34 million for one season. But I think that’s a total bluff; the Redskins’ salary cap situation for 2018 would make such a move very difficult for them to pull off. The best hope for Cousins being a Redskin in 2018 is getting him signed to a long-term contract by July 15 of this year. The tone of the conversation regarding a new deal has been positive lately but the team must come up with a serious offer for a deal to happen.

For Redskins, finding a nose tackle needs to be a priority—Well, it’s up to Jim Tomsula to “make” a nose tackle. Phil Taylor is a true NT and he will get a shot. But he hasn’t played a snap since 2014. Undrafted free agent Ondre Pipkins also has nose tackle size at 6-3, 325. But he is a long shot, as are the Redskins’ chances of being significantly better against the run if they don’t find someone, anyone to be an adequate solution as the nose tackle.

Did Vernon Davis make the NFL change celebration rules? Although I prefer the John Riggins way of celebrating a touchdown—hand the ball to the referee because you’ve been in the end zone before and you expect to be back again soon—elaborate celebrations don’t bother me. After a TD in a game I’m covering I’m focused on writing about the scoring drive. When I’m watching at home, my attention goes to Twitter or to the refrigerator. I do think that it was dumb for the Redskins to lose 15 yards of field position because Vernon Davis put a jump shot over the crossbar so that’s why I’m glad that the NFL changed the celebration rules.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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85-year-old woman unafraid to coach Kirk Cousins

85-year-old woman unafraid to coach Kirk Cousins

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is always open to some coaching no matter who it comes from. On Friday that coaching came from Veronica, an 85-year old woman who works at Congressional Country Club and is a die-hard Redskins fan.

Cousins posted a picture of the pair together on his Instagram account Friday afternoon. 

Veronica made some solid suggestions, especially the one about him getting the ball out of his hands quicker. 

Despite the rocky contract situation with the team, there's no question that Cousins loves the passionate Redskins fan base. 

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