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Temperature and tempers rise at Redskins Park


Temperature and tempers rise at Redskins Park

The mercury soared, the crowd swelled and tempers boiled over twice at Redskins Park.First, linebacker London Fletcher and center Will Montgomery tangled during 11 on 11 drills. Then, moments later, tight end Niles Paul threw two punches at linebacker Markus White.A spectator in the announced crowd of 24,650 it was fan appreciation in Ashburn screamed, Save it for Dallas!Coach Mike Shanahan wasnt laughing, though. After the second skirmish, he called his players close.You love to see guys who are competitive, Shanahan said later when asked what he said in the huddle. But you cant have guys lose their poise, because that will cost you the football game. I tried to share that with the guys. Its a good learning lesson.Paul said he was defending himself from a player who was attempted to de-cleat him. He also described White as a good friend.I definitely went too far, Paul said. I should have been the bigger man and let that go. But its hot out here not making any excuses but I just kind of snapped. Im expected to keep my poise better. Shanahan said you cant do that in a game. You cant afford that penalty. You could be done for a couple of games.Some other notes from Saturdays practice:Owner Dan Snyder, who rarely addresses the media, spoke to reporters for about 90 seconds. Its a big deal and were just thrilled with him, as a person and what he stands as a Redskin, he said of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. Its exciting for the whole Redskins Nation. Everything takes time, as you guys know, were just excited to have him, and with Coach Shanahan, everything were building right now, we feel good about the future. WR Antony Armstrong (shoulder), FB Darrel Young (hamstring), WR Josh Morgan (hamstring), WR Lance Lewis (groin), T James Lee (knee) and LB Ryan Kerrigan (ill) also sat out practice. Kerrigan, who has missed practice twice this week, said both absences were due to heat related illness that caused him dizziness. They just wanted to be cautious with it, especially with today being so hot, Kerrigan said.The Redskins are off Sunday.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Draft talk, Ihenacho out

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Draft talk, Ihenacho out

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 25, 33 days before the April 27 NFL draft.


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 23
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 48
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 60
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 112
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 160

The Redskins week that was

Ihenacho's Redskins career appears to be over—This is based on some tweets he sent out; the team has said nothing officially or unofficially. Duke Ihenacho started 10 games at safety for the Redskins and they still don’t have enough at his position to fill out a depth chart. But apparently, they believe that Ihenacho is not part of the solution going forward and they will not offer Ihenacho, an unrestricted free agent, a contract. I think he’ll get another shot somewhere; he turns 28 in June and when he’s healthy he can play a role on defense and do some special teams.

Will the Redskins shift to drafting for need? Scot McCloughan always preached drafting the best player available rather than drafting for need. However, no GM drafts purely BPA and none draft strictly for need. How will the Redskins go with Bruce Allen having the final say and with Jay Gruden likely to have a strong voice in the draft room? Check out the post.

2017 NFL Mock Draft 6.0—A good job by Ben Standig here although I’m kind of skeptical of his first-round pick for the Redskins for reasons outlined here. And I kind of like his second round pick but I’d think he would be better in the fourth.  

RELATED: NFL Mock Draft Version 6.0

Could Miami's Kaaya be the Redskins' heir apparent at quarterback? I think that some Redskins fans have their fingers stuck in their ears and are yelling, “I can’t hear you” when it comes to the quarterback situation. The reality is that there is a very good chance that Kirk Cousins will be gone in 2018. Why wait until he’s gone to start developing his replacement? You can argue that Kaaya is not the guy but there has to be a plan.

Setting the odds on the Redskins' first-round draft pick—Mock drafts are all over the place with the Redskins picks, which is to be expected with pick No. 17. While I respect any analyst who can do a full first-round mock draft, it’s just impossible for them to be up on every team’s depth chart and thinking. As noted, nobody is sure how the dynamic of Allen and Gruden (and we could throw in college scouting director Scott Campbell there as well) will work in the draft room. While things might clear up as April 27 approaches, a big surprise at No. 17 wouldn’t be a surprise, if you know what I mean.

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What's cuter than the way Kirk Cousins found out his baby's gender? Nothing

What's cuter than the way Kirk Cousins found out his baby's gender? Nothing

What's the cutest thing you've ever seen in your whole, entire life? Whatever that thing is, be prepared for it to slide down to the second spot, because what you're about to see is absolutely going to move up to No. 1 (and then stay there forever).

Two weeks ago, Kirk Cousins and his wife, Julie, announced that they were expecting. That announcement, which was posted on Julie's Instagram, was really adorable in its own right — Mrs. Cousins shared a photo of the couple's dog, Bentley, who was wearing a sign that read, "Mom & Dad are getting me a human!"

On Friday, though, Kirk put up a video on his Instagram that revealed their future child's gender. What else did that video do, you ask? Well, it only made every future gender reveal irrelevant, since none will ever top what the Cousinses did.


Gender Reveal! Had to stand close so it wouldn't get intercepted... and still almost missed ha! IT'S A...

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OMG. O. M. G. OMG.

The regular season may be months away, but with that toss, Kirk Cousins is already 1-for-1 (yes, the pass was low, but a completion is a completion) with a perfect quarterback rating.