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Thursday camp notes: Helu elusive, Cooley still a favorite

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Thursday camp notes: Helu elusive, Cooley still a favorite

Quick notes and observations from the Redskins first day of training camp:With the heat index over 100, most players ambled onto the field to save their energy. Not rookie free agent wide receiver Brian Hernandez. Even though he head plenty of time to get there he sprinted from the locker room to the practice field. When youre the longest of longshots to make it, you have to do what you can do.No pads are allowed for the first two days of training camp but the players came out in shells, which are light shoulder pads. Apparently they are not considered to be pads by the rules in the CBA.RG3s first long bomb as a pro was a beautiful arch that nestled into Pierre Garons hands about 40 yards downfield. Now is the part where I have to ruin it and tell you that there was no defense on the field to rush Griffin or to cover Garon. But it sure was a nice pass.Jammal Brown was out again as he was in the morning walkthrough. Tyler Polumbus worked with the first unit at right tackle. (Note: After practice, Mike Shanahan confirmed that Brown was on the PUP list after straining his hip during sprints on Wednesday.)Leonard Hankerson appears to be fully healthy after offseason hip surgery. He cut, stopped, and started just fine.Keep an eye on Alfred Morris. They threw him quite a few passes and he showed that he has a second gear after the caught the ball in space. It will be hard to find a spot for a fourth running back but they just might have to figure out a way to hang onto him.Brandon Banks just doesnt look natural catching passes. He lets too many get into his pads, which is understandable since his arms are on the short side. But thats not the way to work your way into the wide receiver rotation.It appears that Kory Lichtensteiger is getting every snap with the first-team offensive line with a heavy brace on his knee.Chris Cooley may not still be a starter but he is still a fan favorite. Every catch brought the old standby Cooooley cheer from the fans.Roy Helu popped out of a crowd for a nice gain on a stretch play. He is clearly the most talented back on the roster, his only question is durability.The WR depth chart looks about like everyone thought it would. Morgan and Garon are the starters, Moss is the next one in, then Hankerson. A lot could change but it wouldnt be surprising if the season started like that.The backup quarterback may be the most popular guy in a lot of towns, as the saying goes, but not in this one. Rex Grossman heard catcalls from the fans on virtually every mistake and incompletion.DeAngelo Hall dropped an interception that was right in his hands. He dropped and did about a dozen pushups as penance.

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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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Redskins agree to terms with restricted free agent Will Compton

Redskins agree to terms with restricted free agent Will Compton

The Redskins’ now have both of their restricted free agent players under contract.

Running back Chris Thompson signed his tender last week. Today, news came out that Will Compton has now signed his on the line.

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Compton received the low tender last month, which is worth a salary of $1.8 million. He had the right to sign an offer sheet with another team, giving the Redskins a chance to match it. But he had no offers and his only realistic option was to return to Washington.

Compton started 15 games for the Redskins last year. He was second on the team with 50 tackles and he had one interception, a forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries.

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