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Twice as nice: Redskins draft MSU QB Kirk Cousins


Twice as nice: Redskins draft MSU QB Kirk Cousins

The Redskins loved drafting a quarterback so much this year, they did so, twice.With the first of two fourth-round selections, the Redskins selected Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins with the 102nd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.The 6-foot-3 Cousins threw for 3,316 yards with25 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions while completing 63.7 percent of his passes last season for the Spartans. In three seasons as a starter,the three-year captaintossed 64 touchdown passes and completed over 60 percent of his throws each season.Some draft analysts projected Cousins as a second-round selection. While he makes for a nice value in the fourth round, the selection is initially curious considering the assets the Redskins gave up to acquire Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick. Now RG3 and Cousins will become a brother in arms as Redskins quarterbacks with veterans Rex Grossman and John Beck still on the roster.
Pro Football Weekly notesCousinshas "rare intangibles and leadership ability. Can rally a huddle and inspire a locker room when the chips are down. Outstanding work habits. Can line up and direct an offense knows the responsibility of every player on the field."PFW's overall summary: "Has the intangibles and intelligence to develop into a highly efficient, dink-and-dunk, rhythm passer. Resemblance to 49ers QB Alex Smith and must continue developing physically to survive the toll of an NFL season. Could thrive with crisp coaching and confidence-building play-calling in a precision passing game such as that of the Texans, Redskins, Patriots or 49ers."

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LIVE Redskins training camp practice report: Day 1

LIVE Redskins training camp practice report: Day 1

RICHMOND—The Redskins took the field for their first practice of the season. Jordan Reed is missing as was the usual stifling heat at the Bon Secours training center.It's warm but the humidity is down from the normal late-July sauna here. 

Here are my observations from practice as it unfolds. Come back and refresh often for the latest:

—Jamison Crowder still appears to be the No. 1 punt returner. Also fielding kicks off of the leg of Tress Way were Maurice Harris, Chris Thompson, and Will Blackmon. 

—The Redskins are practicing without pads per collective bargaining rules. A few are wearing shells. 

—New tight end EJ Bibbs just introduced himself to Vernon Davis as they were getting ready for some individual drills. Reminds me of a few year ago when a just acquired player was participating in stretching and they brought his contract out onto the field for him to sign. He wouldn’t have been able to practice otherwise. 

—Kirk Cousins just acknowledged a fan lined up near the sideline. ‘How’s it going, Derrick?” Derrick’s friends were properly impressed. 

—Maurice Harris showed good form in catching a Cousins pass over the middle against no defense. Nothing spectacular but but a good job reaching forward to pull in a pass that was ahead of him. 

—Harris with another nice catch, this time guarded over the middle by Will Blackmon. He is off to a good start in competing for playing time.

—Torian Gray is admonishing his defensive backs to “wake up, wake up.” On one rep he wanted Tevin Homer to “drive to the ball.”

—It looked like Josh Doctson had a step on Bashaud Breeland on a deep pass but the CB recovered and knocked the pass away. 

—A few plays later Doctson got deep again, this time against Quinton Dunbar. This time the CB couldn’t catch up and Doctson hauled in the pass.

—In the early going in 11 on 11, Will Compton and Mason Foster are the inside LBs with the first team and Joey Mbu is at nose tackle. Both situations could change over the course of the next few weeks. 

—Nice cut by Keith Marshall on a run around right end. He planted his foot and cut upfield with some serious burst. He’s a dark horse when it comes to making the roster but I’m keeping an eye on him. 

—Cousins with a dart to Terrelle Pryor along the sideline. A sharp and accurate throw. 

—Rain is approaching but it should hold off until practice is over. Meanwhile, the clouds and breeze are cooling things down. Nobody is complaining.  

—Pryor was assigned to block Josh Norman on a running play. Norman made a business decision not to contest the block and there was light contact as Norman backed down the field.

—Rookie Robert Davis made a solid back-shoulder catch on the sideline. I’m not sure if Colt McCoy intended for the pass to be back shoulder but that was where it went and Davis reached to make the grab. 

—What was that? Nate Sudfeld heaved one downfield to nobody in particular. Kendall Fuller got an easy interception, his second of the day. 

—That is from Richmond for today. Come on back tomorrow, we’ll do it again. 

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Redskins release LB Houston Bates, sign free agent tight end

Redskins release LB Houston Bates, sign free agent tight end

Redskins training camp officially got started in Richmond, Va. on Thursday and the team did not waste time making roster moves.

Linebacker Houston Bates was released following a failed physical.

The move was made in order to sign free agent tight end E.J. Bibbs.

The Redskins started training camp thin at the tight end position, with Jordan Reed on the PUP List and Vernon Davis dealing with a tweaked hamstring.


Bates, a former standout at the University of Illinois, joined the Redskins as an undrafted free agent.

He appeared in 10 games in 2015, amassing 10 tackles and one safety. In 2016, he played in 14 games, picking up seven tackles.

Bibbs joins the Redskins after spending the 2016 season bouncing between the Jaguars' practice and full-time roster. He played seven games in 2015 as a member of the Cleveland Browns, but did not see the field during his time in Jacksonville.

The undrafted Iowa State tight end was waived by Jacksonville in May, 2017.