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Redskins Insider: April 18, 2010 - April 24, 2010

Draft ends with Redskins focusing on offense, retaining defensive players

Analysis Quarterback Jason Campbell left Washington on Saturday in a trade with the Oakland Raiders, but Albert Haynesworth, Rocky McIntosh and Carlos Rogers remained on the roster after the three-day process in which the team focused on the offensive line - its biggest area of need - and added only...

By Jason Reid  |  April 24, 2010; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (171)
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Bruce Allen reiterates that Haynesworth, McIntosh weren't trade topics

Updated at 7:37 p.m. Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen reiterated today that the Redskins did not shop defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth and said the team also did not have any trade discussions regarding linebacker Rocky McIntosh. "Believe me, Albert's agent has known from the first week the league year started...

By Rick Maese  |  April 24, 2010; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Bruce Allen , NFL Draft , Offensive line  
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Brian Orakpo leads chorus of praise for Trent Williams

Some of the Redskins spent the last day of the draft with fans at FedEx Field and, as Dan Steinberg reports on the D.C. Sports Bog, there are 1) tons of prior connections between them and the team's No. 4 draftee, Trent Williams, and 2) players are really excited about...

By Cindy Boren  |  April 24, 2010; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  Brian Orakpo , NFL Draft , Offensive line  
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DeAngelo Hall: If anybody can succeed in Oakland, it's Jason Campbell

When it appeared that Donovan McNabb might be headed to Oakland, former Raider and current Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall quipped, "He doesn't want to go to Oakland, tell him that. If you have any say-so in the matter, tell him I said that." Now that Jason Campbell is headed to...

By Rick Maese  |  April 24, 2010; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  Jason Campbell , NFL Draft  
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Grade the Redskins' draft

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By Cindy Boren  |  April 24, 2010; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Redskins take offensive linemen with final picks

The Redskins have added two more linemen with ther final two picks in the seventh round, taking New Mexico center Erik Cook with the 229th selection and West Virginia tackle Selvish Capers with the 331st overall selection. So the Redskins had six picks in this year's draft and used three...

By Rick Maese  |  April 24, 2010; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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Redskins draft UCLA WR Terrence Austin in 7th round

With the first of their three seventh-round picks, the Redskins selected UCLA wide receiver Terrence Austin, who seems poised to challenge as a special teams contributor. Austin stands 5-foot-10 and weighs 172 pounds. For the Bruins, he received second-team All-Pac 10 honors his final two years as a kick returner....

By Jason Reid  |  April 24, 2010; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
Categories:  NFL Draft , wide receivers  
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Redskins make another trade -- for two seventh-round picks

In a busy final day of the NFL Draft, the Redskins have made a third trade. They sent their first seventh-round pick -- the 208th overall -- to New England in exchange for two seventh-round selections from the Patriots. The Redskins still have one more seventh-round pick -- the 219th...

By Rick Maese  |  April 24, 2010; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
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Redskins players react to Campbell trade to Oakland

His teammates reaction to the trade of Jason Campbell to the Raiders was exactly as you'd expect -- and echoes what many of you are saying. Dan Steinberg caught Redskins players at the draft day party for fans today at FedEx Field and has more on the D.C. Sports Bog....

By Cindy Boren  |  April 24, 2010; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Jason Campbell , NFL Draft  
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Shanahan tells Morris he'll be used at fullback and H-back as well

If you heard about the Redskins' sixth-round pick of Dennis Morris and wondered why the team needed another tight end, you probably weren't alone. But we can provide a bit more clarification. Morris, a Louisiana Tech product, said on a conference call with reporters this afternoon that Redskins Coach Mike...

By Rick Maese  |  April 24, 2010; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
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Redskins take a tight end with 174th overall pick in draft

With the 174th overall pick, the Redskins selected tight end Dennis Morris from Louisana Tech. He's a tight end who had mostly flown under the radar before the draft. In fact, he was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine and wasn't included among the top tight end prospects in...

By Rick Maese  |  April 24, 2010; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (145)
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Redskins pick up draft picks in trade with Miami

Updated at 1:40 p.m. The Redskins have traded their fifth-round pick -- the 163rd overall -- to the Miami Dolphins and picked up two picks in return. Washington now holds the No. 174 in the sixth round and the 219th in the seventh. The first pick is the one the...

By Rick Maese  |  April 24, 2010; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (113)
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What lies ahead for Jason Campbell in Oakland?

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By Cindy Boren  |  April 24, 2010; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Redskins trade Jason Campbell to Oakland (updated)

Updated 2:08 p.m. The Jason Campbell era in Washington is over. The Redskins traded the five-year veteran quarterback to Oakland this afternoon in exchange for the Raiders' fourth-round pick in the 2012 draft. "I'm just glad the situation is over and I'm moving forward," Campbell said this afternoon. "Sometimes change...

By Rick Maese and Jason Reid  |  April 24, 2010; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (312)
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Redskins take LSU linebacker Perry Riley with 103rd pick

Updated at 11 a.m. After beefing up their offense with their first-round pick, the Redskins turned their attention to the defensive side of the ball, selecting LSU linebacker Perry Riley with their fourth-round pick Saturday morning. Riley, 6-foot-1, 239 pounds, was a weak-side linebacker for the Tigers but has been...

By Rick Maese  |  April 24, 2010; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (284)
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On final day of NFL draft, Redskins are back in action

Good morning, on Day 3 of the NFL Draft. Finally, some picks for the Redskins. What positions would you like to see address: QB, OL, WR, the secondary? Just to remind you: the Redskins have picks 103 (fourth round), 163 (fifth round), 208 (seventh round). And now, the Rams are...

By Cindy Boren  |  April 24, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Shanahan on Haynesworth deal: 'It's not going to happen'

Updated at 6 p.m. In an interview today with the NFL Network, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan didn't leave himself any wiggle room about the prospects of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth being traded. "No, it's not going to happen....Albert Haynesworth will not be traded," Shanahan said. Not sure if there are...

By Rick Maese  |  April 23, 2010; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (327)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth , NFL Draft  
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Trent Williams gets Donovan McNabb's stamp of approval

This shouldn't come as any surprise, but quarterback Donovan McNabb is excited to have a big body protecting his blind side. McNabb posted an update this afternoon on the Playmaker blog. "Nobody can appreciate the things that a blind-side tackle can do more than a quarterback," McNabb wrote. "I was...

By Rick Maese  |  April 23, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
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Foerster's offensive line comes into focus with addition of Trent Williams

It's safe to say that one very happy man today is Chris Foerster, the Redskins' offensive line coach. He appeared at Trent Williams' introductory press conference this afternoon at Redskins Park and explained why he thinks the Oklahoma tackle is such a good pick-up for Washington. Foerster explained that as...

By Rick Maese  |  April 23, 2010; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Sam Bradford praises Trent Williams

Take Sam Bradford's word for it: Trent Williams is the kind of lineman who inspires confidence in his quarterback. Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames....

By Cindy Boren  |  April 23, 2010; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Shanahans think Trent Williams will fit in with zone blocking scheme

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan and his son, Kyle, Washington's offensive coordinator, have been pleasantly surprised with the talent level of the interior linemen they inherited. But the Shanahans, however, quickly determined they needed to make a major move to upgrade at tackle, people familiar with their thinking said. In first-round...

By Jason Reid  |  April 23, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (313)
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Clausen, McCoy fall to second day of NFL draft

At the end of the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night, a couple of big-name quarterbacks were still available. Does the availability of Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy change your thinking at all about the McNabb deal? poll by twiigs.com...

By Cindy Boren  |  April 23, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
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The story behind Trent Williams' nickname and Roger Goodell's introduction

When Trent Williams walked from the green room to the stage Thursday night, he was beaming as he gave Commissioner Roger Goodell a big man-hug and they both shared a laugh. There was bit of an inside joke that Goodell shared with everyone in Radio City Music Hall and those...

By Rick Maese  |  April 23, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Mike Shanahan likens Trent Williams to Ryan Clady

When Redskins coach Mike Shanahan last selected an offensive lineman in the first round, he took Ryan Clady with the 12th overall pick in 2008. Clady has since established himself as one of the league's top tackles, garnering all-pro honors in 2008 and 2009 and being selected to the Pro...

By Paul Tenorio  |  April 23, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Mike Shanahan , NFL Draft , Offensive line , Trent Williams  
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Mike Shanahan says Albert Haynesworth is not on trading block

Coach Mike Shanahan expects Albert Haynesworth to be on the roster this season. "We don't have him on the trading block," Shanahan told reporters on Thursday night. "Does that mean we won't listen to anything that would happen? No. But it would be us listening. I would not anticipate him...

By Paul Tenorio  |  April 22, 2010; 11:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Shanahan: Williams is a natural for zone-blocking scheme

After selecting former Oklahoma offensive lineman Trent Williams with the fourth overall pick Thursday evening, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan praised Williams for his athleticism and said he believed the tackle would fit well in the team's zone blocking scheme. "Well, [Oklahoma Coach] Bob Stoops told me and I felt this...

By Paul Tenorio  |  April 22, 2010; 11:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Redskins, as of now, still will sit out rounds 2 and 3 of NFL draft

As it stands now, after selecting former Oklahoma offensive lineman Trent Williams with the fourth overall pick the Redskins will not pick again until the fourth round - No. 103 overall. The Redskins traded their second-round pick to Philadelphia as part of the deal for quarterback Donovan McNabb, and they...

By Paul Tenorio  |  April 22, 2010; 10:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Trent Williams on NFC East's defenses

Updated at 10:45 p.m. Trent Williams talks about facing the NFC East's tough divisions. Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. The Texas connection Dan Steinberg at the D.C. Sports Bog writes about Williams' ties to Texas and Malcolm Kelly and Robert Henson....

By Cindy Boren  |  April 22, 2010; 10:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Trent Williams: Playing with McNabb 'doesn't feel real right now'

Moments after being drafted by the Redskins with the No. 4 pick, Oklahoma offensive tackle Trent Williams spoke with the media and talked about protecting quarterback Donovan McNabb after spending his college career keeping defenders off Sam Bradford. Calling it "a big task," he added: "I've been watching him my...

By Rick Maese  |  April 22, 2010; 9:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Will Trent Williams have an immediate impact with Redskins?

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By Cindy Boren  |  April 22, 2010; 9:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Redskins take Trent Williams with No. 4 pick in NFL draft

Updated, 8:30 p.m. NEW YORK - After a day that featured plenty of chatter and rumors involving the Redskins, Coach Mike Shanahan instead went the safe route in the opening round of his first draft since joining Washington, selecting Oklahoma left tackle Trent Williams with his first-round pick. Williams, who's...

By Rick Maese  |  April 22, 2010; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (266)
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Redskins reportedly reach out to Saints regarding Jammal Brown

While the Redskins' need for an offensive tackle is no secret, the franchise may not look to the draft to solve the problem. According to a league source, the Redskins have reached out to the New Orleans Saints regarding the availability of the two-time Pro Bowl and all-pro offensive tackle...

By Jason Reid and Paul Tenorio  |  April 22, 2010; 7:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
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As the rumors swirl, Reed Doughty leans toward Trent Williams

With the continued speculation about what the Washington Redskins will do with their first-round pick - No. 4 overall - in the NFL Draft, Redskins players are beginning to join the discussion and speculation. According to a tweet from Redskins editorial director Larry Weisman, Washington safety Reed Doughty posted on...

By Paul Tenorio  |  April 22, 2010; 7:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Redskins might find it tough to turn down 2nd-rounder for Haynesworth

With only about an hour remaining before the draft begins, there's obviously a lot flying around. Despite the Redskins' denial, there's tons of chatter about defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. If they can get a second-round pick for Haynesworth, the Redskins would have a hard time passing on that, a person...

By Jason Reid  |  April 22, 2010; 6:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Chris Samuels honored to be back at NFL draft -- in different role

He may have retired, but Chris Samuels is still representing the Redskins. Tonight, he'll relay the Redskins' first-round draft choice at Radio City Music Hall in New York. He spoke about the honor and the day he was drafted with Rick Maese just a few minutes ago. Your Browser DoesNot...

By Cindy Boren  |  April 22, 2010; 6:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Campbell hopes his future comes into focus soon

Quarterback Jason Campbell said he does not know whether he will be with the Redskins or another team after the NFL Draft. But he will be ready to work regardless. "I'm just waiting to see what happens and find out where I'll be at," Campbell said Thursday evening in a...

By Jason Reid  |  April 22, 2010; 5:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb , Free agency , Jason Campbell , Jason Reid  
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Chat tonight -- and tomorrow -- after the Redskins make their pick

Assuming all goes as planned, which years of watching the Redskins have taught me is always the case, Paul Tenorio will be chatting tonight. Most likely, that'll get underway at 8:30ish-y. First thing Friday morning, Tracee Hamilton will chat. The definition of "first thing," by the way, is 9:30 a.m....

By Cindy Boren  |  April 22, 2010; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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What will the Redskins do if they hold onto the No. 4 pick?

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By Cindy Boren  |  April 22, 2010; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Campbell, Haynesworth, McIntosh also wait to learn their fate

NFL draft prospects aren't the only ones today waiting to learn where they are headed next. Veteran quarterback Jason Campbell has been available since the Redskins acquired Donovan McNabb on April 4. Although Coach Mike Shanahan has said he would bring back Campbell as a backup if the Redskins do...

By Jason Reid  |  April 22, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Berry-to-Redskins chatter is just that, source says

I just spoke with a league source and asked about all of this Eric Berry-to-Redskins' chatter. He didn't even take a second to think about it before declaring it a lie. He said the Redskins have floated this Berry talk in order to drum up interest in their No. 4...

By Rick Maese  |  April 22, 2010; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Redskins' prospects with No. 4 pick: Trent Williams

With the first round of the NFL Draft just hours away, today we'll take a look at the prospects the Redskins could be targeting with the fourth overall pick and gauge the likelihood of each landing in Washington. Check back for updates. Player: Trent Williams, tackle, Oklahoma Basics: 6-foot-4, 315...

By Jason Reid  |  April 22, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Fans' Saturday draft party features Shanahan, the No. 4 pick, Orakpo, Hall

Coach Mike Shanahan and Washington's first-round pick are scheduled to attend the team's draft party Saturday at FedEx Field. Admission and parking for the event is free and the stadium's gates open at 9:30 a.m., the team announced. The player the Redskins pick first in the three-day draft, which begins...

By Jason Reid  |  April 22, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Shanahan and Allen, the historical view

In 16 years as a head coach, Mike Shanahan has never picked as high as No. 4 in the NFL Draft. The safe bet is, he's not planning on ever picking this high again. But now that he is, Shanahan plans to make the most of it. If you're the...

By Rick Maese  |  April 22, 2010; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Russell Okung discusses his visit with Redskins

There are many scenarios in which Oklahoma State tackle Russell Okung is a key to the Redskins' draft tonight. For starters, with arms that could wrap around a Buick, he could be the Redskins' pick at No. 4. But he could also go to Detroit at No. 2, which means...

By Rick Maese  |  April 22, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Trent Williams talks zone blocking and Redskins

If the Redskins select an offensive lineman -- and that's a pretty big "if" -- it's going to be either Trent Williams or Russell Okung. Our money is on Williams, who's a bit faster and more versatile. Here he is below, talking Redskins, and as a bonus, you can hear...

By Rick Maese  |  April 22, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Redskins' prospects with No. 4 pick: Russell Okung

With the first round of the NFL Draft just hours away, we'll take a look at the prospects the Redskins could be targeting with the fourth overall pick and gauge the likelihood of each landing in Washington. Check back for updates. Player: Russell Okung, offensive tackle, Oklahoma State Basics: 6-5,...

By Rick Maese  |  April 22, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Redskins' prospects with No. 4 pick: Eric Berry

With the first round of the NFL Draft just hours away, today we'll take a look at the prospects the Redskins could be targeting with the fourth overall pick and gauge the likelihood of each landing in Washington. Check back for updates. Player: Eric Berry, safety, Tennessee Basics: 6-foot, 211...

By Jason Reid  |  April 22, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (118)
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Eric Berry possibility remains intriguing

If you've followed Redskins Insider today, you've noticed we'll be assessing the chances of whom the Redskins might select with their first pick tonight in the NFL Draft. Rick Maese reported the team might make a major move in an attempt draft former Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, who will be...

By Jason Reid  |  April 22, 2010; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
 
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Trading up for Sam Bradford still a possibility

Talking to people around the league this morning, it seems the Redskins are definitely busy working the telephones. While some of those calls have been about the possibility of trading down, the Redskins are expected to be in play for quarterback Sam Bradford during tonight's draft, as we've been talking...

By Rick Maese  |  April 22, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
 
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Redskins' prospects with No. 4 pick: Sam Bradford

With the first round of the NFL Draft just hours away, today we'll take a look at the prospects the Redskins could be targeting with the fourth overall pick and gauge the likelihood of each landing in Washington. Check back for updates. Player: Sam Bradford, quarterback, Oklahoma Basics: 6-foot-4, 236...

By Rick Maese  |  April 22, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Redskins' prospects with No. 4 pick: Jimmy Clausen

With the first round of the NFL Draft just hours away, today we'll take a look at the prospects the Redskins could be targeting with the fourth overall pick and gauge the likelihood of each landing in Washington. Check back for updates. Player: Jimmy Clausen, quarterback, Notre Dame Basics: 6-foot-3,...

By Jason Reid  |  April 22, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
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Redskins' prospects with No. 4 pick: defensive tackle

With the first round of the NFL Draft just hours away, today we'll take a look at the prospects the Redskins could be targeting with the fourth overall pick and gauge the likelihood of each landing in Washington. Check back for updates. Players: Defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska, and Gerald...

By Rick Maese  |  April 22, 2010; 6:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Bulaga's first trip East is to the draft, not to visit the Redskins

Chatting with NFL prospects today in New York, there wasn't a ton of news jumping out at me. But I was able to confirm that Iowa tackle Bryan Bulaga did not have a pre-draft visit with the Redskins in Ashburn. (In fact, Bulaga said that this week marks the first...

By Rick Maese  |  April 21, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
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Berry talks about visiting Redskins and Sean Taylor's influence

The safe guess is a fair number of Redskins fans think the team has bigger needs than the safety position. Still, there's a lot of buzz around Tennessee safety Eric Berry, and we do know that there are people in the organization who think very highly of him. And after...

By Rick Maese  |  April 21, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  NFL Draft  | Tags: Eric Berry, NFL draft, Safety, Sean Taylor, Tennessee, Washington Redskins  
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Mock drafts reflect uncertainty over Redskins' plans at No. 4

Time to check the mock drafts and to, well, let you do some serious mocking. Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News has the Redskins taking Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen with the No. 4 pick. Sports Illustrated's Peter King thinks the Redskins will take Oklahoma's Trent Williams with the...

By Cindy Boren  |  April 21, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Bradford talks about his visit with Redskins

The NFL's top draft prospects are on the ground in New York City, and this morning in Central Park they met with some members of the media. Among other things, Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford discussed his visit with the Redskins and the possibility of playing for Washington. Obviously, to get...

By Rick Maese  |  April 21, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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Haynesworth predicament is Redskins' trickiest of offseason

If there's anyone who actually believes the Redskins have not discussed trading defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, I'll give you a great deal on some beachfront property in Arizona. Despite their recent public denials, the Redskins have actively tried to trade Haynesworth since shortly after a January meeting with coaches at...

By Jason Reid  |  April 21, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
Categories:  3-4 defense , Albert Haynesworth , Jason Reid , Mike Shanahan  
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Reid and Maese assess the Redskins' draft needs

They're rarely in the office, even more rarely unattached to their Blackberrys, so it seemed like the ideal time to get Jason Reid and Rick Maese to analyze the Redskins' needs and their options in the NFL draft. Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames....

By Cindy Boren  |  April 21, 2010; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
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McNabb-Owens talk typifies chatter that flies before the draft

I wasn't surprised Tuesday night when Washington Post columnist Michael Wilbon called to tell me Donovan McNabb had told him that he did not encourage the Redskins' coaching staff to sign free-agent wide receiver Terrell Owens. Despite helping the Philadelphia Eagles reach a Super Bowl together, McNabb and Owens did...

By Jason Reid  |  April 21, 2010; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (151)
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Oklahoma assistant thinks Redskins, Williams would be a good fit

Good stuff from Jason Reid this morning about the draft's top prospects on the offensive line -- and specifically about Oklahoma's Trent Williams. While Oklahoma State's Russell Okung seemed like the consensus No. 1 tackle available in the draft not long ago, it feels more and more likely that if...

By Rick Maese  |  April 21, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  NFL Draft , Offensive line  | Tags: Russell Okung, Trent Williams  
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Kiper isn't bowled over by either Russell Okung or Trent Williams

It's no surprise that, when it comes to offensive linemen who'll be taken in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night, the names of Russell Okung of Oklahoma State and Trent Williams of Oklahoma rise to the top of the Redskins' list. But which one would...

By Cindy Boren  |  April 21, 2010; 6:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  NFL Draft , Offensive line  | Tags: Mel Kiper, Russell Okung, Trent Williams  
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Redskins draft Q&A with Tracee Hamilton, Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

Join Post columnist Tracee Hamilton at 9:30 this morning for the latest edition of her daily "First Things First" chat, when she'll discuss the Redskins' draft plans, which seem to be focused on taking an offensive lineman fourth overall. See what's on her mind, and submit your questions....

By David Larimer  |  April 21, 2010; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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McNabb says he isn't lobbying to add Owens

Quarterback Donovan McNabb has not encouraged the Redskins to sign free-agent wide receiver Terrell Owens and is not interested in reuniting with his former Philadelphia Eagles teammates, McNabb on Tuesday night told Post columnist Michael Wilbon. Citing multiple sources, ESPN reported earlier Tuesday that McNabb encouraged coaches to consider signing...

By Jason Reid  |  April 20, 2010; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (114)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb , Free agency , wide receivers  | Tags: Donovan McNabb, Michael Wilbon, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, Sports, Terrell Owens, Washington Redskins, Wide receiver  
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Haynesworth-to-Titans chatter continues to percolate

There has been a lot of buzz around the league today about the possibility of a trade that would soon send Pro Bowl defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth back to the Tennessee Titans. The Titans drafted Haynesworth and helped him develop into arguably the NFL's most dominant defense player during the...

By Jason Reid  |  April 20, 2010; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  3-4 defense , Albert Haynesworth , Jason Reid  
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Redskins 2010 regular season schedule (updated)

Make your forecasts right here. The NFL has released Channel 4's Dan Hellie has obtained a copy of the the Redskins' 2010 regular season schedule. The Redskins will open the season at home against the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football on Sept. 12 and play two additional prime-time games --...

By Jason Reid  |  April 20, 2010; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
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As more defensive tackles arrive, is Haynesworth on way out?

The Redskins continued to stockpile defensive tackles Tuesday in adding former first-round draft pick Adam Carriker from the St. Louis Rams. Carriker, who sat out the entire 2009 season after tearing a muscle in his shoulder late in the preseason, was selected 13th overall by the Rams in the 2007...

By Jason Reid  |  April 20, 2010; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  3-4 defense , Albert Haynesworth , Jason Reid  
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Rams trade Adam Carriker to Redskins

Updated at 4:15 p.m. The Redskins have acquired defensive tackle Adam Carriker, a former first-round draft pick, from the St. Louis Rams. To obtain Carriker, the Redskins swapped fifth-round picks with the Rams, moving down from No. 135 overall to 163. The teams also swapped seventh-round picks, with the Redskins moving up...

By Rick Maese and Jason Reid  |  April 20, 2010; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (237)
 
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Redskins' shot at a trade might hinge on defensive tackles in draft

The more we speak to sources around the league, the more intriguing one particular draft scenario seems to be. While the Rams will dictate a lot with the first pick in Thursday night's opening round, the Redskins will also be keeping a close eye on the Lions at No. 2....

By Rick Maese  |  April 20, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (160)
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Report: Donovan McNabb likes Terrell Owens for Redskins

ESPN is reporting this morning that Donovan McNabb has encouraged the Redskins to pursue wide receiver Terrell Owens. It's difficult to know how much stock to put into this report. While it could be true that McNabb would like to again play with Owens, it's very doubtful the Redskins are making...

By Rick Maese  |  April 20, 2010; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (174)
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Redskins' schedule to be released at 7 p.m.

The NFL schedule will be released at 7 p.m., but Commissioner Roger Goodell gave a bit of a glimpse at it on "Mike and Mike" this morning. It's no surprise, but he did confirm that all the Week 17 matchups will be divisional games. With that in mind, we thought...

By Cindy Boren  |  April 20, 2010; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
 
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When Mike Shanahan drafted Jay Cutler ...

In this morning's story, we took a closer look at Sam Bradford, a prospect who seems to very much intrigue the Redskins. If he's really on their radar, then it's a stark departure from the way Mike Shanahan handled the stealthy pursuit of last quarterback he drafted. The Broncos had...

By Rick Maese  |  April 20, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Kiper on Redskins' quarterback situation and the draft

Because of the gamesmanship involved (i.e. lying) during draft week, no doubt some around the league heard Bruce Allen say Monday that quarterbacks are still in play for Washington and immediately removed the Redskins from the draft's quarterback sweepstakes. Time will tell whether the Redskins are sincere in their interest...

By Rick Maese  |  April 20, 2010; 6:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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Redskins sign Marques Hagans, Roydell Williams and Ryan Torain

The draft doesn't begin for a few more days, yet the Redskins roster is already growing. In addition to defensive lineman Howard Green, the team has also signed contracts Monday with receivers Marques Hagans and Roydell Williams and running back Ryan Torain. All three players participated in the team's first minicamp...

By Rick Maese  |  April 19, 2010; 5:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (125)
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Redskins sign former Jets DL Howard Green to one-year deal

Updated at 3:51 p.m. The Redskins have signed defensive lineman Howard Green, a journeyman who gives the team even more training-camp depth on the line, according to Aaron Wilson of the NationalFootballPost.com. The Redskins mark Green's eighth franchise in eight years. Green, 31, is listed as a 6-foot-2, 320-pound tackle. He...

By Rick Maese  |  April 19, 2010; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Redskins have not ruled out drafting a QB, Allen says

Despite recently acquiring Donovan McNabb, the Redskins have not ruled out selecting a quarterback in the three-day NFL draft that begins Thursday, General Manager Bruce Allen said Monday. Allen touched on a wide range of topics during the Redskins' mandatory pre-draft availability at Redskins Park, including the team's efforts to...

By Jason Reid  |  April 19, 2010; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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Orakpo, Fletcher upbeat about Redskins' defensive changes

With all the talk of the Washington Redskins change to a 3-4 defense - something Coach Mike Shanahan again emphasized was not entirely correct, pointing out that Washington would play with a four-man front as well - two of the defense's most important pieces, linebackers London Fletcher and Brian Orkapo,...

By Paul Tenorio  |  April 19, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  3-4 defense , Brian Orakpo , Jim Haslett  | Tags: Brian Orakpo, London Fletcher  
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Shanahan loves draft picks but divulges little about Redskins' plans

In his Monday Morning Quarterback column, Peter King noted that when it comes to draft talk, "Washington's Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan are championship smokescreeners or simply uninformative." Indeed, that's exactly why it's a bit difficult to predict what the Redskins might be planning to do during this week's draft....

By Paul Tenorio  |  April 19, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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Who will relay Redskins' first-round pick in NFL Draft? Chris Samuels

The NFL Draft runs Thursday through Saturday, and we can confirm that the Redskins definitely expect at least one left tackle to make the trek back from New York City to Redskins Park. The bigger question is: Will there be more than one? The team is sending Chris Samuels, the...

By Rick Maese and Jason Reid  |  April 19, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Kiper discusses Redskins' needs in NFL Draft

Sunday not only marked the final day of Mike Shanahan's first minicamp, but it was also the sole day of media access at Redskins Park for the weekend. So if you missed it, we had a ton of stuff Sunday, including posts on Clinton Portis, LaRon Landry, Albert Haynesworth, the...

By Rick Maese  |  April 19, 2010; 6:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Landry puts trade rumors behind him, prepares for new defense

Although safety LaRon Landry briefly left the Redskins' voluntary workout program, "everything is cool now." After the Redskins' final minicamp practice Sunday, Landry for the first time addressed his feelings about hearing his name mentioned in trade speculation, discussed his evolving role in the Redskins' new 3-4 defense and characterized...

By Jason Reid  |  April 18, 2010; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (123)
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Kyle Shanahan says he's excited about Redskins' offensive line

If you've grown tired of hearing the Redskins' offensive line maligned and criticized, then Kyle Shanahan's minicamp thoughts will come as a breath of fresh air. If you think, however, that the Redskins' offensive line is a problem area, you may read this and scratch your head. In his first...

By Rick Maese  |  April 18, 2010; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Shanahan understands McIntosh's plight but hopes he'll come around soon

Linebacker Rocky McIntosh did not participate in the Redskins' voluntary minicamp because of frustration about his contract situation, and hopes to be traded soon. "I understand what Rocky's situation is," Coach Mike Shanahan said. "A lot of these guys that have been restricted free agents, and all of a sudden...

By Jason Reid  |  April 18, 2010; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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No matter what the front, Haslett's defense will emphasize forcing turnovers

While much of the offseason focus has centered on the Redskins' use of a 3-4 defensive scheme, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said the team will utilize multiple fronts and the defense's emphasis will be on forcing turnovers. "We're trying to get more, whether it's interceptions, whether it's fumbles, strips, different...

By Mark Viera  |  April 18, 2010; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Shanahan says Redskins have not discussed trading Haynesworth

Despite reports that suggest otherwise, the Redskins have not discussed trading defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth "or any other player" on the roster since Coach Mike Shanahan joined the organization, Shanahan said Sunday afternoon after the team completed its first minicamp under his direction. In his first public comments about the...

By Jason Reid  |  April 18, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth , Jason Campbell , Mike Shanahan , Minicamp  
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Shanahan on Portis, minicamp impressions, use of 3-4 defense

After his first minicamp as coach of the Redskins, Mike Shanahan spoke about his first impressions of the roster he inherited, the quarterback he acquired in a trade and the changes the franchise faces as it looks to rebound from a 4-12 season. This weekend was the first time Shanahan...

By Paul Tenorio  |  April 18, 2010; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Clinton Portis finds 'me against the world' motivation

Coach Mike Shanahan hasn't made any secret that he's judging his players' commitment level during the offseason. Running back Clinton Portis, who was criticized by past coaches for his offseason conditioning habits, says that won't be a problem for him. At the conclusion of the final practice of Shanahan's first...

By Rick Maese  |  April 18, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Clinton Portis , Free agency , Minicamp  
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McNabb feels 'like a freshman' in his first minicamp with Redskins

While it's a new environment and new uniform colors, with new teammates and coaches around him, the feeling is actually a slightly familiar one for quarterback Donovan McNabb. "I feel like a freshman just getting into college," he said Sunday, after the final practice of the team's first minicamp. "You...

By Rick Maese  |  April 18, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb , Mike Shanahan , Minicamp  
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Willie Parker already is battling Larry Johnson, Clinton Portis for position

When running back Willie Parker entered the NFL in 2004, the Pittsburgh Steelers' backfield included Jerome Bettis and Duce Staley. What Parker described as a "no-win" situation later resulted in Parker emerging as 1,000-yard rusher in his second season and as a Pro Bowler in 2006 and 2007. Parker drew...

By Zach Berman  |  April 18, 2010; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Jerry Porter, Marques Hagans, Roydell Williams among WRs in Redskins' minicamp

Updated at 3:28 p.m. Not everyone participating in the Redskins' first offseason minicamp is under contract with the team. At least three wide receivers took part in the three-day camp as a tryout for a permanent position with the team, including Jerry Porter, a former second-round draft pick and nine-year...

By Rick Maese  |  April 18, 2010; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Minicamp  | Tags: Jerry Porter, Marques Hagans  
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Kiper sees a problem with Redskins' draft philosophy

While the Redskins wrap up their minicamp today at Redskins Park, draft week has officially begun. We'll be hammering it hard all week here, starting with this morning's story, which pointed out that the Redskins have fewer picks (four) than any other team in this week's draft. In fact, 21...

By Rick Maese  |  April 18, 2010; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
Categories:  Mike Shanahan , NFL Draft  
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