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Redskins Training Camp Photo Gallery – Day 2 PM Practice

Redskins training camp wasn’t quiet for long. On the second day, the team signed troubled linebacker Junior Galette while it was announced that cornerback Bashaud Breeland was suspended one game for his citation of marijuana possession during last year’s training camp.

During practice Breeland suffered an apparent leg injury and was carted off the field. He is expected to miss several weeks.

Tight end Niles Paul goes against linebacker Adam Hayward in special teams drills. Photo by Terri Russell.

Tight end Niles Paul goes against linebacker Adam Hayward in special teams drills. Photo by Terri Russell.

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Redskins Training Camp Photo Gallery – Day 1 PM Practice

Football is back and the Washington Redskins kicked off their 2015 season in Richmond, Va. for their their third summer at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center.

The team switched up their routine this year with walkthroughs in the morning and practices in the afternoon.

Enjoy some sights from today’s p.m. practice.

Linebacker Martrell Spaight lunges for fullback Jordan Campbell. Photo by Jake Russell.

Linebacker Martrell Spaight lunges for fullback Jordan Campbell. Photo by Jake Russell.

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Redskins 2015 free agents: Keep ’em or let ’em go?

By Jake Russell

The Redskins are expected to have 16 players with free agent designations when the new league year begins on March 10. The open negotiation period between free agents and other teams opens on Saturday but deals can’t be signed until Tuesday at 4 p.m. The team will need to make several big decisions.

Assuming restricted free agents Kai Forbath, Trenton Robinson and Justin Rogers, and exclusive rights free agents Chris Thompson and Rishaw Johnson all return, the team will be left with 11 unrestricted free agents, meaning they are free to sign anywhere after March 10.

Safety Ryan Clark was set to become an unrestricted free agent after signing a one-year deal last year. The 13-year veteran instead opted to retire after a lackluster 2014 season.

The team re-signed tackle Tom Compton on February 27, who was slated to become a restricted free agent. Compton played in all 16 games in 2014 and started the final nine games in place of soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Tyler Polumbus.

Exclusive rights free agent safety Duke Ihenacho was re-signed on March 4. As an ERFA, the fourth-year veteran would have had to either re-sign with the team or retire.

Below is a list of the team’s 11 unrestricted free agents.

Keep ’em:

OLB Brian Orakpo

Photo by Brian Murphy.

Photo by Brian Murphy.

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Redskins Pros and Cons: Week 11

By Jake Russell

Embarrassing. Disheartening. Lifeless. Sad.

Those are just a few of many words that can be used to describe what an announced crowd of 77,442 witnessed at FedExField on a gray Sunday as the Redskins lost to the 1-8 Buccaneers 27-7.

As someone who has attended about 150 Redskins games in my lifetime, a 20-point loss to a one-win Buccaneers team rivals a 27-0 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on a rainy Sunday night in December at FedExField in 2003. Yes, the same game in which Redskins quarterback Tim Hasselbeck put up four interceptions and a 0.0 passer rating.

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Redskins Pros and Cons: Week 2

The Washington Redskins experienced the ultimate highs and lows Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

From injuries to quarterback Robert Griffin III and wide receiver DeSean Jackson to displaying total domination on offense, defense and special teams for the first time in recent memory, Sunday had it all.

Washington racked up 449 yards on offense and the defense held the Jaguars to just 148 yards in a 41-10 victory, evening their record to 1-1 on the season and snapping their streak of nine straight losses dating back to 2013.

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Redskins Pros and Cons: Week 1

The Washington Redskins opened up the 2014 season with a new head coach and a new outlook on offense, defense and special teams. That said, it was uncertain what to expect heading into their first game of the year.

Fresh off a new six-year, $100 million contract all eyes were on Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, and for good reason. The fourth-year, two-time Pro Bowler played a big role in Houston’s 17-6 victory. His strong defensive effort included three tackles, five quarterback hits, one pass defended, a blocked extra point and fumble recovery.

Here are some of the positives and negatives the Redskins can take away from today’s game:

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Redskins training camp photo gallery – Day 2 AM practice

Day two of 2014 Redskins training camp went on with perfect weather and attendance from head coach Jay Gruden’s brother Jon and father Jim as well as Joe Theismann.

Check out some great photos from Day 2 of training camp.

Robert Griffin III eludes defenders. Photo by Jake Russell.

Robert Griffin III eludes defenders. Photo by Jake Russell.

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Redskins Training Camp Photo Gallery – Day 1 AM Practice

The Redskins kicked off their second year of training camp in Richmond on Thursday morning during what started out as very a rainy practice.

Enjoy some photos of the first training camp practice of 2014.

Photos by Terri Russell.

DeAngelo Hall goes against tight end Jordan Reed.

DeAngelo Hall goes against tight end Jordan Reed.

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The top 10 Redskins to watch during training camp and the preseason

By Jake Russell

1. Robert Griffin III

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It’s no secret that the Redskins go as Robert Griffin III goes. A season after winning Offensive Rookie of the Year during a rookie campaign that ended with a torn ACL and LCL, Griffin returned to the field in a miraculous amount of time. After his devastating injury in the 2013 Wild Card game against the Seattle Seahawks on January 6, he started the team’s 2013 season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 9. However, hampered by a knee brace all season, Griffin struggled and was benched by head coach Mike Shanahan for the final three games of what turned out to be a 3-13 season. (more…)

How the top NFL preview magazines view the Redskins

For as long as I can remember, I’ve obtained NFL preview magazines every year to break down rosters, analyze team pickups, look over league-wide predictions, and on top of it all, see how the Redskins stacked up against the rest of the league and the NFC East.

That obsession of buying these magazines continues to this day, with fewer to choose from than in years past but just enough to get me ready for training camp in the doldrums of the sports calendar.

The top paperbound prognosticators remaining are Lindy’s, Athlon and Sporting News.

Let’s take a look at how they predicted the Redskins to finish in the NFC East this season. Spoiler alert: It’s not first. Or second. Or third. (more…)