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    Redskins ‘blown away’ by Daron Payne’s ability | 106.7 The FanThe first-round pick will be out of action for 2-3 weeks http://www.redskinsfootballauthentics.com/jonathan-allen-jersey-authentic , but the Redskins aren’t concerned. Here’s why.Key takeaways from Redskins training camp Day 4 | NBC Sports WashingtonThe Redskins have an off day on July 30, so JP Finlay and Rich Tandler are looking back at what they’ve done so far in Richmond for 2018 camp.Josh Doctson is building trust and turning heads at Redskins training camp – The Washington PostNew quarterback Alex Smith is giving the third-year pro opportunities to shine.Ryan Kerrigan closing in on Redskins sack leader Dexter Manley | 106.7 The FanClosing in on a Redskins legend, Ryan Kerrigan doesn’t focus on surpassing Dexter Manley.The Running Back Camp Motto? Make Every Rep CountAs the Redskins search for who will fill out their running backs group, the depth in the backfield in Richmond makes that choice extremely tough for the coaching staff. Here’s how some are handling the pressure.Play of the day: Redskins WR Maurice Harris is making his case for a roster spot | NBC Sports WashingtonPlay of the day: Maurice Harris’ leaping end zone catch on Sunday is another indication that he is in position to make the 53-man roster coming out of training camp.Josh Doctson says he’s healthy and his performance on the field backs him up | NBC Sports WashingtonJosh Doctson says he is healthy and ready for the season. So far, what he has done on the field is practice backs up what he says.Redskins’ Quinton Dunbar has a healthy contract and confidence heading into fourth year – The Washington PostDunbar played wide receiver in college, and now he feels fully acclimated to the cornerback position.At Redskins camp, praise of Alex Smith comes with a subtle side of Kirk Cousins hostility | Sports | richmond.comDuring Sunday’s practice at Washington Redskins training camp, Alex Smith turned a routine pass play into a 50-yard scramble for a touchdown. The crowd cheered louder as Smith approached theNeed to Know: Redskins trying to find a spot for CB Fabian Moreau | NBC Sports WashingtonNeed to Know: The Redskins are trying out Fabian Moreau out at slot corner in an effort to get the talented second-year player on the field more.Inside Redskins rookie Shaun Dion Hamilton’s first camp | NBC Sports WashingtonWhat is training camp like for rookies? Inside linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton out of Alabama stopped by to tell us how it’s going.Chris Thompson is the latest Redskin to compare Alex Smith to Kirk Cousins | NBC Sports WashingtonIt is not hard to compare Alex Smith to Kirk Cousins. Running back Chris Thompson just became the latest Washington Redskin to do so.Every NFL team is optimistic during camp. But Redskins swear this year feels different. – The Washington Post”We had our first true team meeting 鈥?and it just felt different,” said running back Chris Thompson. “I know Jay [Gruden] feels it. We feel it.”‘My expertise is so crisp’: Trey Quinn is a Fortnite legend with too many wins to count | NBC Sports WashingtonTrey Quinn is working to become relevant on the field for the Redskins, but in Fortnite, the seventh-rounder is already a Hall of Fame talent.PHOTOS: 2018 Washington Redskins Training Camp Day 4, PracticeThe Washington Redskins conducted their fourth day of training camp practice Sunday, July 29, 2018 at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va.Every NFL team is optimistic during camp. But Redskins swear this year feels different. – The Washington Post”We had our first true team meeting 鈥?and it just felt different,” said running back Chris Thompson. “I know Jay [Gruden] feels it. We feel it.”Redskins’ pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan divulges he’s deaf in left ear – The Washington PostPreston Smith once made the mistake of talking to Kerrigan on his left side: “I was like, ‘Man, I’ve been talking this whole time and you didn’t hear me.’ “Can the Redskins Defense Finally Stop Athletic Tight Ends From Killing Us in the Passing Game? The NFL landscape has shifted towards the “move” tight end. Commonly refereed to as a “Joker” http://www.redskinsfootballauthentics.com/jordan-reed-jersey-authentic , this hybrid breed of new-age pass catchers are much more jumbo receivers than they are traditional “Y” in-line tight ends of the past. Former Saints Jimmy Graham seemed to be the trend setter at the position when he arrived in the NFL in 2010. Although he’s 6’7” 265 pounds, the former University of Miami basketball player was often seen split out, where he could use his size, deceptive speed, and excellent route running ability to cause mismatches for linebackers and safeties. During his first full season as a starter in New Orleans, Graham caught 99 passes for 1310 yards and 11 touchdowns. He would go on to post similar type numbers over the next few years, causing a rather awkward situation when he became a free agent after the 2013 season. The Saints placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on him, paying him as a tight end (his listed position), but his camp felt he should be paid like a wide receiver (where he often lined up in the Saints offense). The difference in average salary was around 5 million per year under the tag. His case went to arbitration, and it was ruled that he was indeed a tight end for purposes of the franchise tag. Although Graham was not the first tight end since the turn of the century to be used like this, he was viewed as sort of a pioneer for this new, hybid breed who was about to take over the NFL. Our very own Jordan Reed is another great example of this hybrid “move” tight end. The Redskins use a healthy Reed in many different positions in an attempt to create mismatches in the passing game. Even more traditional in-line tight ends like Rob Gronkowski, Greg Olsen, Kyle Rudolph and Tyler Eifert are often split out in an attempt to do the same. These athletic jumbo receivers have caused havoc for opposing defenses. They are too big to be covered by a corner, and too fast to ask a linebacker to try and stay with them. Teams are now turning to a hybrid safety/linebacker (often referred to as a dime linebacker, or a STAR backer), to be a specialist in covering these types of tight ends.The Redskins have been abused by tight ends over what seems like the last seven seasons. Ever since we switched to the 3-4 defense in 2010 under then head coach Mike Shanahan, tight ends have feasted on our defense. This season http://www.redskinsfootballauthentics.com/josh-norman-jersey-authentic , in our division alone, we face Zach Ertz (Eagles) and Evan Engram (Giants), two of the better move tight ends in the NFL, twice. We will also see Ricky Seals-Jones (Cardinals), Jimmy Graham (Packers), Greg Olsen (Panthers), O.J. Howard (Bucs), Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Jaguars) and Delanie Walker (Titans). So, will the Redskins be able to match-up with these pass catchers?Our starting linebacking corps in our 3-4 base defense consists of Mason Foster and Zach Brown. Neither are particularly good in coverage. While Brown has the speed and athleticism to run with many NFL wide receivers (never mind tight ends), he’s much better in zone coverage than trying to turn and run the seam with a guy like Zach Ertz. If Foster somehow ends up getting matched up one-on-one with a TE, it’s game over!Second year safety-turned-linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons is the best coverage linebacker the Redskins have. He has the length, size, speed and fluidity to run with these move tight ends. The issue is, Harvey-Clemons is a reserve linebacker, and will sometimes only be used in nickle. If teams pass on first and 10, which many do, he most likely wont be in the game.This leaves our safeties as viable options. Both D.J. Swearinger and Montae Nicholson absolutely have the ability to match up with an athletic tight end in off-man coverage. The issues is, smart offensive coordinators will see this shift http://www.redskinsfootballauthentics.com/trent-williams-jersey-authentic , and can use these move tight ends to pull coverage away from their receivers, often allowing one-on-one coverage on one of the outside receivers running a deep route. Young players like Adonis Alexander, Quin Blanding and Troy Apke, who all offer a nice combination of size, hip fluidity and speed, may be able to provide some coverage ability as an added defender shading a tight end in sub packages. But again, the issues arises when we are in a base defense, and these extra defensive backs are not on the field. The only solution that comes to mind is to roll with a traditional 4-3 under base defense, or play a 3-4 with a underneath robber. Both options would allow a defender to match up with a tight end (one in a man look, and the other in a rolled-up zone) in an attempt to try and negate these dangerous pass catchers.Again, the problem still arises that when you roll the safety down in an under coverage, it takes away some of that deep help. Sure, you can have your MIKE drop high-hole, but with either Foster or Brown, that is not their strength. Hopefully defensive coordinator Greg Manusky can come up with an scheme to stop these tight ends from gashing the Redskins defense this season, and end what seems like a decade-long epidemic.

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