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Rob Ryan is the latest to praise Cole Holcomb

The Redskins’ Cole Holcomb surprising people isn’t anything new. He was a walk-on at North Carolina before becoming a stalwart for the defense. Please click here to read more.

The Redskins’ Cole Holcomb surprising people isn’t anything new. He was a walk-on at North Carolina before becoming a stalwart for the defense. Please click here to read more.

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Redskins’ Guice jokes with young NFL wannabe at training camp

RICHMOND – Redskins running back Derrius Guice had some fun with a middle school NFL wannabe who is at least as big as he is. At training camp in Richmond, an excitable mother, who was chastised for not letting her son get a word in edgewise, approached the accommodating Guice and told him her son played football too. Guice struck a what-you-got pose and, along with a security guard, had some fun with him before posing for a picture – taken by his mom of course. Check out this short video by clicking here. Guice joked with him about not […]

RICHMOND – Redskins running back Derrius Guice had some fun with a middle school NFL wannabe who is at least as big as he is.

At training camp in Richmond, an excitable mother, who was chastised for not letting her son get a word in edgewise, approached the accommodating Guice and told him her son played football too.

Guice struck a what-you-got pose and, along with a security guard, had some fun with him before posing for a picture – taken by his mom of course. Check out this short video by clicking here.

Guice joked with him about not liking defensive players who might hit him but the second-year player, who sat out last season with an injury sustained in a preseason game, would likely be a 10-year pro before this young man could tackle him in an NFL game.

Guice, along with Dwayne Haskins, has gotten the reputation of interacting with fans at camp long after most have gone to the dressing room. On this day, Guice had signed so many autographs in the morning that he begged off signing in the afternoon but he talked with fans and posed with everyone who wanted a photo.

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Tidbits from Redskins training camp in Richmond

RICHMOND – Triangle NFL fans, even if not Redskins fans, can easily get to Richmond to watch training camp through Aug. 11. Fan Appreciation Day is Saturday, Aug. 3. It’s about two and a half hours to Richmond from the Triangle. If you want to see the Panthers’ training camp, you’ll have to drive an extra hour to get to Spartanburg, S.C. The Redskins’ camp has been a huge success, team president Bruce Allen told me, because there have been no injuries. The only real downer has been the absence of Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams, who is mad […]

RICHMOND – Triangle NFL fans, even if not Redskins fans, can easily get to Richmond to watch training camp through Aug. 11.

Fan Appreciation Day is Saturday, Aug. 3. It’s about two and a half hours to Richmond from the Triangle. If you want to see the Panthers’ training camp, you’ll have to drive an extra hour to get to Spartanburg, S.C.

The Redskins’ camp has been a huge success, team president Bruce Allen told me, because there have been no injuries.

The only real downer has been the absence of Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams, who is mad at the medical staff for what he believes was a botched treatment for a cancerous lesion on his head. Skins’ lineman Morgan Moses thinks Williams will come back.

With the release of linebacker Mason Foster, it appears the Redskins are happy with the young linebackers including Cole Holcomb, drafted out of UNC. He looked good at practice this past weekend.

The top rookie at camp has been Terry McLaurin, the receiver out of Ohio State. He has faked out Josh Norman and Troy Apke for easy touchdowns at practice.

Those TD throws didn’t come from former teammate Dwayne Haskins, who is clearly third in the race for the starting spot. It looked like the Redskins are serious about the possibility of Haskins starting – at least at some point this season. Head coach Jay Gruden spent a good bit of time with the second team, coaching up Haskins over the weekend.

Long-time QB backup Colt McCoy looks the most comfortable but Case Keenum is taking a lot of first-team snaps and is likely to start the season. McCoy, a super sub, hasn’t done that well when starting so the Redskins will most likely want to keep him as a super sub.

The Redskins won’t make the same mistake of having only two QBs on the roster. If Alex Smith were even halfway healthy, he would be one of the three. Under contract and recovering from a devastating leg injury that some thought would (or will) end his career, Smith is not giving up on his career and Bruce Allen is not giving up on Smith.

Allen told me that Smith is looking good and he believes he can come back from the injury. Allen also loves Smith’s character and told me a couple of stories from KC coach Andy Reid, who spoke highly of Smith as a mentor, a player and a person. I didn’t ask if I could share those stories.

Tight end Matt Flanagan looked impressive over the weekend.The Redskins are three-deep at tight end though (Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis and Jeremy Sprinkle if they stay healthy) and Samaje Perine has looked sharp at running back. The Redskins will probably not keep them both.
No inside information, just a prediction about the number of non-linemen that the team will keep.

I can’t imagine cutting Adrian Peterson but Derrius Guice will cut into his playing time. Chris Thompson is safe as the receiving back. Coaches still like Byron Marshall so he possibly could stay. But I’d bet on Perine between the two. The Skins picked up former Duke RB Shaun Wilson last week but he’s unlikely to stick.

The defense is expected to be better this year especially with the addition of DB Landon Collins. But I was surprised at how well the first team offense did against the first team defense. One would think the defense would be ahead of the offense. Hopefully for the Skins, that shows how good the offense will be and not how bad the defense will be.

If you do go to a Redskins practice, you’ll likely get an autograph from Dwayne Haskins, who twice I’ve seen stay and sign autographs for as long as there are people asking.

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Redskins’ Adrian Peterson seems to be confident in Case Keenum at QB

When I attended the Redskins final OTA last month, it was obvious that Case Keenum was ahead of Dwayne Haskins. “Offensively, we really look good with Case Keenum back there. He’s a veteran,” Adrian Peterson said. He’s just stating the obvious. Haskins will probably get his opportunity this year and may even start if he has a good training camp. There’s no rush. To read more of Peterson’s comments about the QB situation and the team in general, please click here.

When I attended the Redskins final OTA last month, it was obvious that Case Keenum was ahead of Dwayne Haskins. “Offensively, we really look good with Case Keenum back there. He’s a veteran,” Adrian Peterson said. He’s just stating the obvious. Haskins will probably get his opportunity this year and may even start if he has a good training camp. There’s no rush. To read more of Peterson’s comments about the QB situation and the team in general, please click here.

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Former UNC player reflects on the chance to coach Peterson, Guice

Randy Jordan knows something about scary, season-ending injuries. When he was entering his junior year at North Carolina, Jordan remembers a spring practice that finished with the Oklahoma drill, a 1-on-1 matchup between a ball carrier and tackler in a confined space. As Jordan recalls, a freshman running back, Natrone Means, had just schooled linebacker Tommy Thigpen, one of the Tar Heels’ premier players. “Natrone runs him over, and everyone is like, ‘Oh, man,’ so now it’s my turn,” Jordan says. “And I was like ‘Man, Natrone get back up here,’ I didn’t want to go up there. So Tommy […]

Randy Jordan knows something about scary, season-ending injuries.

When he was entering his junior year at North Carolina, Jordan remembers a spring practice that finished with the Oklahoma drill, a 1-on-1 matchup between a ball carrier and tackler in a confined space. As Jordan recalls, a freshman running back, Natrone Means, had just schooled linebacker Tommy Thigpen, one of the Tar Heels’ premier players.

“Natrone runs him over, and everyone is like, ‘Oh, man,’ so now it’s my turn,” Jordan says. “And I was like ‘Man, Natrone get back up here,’ I didn’t want to go up there. So Tommy jumps back up there and goes, ‘I’m going to go at him again,’ so unfortunately I’m next, so [Thigpen] took it out on me.”

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By Jake Kring-Schreifels

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Young Redskins fan in North Carolina idolizes Sonny Jurgensen

Will Barnes of Cary, NC idolizes Hall of Fame QB Sonny Jurgensen.He could have chosen George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, John Adams or Benjamin Franklin. That’s what other kids were doing. But this 9-year-old from Cary, NC chose a North Carolina-product who was a star quarterback for the Washington Redskins in the 1960s and 1970s as his historic figure. Read more.

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Three keys from the Redskins’ loss: Run defense submits poor performance

ATLANTA — Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden did not sugarcoat the team’s 25-19 overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

The Redskins needed just three plays to go 46 yards with 24 seconds remaining in regulation to set up Dustin Hopkins’ 52-yard game-tying field goal. Quarterback Kirk Cousins was …

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Dustin Hopkins’ 52-yard field goal pushes Redskins to overtime against Falcons

ATLANTA — Dustin Hopkins knew he left his foot open when he missed a 53-yard attempt in the third-quarter, so when the Washington Redskins’ kicker prepared for a 52-yard attempt that could tie the score, he knew what he had to do to make sure the ball would part the …

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Patchwork secondary controls Falcons’ passing game, gives Redskins a chance

ATLANTA — Bashaud Breeland heard the talk during the week. With DeAngelo Hall and Chris Culliver still injured and the Atlanta Falcons’ passing attack leaving them undefeated through four games, he knew the matchups did not appear to be in the Washington Redskins’ favor.

That’s why, on Sunday, he decided …

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Kirk Cousins’ resiliency a reason why Redskins had chance late against Falcons

ATLANTA — Kirk Cousins was the last player sprinting after Robert Alford, though he was losing the race by about 10 yards.

Alford picked off a pass Cousins intended for Ryan Grant and returned it 59 yards for a touchdown, giving the Atlanta Falcons a 25-19 overtime victory over the …

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