Daily Slop: Alfred Morris Says Next Year Will be Even Better; Kiper Says Redskins Could Target S Phillip Thomas

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Kiper says Redskins could target S Phillip Thomas | WashingtonExaminer.com
The NFL draft season has begun. Which means speculation over who the Redskins will take in the second round. The first name dropped by ESPN’s Mel Kiper that Washington could target: Fresno State safety Phillip Thomas. "He’s a very underrated player, he’s around the ball a lot, a lot of impact hits," Kiper said, "good in coverage as well." Thomas was named to the Associated Press All-American team after intercepting a Mountain West record eight interceptions. That total also led the nation. He also was a strong contender for the Jim Thorpe award, which goes to the nation’s best defensive back. In fact, some national writers predicted he would win the honor.

Kiper says Redskins can find RT in middle rounds | WashingtonExaminer.com
Washington might have to wait until the third or fourth round to pick a tackle. If that’s the case, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper said there are two names to watch (as of now): North Carolina’s Brennan Williams and Boston College’s John Wetzel.

CB Branden Smith and DL A.J. Francis Lead East Team | FanSpeak's NFL Draft Blog
Defenders Branden Smith and A.J. Francis lead the East squad on day three of practice. Running back Montel Harris and WR Corey Fuller had strong days.

The Redskins Blog | Paul Was ‘No Dumb Jock’ In High School
Already in his young NFL career, he has 10 receptions for 177 yards, split between the wide receiver and tight end positions. He also has two career rushes for six yards, a respectable 3.0 yards-per-carry average. Taking over as the full-time kick returner midway through the season, he returned 14 career kickoffs for 298 yards for a 21.3 average. In coverage, he has 24 special teams tackles in two years, with a team-high five punts downed inside the 20-yard line.

Raheem Morris to interview with Browns
Washington hired Morris last January, shortly after he had been fired as head coach at Tampa Bay. Morris turned down the defensive coordinator position with Minnesota, but had an agreement with Washington at the time he was hired that would allow him to interview for any defensive coordinator job.

Redskins Season Review: Offense
The Redskins had the NFL’s top-ranked rushing offense. They ranked fifth in total offense, based on yards gained, and fourth in scoring offense…. Griffin set an NFL rookie record with a 102.4 passer rating. He also set a league rookie record for the lowest percentage of passes intercepted, at 1.3 percent. He set team rookie passing records for attempts, completions, completion percentage, yards, touchdowns and passer rating. He joined Randall Cunningham, Bobby Douglass and Michael Vick as the only NFL quarterbacks to have an 800-yard rushing season…Morris finished second in the league with his 1,613 rushing yards, a single-season team record. He also ranked second in the league with his 13 rushing touchdowns.

Top Five Offensive Redskins Players of the 2012 Season

Redskins’ draft: Mel Kiper sees safeties, corner, tackles within Washington’s reach
Another possibility, later in the draft, could be J.J. Wilcox out of Georgia Southern, Kiper says. Kiper describes Wilcox, whom we’ll get a look at next week at the Senior Bowl, as "a nice player, very versatile athlete, played both sides of the ball. But he emerged this year as a guy to keep an eye out for maybe in the fourth or fifth round area." The 6 foot, 215-pounder played slot receiver for the first three seasons of his career before making the switch to strong safety for Georgia Southern. He has good hands; he also handled kick return duties. Wilcox ranked second on his team with 88 tackles and had two interceptions. Kiper doesn’t believe there are many first- and second-round quality cornerbacks, but thinks there will be some talented players worthy of going in the middle rounds. He named William & Mary’s B.W. Webb as a good pick in the third-round range at cornerback.

Thoughts on RG3's knee rehabilitation, the blame game, and what to expect when he returns - Washington Times
I don’t find much value in assigning blame for Griffin’s injury, but I do think it’s important to understand who and what enabled it to happen. For me, that’s essential to accepting the hardships ahead of Griffin and the uncertainty that presents for the franchise, and to understanding the elements involved in future cases of Redskins playing hurt.

Alfred Morris says next year will be ‘even better’
"The cohesiveness we had, the foundation we laid this season, I mean, the sky’s the limit," Morris recently told Fox 5 during a lengthy sit-down interview. "I’m so excited for next year. I’m already ready for next year, just the things we were able to accomplish this year, and I know it’s gonna be even better next year."

Alexander says pending free agency decision not all about money | CSN Washington
"There’s obviously uncertainty as far as where I’m going to be," Alexander said Tuesday. "I would love to stay here. I know that the $18 million cap [penalty] is going to hurt as far as what they’ll be able to give me." "But at the same time, a lot more goes into [the decision] than just money," he added. "My family is here. Me and my wife have decided we’re going live here when I’m done. We have a business here. I’m very entrenched here in the community and I love this area."

Rookie review: OL Josh LeRibeus | CSN Washington

Eagles get their man; Kelly lands in Philadelphia - Washington Times
"The challenge is what I was excited about and that’s why I came," Kelly told a group of reporters upon landing in Philly. "I was sold on the Eagles the first time I met them, it was my ties to Oregon that made it hard. But the Eagles are the Eagles. This is the NFL.

Is Kelly the next Spurrier? - Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
Assuming that Kelly doesn’t change his mind again before signing on the dotted line in Philly, here are a few thoughts on the hire and how it might affect the Redskins and the rest of the NFC East.

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