Daily Slop: Orakpo Encouraged by Scheme Tweaks; Redskins View DeSean Jackson as Their First-Round Pick

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Need to Know: Redskins view DeSean Jackson as their first-round pick | Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
Here is what you need to know on this Monday, April 21, 17 days before the NFL draft. Nickel coverage Here are five thoughts on the Redskins and the NFL draft, which I think we can all agree is taking forever to get here. 1.

Washington Redskins' thirtysomethings must produce - ESPN
They’re hardly a new Over the Hill Gang, but they do have a lot of thirtysomethings on their roster. Which can be viewed in multiple ways: A) They didn’t get younger after a season in which they went 3-13 and needed to rebuild, at least defensively; B) A lot of teams ahead of them in this ranking are quite successful; with age comes experience and savvy. September will be when we’ll start to see which way the Redskins go. But, for now, we’ll just take a look at their players who are at least 30 years old.

Redskins' LB Brian Orakpo encouraged by scheme tweaks | Comcast SportsNet Washington
"Don’t worry about just being robots out there, don’t worry about containment and all that other stuff in certain situations that we were coached to do," he added. "That’s what fans need to understand: we were coached to do a lot of things [other than rush the passer.] And we’re not selfish guys."

Washington Redskins' defense vs. the NFL: Comparing the cap - ESPN
The Washington Redskins' defense is optimistic about where it's headed, thanks to the addition of Jason Hatcher and a tweaked philosophy regarding the

Nick Foles on DeSean Jackson: 'He was a great teammate to me' | Comcast SportsNet Washington
"He was a great teammate to me," Foles told CSNPhilly’s Derrick Gunn, who asked the quarterback if, to his knowledge, Jackson was ever a "disruptive factor" for the Eagles. "We had a great relationship on and off the field," Foles added. "Everybody has other things going on, but to me personally, I really enjoyed playing with him and I'm excited that he landed on his feet. He's a heck of a player."

Who will replace Fletcher in the middle for the Redskins? | Comcast SportsNet Washington

Need to Know: The top five Redskins free agents in 2015 | Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 19, 19 days before the NFL draft. Nickel coverage (Note: I’m going to be out of action for a few days here. I’m bringing back a few of the most popular Nickel Coverage posts from the last few months to give you a chance to rehash them.

Redskins workouts start Phase 2 | Comcast SportsNet Washington
The coaches can join the players on the field and they can line up and run plays. It still will be short of actual football. For one thing, the offense can’t line up against the defense so the plays will be run against air. No helmets can be worn. They will have to work quickly. The session can last up to four hours but the on-field time is limited to 90 minutes. For most teams this phase goes on for three weeks but since the Redskins have a new coach they will get to step up their activity with a voluntary veteran minicamp. That is scheduled to run for three days starting next Tuesday, April 29.

Washington Redskins Twitter mailbag -- Part 2 - ESPN
A little more balanced mailbag for Saturday, with four questions on the draft but three on other topics, including Robert Griffin III and who will mak

What NFL mock drafts never tell you

Officer: Darren Sharper's DNA found on 1 Arizona victim - ESPN
Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper's DNA was found in an examination of one of two women who accuse him of drugging and sexually assaulting them at a Tempe apartment, a detective said Wednesday.

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