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Daily Slop: First Day of Off-Season Workouts in the Books; Some Players Quotes

Redskins media links roundup.

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Lorenzo Alexander: The Redskins’ truly special teamer - The Washington Post
His employer told him it could not pay him what he was worth. "If that’s what it is, Bruce, that’s what it is. I’ll talk to you later," Alexander told Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen before hanging up and beginning to weep in his hotel room.

CAMPBELL: Familiarity is Redskins' best bet in face of salary cap limitations - Washington Times
"I think that’s something people really undervalue — knowledge and comfort level with the existing playbook and the existing staff," said second-string tight end Logan Paulsen. "Bringing people back is so much better and in some ways more efficient because you get a guy that has had a year, two years, three years in that offense, in that scheme, they know the details and the ins and outs. It allows you to play faster."

Redskins’ start of offseason workouts "like first day of school"
Coach Mike Shanahan addressed his players, reminding them that despite the challenges they endured last season, they were able to reel off seven consecutive wins to rebound from a 3-6 start and capture the NFC East title. He cautioned that the players couldn’t become complacent, however, and challenged them to continue to work to get better so last season’s success serves as a building block.

WaPost Monday mailbag: Injury updates, draft needs and more. . .
Some good nuggets in here.

7 Round NFL Mock Draft-

RGIII, Kirk Cousins get ready for Redskins OTAs
Cousins hits the thrift store with Tom Compton to furnish his house.

Sonny Jurgensen to RGIII: ‘Quit running’
"Quit running," Jurgensen responded. "As a quarterback, you make your living throwing the football. If you make your living running the football, you’re gonna play 10 games a year. Quit running. Run when necessary; get out of bounds.

Keys To Pass Defense: Health, Stability
Shanhan: "Any time you lose a guy like [Brandon] Meriweather and Tanard Jackson, and other guys have to fit in, you have to feel good about the guys that did [play] and got some experience," he told Redskins Nation. "You’ve got a guy like [Jordan] Pugh; who knew who Pugh was? We picked him up off the street and I thought he played at a pretty good level.

The Redskins Blog | Chris Chester’s Inspirational Coach & Mentor
One man he credits a lot of his success to and has a huge amount of respect for, is his former Tustin High School football coach Myron Miller.

The Redskins Blog | Honoring No. 42 On Jackie Robinson Day
The Redskins had their own No. 42 who made history in his own regard: 1984 Hall of Fame inductee Charley Taylor.

The Redskins Blog | Griner, Griffin III Dunk Contest: Who Wins?
(I can't believe this is actually a discussion)

Redskins return to work |
"He didn’t want to give us one of those talks where, ‘Hey, you’re really good,’ and have us get full of ourselves," Redskins guard Kory Lichtensteiger said. "His big word was complacency. He didn’t want to tell us we were so good and have us think we didn’t have to work as hard to get back to that spot."

Redskins Players React to Boston Marathon Tragedy " CBS DC
Like most Americans, members of the Washington Redskins were shocked and saddened to learn of the bombings that tragically rocked the Boston Marathon, leaving three dead and more than 100 injured.

Redskins playing celebrity softball: 4/20/13 Bethesda, MD
The athletes roster includes Chris Cooley, Kai Forbath, Nick Sundberg, Lorenzo Alexander, Ryan Kerrigan, Antwaan Randle El and others. The promised media members include Chick Hernandez, Mike Wise, Doug Kammerer and Grant Paulsen, among others.

Jon Gruden's pick at quarterback this year is Syracuse's Ryan Nassib |
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Breakfast links: Hakeem Nicks on the mend - NFC East Blog - ESPN

The Redskins Blog | Like Mother, Like Daughter
Lauren, 25, from Calvert County Maryland, grew up an avid Redskins fan attending games with her family. She’s been dancing since the age of two, auditioning and becoming one of the newest members of the 2013 Redskins Cheerleading team was a dream come true. She said her mother was a Redskins Cheerleader, but when her mom auditioned for the squad they wore a lot more clothing (Lauren laughed).

Need to Know: Workouts pay off for some | CSN Washington

Random Pre-Draft Redskins Thoughts -

An outline of what the Redskins should look to do in the draft.

Dallas Cowboys franchise still haunted by 2008 NFL draft - ESPN Dallas
The Cowboys took Arkansas running back Felix Jones, a niche runner, with the 22nd pick. They selected South Florida cornerback Mike Jenkins with the 28th pick. And they drafted talented, athletic Texas A&M tight end Martellus Bennett in the second round. While each contributed to the Cowboys, none was deemed worthy of a second contract. What a joke. This from a franchise that hands out contract extensions to its own players like candy bars on Halloween. Jones, Jenkins and Bennett were supposed to solidify the Cowboys' status as one of the NFC's top teams, but it didn't happen.

HARRIS: In Freddie Freeman injury, a flip side to Redskins' RG3 approach - Washington Times
The lessons here — and this is where the other local team needs to pay attention — are athletes don’t make the call and you make the decision based on what you see, not on what you hear.

He may have led all tight ends in catches and yards last season, but does anybody really fear Jason Witten? – Blogging the bEast