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Daily Slop: Gruden Gets First Glimpse of his new Team; Trent Williams has no Concerns About DeSean Jackson

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Redskins were 'all systems go' in pursuit of DeSean Jackson | Comcast SportsNet Washington
"He got released by Philadelphia, and as soon as that happened, it was, ‘Wow,’ for us," Gruden said Monday in an interview with The SiriusXM Blitz. "Because obviously people around here have played against him a couple of times a year. Guys like that don’t come around very often and when they do, you have to do your due diligence, and you have to do whatever it takes to get the guy if you think he’s a fit. And we felt like he was a fit for us. So Bruce Allen [was] all systems go and made a play for him and [it] ended up working out to get him."

Griffin happy for "new year" at Redskins Park | Comcast SportsNet Washington

Quick takes: RG III logo and more - Washington Redskins Blog - ESPN
Among my thoughts Tuesday morning

Cofield expects Hatcher addition, new wrinkles to serve defense well
"I think he’s definitely going to be a big help," Cofield said Monday, following Washington’s first day of offseason workouts. "It’s always great to be able to get a division rival and take someone from their roster that was big for them and bring him to your home. That’s almost a double-whammy on that part. And on top of that, he brings a completely different skillset from the guys that we have. He’s very unique in that way and I think he’ll complement everybody on the line extremely well. He’s a great guy. I got a chance to meet him and talk with him, and he’s very excited, and I think we’ll look a lot different even within the same defense. There will be a lot of wrinkles and things that will make us better."

Redskins coach Gruden gets first glimpse of his new team

Need to Know: Five Redskins who will be under the most pressure in 2014 | Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, April 8, 30 days before the NFL draft. Nickel coverage Here are five Redskins who will be under pressure to perform in 2014: Robert Griffin III—If you need an explanation here, you need to turn in your football fan card.

Trent Williams has no concerns about DeSean Jackson
"Naw. Not at all," he said Monday via conference call with reporters assigned to cover the Redskins. "Me and DeSean met at the Pro Bowl so we’re pretty tight. I texted him as soon as he got released and I just asked him, were we even in the picture? When he told me he wanted to come and they were talking, I just told him basically that we would love to have a player of his caliber and that our team would be willing to embrace him and try to do big things this year. A lot of that stuff is just he-said, she-said stuff. You’ve got to get to know a guy for yourself. I have never – I haven’t had any type of bad feelings toward him or any type of bad read. When I met him, he was a cool guy. We exchanged [numbers] at the Pro Bowl and we kept in touch and I don’t think he’s a bad guy. I don’t think his character is bad. I think he’s a good addition to this team."

Mark Rypien will hold DeSean Jackson accountable for wearing his number
"We’re very blessed to have a guy of his talent come around," Rypien said. "He is flat-out talented. I hope he takes this opportunity and makes the most of it. I’m not one to sit here and say, ‘He did this; he did that.’ I’m thinking, ‘What can you do now? What are you going to do now? What will you do next?’"

Redskins excited to begin working out in the Jay Gruden era - Washington Times
With Jay Gruden's hiring, the Redskins were able to begin their voluntary offseason program two weeks earlier than normal – a move the NFL instituted three years ago to assist teams making the transition from one coaching staff to another.

Will the Redskins look for any more outside linebackers? | Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
A couple of weeks ago we wondered what the Redskins would do for depth at inside linebacker. They had just starters Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan and second-year player Brandon Jenkins as likely candidates to make the team. They now have at least part of the answer.

Ryan Clark’s phone calls

Inside the Washington Redskins draft room - NFL Videos
With the Washington Redskins first pick coming in the second round, can the team still make drastic improvements in the 2014 NFL Draft? Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis break it down.

Washington Redskins begin OTAs, DeSean Jackson on vacation at a private villa | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
However, it appears Jackson is not playing hooky. This was a preplanned trip. The NFL allows first-year coaches to start OTAs two weeks before other teams. Philadelphia’s OTAs will begin on April 21, and Jackson probably made his travel plans with the expectation he would be ready for Eagles practice. Besides, Jackson is only missing Phase One of OTAs, which is two weeks of strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only. That is why Jackson’s absence appears excused.

The Redskins Blog | Doug Williams, Mark Rypien and Joe Theismann Compete For Charity

First Day Of Workouts A ‘Clean Slate’
Redskins players able to get a jumpstart on offseason workouts beginning with Monday’s voluntary conditioning and lifting

CSN: Ryan Clark talks about #21