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Daily Slop: Keenan Robinson in Line to Claim Starting ILB job; Redskins Feeling Good After First Round of OTAs

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Robert Griffin III helps Centreville student with a promposal that will make you smile

ILB Keenan Robinson in line to claim Redskins starting job
However, this offseason – now fully recovered from the torn pectoral muscle that cost him all of the 2013 campaign – Robinson has worked both to make up for lost time and to convince his coaches that despite a limited resume, he has the capability to replace Fletcher.

Now healthy, Redskins S Phillip Thomas is making up for lost time | Comcast SportsNet Washington
"Phillip’s done a great job," Gruden said afterward. "He had a great interception today. He’s just getting back in the flow and [defensive backs coach Raheem Morris] is working with him and doing a good. And between [Thomas] and [Brandon] Meriweather, we expect good things from that safety spot."

Gruden encouraged by attendance, tempo of offseason practices
"It’s important because it’s important to the group that everybody is working together," Gruden said. "For the most part, we’ve had 100 percent [all spring]. We have had a guy miss here or there for a kid’s graduation or a wedding, what have you. But for the most part, I think everybody has been here and everybody has been working hard together and that is how you build unity, really, and accountability. I think when a rookie comes in here and he sees a guy like [wide receiver] Santana Moss working his tail off every day in a non-mandatory session, it’s important. When you’ve got veteran guys leading the way like that, like Santana, [cornerback] DeAngelo Hall, [linebacker Brian] Orakpo, [defensive end] Jason Hatcher, [safety] Ryan Clark, you know these guys are doing a good job."

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Jay Gruden: Keenan Robinson stands out - Washington Redskins Blog - ESPN
"He’s one of the guys on the field that stands out. ‘Is that Keenan again?’ " Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. "He’s doing a great job, so the big thing is to keep him healthy. We’re hoping he has no drawbacks from his injury."

Redskins feeling good after wrapping up first round of OTAs - The Washington Post
"As everyone knows, last year I was rehabbing and getting ready for the season, and now I get to go out there and be with the guys," Griffin said after Thursday’s practice — the final day of this week’s workouts, which featured 100 percent attendance. "That’s the most important part: to be with your teammates. That’s what I’ve had a chance to do. I thoroughly enjoy it, and hopefully they have, too. "It’s obviously a new offense, and we’ve got different guys in the building," he added. "But it’s going really, really well. I feel great."

Washington Redskins OTA: Thoughts and observations - ESPN
Robert Griffin III worked on being more consistent with his mechanics in the offseason and there was a difference. The past two years his base was wider as the Redskins wanted to shorten the stride. He also got into a habit of holding the ball lower, leading to a longer windup when he threw.

Redskins OTAs: Observations from Thursday’s practice
Robert Griffin III looked drastically different than he did at this point last year – as he was just getting used to moving around again – and noticeably different even than he did at many points last season. Obviously, it’s a controlled environment and it’s non-contact, and no guys are flying around at him. But so were portions of training camp and practices when we saw Griffin taking snaps. Griffin on Thursday just looked more fluid, more comfortable and confident. Critics last year said that Griffin didn’t step into his throws as much, although he always refuted such claims. But today, he definitely planted on his back leg, stepped into throws and drove the ball downfield.

RG III, Jackson building seamless partnership - ESPN
"It's there," Griffin said of the chemistry. "He's been here the majority of the offseason program. I know there was a big splash because he wasn't here at the beginning but he's been here since then. He's so talented and has a wide catch radius. He can jell anywhere he goes."

Need to Know: 5 Redskins notes and quotes after Thursday’s OTA | Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
Here is what you need to know on this Friday, May 30, 18 days before the start of minicamp. Nickel coverage (Still on vacation, enjoying some beautiful sunsets in the Outer Banks. But fresh content is back in your Need to Know. I still might be slow in approving first comments and responding.

DeSean Jackson needed a job; the Redskins needed to take a chance - The Washington Post
After getting cut by the Eagles, DeSean Jackson needed a job; the Redskins needed to take a chance.

Redskins injury updates - Washington Redskins Blog - ESPN
ASHBURN, Va. -- A few injury updates:Receiver DeSean Jackson tweaked his left hamstring, but coach Jay Gruden called it a minor pull. Gruden said

OTAs Day Three: Team Preparing for Drills
Get a behind the scenes look of day three of Redskins' OTA's as the team prepares for the third day of practice.

Tanard Jackson: 'It was a long wait' - Washington Redskins Blog - ESPN
"Anything that was done football related was an afterthought," Jackson said. "I’ve got kids. I have a family to provide for. Staying in shape wasn’t a big No. 1 on my priority list at that time."

Robert Griffin III feels ‘great’ going through first healthy offseason since rookie year

Redskins’ Kai Forbath uses GoPro camera to train

Zach Hocker: What Can Redskins Fans Expect Next Year | Fanspeak Washington Redskins Blog

Concussions and an N.F.L. Paradox -
The N.F.L. is increasingly being forced to confront how to make football safer, essentially worrying the same audience that it is seeking to assure.

DeMaurice Smith rips Roger Goodell on Jim Irsay, HGH and expanded playoffs | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith says a double standard exists in the NFL and that league commissioner Roger Goodell is guilty of treating owners one way and players another.