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Daily Slop: Iraq War vet Ben Kotwica Brings Authority to Special Teams; Redskins Facing a Dual Challenge in Watt & Clowney

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Washington Redskins position analysis: CB - ESPN
ASHBURN, Va. -- Continuing my look at the Washington Redskins' 53-man roster by position group, this time analyzing the cornerbacks. Who they have: D....

Redskins facing a dual challenge in Watt and Clowney | Comcast SportsNet Washington
"We have a general idea, but, you know, it’s difficult to really envision the type of speed and size and power that he has," Gruden said. "We assume that he’s going to be on [Trent Williams’] side [but] if he moves over to [Tyler Polumbus’] side, then so be it. We just have got to do a good job of knowing where he is, where his strengths are as a pass rusher and go from there."

Bacarri Rambo's learning curve at SS - Washington Redskins Blog - ESPN
"Small things about where to line up, what might be coming, staying at a certain leverage over a receiver or running back," Rambo said. "I’m growing every day. I’m learning every day. I’m reading my keys better, keeping my eyes on my man and just doing all the small things that will allow me to play faster and be in the right position to make plays."

Redskins Prepare For Texans’ Watt, Clowney
The Houston Texans – who already had one of the league’s elite defensive players in J.J. Watt – selected outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft.

Redskins-Texans: 4 Keys To The Game's Andrew Walker breaks down the key players and matchups to keep an eye on during Sunday’s Redskins-Texans 2014 season-opening showdown at NRG Stadium.

Redskins’ Secondary Well Aware Of Andre Johnson
The Washington Redskins on Sunday open up their season against the Houston Texans, who feature seven-time Pro Bowl receiver Andre Johnson.

Arian Foster Makes Return Against Redskins
Arian Foster, a two-time All-Pro running back and 2010 NFL rushing champ, missed the last half of the 2013 season with a back injury.

Bacarri Rambo: 'I'm A Whole Lot More Mature'
"I’m a whole lot more mature than last year," he said. "I’m not as nervous or worried about anything as I was last year. I feel a whole lot more comfortable with the scheme. It’s really just confidence and getting out there and playing."

Redskins concerned about Porter's hamstring | Comcast SportsNet Washington
"If he can’t go we’re okay," Gruden said, referring to Porter. "We have some good enough players here that are ready and have been taking a lot of work because he hasn’t been available that often in training camp and preseason. So we have guys that are ready to step up and play if he’s not ready."

Redskins position analysis: LB - Washington Redskins Blog - ESPN
Continuing my look at the Redskins' 53-man roster, taking a look at each position group. This time: the linebackers. Who they have: Brian Orakpo, Rya

Washington Redskins wake-up call - ESPN
ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins have another open locker-room session at 11:15 a.m. followed by a 1 p.m. practice. Three areas of interest Thu

Need to Know: Redskins Park Notes and quotes–RG3 anticipates intense matchup vs. Texans | Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, September 4, three days before the Washington Redskins open their season against the Texans. Redskins Park notes and quotes The buzz from Redskins Park on Wednesday: —Darrel Young on Texans DE and highest paid defensive player in NFL history J...

Iraq War veteran Ben Kotwica brings authority to Redskins' special teams - Washington Times
Kotwica's job has changed since 2004, but he brings the same approach and attitude to coaching that he brought to his role as an officer in places such as Bosnia-Herzegovina, Korea and Iraq: Technical expertise. Meticulous attention to detail. Open communication. And above all else, a type of firm, confident demeanor befitting a military veteran.

DeSean Jackson can remake reputation with Redskins — if he wants to - Washington Times
Sometimes, things that you go through growing up or witness can have you in a shell and kind of be like distant from a lot of people," Jackson said. "That’s the biggest thing I can say about coming from the areas we come from. Lot of times it’s hard to trust people. You have to get an understanding for what people’s motives are. It’s just a part of growing and living. A part of life."

Redskins have better vibe under Gruden, but will results follow? - Washington Times

The first step in changing structure and vibe is swapping out leaders. So, the Redskins started there. Mike Shanahan's stern, veteran approach was replaced by Jay Gruden's more open and self-deprecating style. The Redskins hope that modifies on-field results.

Jay Gruden takes unorthodox path to NFL head coaching job - Washington Times
Jay Gruden has, for much of his life, lived in his older brother Jon's shadow — first as a football player, now as a football coach. In the end, Jay's hope is that he will be remembered for one trait his brother recognized on a humbling summer afternoon long ago. Jay wants to be a winner.

Redskins notes: Jay Gruden nervous - Washington Redskins Blog - ESPN
ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden was honest about his emotions entering the season opener. It's a different feeling as a head coac

Special Teams Gets First Test Against Houston Texans
The Washington Redskins' special teams unit has worked hard all offseason to ensure they return to form in 2014. Sunday marks the first litmus test against the Houston Texans.

Clark Talks Memories Against Houston
Listen in while Redskins Safety Ryan Clark talks about the week one against Houston and his preparations with new starting Safety, Bacarri Rambo.

Murphy: "So Excited For First NFL Game"

Rookie Linebacker Trent Murphy discusses his excitement for first NFL action.

Redskins Press Conferences - Robert Griffin III & Jay Gruden 9-3-2014 (VIDEO)

Five questions facing the Washington Redskins at Houston Texans - ESPN

How will the Washington Redskins slow J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney? All we really know about Clowney in the NFL, considering he played so little

Don't expect radical changes in Redskins' playbook - Washington Times

However one describes it, two things are clear: Jay Gruden, as he has often tried to do, has tailored it to his players' strengths. And, come its full reveal for Washington's regular-season opener on Sunday at Houston, it won't look much different from what the previous coaching staff strung together in recent years.

NFC East Previews & Predictions - Week 1 -

Last season's two worst teams battle in week one, and we see new coaches on both sidelines. Both teams went into last season hoping to make a Super Bowl run but faced nightmare seasons. The Skins will hope that Robert Griffin's preseason struggles will not continue while the Texans start now journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick.