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Daily Slop: Redskins Defense Optimistic Because of Speed; Silas Redd Defies Odds to Earn Roster Spot

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Robert Griffin III, Jay Gruden eager but patient as partnership begins - Washington Times
Sunday marks a new beginning — an opportunity, beginning with a road game in Houston, for Griffin to truly move on from the experiences that have bogged down his past.

Washington Redskins' D optimistic because of speed - ESPN
"We overemphasized screen drills," Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo said. "That's why you see a lot of guys get to the ball when it's away from them. That killed us last year."

Gruden: 'I'm going to let these guys coach' | Comcast SportsNet Washington

"I’ll listen to what’s going on and if I have any input or what have you, then I’ll have my input but I don’t anticipate having a lot of input on special teams or on defense," said Gruden. "I will know what’s going on and be very involved in seeing and taking place in the game plan, seeing what’s going on in the game plan but, overall, I’m going to let these guys coach."

Williams: "This Is Not Our First Rodeo"
Redskins Tackle Trent Williams discusses season opener vs. Houston

Need to Know: Redskins Park notes and quotes–Trent Williams doesn’t feel the pressure | Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, September 5, two days before the Redskins open their season against the Texans. Redskins Park notes and quotes The buzz from Redskins Park on Thursday: —With four years under his belt and some freakish athletic ability, Trent Williams does not...

Washington Redskins wake-up call - Washington Redskins Blog - ESPN
ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins practice at 11 a.m., followed by an open locker-room session. Three areas of note: Brian Orakpo’s ank

Face paint now an NFL uniform code violation | ProFootballTalk
Greg Hardy is playing without penalty thus far after being convicted of a domestic violence charge. But if he wears face paint during a game, the NFL will fine him. According to David Newton of ESPN.

Bill Malinchak: Greatest Punt Blocker in Redskins History | Redskin Historian

Washington Redskins notes: Brian Orakpo limited again in practice - ESPN
Orakpo also said his sprained right ankle wouldn't prevent him from playing Sunday against Houston. Orakpo "No worries," he said. "I should be good." The Redskins need him to be, considering his importance to the pass rush. If Orakpo can’t play, rookie Trent Murphy would take over. That represents a potentially big drop-off considering how much the coaches ask of the outside linebackers, and it would be Murphy’s first game. But the coaches expect Murphy won’t have to replace anyone. "I expect [Orakpo] to play and play well," Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said. "He usually does play well when he plays."

Grant Still Adjusting To The Speed Of NFL

Redskins Rookie WR Ryan Grant discusses the adjustment to playing in the NFL, as well as playing his first NFL game in his home state of Texas.

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."

Silas Redd defies odds to earn Redskins roster spot - Washington Times

Despite facing the longest of odds throughout training camp — six running backs were with the team, and only three were likely to make it — Redd had made it, the third running back behind starter Alfred Morris and backup Roy Helu.

Orakpo Looks Forward To Playing In Houston

Redskins Linebacker Brian Orakpo discusses going home to Texas this weekend to face off against the Houston Texans in the season opener.

Washington Redskins analyze J.J. Watt - ESPN

ASHBURN, Va. -- He's not invincible, and even with him the Houston Texans won only two games last season. But Houston defensive end J.J. Watt is argua

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.

Griffin, Gruden working on QB's focus - Roanoke Times: Redskins

After a tough 2013 season and forgettable final preseason game, the Redskins quarterback says his focus is only on the upcoming regular season.

Season predictions: Improvement for the Redskins, a new champ for the NFL | Rich Tandler's Real Redskins

So how will the Redskins rebound after their 3-13 stinker of a season in 2013? There are a lot of ways to try to break it down to make a prediction, most of them just as futile as the other. But that never stops us from trying.

NFC East Season Predictions - Nick Clarke, Fanspeak.com

Fantasy Football Week 1 Start 'em Sit 'em - Fanspeak.com