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QB Connor Halliday no longer with the Redskins | ESPN Redskins Blog

Halliday had impressed Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan with his productivity in college. He threw for 11,308 yards, 90 touchdowns and 50 interceptions. McCloughan, who lived in that region, saw him a few times and knows the Cougars' coach, Mike Leach, well.

Way too early Redskins 53-man roster projection–Defense | Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
The Redskins will hold their first major on-field activity of their preseason program today when they start their rookie camp in Ashburn. That’s too early to predict who will make the 53-man roster when all of the preseason activity is done and the final cuts are made on September 5.

Redskins wake-up call: Rookie minicamp | ESPN Redskins Blog

1. Keep it in perspective. You can't draw grand conclusions from watching two practices where rookies are facing rookies in short and T-shirts. But you can get a feel for the players athleticism, how they move, etc. If the draft picks do not look better than the undrafted guys then it's worth noting and paying attention to in camp. It's very, very tough to pay attention to more than a handful of players - if you want to get a good feel for them, that is, and base opinions off more than one or two snaps. So my order of priority is simple: Watch and get a feel for the draft picks and then see if any undrafted free agents catch my eye.

Redskins did not fit the profile of what La'el Collins wanted | ESPN Redskins Blog

But one passage in there shed light on why the Redskins wouldn't have been a destination for Collins, even if they had wanted him. One of his agents, Mike McCartney, said they wanted him to go to a place "that had stability at QB, coach, offensive line coach. Not for one year, but the next few years. We wanted a QB that spits the ball out quickly, because we all see QBs who hold onto the ball, take sacks, and then you go blame the young blocker."

Redskins Barry likes what he's  seen out of Preston Smith | CSN Washington

"For a 270-pound man, he carries it very well," Barry told Larry Michael on Redskins Nation. "He walks in the room and you're like, maybe he's 240, 245, maybe 250. And then when you get him out on the field an you get him moving around, he's a very good, fleet on his feet athlete. And then you put him on the scale and you're, holy cow, he's 270 pounds. He's a big, long athlete."

What to watch for during Redskins minicamp | CSN Washington

Receivers vs. defensive backs—My eyes will be on Jamison Crowder, who could push Andre Roberts for snaps at slot receiver at some point this year. Does he run routes and catch with his hands like an NFL receiver does? He should be able to get some separation against fellow rookies but how well does he attack the ball when a catch is contested? And Jay Gruden seemed to be pretty excited about sixth-round cornerback Tevin Mitchel, we'll see what the coach likes about him.

Akeem Davis Staying Busy In Washington, D.C.
Safety Akeem Davis attended the British Ambassador's residence Thursday night and then made a surprise trip to Walter Reed Hospital Friday.

Joe Barry Excited About Defensive Depth, Future Competition

“We’ve got guys that are going to get off the ball and cause havoc in the backfield, whether it’s tackles for losses, whether it’s sacking the quarterback,” Barry said. “We’re going to allow them to really get off and penetrate and cause havoc in the backfield.”

PHOTOS: Rookie Minicamp Hits Day 2

The Washington Redskins held their third rookie minicamp practice of 2015 Saturday morning at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va.

Brandon Scherff's Response to Jason Hatcher's Praise

“That’s what you come in and want to do as an incoming guy. You know, you want to earn the respect of everybody, and that’s what my goal is,” Scherff told “It’s just nice to know I’m doing something nice, at least, and you’ve got to keep working off of that.” He met Hatcher briefly during workouts and hopes to continue the positive transition into the team. “He just came up and introduced himself to me and said, ‘Just relax and have fun with it, and keep working each day,’” Scherff said.