John Keim: They're not allowed to participate in any football activity with the coaches -- or someone affiliated with the club -- or in any sort of organized workout (of course, unless it's a group of players getting together away from the facility and on their own). They can work out on their own and watch film on their own, but that's about it. Coaches are on vacation, but I'd imagine that some drop by on occasion. And players are allowed to rehab at the facility.
For Paea, it was a reminder of what he could do -- and how he could take advantage of the focus paid to his linemates (Jared Allen, Willie Young and Jeremiah Ratliff). But Paea credited his work with Grand Master Joe Kim for the big game. Kim now works for the Redskins. It was Kim's focus on footwork and getting his linemen to aim for a different spot on the blocker's arms that Paea said led to his success.
2. LeSean McCoy, Bills (1,319 yards, 3rd)—This thorn in the Redskins' side (807 yards rushing vs. them in 11 games) was traded to the other conference but the luck of the schedule draw has the Redskins facing Buffalo this year. Washington actually did a better job against him last year than they have in the past, yielding 110 yards on 41 carries in two games to the Eagles back, an average of just 2.7 yards per carry.
1. Julio Jones, Falcons (1,593 yards, 3rd in NFL)—There was plenty of chatter that the Redskins were going to draft Jones in 2011 but the Falcons traded up and grabbed him with the sixth overall pick. At 6-4 he's a handful and is coming of his best seasons.
Best move: Drafting Clemson pass rusher Vic Beasley with the No. 8 overall selection. Beasley will start Week 1 and give the Falcons a fast, dangerous pass rusher off the edge. Last season, the Atlanta ranked 30th with just 22 sacks—a whopping 32 behind the league-leading Bills). Beasley, along with a handful of other additions, should provide a boost in this area.