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Saturday Slop: Redskins news of the day

A look at the top stories of the day.

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Redskins rookie Daron Payne out 2-3 weeks with an ankle injury | ESPN

Washington drafted Payne with the 13th pick in April and inserted him as its starting nose tackle in the spring. Teammates have raved about his presence in the middle, even during practices without pads. Payne has been difficult for offensive linemen to move and has stood out with his strength. Gruden said he does not think this will set Payne back, nor was there concern about his readiness for the start of the season.

Practice Notes: Day 2 of Training Camp |

-- Watching more of Derrius Guice, the Redskins seem to like using him as a pass catcher in the flat, where he has more room to operate and make the first defender miss. Even as he finishes plays and sprints upfield, he’s very cognizant of never running out of bounds. As a defensive back approaches, he purposefully spins or cuts back inside to get more yardage, little habits that indicate his physical style and aggressiveness to reach for more.

At 100 % Jonathan Allen ready to give defensive line a lift in year 2 |

“Really, [my focus is] just being able to be out there and help my guys,” Allen said. “We had so many injuries last year and had guys out there fighting for their lives and almost beating themselves [up] when it was just a testament how well coached we were and strong willed the guys we had out there were. At least for me, I want to go out there and be able to help my guys contribute to the team.”

Paul Richardson explains why having a true number 1 receiver isn’t crucial for the Redskins | NBC Sports Washington

“I think if a No. 1 was to emerge, so to speak, then I think that is good to have a ‘go-to’ guy,” Richardson continued. ”But I think, depending on the down and distance, we have guys that work really well inside and create a lot of matchups in Crowder and Reed. And then you have guys on the outside, like Doc, myself, Maurice, Brian Quick, who can win our 1-on-1 matchups.”

Live Redskins Day 3 training camp report | NBC Washington

—A subtle difference between Robert Davis and Maurice Harris. At the top of a dig route, it took Davis three choppy steps to change directions. Harris was able to make the cut with two quick steps. Again, it’s subtle but it matters on the field with the two competing for a roster spot.

What to expect from the Redskins offensive rookie class |

Even with just a two down role, Guice has the talent to make an impact both as a runner and a receiver. Last year rookie Kareem Hunt only played 2/3 of the offensive snaps and he went on to lead the league in rushing with 1,300 yards and added another 450 receiving to go along with 11 total touchdowns. Guice could have a similar impact to Hunt in this offense, and should be a key weapon out in the Redskins offense for years to come.

Should the Redskins re-sign any players to long term extensions during camp |

dge rushers get pretty healthy contracts on the free agent market with production less than what Smith has produced. Former Redskin Trent Murphy was coming off a suspension and a serious injury, yet he still landed a 3 year $22.5M ($7.5M AAV) contract with incentives that could push it up to a $29.5M deal. Vinny Curry, was cut from the Eagles and hasn’t topped 3.5 sacks in the last three years, yet he still landed a 3 year $23M deal ($7.67M AAV) with incentives that could push it to a $27M deal. So if you’d need to pay that much for guys like that, why not pay a bit more to just retain Smith.