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The Redskins will benefit greatly from the return of Brian Orakpo to the defense The Washington Redskins filled out their eight man practice squad roster Sunday, completing the preseason part of the schedule and setting their sights on Week One and the Philadelphia Eagles. LB William Compton, DL Dominique Hamilton, RB Jawan Jamison, WR Lance Lewis and Nick Williams, CB Chase Minnifield, and OL Xavier Nixon and Tevita Stevens will make up the Redskins PS for 2013. Minnifield was thought by many to have made the 53-man roster, but the Redskins instead decided to stash him away for another season of development. Lewis, too, has great skill, but is raw and could use another year of seasoning before contributing. Washington now turns their attention to the Eagles, who have had an interesting offseason themselves by hiring new head coach Chip Kelly. He will attempt to bring his speed-of-sound-paced offense to the NFL with veteran QB Michael Vick under center and human blur DeSean Jackson anchoring the receiving corps. Their run defense gave up 126.3 yards a game, and does not appear to have improved much at all thus far in 2013, so Skins RBs Alfred Morris and Roy Helu Jr. should put up big numbers on September 9th. The Skins are banking on rookie defensive backs Bacarri Rambo and David Amerson giving an immediate boost to a porous secondary. If they don’t, the team could see plenty of shootouts once again. Hopefully, the return of sack machine Brian Orakpo to the front seven will force opposing gunslingers to make regrettable passes. Washington’s LBs are some of the best in the entire league, with Ryan Kerrigan seemingly wreaking havoc weekly and Perry Riley quietly becoming a steady force over the middle with great tacking technique. Of course, London Fletcher is still the man pumping blood through the defense’s veins. Even at 38 years old, his determination is infectious and his knowledge of the game and innate positioning cannot be replicated. It will be great to see Mr. Griffin III out of the field once again (Photo: Paul Frederiksen, US Presswire) I’d be remiss if I didn’t talk about the QB position in a Redskins article, after all the attention it has received lately, so here we go: Pat White has made the team. A lot of people doubted that he could after he started off so poorly in training camp, but he impressed coaches with his steady improvement each week and will be a solid fill-in for Michael Vick at practice. Hmm? That’s not the QB you thought I was talking about? Oh right. That RGIII fellow. Dr. James Andrews officially cleared him to play this past week, and now “Operation Patience” can be laid to rest once and for all. I’d be shocked if Griffin did not line up under center against Philadelphia. It’s just a hunch, but I also would not expect any rust from the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year. He always plays with a chip on his shoulder, but now he has more to prove than ever before, and I think he’ll stop at nothing to prove it. Philadelphia: you are officially on notice. Good luck. Related Articles: Washington Redskins begin the trimming process  

Redskins Roster Cuts: From 75 to 53

Redskins Roster Cuts The Washington Redskins have started making moves in an effort to trim the roster from 75 players down to 53. The Redskins must turn in their 53-man roster by 6:00 PM EST on August 31st. Below you will find a collection of posts from Redskins beat writers, this post will be updated [...]

Four Redskins Players Change Jersey Numbers

Four Washington Redskins players have changed their jersey numbers for the 2013 season. Rookie free safety Bacarri Rambo wore No. 29 during the preseason will now wear No. 24. Safety DeJon Gomes, who was cut on Saturday, had worn No. 24. Rookie running back Chris Thompson, who wore No. 35 during the preseason, will be [...]

Young: Tension expected between RG3, Shanahan

NFL legend Steve Young believes there will be some tension between Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan over RG3's limitations.

Redskins cut corner Chase Minnifield

AP Photo/Steve Helber Once seen as an early round pick, Chase Minnifield fell out of the 2012 Draft as teams had concerns about the health of his knee. The 24-year-old Minnifield suffered a torn ACL during training camp in 2012 and worked over the summer to get back on the playing field. Well this isn’t going to be popular…Chase Minnifield says he was told by the #Redskins that...

Redskins Sign Eight Players to Practice Squad

Today the Redskins announced their 8 man practice squad. Here are the following players who were brought back after clearing waivers: CB Chase Minnifield , DE Dominique Hamilton, G Tevita Stevens, ILB Will Compton, RB Jawan Jamison, T Xavier Nixon, WR Lance Lewis and WR Nick Williams. - Many, including myself were shocked when the [...]

Why Pat White Made the Redskins' Roster

 If you didn't know by now, Pat White is back in the NFL. The former 2009 2nd rounder and West Virginia standout earned a spot on the Redskins' 53-man roster as the fourth quarterback. It's been over three years since White suited up for a regular season game. In his last game, he suffered a concussion and was waived during the ensuing offseason. Expect his streak...

Worst-kept secret: Shanahan officially announces RG3 as starter

He's been pretty good for weeks at not naming quarterback Robert Griffin III the starter for the Monday night season opener, but Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan and the team are finally comfortable enough to make it official. 

Washington Redskins Linebacker Rob Jackson Makes the Best Tackle of the Preseason

When you are about to serve a four game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy and your team is primed to have one of its best seasons in recent history you need to do something to make an impression on people. The kind of thing that will make opponents go 'daaaammmnnnn!' and your teammates glad to have you back when your suspension is over. Redskins...

Redskins' Robert Griffin III will start Week 1

"Operation patience" has finally come to an official end. Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan announced Monday,  that quarterback Robert Griffin III will start Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles in the season premier of "Monday Night Football",'s Chris Wesseling reports. The news comes as no surprise. Griffin was reportedly ahead...

Shanahan: RG3 will start opener

So much for those last-minute "concerns." RG3 is starting Week 1. Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that Robert Griffin III will be under center for next week's Monday night opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. Griffin was cleared last Thursday to play in Week 1 by his surgeon, Dr. James Andrews. However, Shanahan said at the time that Andrews...

Mike Shanahan announces RG3 as week one starter

According to’s Around the League,  Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan announced that Robert Griffin III will be their week one starter. Shanahan officially announces @RGIII is starter. — NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) September 2, 2013 This isn’t a surprise at all since Griffin was cleared last week.   Need NFL Tickets? Loading... ZergNet The post...

Eagles begin preparing for Redskins

Coaches prepared for the Washington Redskins, players worked on their conditioning, and the front office tinkered with the roster. The Philadelphia Eagles spent their holiday Monday getting ready to start the Chip Kelly era next week against the Redskins. After three days off following the final preseason game, players came in for workouts but they won't return to the practice...
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