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Washington Redskins Morning Clips: 8/1

A morning roundup of what the local and national media have to say about the Washington Redskins on Thursday, August 1, 2013.

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--The Redskins have signed free agent , who played the last two seasons in Buffalo.

--Are you curious about Robert Griffin III's progress? Here is a full practice report of the star quarterback from yesterday. Griffin III also had a once in a lifetime meeting with a lifelong Redskins' fan.

--One position that is up for grabs in the punt return role. Cornerback Richard Crawford has success late in the 2012 season; can he win the job again?

--With rainy conditions in Richmond, Coach Shanahan decided not to cancel practice in order to simulate situations possibly faced in the season.

--Ryan Kerrigan had a terrific season in 2012 even with the injury to Brian Orakpo. Here are his goals for the upcoming year. Orakpo's recovery may not be the most talked about behind Robert Griffin III, but one reporter says Orakpo's is crucial for a playoff run.

--UVA gradate Chase Minnifield's NFL dreams have not quite been realized. The cornerback coming off an ACL injury is hoping to make his first active roster. He also says that his knee has not been bothering him in Richmond.

--Pierre Garcon only played in 10 games last season. The team was 9-1 in those games. Here is what he has been doing to make sure he plays in all 16.  Garcon said the Washington offense could be the best ever. His veteran teammate Santana Moss justifies that claim.

--Missed Wednesday's practice coverage? Here are some notes from yesterday. Additional notes on undrafted free agents and veterans who missed some time can also be found here.

--Newly acquired Redskins' linebacker Darryl Tapp is already off to a great start with his hometown team.

--Coming off an injury, Fred Davis looks to make a major impact for Washington.

--Leonard Hankerson looked sharp on Wednesday, doing most of the work with his quick feet.

--It has been reported that Robert Griffin III's practice reps are slowly increasing.

--Kai Forbath had the best start to a kicker's career in NFL history last season, making his first 17 kicks. He hopes to avoid any kind of slump this year.

--The Redskins brought hundreds of local coaches together to preach safety in high school football.

--Rookie safety Philip Thomas says he is getting a good feel for the Redskins' defense, a familiar scheme in which he played at Fresno State.

--Redskins' offensive lineman Chris Chester showed off his impressions by doing a famous Star Wars character.

--Eating is a very important thing to do when you practice two times in a day. Here are some of the Redskins' favorite dishes. Richmond has embraced some Redskins-themed food items. A local Richmond restaurant has a huge burger named after Robert Griffin III.

--A national sports analyst talks about the rival Cowboys fans that reside in DC. 

--Robert Griffin III made a Richmond artist's painting of the iconic quarterback even better by signing it himself.

--Rookie cornerback David Amerson, the Redskins' first selection in the 2013 draft, has started to show signs of improvement at camp.

--A national reporter gives his take on the Redskins' offseason acquisitions and what to expect for 2013. Another report talks about the impact players for Washington this season.

--Roy Helu is battling back from injury, and after Alfred Morris' huge success in 2012, one reporter says Helu has to believe he can still be a number one running back.

--Want to know everything there is to know about fan appreciation day? Here is what you should remember for Saturday. 

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What's Trending In @Redskins Nation? 1)Today, Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo celebrates his 27th birthday. 'Like' to help us wish Brian a Happy Birthday!

2) New LB @NickBarnett will wear No. 90 with the #Redskins.

3) TE Davis on having lots of offensive weapons: "Everybody will be making plays...that's how championship teams are built."

4) QB @RGIII sees no open receiver, tucks and runs for the TD. Probably would have been corralled by LB P. Riley.

5) CB D. Hall embracing a coaching role while he recovers from a "funky" ankle injury: http://t.co/8Mv1toRGjB

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