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Washington Redskins Morning Clips: 8/9

A morning roundup of what the local and national media have to say about the Washington Redskins on Friday, August 9, 2013.

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--The Redskins defeated the Titans 22-21 last night. Here is a full analysis of yesterday's preseason contest. One Redskins' analyst gives his 10 observations from last night.

--Washington's 2012 draft class gave the team guys like Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris, but one reporter says the 2011 class is still trying to find its identity.

--Chris Neild tore his ACL last preseason. He is now close to healthy and is ready to make a full comeback.

--Backup running back Evan Royster, who scored a touchdown in the Redskins' playoff game last season, is battling for his spot on the roster.

--Here is a Q&A session one reporter had with Kirk Cousins, who looked strong in his preseason debut. Cousins believes he has changed from his rookie season, and confidence is key.

--Although he hasn't participated in 11-on-11 drills yet, Robert Griffin III told reporters he still plans on starting Week 1's contest against the Eagles.

--Brian Orakpo and Fred Davis both made returns to the playing field last night, and both shined bright. Davis did, however, regret his touchdown dance that cost the Redskins 15 yards on the next kickoff.

--Despite all three rookie defensive backs starting last night, one reporter says they all still need to work out the growing pains before they can be great. The trio of defenders told reporters they had a blast in their first taste of an NFL game.

--Pat White showed late-game heroics last night. The former All-American quarterback from West Virginia showed not only the Redskins but teams around the league that he can still play.

--Another reporter gives his analysis of what the Redskins did right and what they did wrong during yesterday's preseason opener. Here are five things we learned after last night's game.

--With the starters playing about two series, many undrafted players got to see significant time on the field. Also, since Trent Williams did not play last night, Tom Compton's duties were expanded heavily.

--Former Redskins' tight end Chris Cooley got a chance to interview Redskins' owner Daniel Snyder. Here is how the conversation went.

--A documentary about Robert Griffin III will air on August 27th at 7p.m.

--Niles Paul tried to pull a prank on some of his teammates last week in camp. His joke did not go as planned.

--Rookie David Amerson got a chance to do something we all hope we get a chance to do in life: give back to our mother.

--It has been reported that Redskins' linebacker Keenan Robinson will miss the 2013 season after pectoral surgery, similar to one that kept Brian Orakpo out of last season.

--One national writer reviewed Kirk Cousins' performance against the Titans and gave him high praise. Another national reporter says Pat White was MVP of the game, along with Shanahan's belief in his young quarterbacks.

--New free agent acquisition Nick Barnett sees himself playing a new role with the Redskins.

--Roy Helu looked solid yesterday, finishing with 57 yards off 13 carries. One reporter says he looked like a perfect fit for primary backup to Alfred Morris.

--Leonard Hankerson started his 2013 campaign off right with an 8-yard touchdown catch.

--Here is a full analysis of last night including the injuries that may affect the team going forward.

--With both the Redskins and Ravens opening the preseason at the same time, a few local hot spots saw fans from both teams coming to watch their respective teams play.

--Richard Crawford made a near-interception last night that was reviewed by the officials and eventually confirmed. He still believes he made a clean interception.

--One reporter caught up with Robert Griffin III's grandmother, who lives in Richmond. She spoke about her relationship with Griffin III and his success in the NFL.

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What's Trending In @Redskins Nation? 1) Not only is it a #Redskins Gameday, but it's also @pierregarcon's birthday. Hit that like button and wish 88 a Happy Birthday! #HTTR

2) #Redskins TE Fred Davis with a TOUCHDOWN! Forbath extra point makes it 7-0 early. #HTTR

3) "When the lights come on, when the situation gets bigger, who's able to rise to the occasion?" - QB Kirk Cousins #HTTR

4) #Redskins get the 2-pt conversion! QB @P5White hits TE Emmanuel Ogbuehi for the 22-21 lead. #HTTR 5) Seeing no one open, QB @P5White takes the ball up the middle for a 9-yard TOUCHDOWN! Why go for the tie, when you can go for the win? #HTTRyoungsters. #HTTR http://t.co/19VC3A8BSX

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