Previewing the 2014 Washington Redskins Schedule Release

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Robert Griffin III cratered in his bid to return early from a knee injury, and the Washington Redskins went down with him. A poor season led to the firing of Mike Shanahan, and suddenly the Washington faithful are putting their trust in new head coach Jay Gruden. Quickly landing stud receiver DeSean Jackson off the open market, it’s safe to say the trust is quickly growing.

The Redskins appear primed for a rebound season in 2014, but if they are to truly take a step back toward the playoffs, they’ll need to do better than just 2-6 at home like they did a year ago. They’ll take on the Rams, Seahawks, Panthers, Jaguars and Titans in their bid to do so.

The Washington Redskins schedule should prove to be a little more difficult on the road, as they’ll try to improve on last year’s 1-7 road record with games against the Cardinals, 49ers, Packers, Texans and Colts.

All 2014 Opponents

Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts

For a look at all team’s 2014 match-ups, click here.

Redskins Re-Sign OLB Rob Jackson

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The Redskins have re-signed outside linebacker Rob Jackson, Matt Brooks of the Washington Post reports.

The seventh-year pro has spent all of his career with the Redskins, playing primarily as Brian Orakpo’s backup.

Jackson last season recorded 19 tackles, two sacks and an interception.

He had hoped to go somewhere that afford him the opportunity compete for a starting job, and drew a degree of interest from the Oakland Raiders and visited their facility earlier this month.

But instead he will return to Washington, which remained in need of depth at outside linebacker.

Robert Griffin III Won’t Change From Jersey #10

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Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will not change jersey numbers. DeSean Jackson will, Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports.

Amazingly, one of the hottest topics of debate among Redskins fans in response to Jackson joining the team centered not on the former Eagle’s impact on the locker room, or how he would mesh with his new pass-catching teammates. It was all about the No. 10.

Jackson for the first six years of his NFL career sported that jersey number. But the Redskins already have a pretty popular player who wears the No. 10.

Asked during his conference call with the media yesterday, Jackson semi-jokingly said that maybe he could get Griffin to change his number.

“I definitely am familiar with the No. 10 on Robert Griffin,” he said with a chuckle. “But, you know, we’ve talked about it a little bit, but there hasn’t been a decision that’s been made yet so far, but maybe by the time season starts we’ll know. But maybe RGIII will wear No. 3 and I’ll try to get in 10. We’ll see how it goes though. Never know.”

Dan Snyder Sends Letter To Redskins Fans On Logo Issue

March 24, 2014To Everyone in our Washington Redskins Nation:

Several months ago I wrote you about my personal reflections on our team name and on our shared Washington Redskins heritage. I wrote then – and believe even more firmly now – that our team name captures the best of who we are and who we can be, by staying true to our history and honoring the deep and enduring values our name represents.

In that letter, I committed myself to listening and learning from all voices with a perspective about our Washington Redskins name.  I’ve been encouraged by the thousands of fans across the country who support keeping the Redskins tradition alive.  Most – by overwhelming majorities – find our name to be rooted in pride for our shared heritage and values.

“There are Native Americans everywhere that 100% support the name,” Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians Chairwoman Mary L. Resvaloso told me when I came to visit her tribe.  “I believe God has turned this around for something good.”  She told me that it was far more important for us to focus on the challenges of education in Native American communities.  I listened closely, and pledged to her that I would find ways to improve the daily lives of people in her tribe.

What would my resolve to honoring our legacy mean if I myself—as the owner of and a passionate believer in the Washington Redskins—didn’t stay true to my word?  I wanted and needed to hear firsthand what Native Americans truly thought of our name, our logo, and whether we were, in fact, upholding the principle of respect in regard to the Native American community.

So over the past four months, my staff and I travelled to 26 Tribal reservations across twenty states to listen and learn first-hand about the views, attitudes, and experiences of the Tribes.  We were invited into their homes, their Tribal Councils and their communities to learn more about the extraordinary daily challenges in their lives.

“I appreciated your sincerity to learn about our culture and the real-life issues we face on a daily basis,” Pueblo of Zuni Governor Arlen Quetawki told us after we toured his reservation.  “I look forward to working together with you to improve the lives of Native Americans in any way possible.”

The more I heard, the more I’ve learned, and the more I saw, the more resolved I became about helping to address the challenges that plague the Native American community.  In speaking face-to-face with Native American leaders and community members, it’s plain to see they need action, not words.

Yes, some tribes are doing well.  And in our candid conversations, we learned that we share so much with Indian country.  We find their appreciation of history, legacy, caring for their elders and providing a better future for their youth inspirational and admirable.

But the fact is, too many Native American communities face much harsher, much more alarming realities.  They have genuine issues they truly are worried about, and our team’s name is not one of them.  Here are just a few staggering, heartbreaking facts about the challenges facing Native Americans today:

– The official poverty rate on reservations is 29 percent, as determined by the U.S. Census.
36 percent of families with children are below the poverty line on reservations, compared with
9 percent of families nationally.  Jobs are scarce, and so is genuine opportunity.

– Rampant diabetes, alcohol and drug abuse, violence, and heightened suicide rates afflict Native American youth, adults, and veterans.  Life expectancies in high poverty Native American communities are the lowest anywhere in the Western Hemisphere—except for Haiti.

– Tribal reservations can lack even the most basic infrastructure that most Americans take for granted.  For example, according to the independent, highly respected Millennium Project, 13 percent of Native American households have no access to safe water and/or wastewater disposal, compared with just 0.6 percent in non-native households.  Similarly, 14 percent of homes on Native American reservations have no electricity, compared to just 1 percent among non-native households.  It is hard to build for a better tomorrow without the basic needs of today.

These aren’t rare circumstances.  These are the unfortunate facts found throughout Indian country today.

I’ve listened.  I’ve learned.  And frankly, its heart wrenching.  It’s not enough to celebrate the values and heritage of Native Americans.  We must do more.

I want to do more.  I believe the Washington Redskins community should commit to making a real, lasting, positive impact on Native American quality of life—one tribe and one person at a time.  I know we won’t be able to fix slots every problem.  But we need to make an impact.

And so I will take action.

As loyal fans of the Washington Redskins, I want you to know that tomorrow I will announce the creation of the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation.

The mission of the Original Americans Foundation is to provide meaningful and measurable resources that provide genuine opportunities for Tribal communities.  With open arms and determined minds, we will work as partners to begin to tackle the troubling realities facing so many tribes across our country. Our efforts will address the urgent challenges plaguing Indian country based on what Tribal leaders tell us they need most.  We may have created this new organization, but the direction of the Foundation is truly theirs.Our work is already underway, under the leadership of Gary Edwards, a Cherokee and retired Deputy Assistant Director of the United States Secret Service, as well as a founder and chief executive officer of the National Native American Law Enforcement Association.

Because I’m so serious about the importance of this cause, I began our efforts quietly and respectfully, away from the spotlight, to learn and take direction from the Tribal leaders themselves.  In addition to travelling and meeting in-person with Tribal communities, we took a survey of tribes across 100 reservations so that we could have an accurate assessment of the most pressing needs in each community.

The stories I heard and the experiences I witnessed were of children without winter coats or athletic shoes; students in makeshift classrooms without adequate school supplies; text books more than decades old; rampant and unnecessary suffering from preventable diseases like diabetes; economic hardship almost everywhere; and in too many places too few of the tools and technology that we all take for granted every day—computers, internet access, even cellphone coverage.

In the heart of America’s Indian country, poverty is everywhere.  That’s not acceptable.  We have so much, yet too many Native Americans have so little.

Our work has already begun:

– As the bitter Arctic winds swept across the Plains this winter, we distributed over 3,000 cold-weather coats to several tribes, as well as shoes to players on boys and girls basketball teams.
“It’s been one of the coldest winters on record,” Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Vice Chairman Boyd Gourneau told me.  “The entire Tribe is so appreciative of the coats we received for our youth and elders.  It’s been such a great relationship, and we hope it grows.”

– We assisted in the purchase of a new backhoe for the Omaha Tribe in Nebraska.  The Tribe will now be able to complete the burial process for their loved ones even in the coldest winter months, as well as assist in water pipe repairs which, without a functioning backhoe, has left the tribe without water — for days.

These projects were the first of many and we currently have over forty additional projects currently in process.  We look forward to telling you more about these as our work proceeds.

For too long, the struggles of Native Americans have been ignored, unnoticed and unresolved.  As a team, we have honored them through our words and on the field, but now we will honor them through our actions.  We commit to the tribes that we stand together with you, to help you build a brighter future for your communities.

The Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation will serve as a living, breathing legacy – and an ongoing reminder – of the heritage and tradition that is the Washington Redskins.  I’m glad to be able to launch this vital initiative today.

With Respect and Appreciation,

Dan Snyder

P.S.   Throughout this journey, there have been many incredible moments.  One of my favorite fan moments took place in Gallup, NM – to the cheers of dozens of Washington Redskins fans.  As Pueblo of Zuni Governor Arlen Quetawki noted, “We even had an unprompted welcoming party of Washington Redskins fans from Zuni and Navajo greet you when you departed from the airport!”  The passion and support for the Burgundy and Gold throughout the country has been overwhelming.

Redskins sign five on first day of Free Agency

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The Redskins started off the first day of the 2014 free agency period by adding three new players, and bringing back two more key members of the 2013 squad back to the team.

The new guys:

Guard Shaun Lauvao (Four Years, $17 Million) — A versatile, but best described as “average” guard who played 44 games in four seasons with the Cleveland Browns after being taken in the third round of the 2010 draft. He’s more experienced at right guard, but could play at either guard spot. He’s considered to be a good zone-blocking lineman with mobility, despite the 315lbs he carries. How this impacts the Redskins is the bigger question: does this mean Chris Chester will be a salary cap casualty, as some have speculated? Or would Lauvao move to left guard, with Kory Lichtensteiger moving to Center? This remains to be seen.

Linebacker Adam Heyward (Three Years, $3 Million) — He’ll provide depth at outside linebacker, but this was mostly a special teams acquisition. He was a very good player on Special Teams for Tampa Bay, and despite a dust-up with the Buccaneers coaching staff last season, he’s also considered a strong locker room influence. Many people speculate that this move was made to fill the void left last season by Lorenzo Alexander’s departure.

Wide Receiver Andre Roberts (Four Years, $16 Million) — a young (26) slot guy who still has upside that he’s growing into. He has sub-to-mid-4.4 speed and is crafty underneath, but got overshadowed in Arizona by Larry Fitzgerald and the emergence of Michael Floyd. He’ll provide a steady and reliable underneath option for Robert Griffin III, something they just couldn’t get out of Josh Morgan. The Redskins did bring back Santana Moss (more on that in a second), so you have to think they signed Roberts to be their #2 receiver opposite Pierre Garcon, with Moss coming in as the 3rd receiver, and Aldrick Robinson as the 4th (it also remains to be seen as to what they’ll get out of Leonard Hankerson — if anything — as he’s recovering from ACL surgery).

Washington also resigned linebacker Perry Riley, who is currently slated to be the team’s starting “jack” linebacker in the 3-4 defense, and wide receiver Santana Moss yesterday.

Sponsored Video: ‘Money Talks’ Takes You Inside The World Of Sports Betting

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If you’re a football fan, you’ve likely bet on a game before. But have you ever thought about the mechanics behind the sports betting industry? CNBC is pulling back the curtains on this high stakes world of high risk high reward in an eight-episode docu-series called Money Talks, which premieres this Wednesday March 19th at 10p ET/PT.

The show follows Steve Stevens, a sports handicapper who runs VIP Sports in Las Vegas. The self-proclaimed ‘Michael Jordan’ of sports handicapping, Stevens claims his picks are right over 60% of the time. Each episode follows Stevens and his agents who sell their picks to gamblers looking for any kind of edge, from small-time bettors to big-time whales who can wager as much as six figures on a single game.

You can check out the extended sneak peek for Money Talks below:

Personally, I’m pretty interested in this show, and you’d better believe that I’ll be tuning in this Wednesday night.

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Redskins Dump DL Adam Carriker And P Sav Rocca

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The Redskins have terminated vested veterans DL Adam Carriker and P Sav Rocca per the team’s official Twitter feed.

Carriker counted as $6.5 million against the cap, and a few days back said he wanted to stay with the team, but the club had other plans.

“I run into people in the hall and talk, but nothing has been brought up [about his contract],” Carriker said.

“I understand how the NFL works. [But] there’s no doubt in my mind they want me around. They like a lot of things about me,” he said last week.

Redskins place the franchise tag on LB Brian Orakpo

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The Washington Redskins announced that they have placed the franchise tag on linebacker Brian Orakpo today, effectively resigning him to a one year deal for the 2014 season.

However, Orakpo has not signed a deal under the terms of the franchise tag yet, in hopes of reaching a long-term deal. The franchise tag does not limit the Redskins from still signing Orakpo to a long term deal, but that must take place prior to July 15th. If Orakpo does not agree to a long term deal prior to that date, he will earn $11.455 million under the franchise tag.

Ben Dogra, Orakpo’s agent has said that he will continue communications with the Redskins to in hopes of reaching a long-term deal. Orakpo has made statements that while he’s generally fine with the franchise tag, he also hopes to reach a long-term deal with the Redskins.

After missing almost all of the 2012 season with a torn pectoral muscle, Orakpo made his third Pro Bowl in 2013, after recording a career-high 60 tackles, 10 sacks, and his first career interception returned for a touchdown.