A morning roundup of what the local and national media have to say about the Washington Redskins on Monday, August 12, 2013.
--Today is the last day of two-a-day practices scheduled for the Redskins. Starting tomorrow, they will try to emulate a regular season workload.
--It was reported that Robert Griffin III could start participating in 11-on-11 team drills as soon as this week. One report says Griffin III's level of involvement should increase this week even if it means not being in 11-on-11 drills quite yet.
--Coach Shanahan commended Kirk Cousins on his recent first team success in Robert Griffin's absence. The second year quarterback from Michigan State looked calm in Thursday's preseason victory, and he credits his recent success to repetition and hard work.
--According to Barry Cofield, Brian Orakpo not only brings a ferocious pass rush to the field, but he makes everyone around him better.
--The Redskins should not have a problem deciding who will backup starting running back Alfred Morris. Both Evan Royster!(/team/roster/evan-royster/c063e4da-fb61-495d-bf12-a99d7e14faf1/ "Evan Royster") and Roy Helu Jr. have looked solid this preseason.
--Here are some observations and team notes about the Redskins heading into the final week of training camp.
--We all know Coach Shanahan is not the most tech-savvy coach in the game today, but the Redskins have hopped on a new technological bandwagon that many teams in the NFL have been implementing since last season.
--With the practice schedule changing, fans will get a good look at what the team goes through during a game week.
--Redskins' rookie tight end Jordan Reed is no longer in a walking boot, but there is no timetable for his return to the practice field.
--We have all come to know and love Brian Orakpo's unique facemask, but the NFL may have an issue with it this season. A rule change could be in place to make Orakpo’s facemask illegal.
--Here is a review of the new book, written by Dave Sheinin, about Robert Griffin III's life and his first year in the NFL.
--Fred Davis has looked very impressive since coming off his Achilles’ injury, capped off with his touchdown catch in Thursday's preseason game.
--Here are three things to watch for in the upcoming week's practices.
--Rookie Phillip Thomas could miss a few days of practice this week due to the foot injury he sustained in the preseason opener.
--Coach Shanahan said one thing the Redskins need to work in practice is limiting unnecessary penalties.
--It has been reported that Redskins' wide receiver Donte' Stallworth is not likely to play in the Monday night preseason game against Pittsburgh.
--One reporter discusses whether he believes the Redskins will stick with the read-option offense for years to come or if it is just a trend that will die out.
--The Redskins held a team bonding activity over the weekend. The team saw a Mark Wahlberg flick and chatted with "Friday Night Lights" star Taylor Kitsch.
--One local reporter discusses his take on Week 1 and the importance of the Redskins’ depth at the quarterback position.
--If you are confused as to how the Read-Option offense works, here is a breakdown of what you need to know to understand the controlled chaos that is the Read Option.
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