In the NFL, OTAs are different from training camp in terms of access. Every training camp practice is open to the media and many of them are open to the fans. In the spring, teams are only required to open one OTA per week to the media, a total of three. The three-day minicamp is also open to the media by NFL rules.Since the media was last allowed into the teams first OTA a week ago Monday, they have had four additional practices. So that is where we pick up the story lines going into OTA No. 6, which the media will be able to see.Here is what to watch for:--Might as well start with Robert Griffin III. Each day more and more of the offense is being installed. He did not look entirely comfortable in the pocket last Monday and it will be interesting to see how he responds with even more plays in his head today. The key for Mike and Kyle Shanahan is to give Griffin enough to challenge him without overwhelming him. The balance is important and how well and how quickly he learns and adjusts will be critical to how well he can perform as a rookie.--Chris Cooley, who lost 15 pounds during the offseason, showed no effects from the knee injury that cost him most of the 2011 season. He wore no brace or wrap of any kind on the repaired knee and he ran and cut like the Cooley of old. But that was on the first day. How is the knee doing after five practices?--Whos returning kicks? It looks like the weather will permit todays practice to be held outside so there should be a good opportunity to see who is fielding punts and kickoffs. Brandon Banks is the incumbent returner but he will have to fight off strong challenges from the likes of Aldrick Robinson, Anthony Armstrong, rookie Jordan Bernstine, possibly veteran Santana Moss, and others. With the team likely to keep three quarterbacks this year and perhaps an additional offensive lineman, it will be difficult to keep a return specialist as Banks was last year. The returner may well end up being whoever can do the job competently and still contribute at another position.--Will DeAngelo Hall be there? It appears that much more was made of his absence from last weeks OTA than was warranted. London Fletcher said that Hall had been present for nearly all workouts prior to the one he missed and absence from one of many days of voluntary activity is not anything to get worked up over. We have not heard if he has been present for the four OTAs since last Monday since they were closed to the media and attendance isnt discussed. If hes not there today, however, then there could be a story. This time Mike Shanahan should be available for questions after practice to clear things up, assuming he can avoid being blindsided by one of his defensive backs.Days until: Minicamp 12; training camp 58; preseason opener @ Bills 70; Redskins @ Saints 101; home opener vs. Bengals 115
The Redskins are heading in to their third preseason game and next Tuesday the bubble will burst for about a dozen players as they cut their roster down to 75. Then on September 3, just nine days from today, the roster will be cut to 53.
Many of the roster spots are set but there are enough jobs up for grabs to make the last two practice games interesting. One important thing to keep in mind is that Jay Gruden said last week that preseason games matter a lot when it comes to trimming the roster to 53. With two games in the books we have a lot of evidence to work with.
Redskins blogger Rich Tandler sorts out the bubble and gives you what he thinks the roster will look like when the make the final cut to 53.
Thursday the Redskins will take their show on the road, as the team will do their walk-through before the Bills game in front of military personnel at Joint Base Andrews. With Wednesday's whirlwind pursuit of Bryan Stork still somewhat fluid, there will be plenty to watch.
- Stork reactions - Players will likely speak sparingly Thursday following their walk-through session but the big question will be about the the former Patriots center. Where does he fit and how do the current players fit in with Stork will dominate the discussion.
- Getting specific - So what happens now at the center position? Is Stork a move for depth or to compete with Kory Lichtensteiger as the starting center? What does this mean for Spencer Long, or even more, Josh LeRibeus?
- Focus on the game - Despite all the noise surrounding the Stork trade, Washington has a game to play Friday night. A preseason game, yes, but the third preseason game where expectations are starters will play the first half. This is the most important - and for some only - live action before Week 1 against the Steelers. The Skins need to be ready.
Stay tuned all day for updates from @JPFinlayCSN.
The Redskins have announced that they have acquired center Bryan Stork from the Patriots. However, he may never play a snap for the Redskins.
Shortly after the trade for a conditional draft pick was reported in the media, word got out that Stork might want to retire rather than reporting to the Redskins. Brian McNally of 106.7 The Fan said via Twitter that Stork’s thoughts of retirement didn’t necessarily come from health concerns (he has had multiple concussions). The trade took him by surprise and he wasn’t ready to make a move right now, an emotional reaction to being dealt.
Now that he has had a night to sleep on it, Stork might set any feelings aside and look at the cold, hard reality of the situation. He is slated to make $600,000 this year, and that obviously is money he would forego if he decided to retire. But there’s more to it than that.
Stork collected a $477,000 signing bonus when he signed a four-year deal with the Patriots after they made him a fourth-round draft choice in 2014. He has earned half of that money. If he decides to retire he would have to return the other half, or $238,500.
It’s one thing to bypass money you haven’t earned yet. It’s quite another to have to stroke a six-figure check, drawing on money you already have in the bank.
Money isn’t everything, Stork will have banked just over $1 million for two years of work and even of you subtract the bonus he would have to repay he would have a nice financial cushion to make a transition to a life outside of football.
But if he wants to keep nearly a quarter of a million dollars already paid to him and add NFL-sized paychecks to his bank account in the future he will need to play for the Redskins. People don’t always follow the money but it’s certainly a strong incentive for him to decide to remain the NFL.