If youd like to go to Redskins Training Camp, you can get your freepass now at www.csnwashington.comtrainingcamp. We also have an FAQ up that will hopefully answer your questions.When training camp opens on July 26 it appears that the Redskins will be flip-flopping the daily schedule they employed in 2011.Last year was the first under the new CBA regulations that essentially eliminated two-a-day practices. Only one practice each day can be in pads. The other is a walk through (or, as Mike Shanahan called it, a jog-through) during which helmets may not be worn and contact is prohibited.The walkjog throughs are important but they are dreadfully dull to watch. That is why last year they were not open to the public, only to the media. The full camp practices were held in the morning at 8:30 and the review session was in the afternoon.The Redskins announced yesterday that fans are invited to the afternoon practices starting at 2:55. Presumably, these are the full practices in pads meaning that the Redskins have flipped last years schedule.Why would they do this? Since the coaching staff is on vacation right now, we can only speculate. Perhaps they simply didnt like the way it worked last year. Remember that last year they literally had just a few days to plan out the training camp schedule as the CBA wasnt approved until late July. Maybe what seemed like a good idea at the time turned out to be less than ideal in practice.It also is possible that the presence of the practice bubble came into the decision making process. Washington is notorious for having afternoon thunderstorms in the heat of late July and August. Last year, without the indoor practice facility, a practice could get wiped out by a line of thunderstorms rolling through. This year, they have the option of moving an afternoon practice into the bubble if the weather is threatening.Camp will be at Redskins Park in Loudoun County this year. The deal to hold training camp in Richmond doesnt kick in until 2013. The agreement is for eight years so this year is your last chance to see the Redskins train locally until 2021.There will be 13 practices open to fans; thats up from 11 open practices last year. You can see the full schedule here and download your free pass to camp here.
Judging by the small sample size that the NFL preseason has become it looks like the Redskins’ starting defense is ready to go for the start of the NFL season.
The Redskins’ opponents had six possessions with their staring quarterbacks in the lineup, which usually means that those teams had all of their healthy starters in the game. In those six possessions the Redskins’ opponents mustered 53 yards of total offense.
As far as the starting quarterbacks, the Redskins didn’t face anyone who is bound for Canton five years after retirement. But there wasn’t a Case Keenum in the group either. Tyrod Taylor, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Matt Ryan combined to complete six of 18 passes for 46 yards with no interceptions and no touchdowns. That comes to a combined passer rating of 42.4.
This is a major improvement over the 2015 preseason when starting quarterbacks were much sharper against the Redskins’ defense. Josh McCown, Matthew Stafford, and Joe Flacco completed 19 of 26 passes for 248 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. That’s a stellar passer rating of 128.4.
This year the other teams apparently wanted to get the QBs some work and didn’t run a lot. The Redskins gave up 36 rushing yards on eight attempts. That’s an average of 4.5 yards per attempt. Over a year that would be an improvement over last year (4.8 per carry) but still well above the league average (4.1).
It’s hard to overemphasize the small sample sizes involved here. It would be a mistake to draw any sweeping conclusions from a few dozen snaps. But among the goals of the preseason are to look competent and, as Jay Gruden said, create some “positive vibrations”. The Redskins defense can check the boxes next to both of those.
After days of speculation if Bryan Stork would actually end up in Washington, the former Patriots center clarified his next move via Twitter.
Redskins GM Scot McCloughan traded for Stork earlier this week after it became apparent New England intended to release the 2014 draft pick out of Florida State. It was unclear, however, if Stork would accept the trade to the 'Skins as he mulled retirement options.
Stork has dealt with a number of concussions in his two-year NFL career. After playing in a Super Bowl as a rookie, his 2015 season was limited by head injuries.
Coming to the Redskins, Stork may have an opportunity to compete for playing time. Kory Lichtensteiger is installed as the starting center, but he struggled in the third preseason game against the Bills and was lost for much of the 2015 season to injury.
McCloughan has openly said he wants big, tough guys up front on the offensive line. Stork - at 6-foot-4 and 310 lbs. - with a documented nasty streak definitely fits that bill.
Whether or not Stork pushes Lichtensteiger for the starting spot - or even competes for the No. 2 center job with Spencer Long - the price for Stork is tough to argue. McCloughan gave up just a conditional seventh round pick to acquire the former New England starter.
The Redskins have started the process of trimming their roster to 75 players by the Tuesday deadline. The team announced that 10 players have been waived.
- T Al Bond
- T Cody Booth
- LB Shiro Davis
- LB Ejiro Ederaine
- CB Jeremy Harris
- LB Willie Jefferson
- WR Valdez Showers
- WR Dez Stewart
- WR Jarvis Turner
- RB Kelsey Young
The only surprise on the list is Jefferson, who was thought to have a chance at an outside linebacker spot. But apparently the coaches are going to let Houston Bates and Lynden Trail compete for that spot.
The Redskins had 88 players counting against the 90 player limit. So with the 10 players cut today they are a 78, leaving three moves to make before 4 p.m. on Tuesday.