A few quick Redskins hits to get your Thursday going:--Im not quite sure why so many people are concerned that fans being able to subscribe to see the all-22 view of NFL games is anything but a positive. Maybe its just because its the slowest of the slow periods for NFL news but these concerns that fans and media will know too much are just stupid.--SI.com picked a player to watch in training camp for each NFL team and they named Josh Morgan for the Redskins. I agree with the selection because the Redskins gave him a pretty big chunk of money over a short period of time (2 years12 million) and got a receiver who has never caught more than 52 passes or gained more than 700 yards in a season. Ill be looking at that in a little more depth in the next several days.--The 53, my roster projection series, will continue Friday with a look at the defensive line. I have no changes from last year as of now, but that could change as I flesh things out while writing the article.--Back to receivers, in case you missed it in the late afternoon on a holiday even on Tuesday, I wouldnt be surprised if when all is said and done the Redskins top receiver in 2012 ends up being not Morgan, not Pierre Garon but Leonard Hankerson.Also, the Nats are as hot as the weather. And I suppose one could look at today as the second Monday this week after the holiday yesterday. But, just think, tomorrow is your second Friday of the week.Days until: Rookies report 11; training camp 21; preseason opener @ Bills 25; final cuts 58; Redskins @ Saints 66; home opener vs. Bengals 80
Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, June 27, 30 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.
The Redskins last played a game 177 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 75 days.
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 20
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 44
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 67
3 up, 3 down
NFL players’ fortunes shift during the year, not only while they are player games but in the spring and early summer as well. Here are three players who are in a better situation than they were when the 2016 season ended and three who are worse off.
WR Josh Doctson—He was a forgotten man by the end of last season, a first-round pick who landed on IR after playing in two games. Nobody was sure if he had fully recovered from his mysterious Achilles problem. Since January, we saw some videos of him working out and cutting, looking like a player who never was injured. Both Redskins’ top receivers, DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon, left in free agency, clearing a path to a starting job for Doctson. Doctson has looked fine in offseason practices and most are anticipating a solid season for him.
LG Shawn Lauvao—One can make the case that the Redskins’ season took a final turn for the worse in Arizona in Week 13 when Calais Campbell bowled over Lauvao and sacked Kirk Cousins, forcing a fumble that the Cardinals quickly turned into a critical touchdown. Although the popular perception was that Lauvao would be replaced, the Redskins went through free agency and the draft without acquiring a serious competitor for Lauvao. He could get a push from Arie Kouandjio but Lauvao is a strong favorite to remain the starter at left guard.
CB Josh Norman—It may not be accurate to say that Norman was “down” at the end of last year. But he was a first-team All-Pro in 2015 and he didn’t even get a Pro Bowl invitation last year. Since then, the Redskins have improved the players around Norman, giving him some help up front with their first two draft picks and bolstering the safety position. His prospects for recognition after the season are improved.
ILB Will Compton—First, the Redskins offered their starting Mike linebacker the low restricted free agent tender, meaning that the team would pay him $1.8 million if he stayed and they would be willing to let him go for no compensation if they didn’t match another team’s offer sheet. Then they brought in Pro Bowl inside linebacker Zach Brown as a free agent. Perhaps Compton will retain his starting role but it seems that Brown and Mason Foster will take some snaps from him. And after his RFA experience, Compton must wonder how much the organization will value him when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2018.
OLB Trent Murphy—Murphy had a breakout year in 2016, recording nine sacks. But things started going downhill for him after the season. First word came down that he was going to get a four-game PED suspension to start the season. Then the Redskins took OLB Ryan Anderson in the second round of the draft. Follow that up with Junior Galette surprising many by participating in OTA practices as he works his way back from a torn Achilles and Murphy must wonder if there will be snaps for him when he returns from his suspension.
RB Matt Jones—Yes, his “down” cycle started in London when he started his string of nine straight healthy appearances on the inactive list. But it has continued through the offseason as the Redskins drafted Samaje Perine in the fourth round. Part of the decline of Jones was self-inflicted as he decided to attend OTAs. That gave second-year back Keith Marshall a few more reps in the practices and he looked good. That perhaps pushed Jones from being Plan B if there was a training camp injury to a running back to Plan C or D. The former third-round pick ends up under contract with little prospect of making the team.
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Poll: The Kirk Cousins long-term extension deadline is three weeks from right now. Will a deal get done?— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) June 26, 2017
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- Poll: Three weeks out; does a Cousins deal get done?
- Starters set at OT, but competition on tap for depth
- Don't expect to see much of Crowder at RB for the Redskins
- Pressure Points: More playmaking from Su'a Cravens?
- Showing, not telling, could make difference for defense
- Something's very wrong with this Redskins license plate
- Would Cousins give Redskins a discount like Oshie gave Caps?
During a chat on the #RedskinsTalk podcast last month, Washington's running back coach Randy Jordan clued in CSN Redskins Insider JP Finlay about the way he teaches his players and the things he wants to see from them.
Now, though, thanks to an exclusive Redskins Nation video, you have a chance to truly watch and listen to how Jordan and his students approach their on-field work.
In this all-access Mic'd Up segment (which was filmed at minicamp and which you can watch in the player above), you'll see the assistant encourage Samaje Perine, correct Matt Jones and compliment Rob Kelley. You'll also hear every grunt, bump and cut, an important ingredient that these types of packages must have.
It's clear from the footage that Jordan cares about the details. Now, don't blow this assignment, and go check out the video above.
Special thanks to Redskins Nation for the video.