Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, July 29, 35 days before the Washington Redskins cut their roster to 53 on September 2.
The Redskins last played a game 209 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 43 days.
Today’s schedule: Walkthrough 10:35; Jonathan Allen press conference after walkthrough, approx. 11:45; Jay Gruden press conference 2:45; Practice 3:00; players available after both practices.
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 12
—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 21
—Sunday night Raiders @ Redskins (9/24) 57
Hot topics from Redskins camp
RICHMOND—Some news and notes from around Redskins training camp.
—When talking about what happens in camp I frequently forget to mention that they are not in pads yet. That will start tomorrow. Speaking of the defensive line Jay Gruden said, “We’re in day one, day two, we haven’t even put on pads yet so we're giving everybody the opportunity. That’s what it’s all about.” We still talk about and analyze what happens out there. But the significance of it is diminished until the pads go on. Even then, it’s not as significant as preseason games and those, of course, are exponentially less telling that regular season games. Pads go on tomorrow and the first preseason game is in less than two weeks so we’re getting there.
—Josh Norman really wants to put the Odell Beckham Jr. feud in the past. At least that’s what he said. “It’s been in the past until you brought it up,” he said when asked about it. And it was in the past last year until Beckham brought it up. I don’t get the impression that he hates it because he does seem to get under Beckham’s skin and that’s a competitive advantage for Norman. The thing is, this year there is only a two-day media window between the Saints game on Sunday and the first matchup of the year with the Giants on Thanksgiving Day. It may or may not be a topic.
—The Redskins weren’t the only team that added a tall receiver in the offseason. The Eagles signed Alshon Jeffrey and the Giants brought Brandon Marshall in. Norman says he’d rather cover the big guys. “Tall guys, we’re the same,” said Norman. “It’s just who’s going to go for the ball, who’s going to get the ball. Short guys are quicker. They move in spaces to where you’ve got to touch them, you’ve got reach out. Some things they do, it’s more so of they’re trying to set you up, where those big guys, they’re just going to try to bully you. That’s my game, I enjoy that. Short guys, they [are] crafty”
—I’ll have more on this later but I thought it was interesting that Rob Kelley said that he doesn’t feel much different this year, when he likely going to start at running back and definitely will have a job after the September 2 cuts, than he did last year, when he was fighting just to b on the team. He still must compete. For motivation, he need look no further than the fall from grace experienced by teammate Matt Jones, who went from being the unquestioned starter year ago to being a trade or cut candidate.
—Maurice Harris suffered a strained knee in practice and was seen on the sideline with a wrap around it. Derek Carrier rolled his ankle. Both are day to day (but, then again, aren’t we all?).
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RICHMOND--The expected rain seems to be holding off as the Redskins get underway here. Follow along as I live blog from the sideline. Come back and refresh often.
—A lot of special teams work in the early going. Seventh-round pick Josh Harvey-Clemons is doing a lot and paying attention. He’s a long shot to make the 53 in 2017 but he knows that his future chances hinge on special teams contributions.
—Matt Jones is participating in punt protection drills. That should not be news but I noted when he wasn’t participating in special teams in minicamp so I should note it now when he is.
—Jamison Crowder was split out wide on one offensive snap but he came in motion and was closer to the normal slot position by the time the ball was snapped. It will be interesting to see how many snaps he takes from a true outside position.
—If Nate Sudfeld could get rid of the extra stutter step he frequently takes before delivering some of his passes he might be able to develop. But until he gets rid of that is will be difficult for him to go anywhere.
—Pryor dropped a deep pass in the end zone in a drill without defenders. That’s a matter of focus as much of anything else.
—And new TE E.J. Bibbs just dropped a short one over the middle. It’s not that hot.
—Rob Kelley made a nice, one-handed catch near the sideline with a defender right on him. If he improves pass catching he will become a complete back.
—Matt Hazel made a move at the line and left Josh Norman in the dust on a deep pass that the receiver.
—Now we’re seeing the Pryor we’re supposed to see. He ran an in pattern against Bashaud Breeland and used his size to shield the defender and his catch radius to go up and get the ball.
—Now Zach Pascal gets open deep, leaving Kendall Fuller far behind. He holds on to the pass for the deep completion.
—Matt Ioannidis, Phil Taylor, and A.J. Francis are left to right on the D-line on the first snap of 11 on 11.
—Just before Kirk Cousins took a snap, D.J. Swearinger bolted up to the line and blitzed. The run play went the other way and Swearinger chased it all the way across the field.
—For the second day in a row, a high, wobbly Nate Sudfeld pass into a group of defenders got picked off. Today’s lucky recipient of the gift pick was rookie Josh Holsey.
—A pass went right through Matt Jones’ hands. Ouch.
—Josh Doctson almost made a nice diving catch of a pass that Kirk Cousins threw on the move but it took a bounce off the ground while he was trying to gather it in. Good effort.
—Still no pads today. We won’t see that until Monday. Still more contact than at minicamp.
—Chris Thompson flashed through an opening off the left side. I think they would like him to run more often but they want to make sure he stays on the field.
—Niles Paul jumped in front of D.j. Swearinger to make a catch over the middle. Good play but I think that Swearinger would have tried to separate them from the ball if this was a live drill.
—Josh Holsey made a diving pick of a Colt McCoy pass. It was not clear who was supposed to catch the pass.
—Ryan Grant split Fish Smithson and Deshazor Everett and caught Sudfeild’s on-the-money pass for a long gain.
—When there is a snap snafu where the referee would announce, “False start on everyone but the center” it is usually the center’s fault. It looked like Spencer Long botched the snap count.
—Cousins gets the “not in my house” finger wag from Fuller after the cornerback knocked down a pass over the middle.
—McCoy threw another “who was supposed to catch that” pass. Fortunately this one hit the ground.
—That’s it for today, see you tomorrow, same time, same place.