Despite the fact that about a dozen players watched what turned out to be the last practice of the Redskins minicamp on Wednesday with an assortment of injuries, none of them are expected to linger into training camp, which will start around July 26.Mike Shanahan indicated that the player about whom there was the most concern, Leonard Hankerson, could have fully participated in minicamp.Hell be able to go Day One of camp, he said when asked about Hankerson. We could push him in this minicamp. He was doing drill work. The last couple of days you could see the routes that he ran were full-speed. Im glad we didnt try to push him or overwork him because I thought we could set him back. Hopefully, over the next five-six weeks, hell just be getting better and better.The second-year wide receiver had his rookie season cut short when he suffered a hip injury in Week 10. After trying to rehab the injury for a few months, the doctors decided that surgery was needed and the procedure was done in February.Hankerson has been participating in some drills, running patterns and catching passes from Robert Griffin III and the other quarterbacks. But when things got more serious and they line up to run plays 11 on 11, Hankerson became a spectator.Its been every tough emotionally, I want to be out there but I cant, he said after Wednesdays practice. It was very tough for me to sit on the sideline knowing that the next practice is six weeks from now, very frustrating.I want to be out there.Hankerson understands why he has been sidelined even though he is physically able to go and he is trying to make the best of it. He says its a matter of attitude.It depends on you. You can get down, go in the tank, and learn nothing, he said. Or you can watch the guys, you can go in the meeting room, listen and learn, break down the notes, stuff like that.You can learn a whole lot sitting on the sideline and seeing what the other guys do.
New Redskins receiver Terrelle Pryor has been working out with Steelers All-Pro Antonio Brown this offseason.
The pair documented their receiving drills, ladder drills and even yoga on social media. But what you didn't see, according to ESPN's John Keim, is Pryor practicing with special glasses that Brown recommended.
Based on Brown’s advice, Pryor has also worn special sunglasses during offseason workouts, designed to prevent him from seeing an object – in this case the ball – until it is almost upon him. Sometimes he takes his gloves off, just to get a feel for the ball with his hands.
The glasses Keim describes sound more like blinders, or even tunnel vision, but the idea is to help Pryor get an instinctive feel for running routes.
Despite putting up 1,007 receiving yards with the Browns last year, Pryor has only played the position since 2015. His first four seasons in the NFL were spent trying to make a roster playing quarterback.
Now penciled into a starting receiver role for the Redskins, he knows he has a lot of catching up to do.
"The good ones, they ask questions and never think they’ve got it. They always want to learn," Pryor said, "I’m not calling myself a great one, but I think I can get there."
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The Redskins offense performed at a high level in 2016, moving the ball well though the unit struggled in the red zone. Much of the success comes from Kirk Cousins' ability to quickly advance through his progressions and release the football before he takes too many hits.
Expect more of that in 2017, especially early in the season.
The Redskins don't face their first Top 5 sack defense until Week 9 when they travel to Seattle. From there, Cousins will face another Top 5 sack team when the Vikings visit FedEx Field in Week 10.
After that, Washington's schedule doesn't feature a Top 5 sack defense until nearly Christmas. Unfortunately for Cousins, those two teams will come back to back in December when the Redskins host the Cardinals and the Broncos.
Sacks should not drive too much worry for Redskins fans. The Washington offensive line only allowed 23 sacks last season, two less than the Cowboys vaunted offensive line gave up on Dak Prescott. Cousins quick release and mastery of Jay Gruden's offense helps too.
The Redskins have plenty to worry about in 2017, though facing fierce sack opponents shouldn't be too high on the list.
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