Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, August 13, 20 days before the Washington Redskins cut their roster to 53 on September 2.
The Redskins last played a game 224 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 28 days.
Today’s schedule: Walkthrough 10:35; Practice 3:00; players available after both practices.
—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 6
—Redskins @ Rams (9/17) 35
—Sunday night Raiders @ Redskins (9/24) 42
Five things we’ve learned in training camp
RICHMOND—As we head into the last day of practice here before heading back up to Ashburn, let’s take a look back at some of what has happened and what we have learned.
—I haven’t done any sort of comprehensive studies or anything but I don’t think the Redskins have suffered significantly more injuries than any other team. Looking at this injury tracker, the Redskins have eight names on it. Scrolling through, it looks like some have more, some have fewer. Sure, it’s bad to lose Trent Murphy for the season in the first quarter of the first preseason game. But they do have some depth at the position so the impact is lessened. And, yes, getting Jordan Reed back to practice would be a big plus. But the evidence doesn’t support any assertion that the Redskins are particularly hard hit on the injury front either in terms of sheer quantity or severity.
—Even if Samaje Perine was playing well it would be tough for him to beat out Rob Kelley for the starting job at running back. Kelley is having that good a camp. He had very limited action in the preseason game but he showed growth there as well. He managed to hold on to a pass when he got smacked after catching a check-down toss from Kirk Cousins. Receiving was an issue for him last year and if he has that ironed out he will be a more versatile offensive weapon.
—Terrelle Pryor continues to impress. On Saturday, he used his length to allow Kirk Cousins to throw a pass that only Pryor, not defender Josh Norman, could catch. Pryor goes deep, he goes over the middle, he gets in there to catch shorter passes in traffic. Everyone wants to see him do it in games—Cousins’ lone pass to him against the Ravens was off target—but it’s so far, so good for Pryor in camp.
—Jay Gruden does not have his team engage in much contact in training camp. They ran a modified Oklahoma drill on their first day with pads but the ball carrier and defender started off too close to each other to generate enough speed for a big collision. They haven’t run it in the two weeks since. They did let the third team run a scrimmage with live tackling but that was maybe a dozen plays and there weren’t any loud hits. This has led to charges that his camps are too soft. Perhaps they are, but some hamstrings and other soft tissue injuries aside they have not sustained very many serious injuries in practice. But until the Redskins win at least a playoff game or two, Gruden’s camp tactics are fair game for criticism.
—The Washington defense should be better this year. The two linchpins of the improvement will be D.J. Swearinger and Zach Brown. Swearinger is a natural leader who is making plays all over the field. Brown has the speed and athleticism that has been missing from the inside linebacker spot. If Jim Tomsula can assemble an effective line rotation the unit will be noticeably improved.
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Gruden: Keeping Cousins out of Packers preseason game is NOT under consideration— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 12, 2017
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