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Need to Know: Injuries a part of the NFL camps

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Need to Know: Injuries a part of the NFL camps

Here is what you need to know going into Wednesday, Day 6 of practice at Redskins Park:Good news, bad news on Brown?My friend and colleague Chick Hernandez is reporting the following on Jammal Brown via Twitter: So it appears that a preliminary look found that the original injury, the one Brown suffered while running sprints last week, is not very bad. But there is something in the other hip that needs a look.We will get more information and further clarification on the story later his morning.Redskins not the only team with injuriesEvery year around this time the Redskins deal with training camp injuries and every year about this time I get people asking if the Redskins are extraordinarily unlucky or if they have an incompetent training staff.And, every year around this time I tell them that most NFL teams suffer from injuries this time of year. Here is a quick look through the last 48 hours of camp injuries reported in our corporate cousins at Pro Football Talk:Vikings TE John Carlson suffered a sprained MCL.
Chargers RB Ryan Mathews injured in a car accident.
Colts OL, LB suffer torn ACLs.
Jaguars G William Rackley is on crutches with a sprained ankle.
Lions RB Javid Best is still suffering from a concussion that ended his 2011 season early.
Pro Bowl Eagles DE Jason Babin will miss 2-3 weeks with a strained calf.
Cardinals starting QB Kevin Kolb has a thigh bruise.
Giants CB Terrel Thomas has re-injured the same knee that cost him all of last season.
Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta broke his hand in practice.
Eagles WR Ron Johnson suffered a gruesome leg injury.
Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno is still limited by last years torn ACL.
The Jets were suffering so many muscle pulls that Rex Ryan pushed back practice time to allow for more stretching.
Packers WR Greg Jennings is out of practice with an elbow injury.
Chiefs S Kyle McCarthy was carted off the field with a knee injury.
Broncos S Quinton Carter is out of practice with a hamstring injury.Again, those are just the more significant injuries reported in PFT since Monday morning. Its hard to look at that list and say that the Redskins are significantly worse off than the rest of the NFL.Tackle supply is getting thin out thereSome eyes were rolled when the Redskins signed tackle Jordan Black, who did not play in the NFL last year. But here is how bad the offensive tackle supply is in the NFL. The Chiefs just signed Ray Willis, who last played in the NFL in 2009. Yes, when he last played, Jim Zorn roamed the Redskins sidelines.In case you missed itYesterday, I looked at the backup plan at inside linebacker after Jonathan Goffs season-ending knee injury. Also, we had a couple of items on new offensive tackle Jordan Black, one on his impact on the depth chart and another on his weight problem (he needs to gain, not lose). The practice report has entries on Brian Orakpo, Brandon Banks, and Chris Cooley, among many others.On tap todayIt should be quite comfortable at Redskins training camp today with a high of only 83 this afternoon. There is about at 30 percent chance of thunderstorms like the ones that sent fans home early yesterday. But, then again, theres a 70 percent chance that it wont rain.

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Redskins offseason questions: Can Kirk Cousins take the next step in 2017?

Redskins offseason questions: Can Kirk Cousins take the next step in 2017?

The good news for the 2016 Redskins was that they didn’t collapse after winning the division the previous season as has been their pattern in the past. The bad news was that they didn’t take the next step and improve from a franchise that can compete to make the playoffs into one that is playing multiple postseason games year in and year out.

That work begins right now for Jay Gruden, Scot McCloughan and the players. In the coming weeks, Redskins reporters Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will examine the biggest questions facing the Redskins as another offseason gets rolling.

RELATED: #RedskinsTalk podcast: Is Kirk too nice?

Will Kirk Cousins take the next step in 2017?

Finlay: The better question might be what constitutes the next step for Cousins? And going one step further, will it be with the Redskins? Answering the second part first, Cousins will be the 'Skins quarterback in 2017. Taking the next step is trickier, since the passer has thrown for more than 9,000 yards in the last two seasons.

For me, Cousins can still get much better, particularly in the red zone. If the Redskins scored at the same pace they pile up yards, this team would have won 11 games in 2016. 

In 2016, Cousins ranked 3rd in the NFL in passing yards, yet outside of the Top 10 in TDs with 25. To really enter the next phase of his career, Cousins needs to lead an offense that scores more, and that means 30+ touchdowns. He can do it. 

Tandler: I don’t look at the next step for Cousins being about numbers. Sure, maybe he can throw for 5,000 yards and 30-plus touchdowns on year. But being a top quarterback is more than that.

I want to see him go into Seattle next year and rally the Redskins from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter. I want to see him go into a playoff game and, unlike what happened against the Packers after the 2015 season, will the team to a win when the Redskins aren’t playing their best and when a QB like Aaron Rodgers is on the other side. I want to see him glare at a lineman who missed an assignment and correct a receiver who went the wrong way on a route.

To be sure, he has led the team to some comeback wins and he has played very well in some key games, like the division-clinching win in Philadelphia in 2015. But a top-flight quarterback can’t essentially negate one of those with a play like the season-ending pick against the Giants. Sure, any quarterback is going to have an off day. But you have to have more pluses than minuses on the ledger.

Cousins has been a starter for just two years so maybe he can develop into a top-shelf quarterback. Putting up good stats is part of the picture but he won’t be there until he elevates and motivates those around him. Maybe he can take that next step but until he does there is no way of knowing if he will. 

More offseason questions: 

What are reasonable expectations for Josh Doctson?

— Will there be a surprise salary cap cut?

— Should the Redskins defense switch to the 4-3?

— Is Spencer Long the answer at center?

— How many D-linemen do the Redskins need?

— Should the Redskins draft another QB? 

— With Sean McVay gone, will the Redskins run the ball more?

— Can Cravens handle the transition to safety? 

— Will the Redskins re-sign Pierre Garçon? 

— Will Rob Kelley be the lead running back in 2017?

— Defense in the first round?

— Will they make a change at left guard?

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Some good news from Redskins Park: Josh Doctson running, catching football (VIDEO)

Some good news from Redskins Park: Josh Doctson running, catching football (VIDEO)

There hasn't been much good news out of Redskins Park lately, as the team deals with pending free agency for QB Kirk Cousins and others combined with rumors of infighting among the front office. So video of 2016 first round pick Josh Doctson running and cutting comes at a great time for beleaguered 'Skins fans. 

Doctson posted the video to his Snapchat account. When he last spoke after the Washington season ended, Doctson made clear he was feeling much better and that '100 percent health' is his main goal this offseason.

His rookie year, however, was a different matter.

The receiver out of TCU missed all but the first two games of the year. Even in those games, he played a very reduced role. Drafted 22nd overall, he had just two catches all year as an obscure Achilles' injuries landed him on the injured reserve. His plight could not be figured out by a slew of doctors and specialists, and the team finally decided to sit down their prized rookie.

A breakout year in 2017 would serve Jay Gruden's squad well, as the team stands to lose DeSean Jackson and/or Pierre Garçon to free agency. It looks likely the 'Skins will lose at least one of their starting WRs, and losing both is a distinct possibility. That could result in more than 2,000 receiving yards leaving the Redskins offense, and the team will need Doctson to pick up a good chunk of that production.

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