Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, May 21, six days before the start of OTAs.
With the draft and rookie minicamp in the rear view mirror and the start of OTAs almost a week away, here are five thoughts on the Redskins.
—With the exception of Shawn Lauvao, who just got here, every member of the starting offensive line has had his job handed to him for the past two years. There was not any serious training camp or in-season competition for any of the jobs during the four years that Mike Shanahan was the head coach. This year Kory Lichtensteiger, Chris Chester, and Tyler Polumbus will be pushed by Mike McGlynn, Spencer Long, and Morgan Moses. We will see how they respond.
—It’s easy to connect a few hypothetical dots and see the addition of DeSean Jackson will help Robert Griffin III rack up some solid passing stats. But then I look at the case of Griffin’s fellow class of 2012 quarterback Ryan Tannehill. As a rookie Tannehill averaged 6.8 yards per pass attempt. Prior to the 2013 season the Dolphins added receiver Mike Wallace, who was supposed to add the same deep-threat dimension that Jackson should bring to Washington. But last year Tannehill’s average per attempt actually fell, down to 6.7 yards. There isn’t necessarily cause and effect there but the addition of a fast receiver doesn’t mean an automatic boost to the QB’s numbers.
—It’s the turnovers, folks. The Redskins turned the ball over 34 times last year; only one team, the Giants, turned it over more often. They had only one turnover-free game the entire year. If they are going to turn their record around, they need to change that situation.
—I think that the NFL Players Association should be able to approve of any expansion of the playoffs. But I can’t for the life of me figure out why they wouldn’t approve it. They shouldn’t need a “concession” in return. The additional revenue will expand the salary cap and 106 more players per year will get a chance to play for the Super Bowl title. That’s the concession.
—Back to Griffin—if he plays better than he did last year, the Redskins will not necessarily be an improved team. But they will not be better if he doesn’t play better.
—It’s been 143 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 109 days until they play the Texans in the 2014 season opener.
—Days until: OTAs 6; Training camp starts 63; Redskins @ Eagles 123
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