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Need to Know: How many catches for Redskins WR Crowder in 2016?

Need to Know: How many catches for Redskins WR Crowder in 2016?

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, June 8, 50 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 150 days ago. It will be 96 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Redskins training camp starts 50; Preseason opener @ Falcons 64; Final roster cut to 53, 87

Player quick hits

Here are some more quick thoughts on some Redskins players based on what I’ve heard and what I’ve seen in OTAs and rookie camp.

—I wonder if Jamison Crowder will catch as many as 59 passes again this year. The Redskins attempted 555 passes last year and while they may throw a few dozen more this year there also are additional potential targets in Josh Doctson and Vernon Davis and, presumably, DeSean Jackson will have more thrown his way if he stays healthy all year.

—I don’t know whether or not Kirk Cousins will end up signing a contract extension prior to July 15 but I am pretty confident that there are no active negotiations (defined as both sides exchanging proposals and moving towards a resultion) taking place. There is simply no reason for either side to give anything right now.

—I see Su’a Cravens taking the roster spot that was used for a defense lineman last year. They carried seven DL last year and considering that only three line up at a time that always seemed to be excessive. He’ll take a DL spot but will actually be a sixth inside linebacker and/or a fifth safety.

Shawn Lauvao sure is receiving a ton of praise for playing OK (run blocking adequate, gave up a sack and five hurries) in a very small sample size of two games last year. A lot of people assume that when he is healthy, which reportedly will be for the start of training camp, the left guard spot is his to lose. I disagree, I believe that Lauvao will have to clearly beat out Spencer Long to get the starting job.

Preston Smith won’t have a sophomore slump if only because his rookie year wasn’t that spectacular, for the most part. He finished strong and it looks like he has what it takes in terms of work ethic to keep it up. I think you can take double digit sacks for Smith this year to the bank.

Stat of the day

How pass happy were the 2015 Redskins? They passed an average of 34.7 times per game. Nineteen other teams took to the air more frequently.

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Jay Gruden presser recap: Enough is on Chris Thompson's plate already

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Jay Gruden presser recap: Enough is on Chris Thompson's plate already

Here is a recap of Jay Gruden’s press conference on Wednesday:

—The injuries are covered in a separate post here. Jordan Reed was the only non-participant. Gruden said his status is “wait and see.”

—Gruden doesn’t see them playing Chris Thompson more than they do now. He noted that in addition to being the third-down back he also returns kicks and comes in on second and long plays. “It’s important for us to keep him healthy,” said Gruden. “He’s not a guy that I personally want to give him 30 carries a game.”

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—In a year, Matt Ioannidis has gone from being on the practice squad to being a key member of the defensive line. Gruden was impressed with his play against the Rams. “Against the Rams, he played very well,” he said. “He had pressured the quarterback four or five times, he hawked down Tavon Austin on a jet sweep, which was a big play on the first play of the game. If he gets out of there, it could’ve been a 70-yard touchdown.” Gruden said that work in the weight room with help from fellow DL Ziggy Hood helped in Ioannidis’ transformation.

—Gruden said that the Rams game might have been the best of Jordan Reed's career despite gaining just 48 receiving yards on six catches. “Yeah, Jordan was awesome,” he said. “I thought he had the best all-around game he’s had in a while. I think, not just route-running, but blocking. He was outstanding in blocking. Had a key block on the touchdown Chris Thompson had on the second series of the game, was physical and did a great job.”

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—The Su’a Cravens situation was dismissed rather quickly. The Redskins will not be adding another safety to the roster. “No, we have Fish [Smithson] already as our fifth guy on the practice squad and he’s doing a good job, so we’re OK at safety spot,” said Gruden. “As far as Su’a’ is concerned, we just have to put it behind us, move forward and let him take care of his personal life and let us take care of this season.”

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Redskins injury report: Jordan Reed out of practice, six are limited

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Redskins injury report: Jordan Reed out of practice, six are limited

There were a lot of wounded Redskins on the practice field on Wednesday as the team started preparations for their game against the Raiders on Sunday.

One injured player was not on the field. Jordan Reed was out with a chest injury. Obviously, there is concern but Jay Gruden said that it is too early to rule him out of the game.

A half dozen players were limited: RB Rob Kelley (rib), S Montae Nicholson (shoulder), CB Josh Norman (shoulder), OT Morgan Moses (ankle), S Deshazor Everett (knee), and LB Mason Foster (shoulder).

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While none of the injuries seems particularly serious, they still could affect each player’s status for the game.

Foster suffered a separated shoulder during the game, popped it back in, and continued without missing a snap. He said that said that he was letting the athletic trainers handle it. “I’m going in, getting my treatment, doing what they tell me to do,” he said.

Kelley suffered a rib cartilage injury in the second quarter on Sunday. He said that the pain was very high that day but that it has subsided since.

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Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.