Here is what you need to know on this Monday, June 20, 38 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.
—The Redskins last played a game 162 days ago. It will be 84 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.
—Days until: Redskins training camp starts 38; Preseason opener @ Falcons 52; Final roster cut 75
Redskins hot topics
—Is Kirk Cousins bluffing about being willing to play out the season on the franchise tag? His comment last week saying “see you on the other side” had a tinge of false bravado to it. There is a lot at stake for him. If he stumbles this year he might be able to get a contract for $15 million per year on a one- two-year deal. He can probably get the Redskins to agree to $18 million per year for five years right now. Cousins supposedly wants about $20 million. Is the difference in money really worth the risk to Cousins? We will see as July 15 approaches.
—A year ago Will Compton was a lock to make the team but his role was unclear. Things have changed and Compton is not only at the top of the depth chart in Sharpie but he also is emerging as a leader on defense. Not bad for an undrafted free agent who is just in his third year. He wants to take the next step by creating more impact plays this year. In his career Compton has one interceptions, one sack, and one fumble recovery.
—The Redskins’ rushing game was at its worst when it needed to be at its best. On first-down carries they gained an average of 3.3 yards per carry, the worst in the NFL. They ran for either no gain or a loss on 63 plays in 2015, tied for third worst in the league. That’s not going to get it done.
—In case your wondering, Alfred Morris wasn’t any better than Matt Jones was on first down rushes. They both had 23 carries for either zero yards or negative yards.
—However, Morris was better than Jones on all first-down carries. Morris gained 471 yards on 128 carries (3.7 average) while the rookie gained 207 on 76 attempts (2.7). However, that doesn’t mean that Morris’ performance on first down was acceptable. Only three other backs with at least 100 first down rushing attempts had a worse per-carry average.
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