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Need to Know: Look for lots of vanilla from Redskins in Atlanta

Need to Know: Look for lots of vanilla from Redskins in Atlanta

RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Monday, August 7, four days before the Washington Redskins open their preseason in Atlanta against the Falcons.

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Today's schedule: Walkthrough 10:30; Jay Gruden press conference 2:45; practice 3:00; player availability after both practices

—The Redskins last played a game 211 days ago. It will be 35 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Preseason vs. Jets @FedEx Field 11; Final roster cut 26; Cowboys @ Redskins 41

Outlook for Atlanta: A lot of vanilla

If you want to know how much preparation the Redskins are putting into their first preseason game against the Falcons, read what Jay Gruden had to say on the subject.

“We won’t start that preparation until later in the week,” he said on Friday, the day before a Saturday off day. “Sunday will still be a training camp day, probably Monday will be, too. Probably Tuesday we’ll start looking at Atlanta and maybe put together a plan for them then.”

The game, in case you don’t know, is Thursday. They will travel to Atlanta on Wednesday. So that leaves just Tuesday, and perhaps a quick walkthrough before going to the airport on Wednesday, to “prepare” for the Falcons.

In other words, don’t look for much in the way of game planning or anything other than the dreaded “vanilla” on both sides of the ball. Although Gruden hasn’t announced anything, it’s like that the starters will play a series or two before giving way to the second and third teams. The object will be to keep it simple and see how well the players execute the fundamentals and carry out their assignments.

The Redskins may get a little deeper into the playbook in the second preseason game against the Jets and game No. 3 against the Bills. But when most coaches try to balance executing what they are going to do during the regular season against real competition and keeping their concepts under wraps, they usually err on the side of keeping it a secret.

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Kelley has reportedly already resumed walking following the minor procedure.

The injury, which occured in a Week 16 matchup against Chicago, is not expected to impact Kelley into the 2017 season.

Kelley came out of nowhere an impressed in the pre-season and took over the starting job from Matt Jones in Week 9.

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