Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, August 11, two days before Washington Redskins open their preseason against the Browns in Cleveland.
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Hatcher looking to bounce back
RICHMOND—Redskins defensive end Jason Hatcher had a tough time last summer after signing a free agent deal with the Redskins that paid the then 32-year-old over $10 million guaranteed. He had to undergo an arthroscopic procedure on his knee, forcing him out of some of OTAs and minicamp. The injury lingered and he was out for part of training camp.
He was never quite right all season. A hamstring injury hampered him in the early going and another issue with his knee sidelined him the last three games of the season. Brought in to help the Redskins bolster their pass rush, he recorded only 5.5 sacks.
It has been a different story this year. Hatcher has not missed a single day this year due to injury. The coaches have been generous in giving him “veteran’s days off” in order to keep him fresh for when the games start counting.
"This training camp’s been easy for me, I’ve had days off here and there it’s been good, actually flew by," he said. "This probably was the easiest training camp I’ve ever been through."
He is looking forward to getting the preseason underway on Thursday when the Redskins go to Cleveland. Hatcher said he did not know how much the starters will play but he will put an emphasis on fundamentals.
“I just want to see where I’m at physically, try to stay low, keep my pad level, be where I’m supposed to be at,” he said. “Don’t try to be a hero because it’s preseason but go out there and play hard and use this as a measuring stick of where the first team’s at right now.”
Despite the injuries, Hatcher actually played better than his sack total indicated last year. He was second on the team in hurries and quarterback hits, just missing many sacks. If Hatcher, now 33, can stay healthy and get a little help from what should be an upgraded secondary he could have the double-digit sack total that many were looking for last year.
We will have to see how things develop but it starts with Hatcher staying healthy. On that front it’s so far, so good.
—Today’s schedule: Practice 1:35
—It’s been 226 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 33 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.
—Days until: Preseason opener @ Browns 2; final cuts 25; Redskins @ Giants Thursday night 44
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