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Need to Know: Redskins players, coaches head into six-week break

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Need to Know: Redskins players, coaches head into six-week break

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, June 16, 42 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 158 days ago. It will be 88 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Redskins training camp starts 42; Preseason opener @ Falcons 56; Final roster cut 79

Redskins will take a break

The Redskins finished up the on-field portion of their 2016 offseason preparations. They will not take the field again until they start training camp on July 28.

The players will have some time off but they will have things to do over the next six weeks. The assignments are made by strength and conditioning coach Mike Clark.

“The players will have a set of instructions or what have you from Coach Clark,” said Jay Gruden. “[That] is the big one – conditioning, the test they have to prepare for.”

How about the coaches?

“It’s a time off for coaches,” said Gruden. “It’s the benefit of being an NFL coach—you’ve got this month here where you can take off.”

One employee of the Redskins organization who will not be taking off for six weeks is VP of football administration Eric Schaffer. He will be at Redskins Park as the July 15 deadline for getting Kirk Cousins signed to a long-term deal approaches. Schaffer will field phone calls from Mike McCartney, who is Cousins’ agent, and work the nuts and bolts of the deal.

Others who will be working over the break include me, Tarik El-Bashir, and the other Redskins writers here and on CSNmidatlantic.com. We’ll still be writing multiple posts seven days a week. We’ll follow the Cousins negotiations, break down the roster position by position, keep you up to speed on the NFC East and the other teams on the Redskins’ schedule, preview training camp, and get you ready for the 2016 season, which is just 88 days away.

See you tomorrow.

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Rookie hazing: DeSean Jackson turns Kendall Fuller around in 1v1 drills (VIDEO)

Rookie hazing: DeSean Jackson turns Kendall Fuller around in 1v1 drills (VIDEO)

Beating up on Redskins cornerback Kendall Fuller has become normal on social media the last few weeks, but the rookie still has a bright NFL future, not to mention he opened the season with a string of strong games. 

That said, Fuller has had a rough last few weeks for the 'Skins. Manning the slot corner role, the rookie has faced tough matchups and been caught out of position a few times. Coaches always talk about Fuller's work ethic in practice, and he goes hard each session. But on Wednesday, Fuller was put in a tough spot, facing off against DeSean Jackson in one-on-ones.

One-on-one drills between defensive backs and wide receivers are inherently titled toward the offensive side of the field. There are no linebackers, no pass rush, no safety help. Generally, receivers should catch the pass in one-on-one drills. 

Few corners perform well against Jackson in one-on-ones, but it's worse when the cameras are rolling. Watch the full video above. 

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Williams, Lichtensteiger back at practice for Redskins

Williams, Lichtensteiger back at practice for Redskins

The Redskins had two offensive linemen return to practice today and they had some others out of practice, nursing injuries.

Back were left tackle Trent Williams and center Kory Lichtensteiger. Williams has finished serving a four-game suspense for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Lichtensteiger has been on injure reserve with a calf injury since Week 4. Just before practice the team announced that he has been designated to return from IR and that his three-week practice window before the team needs to activate him starts today.

His window is unlikely to be that long. Starting center Spencer Long is in the league concussion protocol after leaving the Cardinals game on Sunday. John Sullivan finished up the game in place of Long and he is the likely starter if Long can’t play against the Eagles this Sunday. However there is not another backup center on the roster and if Long is out in Philadelphia Lichtensteiger probably will be activated to play should something happen to Sullivan.

Left guard Shawn Lauvao and tackle Ty Nsekhe were not participating in practice either. Nsekhe has been fighting through an ankle injury as he was subbing for Williams. The nature of Lauvao’s injury is unclear.

On defense, safeties Will Blackmon and Donte Whitner were absent from practice. Blackmon is in the concussion protocol. The reason for Whitner’s a sense is unknown.

Jay Gruden will update the media on the various injuries after practice.