Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 14, two days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp.
The week that was
Here is a look back on the news from the past week:
Redskins formally announce joint practices with Texans—It’s official; J.J. Watt is headed to Richmond for practices against the Redskins from August 6-8. Brandon Scherff will get the opportunity, if you want to call it that, to go up against the player who has won defensive player of the year honors two times in the last three years. Scherff’s experience aside, this is a good opportunity for the Redskins to measure themselves against a team that was worse than they were in 2013 but bounced back and had a winning record last year.
Jackson misses Tuesday OTA—After missing the first week of OTA’s and then showing up next week, DeSean Jackson again was absent for the first practice of last Tuesday. According to Jay Gruden Jackson had a personal matter and that was that. It should be noted that these sessions are voluntary. And it’s worth mentioning that attendance during the offseason program so far has been very good, with only a handful of absences other than Jackson. Minicamp, which gets underway on Tuesday, is mandatory.
DC Mayor wants Redskins but still doesn’t like the name—Speaking at an event concerning the new soccer stadium the District has agreed to build, Mayor Muriel Bowser had a mixed message regarding a return to the city for the Redskins. She said that the team name is “offensive”. Bowser also said, “We have made it clear to the team that we’re interested to talk to them about their needs.” It remains to be seen if a DC stadium deal that did not involve a change of the nickname could happen or if such a condition would be a deal breaker.
Jackson, Williams among NFL’s top 100 players—The wide receiver was No. 50 on the NFL.com ranking, voted on by NFL players. Williams made his third straight appearance on the list. He was No. 99 in 2013, No. 69 last year and his ranking improved again to No. 47. Ryan Kerrigan was revealed at No. 78 a couple of weeks ago. It’s hard to see any other Redskins players making the list.
—It’s been 168 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 91 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.
—Days until: Redskins minicamp starts 2; Redskins training camp starts 46; Preseason opener @ Browns 60
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In case you missed it
As Jay Gruden stepped to the podium to read the injury report, he warned, “This will be a while.”
He was right, as he rattled off one the longest injury reports of the season.
Out were G Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion), DE Chris Baker (ankle), DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee/foot), DE Anthony Lanier (lower leg), G Shawn Lauvao (groin), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), and S Donte Whitner (illness).
Of that group, all but Jean Francois, Lanier, and Nsekhe are starters. Between them and the limited players listed below it was difficult for the Redskin to conduct a normal practice.
“It was a challenge,” said Gruden of getting through it. “Practice was modified quite a bit today. We did more walkthrough today than we ever have on a Wednesday.”
“Sometimes you have to taper back just a hair to make it through practice, try to get the mental reps in with walkthrough and then hopefully the physical part will come maybe tomorrow. Friday we can open them up a bit.”
Limited in practice were TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), OLB Preston Smith (groin), ILB Will Compton (hip), G Brandon Scherff (ankle), and TE Derek Carrier (knee).
Reed returned to practice for the first time since suffering a Grade 3 sprain to the AC joint in his left shoulder in the game against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. He missed the game in Arizona. While his limited participation was a good sign for his return it’ is way too early in the week to say with any degree of certainty that he will be playing against the Eagles.
RGIII is finally getting another chance to play.
Plagued by injury after injury — most recently breaking a bone in his left shoulder in the Brown’s 29-10 loss to the Eagles in their season opener — the former Redskin is set to start for Cleveland against the Bengals on Sunday, ESPN’s Dan Graziano reports.
Griffin was cleared for contact last week after missing the majority of the Browns’ 0-12 season, and the team is coming off a bye week after its last loss to the Giants over Thanksgiving weekend.
In 2015, Kirk Cousins replaced Griffin as starting quarterback, and the Redskins released him at the end of the season. He signed a two-year, $15 million contract with Cleveland in March.
In Griffin’s absence, the Browns have relied on Cody Kessler and Josh McCown, who boast a 65.5 and 54.5 completion percentage, respectively. The two combine for just 12 touchdowns this season.
Will Griffin be the key to ending the Browns’ winless season? We’ll find out Sunday.
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