Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 21, three days before the Washington Redskins start OTAs.
—The Redskins last played a game 132 days ago. It will be 114 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.
—Days until: OTAs start 3; Redskins training camp starts 68; Preseason opener @ Falcons 82
The Redskins week that was
Redskins rookie camp roundup—The weather didn’t cooperate with the desire to get a close look at a large number the rookies. The Friday media availability was pushed to Saturday due to a wet forecast. There were two practice sessions scheduled for Friday and just one for Saturday, and that one was cut short by an approaching thunderstorm. But I was there long enough to gather a few observations and tidbits.
The light has turned on for Redskins’ Preston Smith—From the comments I got on this post it looks like Joe Barry gained some new fans thanks to how he dealt with Smith. Good football players have either talent or a good work ethic. Great players have both. Smith could be one of those players with both.
Long-term answers in place at tackle for Redskins—A year ago it looked like the Redskins had their two tackles in place for the long haul. It still does look like that but it’s Morgan Moses opposite Trent Williams, not Brandon Scherff. They should be in good shape for a while.
Tandler Takeover: What I'd do if I ran the Redskins—The main thing I missed on this list was uncoupling the preseason tickets from the regular season tickets and slash the preseason prices. It’s just indefensible to compel fans to pay for low quality practice football in order to get the real thing. Make them separate, charge $20 or $30 bucks each for them, give away a ton to kids, and try to turn it into a fun event. The team might take a bit of a financial hit but the goodwill gained would be well worth the cost.
Skins' Fuller confident he'll make a full recovery—On the one hand it’s unfortunate that the Redskins are going to have to closely monitor their third-round pick’s knee through OTAs, training camp, and the regular season. On the other hand, it’s fortunate that Fuller was dinged up because other wise he never would have been available in the third round.
Tweet of the day
I found this analysis from my friend to be interesting but perhaps a bit far fetched. In 2015 Kirk Cousins (5) scored more rushing touchdowns than the two Redskins tailbacks combined (4).
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