Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, July 8, 22 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.
Nickel coverage: The top passers
Training camp is just a few weeks away and it’s time to start honing in on the Redskins’ opponents for the 2015 season. Here are the quarterbacks who should provide the severest tests for the Redskins’ revamped secondary, the top five QB’s they will face this year (ranked by passer rating).
1. Tony Romo, Cowboys (113.2 rating, 1st in NFL)—I know Redskins fans like to laugh at Romo and talk about some issues he’s had with ill-timed interceptions. But he led the NFL in completion percentage, touchdown pass percentage and passer rating and engineered four fourth-quarter comebacks. He’s as dangerous as them come.
2. Tom Brady, Patriots (97.4, 5th)—Even if the footballs are properly inflated Brady should have a pretty good day against the Redskins. The Patriots don’t have a receiver who will keep Joe Barry up late and they don’t have a workhorse running back to wear down the defense. All they need is Brady.
3. Drew Brees, Saints (96.5, 6th)—He’ll put 350 yards up on you without breaking a sweat. One thing to watch is his problems with ball protection. His interception rate of 2.6 percent was higher than any other QB thought to be very good or elite except for Phillip Rivers. He has put the ball on the ground 19 times the last three years, a total that is alarming even considering he led the league in pass attempts.
4. Matt Ryan, Falcons (93.9, 11th)—Last year he got back Julio Jones, who missed most of 2013 with an injury, and added a full yard to his average net yards/attempt total. Ryan is a cut or two beneath the elite quarterbacks in the game but still a top-quality signal caller.
5. Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins (92.8, 14th)—Would the Redskins have been better off if they had stayed put with the sixth pick of the 2012 draft, taken Tannehill, and kept all those other picks they dealt away to move up to take Robert Griffin III? We won’t find out a definitive answer in the season opener but it will be interesting to get a firsthand look at the QB who hasn’t lit up the league but still was good enough for the Dolphins to believe he warranted a $95 million extension.
—It’s been 192 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 67 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.
—Days until: Redskins training camp starts 22; Preseason opener @ Browns 36; final cuts 59
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