Here is what you need to know on this Friday, June 24, 34 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.
—The Redskins last played a game 166 days ago. It will be 80 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.
—Days until: Franchise tag contract deadline 21; Preseason opener @ Falcons 48; Final roster cut 71
The five best wide receivers the Redskins will face in 2016
Ranked by receiving yards gained in 2015.
Antonio Brown, Steelers (1,834 yards)—The Redskins secondary is supposed to be improved this year. They had better hit the ground running as Brown will be a very tough test right out of the gate.
Odell Beckham, Giants (1,450)—He has torn up Washington since he has been in the league (3 games, 28 receptions, 364 yards, 5 TD). The Redskins are hoping that their $75 million investment in Josh Norman slows OBJ down. In any case the twice a year meetings should be entertaining.
A.J. Green, Bengals (1,297)—Green has been in the league for five years and has been remarkably consistent and productive. He has averaged 83 receptions for 1,234 yards and nine touchdowns per season. At 6-4 with an ability to snatch the ball out of the air if it’s thrown anywhere near him, Green can be a nightmare.
Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals (1,215)—For a while it looked like Father Time had caught up with Fitz. After five years where he averaged almost 1,300 receiving yards per season he gained just 845 per year from 2012-2014. But he had a resurgence last year with 1,215 yards and nine touchdowns.
John Brown, Cardinals (1,003)—Brown was not a big name coming out of college, not surprising since he went to Pittsburg State (not Pitt, like Fitzgerald, Pittsburg State, in Kansas). His speed and shiftiness have made him a big-play threat, especially if you start to pay too much attention to Fitzgerald.
Just missing the list was the Eagles Jordan Matthews (997), who is underrated by many fans. The Cowboys’ Dez Bryant only had only 401 receiver yards last year after missing a good chunk of the season with a foot injury and then perhaps returning too soon. He appears to be healthy and he will be a handful for the Redskins defense twice this year.
Tandler on Twitter
The #Redskins have their first training camp practice five weeks from today. Preseason opener @ Falcons is seven weeks from today.— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) June 23, 2016
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