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Need to Know: Two to watch during Redskins rookie camp

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Need to Know: Two to watch during Redskins rookie camp

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, May 13, 78 days before the Washington Redskins open training camp in Richmond, VA.

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Five thoughts about the buzz around the Redskins.

—It looks like the Redskins and the agents for both Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Williams are moving towards contract extensions for the two players. That doesn’t mean that anything is going to get done any time soon. There is no deadline this year to drive getting these deals done since both players are under contract for this season. The real deadline is the start of the next league year in March. The worst-case scenario for the Redskins is to have both of them unsigned then and only one franchise tag to use. They re working to avoid that dilemma but nothing is guaranteed.

—It also should be noted that if and when either of the deals are announced it will probably seem like Williams and/or Kerrigan got overpaid. They are both very good players but a cut or two below the All-Pros at their positions but they could well get paid close to what some of the best in the game are making. Both sides know that the salary cap will continue to go up in the neighborhood of $10 million per year or more. What looks like big deal today won’t look as costly in a couple of years.

—To more immediate concerns, there are two players I’m looking forward to seeing on Saturday. On is wide receiver Jamison Crowder. It’s hard to judge return ability with no pads and against a bunch of other rookies so I’m not look at that as much as I am his pass routes. If he is a polished route runner he may be able to push Andre Roberts for some snaps at slot receiver this year and possible take the job in 2016.

—The other is 5-7, 195-lb. scatback Trey Williams out of Texas A&M (if you’re not up to speed on him, this article will give you the story). It’s usually better the wait until the pads go on to reach any conclusions about a running back but it should be fun to watch the quick, elusive Williams in shorts. He may or may not have a realistic shot at making the team but it should be interesting to watching him try.

—Jay Gruden has said that he wants to spread out the rushing attempts among more running backs and a look at Alfred Morris’ numbers from last year indicate why. Morris rushed for 4.0 yards per carry in the first quarter and he improved to 4.8 in the second. But in the third period his average fell to 3.9 per attempt and it bottomed out in the fourth quarter at 3.2. Gruden wants to run the ball more while keeping Morris fresher and that, along with an improved offensive line, will greatly benefit the running game.

Timeline

—It’s been 136 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 123 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins minicamp starts 34; Redskins training camp starts 78; Thursday night Redskins @ Giants 134

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