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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.

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—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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Need to Know: Five final thoughts on Redskins vs. Raiders

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Need to Know: Five final thoughts on Redskins vs. Raiders

 

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, September 24, eight days before the Washington Redskins play Chiefs in Kansas City.

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Today’s schedule: Redskins Kickoff 7:30 CSN; Redskins vs. Raiders 8:30 NBC

Days until:

—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (10/23) 29
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 35

Five final thoughts on Redskins vs. Raiders

—With Rob Kelley out and Jordan Reed unlikely to play, per Adam Schefter, Samaje Perine will get his first NFL start and Jeremy Sprinkle will be active for the first time. Perine got rolling as the game went on vs. the Rams. In quarters 1-3 he had 11 carries with an average of 2.2 yards per. In the fourth quarter, the rookie carried 10 times for a respectable 4.3 average. If he can get that 4.3 average all game and carry between 15 and 20 times, the Redskins will be fine on the rushing front.

—It was in Week 3 last year that Kirk Cousins got rolling. After throwing one touchdown and three interceptions in his first two games he threw two TD’s and no picks against the Giants. His pattern as the starter has been to start slowly and then pick up steam as the season gets going. Looking at the injury situation and at a Monday night game at Arrowhead Stadium looming next week, today would be a great day for him to get going. The talk in Oakland is that the Raiders will load up to stop the run and challenge Cousins to beat them through the air. Cousins will need to take them up on that challenge.

—The Redskins have four sacks in two games. It will be difficult for them to add to that total today because Raiders QB Derek Carr gets rid of the ball so quickly. The best way to get pressure on a quarterback like that is to take the shortest route. It will be important for Jonathan Allen to get some push up the middle and perhaps Greg Manusky will send Zach Brown or Mason Foster blitzing into the A-gap occasionally. The pressure is also on the secondary to make sure tackles after Carr gets those short completions to make sure they don’t turn into big plays.

—I was skeptical of the impact that Oakland RB Marshawn Lynch would have in his return at age 31 after a poor (417 yards) 2015 season followed by a season in retirement. And although there may be reasons to wonder about his durability over the course of a 16-game season, right now he’s healthy. The Redskins’ worst nightmare would be for Lynch to get 15 carries and grind out four to five yards per pop. That would set up Carr to do whatever he wants to do.

—This looked like a tough one even when it appeared that the Redskins would be at full strength on offense. If Kelley and, especially, Reed are out, the game looks to be an even more daunting task. The Washington defense is going to have to step up and force Carr to make decisions sooner than he wants to. Offensively, the Redskins are going to need to keep Carr and company off the field by controlling the clock. They did it last week against the Rams. If they can take time of possession 35 minutes to 25 again they have a chance to pull off the upset. It’s possible but I’m going to go against it happening.

Raiders 28, Redskins 21

2017 predictions record: 1-1

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Report: Rob Kelley out vs. Raiders, Reed unlikely to play

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Report: Rob Kelley out vs. Raiders, Reed unlikely to play

The Redskins could be without two key offensive players against the Raiders tonight, according to a report.

According to ESPN, Redskins starting running back Rob Kelley (rib) is unlikely to play and that Jordan Reed (chest) is a game-time decision but it also is probable that he will sit out. Bot players were listed as questionable on the final injury report on Friday.

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Kelley was having a career day against the Rams last Sunday before he left the game in the second quarter with a rib cartilage injury. He practiced on a limited basis all week.

Reed, a key target for quarterback Kirk Cousins, missed some snaps after sustaining the injury to his sternum during the game against the Rams. He was out of practice on Wednesday and limited on Thursday and Friday.

Rookie Samaje Perine saw his first NFL action last week and he likely will get his first NFL start in Kelley’s spot tonight. If Reed can’t play, Vernon Davis will start and rookie Jeremy Sprinkle, who was inactive the first two games, will be in uniform.

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