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Need to Know: What is the 2016 Redskins' expectation for wins?

Need to Know: What is the 2016 Redskins' expectation for wins?

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 12, 46 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.

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—The Redskins last played a game 154 days ago. It will be 92 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Redskins training camp starts 46; Preseason opener @ Falcons 60; Final roster cut 83

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—There will be more on this in the weeks to come, but I’m starting to think that the Redskins will exceed expectations. What are expectations for the 2016 team? I think it’s somewhere around seven to nine wins. Fewer wins than that would be legitimate grounds to be disappointed and reevaluate how they are doing things; more than nine wins would be cause for celebration.

—What is their path to 10 wins? Going 4-2 in the division, 3-1 against the AFC North (the London game against the Bengals will be key there) and splitting their other six games against the NFC North, the Cardinals, and the Panthers. The last part is not easy but doable with the two toughest NFC North games coming at home against the Vikings and Packers.

—Could they do better than 10? Sure but right now it would be a very tall order. They would have to win a game like the one in Arizona and/or upset the Steelers in the opener. At the moment getting 11 or 12 wins looks like drawing to an inside straight.

—The more I see of David Bruton, the more I think that he will hold on to a starting safety job into the season. At 6-2, 225 he looks like a linebacker who lined up a little deep and in the no-pads phase of practices he has looked good. To be sure, a player who has just eight starts in seven seasons in the NFL still has a lot to prove.

—Every time I look up to see the running backs doing individual drills, Matt Jones is hustling up to the front of the line. That doesn’t mean that he’ll be able to add a yard to his 3.4 per-carry average from last year or develop a stickier grip on the football. But it is a sign that he is genuinely interested in improving and that’s not always a given.

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Redskins don't request roster exemption for Williams

Redskins don't request roster exemption for Williams

Trent Williams’ suspension ended on Monday and the Redskins did not wait to get him back on the 53-man roster.

NFL teams often request roster exemptions for players who return from suspensions that last multiple games. Such requests routinely are granted for the week leading up to the next game. It gives the team an extra player in practice while the formerly suspended player rounds back into shape.

But the Redskins apparently are going to throw Williams right into things. On Monday, they waived cornerback Dashaun Phillips and cleared a spot for Williams right away.

Yesterday, Jay Gruden confirmed what has been widely reported, that Williams will return to his left tackle spot. Leaving Ty Nsekhe, who did a solid job filling in while Williams was out, at left tackle and putting Williams at left guard is something that will remain something for fans and media to speculate on but not something that will happen on the field.

The Redskins managed to go 2-2 during Williams’ suspension. Perhaps one upside is that Williams may be fully healthy down the stretch after having five weeks off, including the bye week that preceded his suspension.