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Nothing new from Campbell—consistency the key

Nothing new from Campbell—consistency the key

Jason Campbell

So far, so good.

The Washington Redskins' starting offense has gone from totally unproductive against the Ravens to showing signs of competence vs. the Steelers to resembling an actual NFL offense last night with the Patriots in town. Progress is what you're looking for and that's what we've seen.

Jason Campbell demonstrated that he can be decisive and make accurate throws. He also displayed his underrated running skills when he faked out a Patriots defensive back with a pump and scooted four yards for a touchdown.

But, then again, we already knew that Campbell can do all of that. If he's going to take the next step and become a solid starter he needs to do all of that consistently. His failure to do so in his 36 games as an NFL starter is why he has yet to earn the full confidence of the organization and it's why he's still working on his rookie contract instead of having been granted an extension.

Campbell's inconsistency is why he is such a polarizing figure among Redskins fans. The fans who believe that Campbell can lead the Redskins to the playoffs have plenty of plays and games that indicate that Campbell is capable of being a very good, if not great, NFL quarterback. The dump-Campbell crowd has its share of indisputable visual evidence that he'll never be anything better than mediocre.

Don't get me wrong—he deserves kudos for bouncing back after a couple of brief, uninspiring outings. But he can't continue to be the Comeback Kid. At some point he has to get it done play after play, game after game, month after month.

All of this means that we'll just have to do what many of us hate to do—wait and see. We can't microwave an answer here; we'll have to see how it plays out over the coming weeks.

Some are concerned about the way that the defensive secondary got carved up in the first half. To be sure, they didn't look good, especially DeAngelo Hall, but last night's performance was fairly low on the worry meter. Tom Brady and Randy Moss will do that to a lot of teams and they are not on the regular-season schedule. Actually, I was much more concerned last week when Charlie Batch was consistently converting third and long situations.

The defense as a whole has yet to show signs of becoming the takeaway-generating wrecking ball that many think it will be. Once again, that long-lost commodity, patience, is called for here.

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Redskins Playbook: Beyond Jordan Reed, questions mount as training camp opens

Redskins Playbook: Beyond Jordan Reed, questions mount as training camp opens

RICHMOND - Everything seemed cool at the Bon Secours training facility when Jay Gruden left the podium on Wednesday, but that quickly changed when the Redskins released their  Physically Unable to Perform list a few hours later. Jordan Reed landing on the PUP list was an unexpected bomber, a big deal even if the star tight end returns to the field quickly.

On Thursday, the Redskins will take to the field for their first day of training camp. There will be plenty of questions:

  1. When and why? Reed on the PUP list for the first day of camp does not mean Redskins fans should panic, but it also doesn't mean there isn't reason for alarm. Reed has a distinct injury history and it seems the team is being smart trying to handle an injury rather than let it linger. The Washington offense is at its best with Reed on the field. Jay Gruden will be asked about Reed a lot in his Thursday press conference; perhaps their will be some clarity.
  2. D-Line questions - Rookie Jonathan Allen should immediately help the 'Skins up front defensively, but beyond that, there are no sure things in the trenches. The Redskins added Stacy McGee from the Raiders and Terrell McClain from the Cowboys in free agency, and both are expected to have a significant role right away. Those guys have had productive flashes in their past, but injuries have been an issue. The Redskins need them to be good, and healthy, right away.
  3. Time to shine - Josh Doctson hardly had a rookie season as he dealt with Achilles injuries. He played just two games in 2016. With DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon gone, the Redskins need last year's first-round draft pick to produce in 2017. A strong training camp, develping chemistry with Kirk Cousins, could help calm fears about the revamped 'Skins offense. 

Stay with CSN all day for updates from the Redskins first training camp practice of the 2017 season. Football is finally here.

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Reed on PUP is not a reason to panic, at least not yet

Reed on PUP is not a reason to panic, at least not yet

RICHMOND—Redskins fans got into a panic when the news that Jordan Reed will start the season on the PUP list with a sprained big toe. But the injury is no cause for great concern. At least not for now.

It’s not that Reed isn’t an important cog in the offense. Of course he is. He was No. 2 in our ranking of the Redskins who will have the most impact in 2017. But there is every indication that the move is precautionary. History indicates that toe injuries tend to linger. Similar to hamstring injuries, the best path often is to rest and rehab until the pain is gone and then rest and rehab a little while longer. That minimizes the chances of the injury coming back.

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The irony here is that Reed did not go to OTAs in order to work on conditioning in Miami. Most areas of his body probably are bullet proof. But there is not a lot you can do to prevent a toe injury; it’s just not one of those areas of the body you can fortify with conditioning.

We don’t yet have a timetable for Reed’s return. They will not be in any hurry. Reed knows the offense and he has good timing and rapport with Kirk Cousins. After missing OTAs he came in a dominated the two-day minicamp. The Redskins could choose to have him work on rehab and conditioning until the third preseason game one month from today. They can let him get a little tune up against the Bengals and then put him back in bubble wrap until they open the season against the Eagles on September 10.

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That sounds like a good plan but there is always the possibility of a relapse. These injuries are tricky. And while it’s too soon to panic, some great concern would be warranted if Reed still is on PUP in a month.

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