Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, July 24, four days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.
—The Redskins last played a game 196 days ago. It will be 50 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.
—Days until: Preseason opener @ Falcons 18; Final roster cut 41; Cowboys @ Redskins 56
The Redskins by the numbers
89—The number of players on the roster after the release of Adam Hayward on Friday.
They might sign a player this week or they could want until they get to Richmond and see who passes physicals and who does not. They could shore up an area where they are short after finding out who will go on PUP.
5.0—The average gain on a first-down rushing attempt against the Redskins last year.
That was the worst performance in the league on first-down rushing defense by far. In fact, two players, Chris Ivory of the Jets and Devonta Freeman of the Falcons, had over 100 yards against Washington on first down carries alone. If the other team can hand off and have second and five on average it’s going to be a long day for the defense.
3.3—The Redskins’ average gain on first-down rushing attempts on offense.
You may be able to guess that that is the worst first-down rushing average in the league. It’s a passing league but you need to be able to run the ball better than that if you’re going to be successful.
+146—The difference in the Redskins’ point differential between 2014 and 2015.
They were outscored by 137 points in 2014 and they outscored the opposition by nine points last year. That is a remarkable turnaround, one of the best in team history. That said, not many teams that only outscore the opposition by a touchdown and a field goal over the course of a season are successful in the postseason. It’s a key stat that says while the Redskins have improved they need to hold onto their gains and advance further.
16—The number of opponents’ fumbles the Redskins recovered.
The football number crunchers tell us that fumble recoveries are not “sticky”, that the same teams don’t tend to do well in them year after year. The Redskins’ 16 recoveries last year led the league so they are not likely to do that again. However, there is plenty of room for them to get more interceptions. They had just 11 last year, tied for 22nd in the NFL. So if they miss out on half a dozen fumble recoveries they can make it up by picking up four to six more passes.