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On Thursday, a glimpse at what could have been

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On Thursday, a glimpse at what could have been

RICHMOND—The Redskins and their fans should get a glimpse of what might have been on Thursday when Jake Locker starts at quarterback for the Titans.

Going into the 2011 draft, there was plenty of chatter that Mike Shanahan was enamored with the athletic Locker going back to the quarterback’s sophomore year with the Washington Huskies. The Redskins held the tenth pick in the draft and there seemed to be a very good chance that Locker would be there when the Redskins’ turn came up.

But it didn’t happen. The Titans had the eighth pick and they decided to make him the quarterback of their future. The Redskins ended up trading back and taking Ryan Kerrigan. They would get their QB of the future in 2012.

Locker played in five games as a rookie, mostly late in games where the outcome had been decided. He entered last year as a starter but he missed five games with a shoulder injury.

The 6-foot-3 Locker had an up and down 2012 season with 10 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and a decidedly mediocre passer rating of 74.0. He rushed for 41 times for 291 yards.

There is talk that Locker will run some read option this year to take advantage of his speed and athleticism. In the spring, Titans head coach Mike Munchak said that the Titans will "have a lot more things for Jake ... and you want defenses to worry about those types of things."

It is unlikely that we will see much of any new wrinkles the Titans might have for Locker in the first preseason game, but Locker could scramble a time or two in the few series he’ll be in the game. That will give us a glimpse of what might have been here.

The Redskins, of course, limped through the 2011 season with Rex Grossman and John Beck at quarterback and traded up to get Robert Griffin III in the 2012 draft. We’ll never know what might have happened if the Titans had passed on Locker and he had been on the board when the Redskins’ selection came up two picks later. But we’ll get a quick look at the possibility on Thursday.

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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.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Need to Know:Redskns' Gruden is excited to see Galette and Doctson play

Need to Know:Redskns' Gruden is excited to see Galette and Doctson play

 

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, July 27, 37 days before the Washington Redskins cut their roster to 53 on September 2.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 206 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 46 days.

Today’s schedule: Walkthrough 10:35; Jay Gruden press conference 2:45; Practice 3:00; players available after both practices.

Days until:

—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 14
—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 23
—Sunday night Raiders @ Redskins (9/24) 59

Five pre-camp questions for Jay Gruden

RICHMOND—Jay Gruden addressed the media yesterday afternoon prior to the start of training camp today. Here are some of the points that he addressed:

—We’ll start with the situation he didn’t address—Jordan Reed’s surprise inclusion on the PUP list. He said, “probably a couple more” would be added to the list when he confirmed a previous report that DeAngelo Hall and Houston Bates will start camp on PUP. It’s possible that team doctors were finalizing the decision as Gruden was at the podium. There was no inkling that a surprise of the magnitude of Reed was coming. The impression I get was that this may have surprised the Redskins. The players generally aren’t around the team facility between minicamp and training camp and Reed has not been examined since about six weeks ago. In any case, Gruden will be asked about it when he talks to the media today at 2:45.

—It appears that Josh Doctson’s 2016 injury woes are a thing of the past. “Josh looks very good,” said Gruden. “Throughout the OTA practices and the mandatory minicamp he was good, so hopefully it’s all gone by now and I hope we won’t have the issue. We’ll see how it goes.” It’s still early and the activities that will put more stress on his Achilles’ tendons are still to come but so far, so good. Last year he missed all of training camp and most of the regular season with the Achilles problems.

—It looks like OLB Junior Galette is ready to go. “I’m excited to see him play,” said Gruden. “Once we get the pads on, we’ll see an explosive athlete. I think he’s got the quick twitch still. He showed that in camp and now it’s maintaining that day in and day out. But if he does need a day off, he needs to let us know and we’ll take care of him.” Galette has yet to play a snap in two seasons with the team after suffering summertime torn Achilles injuries before each season. If he can play like he did with the Saints, when he got double-digit sacks in 2013 and 2014, he will be a major asset to the Redskins’ pass rush.

—Gruden believes that RB Rob Kelley will take “a major step forward.” A big difference between training camp this year and last year is that he was buried on the depth chart as the fifth- or sixth-string running back. “He didn’t get many reps at all and every time he did we said, ‘Who the heck is that guy, No. 22?’ He’d make a big play and then just continue to get more and more reps,” said Gruden. “I think with the reps he got and the experience he got playing on Sundays will help him tremendously.” The undrafted rookie started the last nine games of the season and he was on a 1,000-yard pace if you projected those nine games out over the 16-game season.

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