If youd like to go to Redskins Training Camp, you can get your freepass now at www.csnwashington.comtrainingcamp. We also have an FAQ up that will hopefully answer your questions.When training camp opens on July 26 it appears that the Redskins will be flip-flopping the daily schedule they employed in 2011.Last year was the first under the new CBA regulations that essentially eliminated two-a-day practices. Only one practice each day can be in pads. The other is a walk through (or, as Mike Shanahan called it, a jog-through) during which helmets may not be worn and contact is prohibited.The walkjog throughs are important but they are dreadfully dull to watch. That is why last year they were not open to the public, only to the media. The full camp practices were held in the morning at 8:30 and the review session was in the afternoon.The Redskins announced yesterday that fans are invited to the afternoon practices starting at 2:55. Presumably, these are the full practices in pads meaning that the Redskins have flipped last years schedule.Why would they do this? Since the coaching staff is on vacation right now, we can only speculate. Perhaps they simply didnt like the way it worked last year. Remember that last year they literally had just a few days to plan out the training camp schedule as the CBA wasnt approved until late July. Maybe what seemed like a good idea at the time turned out to be less than ideal in practice.It also is possible that the presence of the practice bubble came into the decision making process. Washington is notorious for having afternoon thunderstorms in the heat of late July and August. Last year, without the indoor practice facility, a practice could get wiped out by a line of thunderstorms rolling through. This year, they have the option of moving an afternoon practice into the bubble if the weather is threatening.Camp will be at Redskins Park in Loudoun County this year. The deal to hold training camp in Richmond doesnt kick in until 2013. The agreement is for eight years so this year is your last chance to see the Redskins train locally until 2021.There will be 13 practices open to fans; thats up from 11 open practices last year. You can see the full schedule here and download your free pass to camp here.
The good news for the 2016 Redskins was that they didn’t collapse after winning the division the previous season as has been their pattern in the past. The bad news was that they didn’t take the next step and improve from a franchise that can compete to make the playoffs into one that is playing multiple postseason games year in and year out.
That work begins right now for Jay Gruden, Scot McCloughan and the players. In the coming weeks, Redskins reporters Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will examine the biggest questions facing the Redskins as another offseason gets rolling.
Will Kirk Cousins take the next step in 2017?
Finlay: The better question might be what constitutes the next step for Cousins? And going one step further, will it be with the Redskins? Answering the second part first, Cousins will be the 'Skins quarterback in 2017. Taking the next step is trickier, since the passer has thrown for more than 9,000 yards in the last two seasons.
For me, Cousins can still get much better, particularly in the red zone. If the Redskins scored at the same pace they pile up yards, this team would have won 11 games in 2016.
In 2016, Cousins ranked 3rd in the NFL in passing yards, yet outside of the Top 10 in TDs with 25. To really enter the next phase of his career, Cousins needs to lead an offense that scores more, and that means 30+ touchdowns. He can do it.
Tandler: I don’t look at the next step for Cousins being about numbers. Sure, maybe he can throw for 5,000 yards and 30-plus touchdowns on year. But being a top quarterback is more than that.
I want to see him go into Seattle next year and rally the Redskins from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter. I want to see him go into a playoff game and, unlike what happened against the Packers after the 2015 season, will the team to a win when the Redskins aren’t playing their best and when a QB like Aaron Rodgers is on the other side. I want to see him glare at a lineman who missed an assignment and correct a receiver who went the wrong way on a route.
To be sure, he has led the team to some comeback wins and he has played very well in some key games, like the division-clinching win in Philadelphia in 2015. But a top-flight quarterback can’t essentially negate one of those with a play like the season-ending pick against the Giants. Sure, any quarterback is going to have an off day. But you have to have more pluses than minuses on the ledger.
Cousins has been a starter for just two years so maybe he can develop into a top-shelf quarterback. Putting up good stats is part of the picture but he won’t be there until he elevates and motivates those around him. Maybe he can take that next step but until he does there is no way of knowing if he will.
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There hasn't been much good news out of Redskins Park lately, as the team deals with pending free agency for QB Kirk Cousins and others combined with rumors of infighting among the front office. So video of 2016 first round pick Josh Doctson running and cutting comes at a great time for beleaguered 'Skins fans.
Doctson looks ready pic.twitter.com/opUrNtdInQ— ceroy (@ceroy16) February 23, 2017
Doctson posted the video to his Snapchat account. When he last spoke after the Washington season ended, Doctson made clear he was feeling much better and that '100 percent health' is his main goal this offseason.
His rookie year, however, was a different matter.
The receiver out of TCU missed all but the first two games of the year. Even in those games, he played a very reduced role. Drafted 22nd overall, he had just two catches all year as an obscure Achilles' injuries landed him on the injured reserve. His plight could not be figured out by a slew of doctors and specialists, and the team finally decided to sit down their prized rookie.
A breakout year in 2017 would serve Jay Gruden's squad well, as the team stands to lose DeSean Jackson and/or Pierre Garçon to free agency. It looks likely the 'Skins will lose at least one of their starting WRs, and losing both is a distinct possibility. That could result in more than 2,000 receiving yards leaving the Redskins offense, and the team will need Doctson to pick up a good chunk of that production.
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