The Redskins offensive attack appears to be coming a bit more balanced.Last year the John Beck and Rex Grossman passed 561 times, the fifth-most in the NFL. Through two games this year, Robert Griffin III has passed 55 times. Twenty six other teams have passed more often. At this pace (small sample size warning) they will attempt 440 passes. Last year only two teams, the 49ers and Broncos, passed less than that.The Redskins, however, are getting more out of their passing game. Their net yards per attempt (factors in sacks) is 8.7, second-best in the NFL. Last year they got an average of 6.0 yards every time they dropped back to pass.Washington has 72 rushing attempts, third in the league. Through their first two games last year the Redskins ran the ball 51 times.The increase of 21 attempts is almost exactly the number of times that Griffin has rushed (20). PerPro Football Focus,13 of Griffins attempts have come on planned runs and seven have been scrambles during pass attempts.On the year, the Redskins ran 400 times (25 timesgame) and passed 591. If you add in sacks as pass plays called you end up with about a 60-40 pass to run ratio. This year its about 45-55. We will see how long that holds up.
Here is what you need to know on this Friday, July 21, six days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.
The Redskins last played a game 201 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 51 days.
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 20
—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 29
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 43
Five Redskins who are under pressure going into training camp
QB Kirk Cousins–Going first with the most obvious. He’s under pressure to get this team back to the playoffs. Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine will help the running game and perhaps the defense will improve. But this team still will rise and fall by scoring points through the air. From his point of view, he’s on a one-year deal. If he is going to get a record long-term deal next year–or get the Redskins to cough up $35 million on the franchise tag–he’s going to need to play well.
WR Terrelle Pryor–He also is in the one-year contract situation so he needs to impress all 32 teams to drive up his value. He’s also being counted on to replace the 1,000-yard production of either Pierre Garçon or DeSean Jackson. Or maybe both. That’s a lot to put on the plate of a player in just his second full-time year at his position.
CB Josh Norman–Cousins has the highest 2017 salari on the team but Norman has the biggest contract on the team and he didn’t have the impact to match it last year. It’s not that he had a bad year but it’s reasonable to expect more interceptions and fewer penalties. It’s fair to give him a pass with it being his first year in the system. However, the Redskins have a window to release him without a debilitating cap hit after this season and if the value isn’t there you can’t rule out them pulling the trigger.
S Su’a Cravens–Everyone knows that Cravens is perhaps a step slow for a safety. He needs to make up for it with anticipation, which means paying attention to all the details in practice and doing a lot of extra film study. There is no questioning his work ethic but it’s a lot to absorb in a hurry.
OLB Preston Smith–When he is on, few are better. When he’s off, he can disappear for games on end. Consistency is the key for Smith this year. If he catches on and starts playing at his best all the time, he may be in line for a lucrative contract extension next offseason. If he falters, Trent Murphy, Junior Galette, and Ryan Anderson all will be waiting to lay claim to his snaps.
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While his job and athletic ability separate him from most commoners, Rob Kelley is just like you and me when it comes to his diet. Well, when it came to his old diet, actually.
Like many, the second-year Redskins running back loves him some crispy fried chicken, buttery, pillow-like biscuits and piping hot french fries. He also can get down with piles of nuggets, double cheesburgers and creamy milkshakes.
But during this offseason, Fat Rob is looking less and less so, and that improvement is largely due to some new eating habits.
"Changed the diet up," Kelley told CSN Redskins Insider JP Finlay this week at the former's youth camp (full video above). "Slowed down on the fast food and processed food and tried to eat more healthy."
When asked what places he's specifically cut out from his rotation, Kelley answered with a laugh. It wasn't a happy laugh, though — it was like one of those laughs people let out when they're feeling major pain but not trying to show it.
"Popeyes. McDonald's," he said. "Not trying to discredit those fast food places, but just, it's not working well for me."
Limiting trips to those establishments can no doubt be a difficult task (it's OK to nod your head in agreement) but it's also working for the 24-year-old. He told Finlay he thinks he's lost about six pounds since OTAs and now checks in at 229 thanks to his workouts and an increased reliance on Whole Foods, vegetables and his grill.
But just because he's shedding pounds doesn't mean he's shedding the moniker that caught on during his rookie campaign. He may be trending closer to Svelte Rob than he is to Fat Rob these days, but No. 20 is going to keep his nickname moving forward anyway.
"It's always accurate," he said.