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Shanahan then, Shanahan now

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Shanahan then, Shanahan now

In the moments immediately following the Redskins 21-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers, Washington coach Mike Shanahan said that his team would now enter a period of player evaluation. Shanahan said that after the ugly loss, which dropped the Redskins record to 3-6 and made the possibility of a playoff appearance remote, the team must now see what players figure into long-term plans. 

 

Shanahan's comments, which some took as the coach surrendering on the 2012 season, were not well recieved. Though the coach acknowldged that the Redskins remianed statistically relevant, some players reached after the game said they remain focused on 2012, and that what happens next year will be sorted out in the offseason. Offensive lineman Trent Williams said he's "not giving up."

One day after the game Shanahan addressed the media in his normal weekly press conference. Shanahan took issue with the way his comments were reported from the previous day, and tried to provide context for his logic. 

 

Again, Shanahan defended his comments and questioned those that took issue with his eye towards "evaluation." 

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Focus will be on Redskins' tight end depth during Jordan Reed's absence

Focus will be on Redskins' tight end depth during Jordan Reed's absence

RICHMOND—The Redskins will be without Jordan Reed in training camp for an unknown period of time. Although his toe injury does not appear to be serious, others will have to fill the gap until he is able to return. And the Redskins just so happen to have one of the deepest tight end groups in the NFL and they added another one with NFL playing experience on Thursday.

Jay Gruden said that the Redskins needed to sign E.J. Bibbs, who has one NFL catch in his career, because Vernon Davis, the backup tight end, has “a little bit of a tweaked hamstring.” Davis, who caught 44 passes for 583 yards last year, seemed to me moving fine in practice after Gruden spoke to the media but he could need some reps off on occasion so they brought in Bibbs to fill in the gap. There is no point in pushing the 33-year-old Davis if it’s not necessary.

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The Redskins have even more options at tight end. Niles Paul is back and he appears to be fully recovered from the shoulder injury that sidelined him for the last eight games in 2016. Paul is going into his seventh season and while he is mostly relied on for special teams play he does have a 500-yard season on his resume (2014).

During offseason practices fifth-round rookie Jeremy Sprinkle looked like he had a lot to learn as he goes from a run-based offense at Arkansas to the Redskins’ sophisticated pass-first scheme. He will need to find his comfort level before he takes any snaps in Reed’s place.

The forgotten veteran is Derek Carrier, who now appears to be fully healthy after he missed the first half of last season with a knee injury he suffered late in 2015. He had just two receptions for 10 yards last year in limited playing time on offense.

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Joining Bibbs in the long shot category is Manasseh Garner, a first-year player out of Pitt. While neither player seems to have a shot at the 53-man roster, the Redskins could carry one of the tight ends on the practice squad.

Depth is a good thing to have and the Redskins have done a good job assembling a backup plan at tight end. But you just can’t replace Reed, one of the best few tight ends in the NFL, without a significant drop off in production. The Redskins will let the backups compete and learn in training camp and will keep Reed either on the sideline or doing very light work until he is fully ready to go (and then some).

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Redskins Playbook: Josh Doctson steals the show on Day 1 of camp

Redskins Playbook: Josh Doctson steals the show on Day 1 of camp

Day 1 of training camp is in the books, and plenty of Redskins players proved they spent their summers staying in shape. Remember fans not to read too much into early training camp results, however, it's worth taking note of what is and is not looking good out there. 

Notes from the first day:

  • Josh Doctson stole the show in individual drills. He showed his precise blend of size and athleticism and repeatedly beat Bashaud Breeland on a variety of routes. The Doctson that showed up on Thursday is the Doctson the Redskins drafted in the first round last season, the same guy that dominated at TCU two seasons ago. If that guy shows up during the season, he will be a valuable weapon for Kirk Cousins and the Redskins.
  • I've written and talked extensively about wanting to see Jonathan Allen in camp doing 1v1 drills. Well, early, there wasn't much to watch. He was not getting the push many expected of a first-round pick. Then, after some conversations with Jim Tomsula, things turned for Allen. Late in the individual session, Allen was winning his matchups and tossing aside offensive linemen. I caught up with Allen after practice and asked him about his talk with Tomsula. Allen said he really appreciated the coach's approach, adding "it reminds me of Alabama."
  • Speaking of Tomsula, while he will likely be the assistant coach darling for fans with his amped up sideline demeanor, Torrian Gray appears to be the coach with the most to say. Gray gets fired up for his defensive backs in both team and individual drills, mixing in coaching with praise and enthusiasm.
  • Mo Harris catches everything.
  • Actually, the Redskins entire pass catching crew looked good on Thursday. In an unscientific study, I'm not sure a single pass got dropped. 
  • Mason Foster and Will Compton came out with the starting defense during team drills. Zach Brown did not. Something to monitor.
  • Bashaud Breeland looked sick yesterday, and ends up he was. He left practice early. Might have been part of Doctson beating him over and over, though the way Doctson was playing, it might not have. 
  • If the Redskins had a game tomorrow, Joey Mbu would start at nose tackle. I'd wager my car on that. A lot can happen between late July and early September, however. 
  • Martrell Spaight looks healthy. In fact, he almost ran me over on the sideline during team drills. 
  • Don't look now, but Matt Jones is getting work with the Redskins RBs. Don't be too quick to dismiss him, especially if an injury occurs. 
  • Talked with Anthony Lanier about his progression this offseason. He said Tomsula is a huge part of it, and described him as almost a 'father figure.' Good coaching helps, and the 'Skins D-line is getting it. 
  • Kendall Fuller had a good day of work. Two INTs. That deserves a bullet point.
  • If you're keeping track, and maybe you're not, Josh Norman appears to be winning the individual battles with Terrelle Pryor. The matchups are fun to watch, and it seems Norman goes out of his way to be matched with Pryor, wanting the best work he can get. 

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