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Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, June 29, 28 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.
The Redskins last played a game 179 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 73 days.
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 18
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 42
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 65
Examining the roles of oldest players on the Redskins
The Redskins have six players on their roster who will be 30 or older when the season starts on September 10. What roles will these players have on the team? Let’s take a look:
S DeAngelo Hall, 33 as of Week 1—He will turn 34 in November, making him the senior member of the team—if he is still around. It’s likely that the 14-year veteran will be around to be a reserve safety and steady, experienced presence in the secondary. But the Redskins have plenty of younger (and cheaper) talent at safety so it’s not a slam dunk that he will be there to celebrate that 34th birthday.
TE Vernon Davis, 33—Given the injury prone nature of starting tight end Jordan Reed, Davis will have a key role as the backup. Even when Reed is in the lineup, Davis will play a significant number of snaps as a second tight end. The Redskins are banking on him being one of those rare athletes who can be effective into his mid-thirties.
S Will Blackmon, 32—Like Hall, Blackmon converted from cornerback to safety last year. But unlike his teammate, Blackmon stayed healthy all year. It was a difficult transition at times but overall his play was solid. His roster insurance may come from his ability to fill in at nickel corner if injuries strike.
OT Ty Nsekhe, 31—He also will celebrate a birthday during the season as he turns 32 on October 27. His age is of zero concern, considering that he is a reserve and he didn’t play an NFL snap before joining the Redskins in 2015.
QB Colt McCoy, 31—As of now, there isn’t much concern over McCoy’s age either, considering that if all goes according to plan he won’t play a snap this season. However, he could be a very important 32-year-old in 2018 if Kirk Cousins goes elsewhere as a free agent next March.
DL Ziggy Hood, 30—After starting 14 games last year, Hood should have more of a rotational role, coming off of the bench to keep the line fresh. That’s a role that is better suited to where he is in his career.
Turning 30 before the end of the season: G Shawn Lauvao, CB Josh Norman, LS Nick Sundberg.
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