Aug 1, 2015, 6:04 AM EDT
Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, August 1, 12 days before Washington Redskins open their preseason against the Browns.
Garçon demonstrates Leadership
RICHMOND—On Thursday, I was observing some of the Redskins receivers as they practiced making catches from the automatic ball thrower called the JUGS machine. The receivers line up about five yards away from the machine and it fires balls at the player at a fairly high rate of speed.
After Pierre Garçon spent some time catching balls, Andre Roberts, who currently is the team’s top slot receiver, took his turn in front of the machine. Roberts was struggling to catch the ball and I tweeted the following:
The tweet drew a lot of retweets and comments from fans who wanted to see Roberts cut or at least benched. The calls certainly are premature but disappointment in Roberts’ ability to hold on to the ball is certainly justified. Among NFL receivers who were targeted at least 55 times last year, Roberts had the worst drop rate at 11 percent; none of the others in that group had even a 10 percent drop rate.
But Roberts isn’t the story here. Garçon, who could have gone inside and hit the showers when he was done, stayed out and gave Roberts some pointers. He demonstrated the proper technique, watched as Roberts didn’t quite get it, and then explain and demonstrated again.
I was standing with my CSN Washington colleague Brian Mitchell while this was going on. “That’s leadership,” said Mitchell. “That’s how it’s done.”
Earlier in the offseason there was some talk on social media and in the media that the Redskins may consider releasing Garçon to save the $5.3 million in cap space that such a move would create. But the reality was that the Redskins never even considered putting Garçon on the waiver wire.
And the leadership he displayed after practice on Thursday is a big reason why he remains in burgundy and gold. Between that and his on-field productivity, writing out the checks for his $7.1 million salary this year was a very easy decision.
—Today’s schedule: Redskins walkthrough, 10:35 a.m.; Jay Gruden news conference approx. 2:45; Redskins practice, 3 p.m.
—It’s been 216 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 43 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.
—Days until: Preseason opener @ Browns 12; final cuts 35; Redskins @ Giants Thursday night 54
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