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Need to Know: Injury to Redskins’ Doctson appears to be no cause for concern

Jun 5, 2016, 6:22 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 5, 53 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.


—The Redskins last played a game 147 days ago. It will be 99 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Redskins training camp starts 53; Preseason opener @ Falcons 67; Final roster cut to 53, 90

Hot topics from the Redskins week that was

I’m in catch-up mode after being on vacation last week. Here are a few observations on what I’ve learned while getting back up to speed.

—It doesn’t seem that Josh Doctson’s foot injury is anything to worry about. This group, like many teams out there, is ultra cautious when it comes to pushing players with even minor injuries at this time of year. They would rather have him watch now and not risk having him watching in July because the injury got worse. I don’t have access to the medical reports but this seems to be something that we might not even hear about if it happened in October.

—The CBA oddity that makes it harder to sign third-round draft picks than players selected in any other round ceased to be a concern for the Redskins when Kendall Fuller signed his four-year rookie contract. What took so long? Nobody really can explain the nature of the CBA quirk that gives room for negotiations in the rookie deals of third-round picks but it’s real. As of two days ago there was a total of 34 unsigned draft picks and 14 of them were third-round picks.

— While it’s good to have it done, there was no urgency to get Fuller signed. He had signed the waiver that allowed him to practice with the team and committed the Redskins to giving him a fair-value contract even if he had sustained further injury while practicing. An unsigned Fuller would not have missed anything until the start training camp.

—And we now know the full training camp schedule. The main takeaway from the schedule, which allows fans to watch 22 practice sessions, is that only the Redskins will be involved. Unlike the past two years, when the Patriots and Texans came to Richmond for joint practices, there will be no joint practices with other NFL teams. One of the disadvantages of holding camp in Richmond is that the team is committed to holding a minimum number of practices at the Bon Secours training facility. That means they can’t visit another team for joint practices, severely limiting their options.

—Probably because his season here were generally unsuccessful ones for the team, I don’t think that Stephen Bowen was appreciated by the fans here in Washington. He was a solid player from when he signed with the team in 2011 until about midway through the 2013 season, when knee issues pushed him to the sideline and eventually led to his release. He did not live up to the five-year, $27.5 million contract he signed with the Redskins as a free agent but that is more a lesson on the perils of free agency than it was any fault of the player’s. Bowen was a terrific presence in the locker room, almost always smiling and cracking jokes. He established Skyler’s Gift, a foundation that helps cover funeral expenses for families that have lost a child. I wish him well in the future.

  1. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Jun 5, 2016 at 7:33 AM

    The CBA oddity that makes it harder to sign third-round draft picks than players selected in any other round

    So that’s what was up with Fuller. I thought it was something injury clause-related.

    • Trey Gregory - Jun 6, 2016 at 5:08 AM

      It’s language in the CBA that stares 3rd round picks can be signed within a range. So, hypothetically, say the base salary is $300,000 a year. They say the play can be signed for a min of $300,000 but to a max of $600,000 (again, these are hypothetical numbers but I know the additional money was a couple hundred thousand.) so the player and agent negotiate that wiggle room. To my knowledge it’s the only draft position that can negotiate salary like that. Very strange.

      Also, there has been inconsistency over the past couple years. Guys used to just look at what teams did the year before at that exact same pick. But somewhere along the line a couple teams offered more than they should have and it threw everything off. Of the multiple stupid things to come of this CBA, this is one of the most head scratching.

  2. vtsquirm - Jun 5, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    Bowen… Fans don’t appreciate him because he didn’t do anything while he was here. Fans don’t celebrate players for their locker room presence. I’m sure he’s a fine person, but he had an uneventful tenure in DC

    • jonevans511 - Jun 5, 2016 at 10:02 AM

      Then you’ve completely lost sight of what professional sports should mean to you individually and for the community at large. Sure winning is important, why else do we even follow sports teams after all, but being standup members of the community and building a true team atmosphere helps build a winning teams’s identity. This is why winning organizations typically have 53 Bowens, or close to it, on the team. Guys who will do battle alongside one another, go back in to the locker room and remain unified, and then go out in to the community and uplift those who are less fortunate.

      For all the crap Seahawks players talk on the field (taunting, acting cocky, etc), they are a tight-knit unit that appreciates the opportunities they’ve been given. They’re out in the community showing support for those who support them. The flip-side would have to be the Cowboys, who signed Greg Hardy then watched as their team got ripped apart during the season. Some say Romo’s injury is what derailed them; That’s not an unfair statement, but if you think their lack of team chemistry as a result of having a cancer in the locker room wasn’t an important aspect of their failures in 2015 you’re blind to what makes a successful team.

      • howie70 - Jun 6, 2016 at 8:39 AM

        If it was as simple as that wouldn’t Tim Tebow still be in the league?

  3. Mr.moneylover - Jun 5, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    I personally don’t think josh doctson is injured I think jay gruden just don’t want the pressure on his young star early in the off-season because he know how mean the DC media can be…on both so called foot injuries he practice the day before the media showed up nobody don’t think that’s strange… I think he’s fine and they wanna bring him on slowly without pressure until mini camp or training camp they think that’s the best way to get results…no pressure was on Jamison Crowder because he was a 5th round pick he had one heck of a year…bein a first round pick comes with pressure and jay gruden wanna stop that pressure…he took pressure off kirk cousins as well when the media wanted rg3 to start again when kirk cousins was playing bad
    ….jay gruden got ways to protect the guys he like and can play at a high level

    • rtcwon - Jun 5, 2016 at 3:26 PM

      Haha, of all the nonsense you post, this is the silliest. Yes, the media does suck – for us fans but players & coaches aren’t dependant on them. To think any team decision is ever influenced by the media is laughable. But hey, keep the conspiracies coming!

    • Trey Gregory - Jun 6, 2016 at 5:15 AM

      Yeah, I have to agree, that theory sounds pretty ridiculous and unnecessary. Gruden could easily have him run easy routs, or the routs he ran in college, if all he wants to do is make his new receiver look good in front of the press. He could just say they’re working on that part of the offense that day. And, trust me, Doctson is a thing of beauty to watch work. So Gruden should want to show him off.

      I was very, very excited for this pick. So don’t get me wrong. But I was a little concerned with his durability. He was always knicked up at TCU. I think this is just another young player who need to learn how to take care of his body in the NFL. No big deal, that is something he can learn. The good news is we don’t REALLY need him this year. He can sit back and learn all he needs to behind Garcon and Jackson. We can ease him into any time he does get. So let’s make sure he’s healthy, maybe puts on a little weight, and learns the offense well enough before we send him out there. It’s a luxury we can afford so we should take advantage of it. It’s not written anywhere that first round picks (especially 22nd overall) have to start in their first year.

      • Mr.moneylover - Jun 6, 2016 at 8:28 AM

        Not saying that…I’m saying when a young guy who is new to the NFL wake up and see multiple media outlets saying bad things about him it can create some doubt in the bad of they mind …you guys must of forgot he’s not use to the culture change we have that’s why jay gruden worked and talk to him exclusively during OTAs to not only get to know him but what kind of mindset he have…is he a guy that can handle pressure as a young rookie ? Or is he the kinda guy were he have to build up to that point were he can handle pressure… OTAs is about figuring out what type of young rookies you have and just maybe jay gruden wanted to wait to let the media see the first round pick its nothing wrong with that I’m sure its plenty of coaches does it…like laramy tunsell from Ol miss the media wanted to grill him the next day but they held him back a extra day just as precaution to make sure he say the right thing…why can’t jay gruden do something similar with josh doctson its not saying he will be a bad player but I don’t see why its a bad thing to make the media wait…I bet the beginning of OTAs DC media probably would’ve rip josh doctson and y’all think that will be good for a young rookie who still tryna find his way…Reggie Wayne said as a rookie he didn’t think he was gonna play football because of the pressure and because of the hard mini camp practices…I don’t see why its a bad thing if jay gruden deciding to do that…bein in the class room is the most important thing right now …you can’t run routes if you don’t know them…training camp is the most important

  4. redskins12thman - Jun 5, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Welcome back. Hope you had a great vacation. Missed your reporting!

    I’m relieved to learn that no one is anticipating any serious issues with Doctson. I agree with the cautious approach to avoid aggrevating any small injury a player may have.

    Will Riley, Thompson, Lauvao and other injured players still out since last season be able to participate in the upcoming mini-camp or will they need to wait until the start of Richmond pre-season practices? Archives

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