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Need to Know: Redskins’ Gruden says Paul’s rehab has been ‘unbelievable’

Jun 15, 2016, 5:16 AM EDT

Niles Paul RVA camp 15

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, June 15, 43 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.


Today at Redskins Park: Minicamp practice 11:30; Players and offensive assistant coaches available coming off of the field, approx. 1:30; Jay Gruden news conference (streamed live on approx. 2:00

—The Redskins last played a game 157 days ago. It will be 89 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Redskins training camp starts 43; Preseason opener @ Falcons 57; Final roster cut 80

Hot topics from Redskins minicamp

—Will Compton is developing a great reputation as a leader. Even the leader on the other side of the ball, the quarterback, recognizes it. “Will’s a great leader; I think he does a really good job of getting the other 10 guys on the field to play better when he’s in there,” said Kirk Cousins when asked about the third-year linebacker. “I think that’s the sign of a good player and it’s hard to account for, it’s hard to measure. When a guy steps in a huddle, 10 other guys play at a higher level because he’s in there.”

—Niles Paul made an amazing recovery from an ankle injury that his doctor said was one of the worst he’s ever seen. The injury happened in the first week of the preseason in Cleveland and rehab was supposed to take nearly a year. But 10 months later he’s back in what appears to be full action. He had to persuade Gruden to let him on the field for the preseason program. “He’s done an unbelievable job in rehab to get himself to this point . . . He was in my office all the time saying he was ready to go,” said Gruden. Finally I gave in and said, ‘Go practice!’”

—Don’t sleep on the possibility that Kendall Reyes, signed as a lower mid tier free agent, will end up starting at right defensive end. He has been getting a lot of run there with the first team through OTAs and during yesterday’s first day of minicamp. It’s hard to tell how effective he might be with pads on but he will get a shot when the get to Richmond.

—Take a look at this catch by rookie free agent cornerback Lloyd Carrington. A great, athletic play.

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  1. redskins12thman - Jun 15, 2016 at 6:22 AM

    Compton’s strong strides and Paul’s recovery are such great stories you cannot but root for these guys.

    Glad that someone might be emerging from the group of D-linemen as an impact player to join Baker. Now we just need a couple more D-linemen to do the same. Why wasn’t Paea practicing yesterday?

    Nice grab by Carrington. I’m glad the Redskins shared this play with the fans.

    Perhaps the offense was just running vanilla plays yesterday, but it sounds as if the defense played better yesterday than the offense. That’s a good sign I hope.

  2. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Jun 15, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Our DBs and tight ends were hit hard by injury last year.

    Looks like we have great depth at both positions now. Here’s to a healthy preseason!

  3. troylok - Jun 15, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    Maybe a healthy Paul and Reed made the decision to not re-sign Darrell Young a little easier. Would like to see tight ends get deeper this season and stretch the defense. That could open up the running game.

    As for Reyes, he has a history with Barry in San Diego and the type of defense Barry runs, so it’s not a huge surprise that he is getting reps. It will be interesting to see how he does once the pads go on. Archives

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