Jun 30, 2016, 5:37 AM EDT
Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, June 30, 28 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.
—The Redskins last played a game 172 days ago. It will be 74 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.
—Days until: Franchise tag contract deadline 15; Preseason opener @ Falcons 42; Final roster cut 65
Three and out
—The more I think about it and the more I talk to other people the more I am convinced that the Redskins will pass the ball a lot more often than they run it. They are going to go where their talent takes them and that’s throwing the ball. They will be top five in the NFL in passing attempts (about 625 attempts or more). That may not be the way to win the Super Bowl and it shouldn’t be the long term play but passing does give them the best chance of winning in 2016.
—I’ve heard some chatter, mostly from fans, about the possibility of Reggie Bush signing with the team to be the veteran backup option. Bush has great name recognition but that’s about it. He has just 84 carries in 16 games the last two seasons combined. If you want someone as a backup because you’re concerned that Matt Jones is fragile you don’t go out a sign someone who is even more breakable. In 10 NFL seasons Bush has played 16 games twice.
—The Redskins’ biggest threat in the NFC East is supposed to be the revitalized Cowboys but the more I look at them the less I’m buying it. Bucky Brooks of NFL.com listed the Cowboys’ “blue chip” players and I wasn’t impressed. Jason Witten is 34 and averaged 9.3 yards per catch last year. Sean “If He Can Stay Healthy” Lee is turning 30 soon and he hasn’t played a full season in any of his six NFL seasons. How Orlando Scandrick, who missed all of last season and has never been to a Pro Bowl, is considered a blue chipper I have no idea. What you have left is a very good run blocking offensive line and Tony Romo passing to Dez Bryant. Doesn’t look like much more than a .500 team to me but we’ll see. The Redskins should be more concerned with the Eagles, who have the best defense in the division.
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