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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Camp gets underway

Aug 7, 2016, 4:09 AM EDT

Cravens minicamp AP

RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, August 7, four days before the Washington Redskins open their preseason in Atlanta against the Falcons.


Today’s schedule: Practice 1:00; Jay Gruden news conference and player availability after practice approx. 3:00

—The Redskins last played a game 210 days ago. It will be 36 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Preseason vs. Jets @FedEx Field 12; Final roster cut 27; Cowboys @ Redskins 42

The Redskins week that was

POD: Cravens creating turnovers—Within a few minutes in one practice Su’s Cravens picked off a pass and punched the ball away from veteran Vernon Davis. Assuming he can catch on to the variety of defensive roles he is going to play, I’ll establish his over/unders at 1.5 interceptions, 3.5 forced fumbles and 2.5 fumble recoveries. And I would be tempted to take the over on all of them.

Redskins practice report–Day 3—I’m not sure why Day 3 was the most popular but I’m glad that you are reading the posts. And to prove they are delivered to you from the sideline, here’s a picture of me in action:

Matt Jones gave up fried chicken to get ready to be Redskins RB1—Skepticism about Jones’ ability to take the ball and run with it, literally, is warranted. But you can’t say that he just hoped that the changes he needed would just happen automatically. He changes his diet, changes his routing and changed the way he carries the football. He may or may not be better in 2016 than he was in 2015 but it not it won’t be because he didn’t try.

Gruden flashes temper at hot Redskins practice—Jay Gruden is not like his brother Jon, who will fly off the handle at the slightest provocation. Jay loses his temper much less frequently and when he does it gets the attention of the players. And, when he does lose it when reporters are there, it also generates a lot of blog posts.

Redskins fans – Calm down about Josh Norman videos—Seriously, folks. It’s a practice drill that has a number of advantages for the offense including no pass rush and, in many drills, no deep help. Norman will be fine.

  1. colorofmyskinz - Aug 7, 2016 at 6:25 AM

    Rich we really appreciate the work you do to bring us the real deal!! And you constantly keep it real! I never see you make the popular statement, or include any media bias. A breath of fresh air. Thanks for your service to your readership!!

    Now my slant. Sua was an outstanding pick for us and he will find his way to the field. I think he moves into a starting roll by late October, where who knows. He is too good to not have on the field.

    Matt jones will be the beast mode Scot saw when he drafted him. Scot said he reminded him of Marshaun Lynch when he drafted him. I believe in Scot and I believe in Matt Jones. He will be that back no one wants the be the first to hit. Even if I was 265, I would not want any of what he dishes out. He will be running over people like a Mack truck.

    The best thing about having Norman on the field is that it shows us how great of a pick Breeland was. Breelands talents will become widely viewable by the NFL and directly comparable to the best in the league sharing the field with him. I think most offenses by the middle of the year will not know what side of the field to throw to. Hard to tell which is the weaker side during this camp. Bree has stepped way up this camp.

    Cousins will be putting up another record year.


    • redskins12thman - Aug 7, 2016 at 6:57 AM

      I’m excited to see contributions from a lot of players including Cravens, Jones, Breeland and Cousins.

      On the offensive side of the ball, keys will be unpredictability, limiting turnovers and taking what the defense gives you. When Reed, Jackson, Crowder and Garcon are on the field at the same time, there will be options if the OL continues with strong pass protection.

      On the defensive side of the ball, we need to generate pressure in the backfield, but I don’t know what to expect from the DL and safeties; I think the linebacker corps are under-rated and will contribute, and as we all know, we have an embarrassment of riches at CB. Baker needs to continue his strong play, and we need players like RJF, Paea, Reyes and Murphy to step up.

      On special teams, I hope Hopkins and Way continue to play really well; I don’t take them for granted and look forward to their play this season.

  2. redskins12thman - Aug 7, 2016 at 6:35 AM

    Training camp is helpful to see who makes and does not make the roster, and that’s about it. Some have wondered whether the offensive line is playing well enough to generate an improved rushing attack and I don’t think pre-season games are an indicator. Impossible to tell how the team will do until it plays the Steelers September 12th.

    While they play different positions, I think players like Toler, Garvin, Hood, Jefferson and Trail are all battling for a couple of spots. Rich had Garvin and Jefferson making the team; that seems to make sense although I wouldn’t rule out Toler just yet because of the way he has played.

    Both the Lions (TE) and the Bears (C) have lost key players; I wonder if we can make trades with them for draft picks?

    • bangkokben - Aug 7, 2016 at 8:56 AM

      I can’t imagine the Bears wanting one of our centers…We don’t even want our centers.

  3. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Aug 7, 2016 at 7:28 AM

    Football game this week, woohoo!

  4. smotion55 - Aug 7, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    It is now time to see how all these new players will gel in this system. Hood, Reyes, a healthy Paea, and rookie Ioanidis on the D-line and Craven’s and Fuller on the back end. I really like Spaight and hope the year on IR pays off for this kid. Daniel’s getting hurt might be the best way to keep him in the long run. a year on IR and in the building could help .By next year Riley won’t be here anyway. I just don’t think they have enough on the outside as a pass rush .
    The offense unknowns are the same as last year, C and LG. If Lauvao gets back and the feet are healed he might be really good. For him to play the last couple of years with all those spurs and loose stuff in his feet before shows his toughness, and since LeRibeus is now and always was happy just making the team and Long and Reiter are maybe just backups at Center I am concerned . I just don’t trust Lichensteiger’s health and nerve damage to players is in general is happening more and more.
    .This bigger, faster, stronger player is letting everybody know where the body is breaking down. Achilles injuries, nerve damage not healing, and knee micro-fracture injuries and Pec tears to a lot of players are happening now when they where not so much in the past . Are the new type of playing surfaces playing a part of that also ?. Or are the players bigger, faster bodies showing common weaknesses

  5. redskins12thman - Aug 7, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    With the couple of non contact serious injuries in the NFL yesterday, I’m fine if Crowder and other starters sit as long as they are ready for the Steelers. As long as they are physically in shape and having timing in plays down, I’m not sure what else they need. Archives

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