Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, July 27, one day before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.
—Today's schedule: Jay Gruden news conference approx. 3 p.m. from the Bon Secours training center in Richmond
—The Redskins last played a game 199 days ago. It will be 47 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.
—Days until: Preseason opener @ Falcons 15; Final roster cut 38; Cowboys @ Redskins 53
Two quick notes: First, welcome J.P. Finlay as my new tag team partner in Redskins coverage at CSNmidatlantic.com. If you're a hockey fan continue following Tarik's work at CSN as he become the Caps Insider. Me? I'm staying put.
Well, I'm staying put figuratively, anyway. Tomorrow I'm packing up and heading down I-95 to Richmond for training camp. It starts the non-stop grind of the NFL and I apologize in advance if I get behind in answering your questions in the comments section here. I almost always have Twitter open and in front of me so hit me up @Rich_TandlerCSN if you don't hear back from me.
Five questions for Jay Gruden
The Redskins head coach will get things kicked off today around 3 p.m. with a press conference. Here are some questions that we are likely to see asked. Do you have any suggestion? Hit up the comments!
Is the team going to bring in a free agent to replace Junior Galette?—They have two pretty good pass rushers in Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan so there doesn’t seem to be any need to push the panic button. But they do lack depth now and perhaps they might have someone like Dwight Freeney on their radar. A trade is another possibility but no team is anxious to give up pass rushing talent.
Is moving Trent Murphy back to linebacker a consideration?—The problem with reversing the move that Murphy made over the offseason is that he pushed his weight up to around 290 pounds and probably doesn’t have the mobility needed to play on two feet. But desperate times call for desperate measures and we’ll see if it’s being considered.
Are there plans to bring in another running back to back up Matt Jones?—It has seemed like the only person unconcerned about the Redskins’ running back depth chart is Gruden. For a team that emphasizes depth and competition the lack of either behind Jones seems puzzling. Perhaps Gruden can shed some light on it.
Are there any concerns that Kirk Cousins will press too hard with a potential big contract in his future?—Some NFL players need to be motivated; others need to be calmed down. Cousins, with a $20 million contract this year but nothing guaranteed after that, could push too hard to try to make plays that would justify both his current paydays and to set up a big deal in 2017. We will see if Gruden is at all concerned about this.
Past Redskins teams have tended to rest on their laurels after winning the division. Do you sense that is something you will have to deal with this year?—Not only have the Redskins failed to make the playoffs in consecutive seasons since 1991-1992 but they have crashed spectacularly after two of their last three postseason appearances. They went 5-11 after making the playoffs in 2005 and crashed to 3-13 after their 2012 division title. Does Gruden feel any particular need to guard against the team becoming complacent?
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