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.