Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, July 15, nine days before the Redskins start training camp.
Three and out
—One thing I neglected to mention during OTAs and minicamp is that Jordan Reed was the last player off of the field on almost every day the media was allowed to observe. He would stay out in the heat catching passes or working on techniques for 10 minutes or more while his teammates headed inside. The sight has become so common that those of us who cover the team rarely make note of it any more. Make no mistake, Reed is one of the hardest workers on the team. On a very hot day last week I walked into Redskins Park past about a dozen or so pretty expensive cars in the players’ lot as some of them were working out and doing some injury rehab. None of the cars belonged to Reed. But he was there; as I was coming in, he was mounting his bicycle to get in a little more cardio work on the way home.
—There seems to be a lot of concern out there about Jason Hatcher going through a scheme change. He suddenly blossomed into a pass rushing force when the Cowboys ditched their 3-4 scheme and went to a 4-3. Now he’s going back to a 3-4 base defense in Washington. However, what the Redskins have drawn up for him is very similar to what worked for him in Dallas. “They’re going to do a lot of stuff they did with me in Dallas,” Hatcher told me during OTAs. “They’re not going to take my strengths away, what I do to help this defense.”
—Brian Orakpo gets a lot of flak for his coverage skills and Redskins fans certainly hope that he is rushing the passer far more often than he is dropping back. But the facts don’t back up the contention that he can’t cover. According to Pro Football Focus he was in pass coverage on 105 snaps last year and quarterbacks threw at him 10 times. Seven were completed but for only 34 yards with a long gain of 11. The numbers come out to a 68.3 passer rating with QB’s were trying to pick on him. This is a relatively small sample size and, as noted, he is much better running towards the pass then he is backing away from the line of scrimmage. Still, it's not accurate to say that he was a liability in coverage.
—It’s been 198 days since the Redskins played a game; in 54 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.
—Days until: Preseason opener vs. Patriots 23; Final cuts 46; Home opener Jaguars @ Redskins 62
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