Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, September 10, two days before the Washington Redskins open their season against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
—Today's schedule: Practice 11:55; player availability after practice approx. 1:15
—The Redskins last played a game that counted 244 days ago. It will be two days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.
—Days until: Cowboys @ Redskins 8; Browns @ Redskins 22; Redskins @ Ravens 29
The Redskins week that was
Here are some of the most popular posts from the past week as the Redskins trimmed their roster to 53 and started preparations for their game against the Steelers.
Redskins roster now at 53—Roster cuts draw interest from everyone. There was some intrigue with bubble players this year and that kept fans checking back on the tracker. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the whole process was that the Redskins made no changes after the 53 was set at 4 p.m. on Saturday. No successful waiver claims, no free agent signings. They will go into Monday night with the same group.
McCloughan's overhaul means saying goodbye to some tenured Redskins—The amount of turnover wasn’t massive. There were 13 players on the 53 who weren’t with the organization in 2015. But Perry Riley and Logan Paulsen, two players who have been around since 2010, the start of the Mike Shanahan years, were released as was 2012 draft pick Josh LeRibeus. Those moves brought the number of players who were here when Shanahan was the coach to 13.
DeSean Jackson on 2016: It's going to be something special—Jackson likes both the team and him being under the radar. The guy has been working hard; he didn’t miss so much as a snap a training camp and he seems to be extraordinarily focused. If you participate in any prop bets involving him, take the over.
NTK: Checking in on the Redskins' draft picks—Four of the seven draft picks made the roster and it’s likely that only three of them will have a chance to contribute this year (QB Nate Sudfeld won’t see the field absent some sort of calamity). That makes it more like a typical draft. While that seems disappointing to some, it isn’t reasonable to compare it to last year’s draft, when seven draft picks made the 53 and five played meaningful snaps.
NTK: The Redskins' strengths and weaknesses—Surviving in the NFL is all about taking advantage of your strengths and minimizing and/or working around your weaknesses. The Redskins will have to get their receiving corps cranked up and put points on the board in order to compensate for a defensive line that looks shaky.
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In case you missed it
- NTK: 5 bold predictions for the 2016 Redskins
- How many tickets are going to Steelers fans?
- Ranking the Redskins' opposing head coaches
- What to watch for at Redskins practice on Friday
- Redskins expect plenty of Norman vs Brown, but not exclusively
- Gruden says Jones hasn't been hit in practice