Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, July 9, 19 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.
—The Redskins last played a game 181 days ago. It will be 65 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.
—Days until: Franchise tag contract deadline 6; Preseason opener @ Falcons 33; Final roster cut 56
The Redskins week that was
A look at some of the last week’s most popular posts from Real Redskins and from CSNmidatlantic.com.
NTK: Three under the radar Redskins storylines—The fun of training camp is getting to watch day after day and pay attention to everything. You can observe only so much in a no-pads OTA session that last about and hour and 45 minutes. At that point you can really get a feel for how some of the roster battles and starting position competitions are shaping up. About two and a half weeks and I’ll be on my way.
NTK: How much improvement for the Redskins' D?—There are areas of weakness on every team, especially one that is coming off of seasons as disastrous as the Redskins endured in 2013 and 2014. It takes time to fix everything and some problem areas will linger. This seems to be the case with the Redskins’ defensive line, a unit that was in need of major repair but just got a few patches here and there. I see them continuing to struggle against the run.
True or false: Redskins' Jones will crack 1,000 yards—Jones has more pressure on him than any other Redskin outside of Kirk Cousins. Since a thousand yards rushing over 16 games is just 62.5 yards per game, Jones should be able to it if he stays healthy and if he plays well enough to keep Jay Gruden from trying to come up with an alternative. I predicted he’ll be able to do it but a lot can go wrong.
True or False: Bruton will start at safety for the Redskins—I’m a bit more confident about by stance in this discussion with Tarik. Unless Duke Ihenacho seriously outplays Bruton in August, I think they will look at Duke’s injury history (four games played in last two seasons) and have him come off of the bench. The prospects of Bruton staying at the top of the depth chart for 16 games are less certain but he should be there Week 1.
NTK: Norman should live up to expectations this year—With big money comes high expectations. I think Norman will do fine for the first half of that big contract he got but I’m not so sure that he’ll be as good in years four and five.
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