Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 12, 46 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.
—The Redskins last played a game 154 days ago. It will be 92 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.
—Days until: Redskins training camp starts 46; Preseason opener @ Falcons 60; Final roster cut 83
—There will be more on this in the weeks to come, but I’m starting to think that the Redskins will exceed expectations. What are expectations for the 2016 team? I think it’s somewhere around seven to nine wins. Fewer wins than that would be legitimate grounds to be disappointed and reevaluate how they are doing things; more than nine wins would be cause for celebration.
—What is their path to 10 wins? Going 4-2 in the division, 3-1 against the AFC North (the London game against the Bengals will be key there) and splitting their other six games against the NFC North, the Cardinals, and the Panthers. The last part is not easy but doable with the two toughest NFC North games coming at home against the Vikings and Packers.
—Could they do better than 10? Sure but right now it would be a very tall order. They would have to win a game like the one in Arizona and/or upset the Steelers in the opener. At the moment getting 11 or 12 wins looks like drawing to an inside straight.
—The more I see of David Bruton, the more I think that he will hold on to a starting safety job into the season. At 6-2, 225 he looks like a linebacker who lined up a little deep and in the no-pads phase of practices he has looked good. To be sure, a player who has just eight starts in seven seasons in the NFL still has a lot to prove.
—Every time I look up to see the running backs doing individual drills, Matt Jones is hustling up to the front of the line. That doesn’t mean that he’ll be able to add a yard to his 3.4 per-carry average from last year or develop a stickier grip on the football. But it is a sign that he is genuinely interested in improving and that’s not always a given.
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Former Washington Redskin Terrelle Pryor may have found a new home after a tumultuous season in Washington.
The 28-year-old wide receiver appears to be on the way to the New York Jets for the 2018 season according to Ian Rappaport.
Last season, Pryor only played in nine games for Washington and was sent to injured reserve after Week 11. His season ended with ankle surgery and it closed the book on a short stint in the nation’s capital.
In his nine games, he never got on the same page with former Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins. Targeted only 37 times, the six-year veteran only had 20 receptions for 240 yards and a single touchdown.
This is coming after a 1,000-yard season on the dismal Cleveland Browns team that went 1-15 in 2016. As a free-agent, he signed with Washington on a ‘prove-it’ deal for one-year, eight million last off-season. He was expected to a significant amount of touches alongside Josh Doctson.
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With so much anticipation it was easy to say that Pryor’s lone season in Washington was a disappointment.
If he does sign with the Jets, Pryor joins a New York franchise that is still continuing to rebuild. They currently own the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and are in search of a quarterback. A year ago they finished 5-11 under third-year head coach Todd Bowles.
Transitioned to wide receiver in Cleveland, Pryor was drafted into the league as a quarterback. He spent three seasons in Oakland (2011-13) all as a quarterback making 10 starts. In Cleveland (2015-16) he made the transition to wide receiver before going to Washington in 2017.
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The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.
Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction.
What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb.
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For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined.
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