If youd like to go to Redskins Training Camp, you can get your freepass now at www.csnwashington.comtrainingcamp. We also have an FAQ up that will hopefully answer your questions.When training camp opens on July 26 it appears that the Redskins will be flip-flopping the daily schedule they employed in 2011.Last year was the first under the new CBA regulations that essentially eliminated two-a-day practices. Only one practice each day can be in pads. The other is a walk through (or, as Mike Shanahan called it, a jog-through) during which helmets may not be worn and contact is prohibited.The walkjog throughs are important but they are dreadfully dull to watch. That is why last year they were not open to the public, only to the media. The full camp practices were held in the morning at 8:30 and the review session was in the afternoon.The Redskins announced yesterday that fans are invited to the afternoon practices starting at 2:55. Presumably, these are the full practices in pads meaning that the Redskins have flipped last years schedule.Why would they do this? Since the coaching staff is on vacation right now, we can only speculate. Perhaps they simply didnt like the way it worked last year. Remember that last year they literally had just a few days to plan out the training camp schedule as the CBA wasnt approved until late July. Maybe what seemed like a good idea at the time turned out to be less than ideal in practice.It also is possible that the presence of the practice bubble came into the decision making process. Washington is notorious for having afternoon thunderstorms in the heat of late July and August. Last year, without the indoor practice facility, a practice could get wiped out by a line of thunderstorms rolling through. This year, they have the option of moving an afternoon practice into the bubble if the weather is threatening.Camp will be at Redskins Park in Loudoun County this year. The deal to hold training camp in Richmond doesnt kick in until 2013. The agreement is for eight years so this year is your last chance to see the Redskins train locally until 2021.There will be 13 practices open to fans; thats up from 11 open practices last year. You can see the full schedule here and download your free pass to camp here.
Many top draft choices chose to head to the NFL Draft, hear their name called and get the pomp and circumstance that comes with all that is the NFL Draft.
The Washington Reskins' No. 13 pick Da'Ron Payne was not one of those prospects.
Instead, Payne watched the draft surronded by close friends and family.
The reaction was memorable:
Some draft picks choose not to come for fear of slidding down draft boards, or worse: not being picked in the first round at all.
So he doesn't get to meet Roger Goodell. He doesn't get a Redskins' jersey on draft night.
But this video wouldn't exist if the defensive tackle from Alabama chose to go to Dallas, Texas on draft night.
Doug Williams said that the Redskins would draft the best available player when they were on the clock.
“It’s always going to be the best player available,” said the team’s senior vice president of player personnel during the team’s pre-draft press conference earlier this week.
After their selection, it appears that they took a pick that was more for need. They picked defensive lineman Da’Ron Payne with safety Derwin James and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds still on the board, Jay Gruden said that there was some discussion.
“There were quite a few guys were worthy of that pick, quite frankly,” said Gruden. “But for what we were looking for, with the fit, I think Da’Ron was perfect for us.”
The words “for what we were looking for” seem to indicate that they took Payne because they thought they needed someone at that position.
While Payne is unlikely to be a pick that the Redskins will regret, they may look at what James and Edmunds, both players that most analysts had ranked considerably higher than Payne, accomplish during their careers and wonder what could have been.
Then again, Payne is a pick that is about eight years overdue. The Redskins have been running the 3-4 defense since 2010 and they have never drafted a good nose tackle. Others they have tried, like Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton, have been short-term solutions. For the past two years, the position has been manned by veteran Ziggy Hood, who is more suited to playing the end position.
The result of the nose tackle situation in particular and neglect of the defensive line in general has been a rushing defense that has consistently in the lower half of the league, bottoming out at No. 32 in rushing yards allowed in 2017. The need to stop the run took a step up in importance earlier in the draft when the Giants selected running back Saquan Barkley with the second pick in the draft, a factor that Gruden cited when talking to the media after the pick. They already had twice-yearly dates with the Cowboys with Ezekiel Elliott at running back and the Eagles, who have a stable of effective running backs.
Although at 311 pounds Payne may be considered a bit on the light side for a traditional nose tackle, defensive line coach Jim Tomsula has said in the past that a lighter player can be effective in that role in the team’s defense.
The main concern about Payne is if he can rush the passer. In his three seasons at Alabama, he compiled just three sacks. Gruden said that that number doesn’t tell the whole story.
“He can, he can get back there,” said Gruden. “A lot of times, the sacks that don’t show up on the stat board, he enabled other guys to get them, because push from the pocket forces the quarterback outside. I think that [Redskins edge rushers] Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, Ryan Anderson will be very happy to have Jonathan Allen and Da’Ron Payne in the middle pushing that pocket.”
Gruden also expressed confidence Tomsula will be able to coach Payne into being an effective NFL pass rusher.
We will see what Tomsula and the rest of the coaches can do with Payne. If they can get some pressures and sacks out of him and the ability to stop the run translates to the NFL, the Redskins will have received good value for the 13thpick, even if James and Edmonds go on to be stars.
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