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Redskins training camp report, Day 2: Speed back battle heats up

Redskins training camp report, Day 2: Speed back battle heats up

RICHMOND—The Redskins went out for their second day of training camp to much friendlier weather than the rain they encountered on Thursday. Skies were sunny and temperatures were moderate for Richmond in late July.

Here are my observations from this morning.

—Like yesterday, some players were in shells, others wore no pads at all. The CBA says that the first three days are in no pads so we won’t see the full battle gear until Sunday.

—They worked on special teams first, just like they did yesterday. This appears to be a “thing”.

Robert Malone was booming punts during that first period. Blake Clingan, his competitor for the punting job, wasn’t bad but Malone clearly was better on this particular day.

Andre Roberts showed some nice moves on kickoff return. Is he the guy for the job?

—They get to running some plays (vs. no defense) and a short completion from Robert Griffin III to DeSean Jackson drew a loud cheer from the crowd. It’s what they came to see, evidently.

— The running backs worked a drill that I haven’t seen before. With a ball under on arm they lunged forward off balance with their trunks parallel to the ground for a few steps and then got upright and ran. Perhaps this is for situations where they take a hit but aren't knocked down and need to regain their footing.

—It looks as though Lache Seastrunk is picking up some of the tricks of the pass catching trade. In some one on one coverage drills Will Compton grabbed on to the rookie running back as he tried to go over the middle. Seastrunk fought his way free and caught the pass.

—Just when some of us in the media were ready to give seventh-round pick Ted Bolser the milk-carton treatment because we had not seen him do anything at all, he caught a couple of short passes. It’s an uphill battle for him to make the roster but a few catches is a good start.

Darrel Young is known for his blocking but he knows what to do with the ball in his hands. He made a nice cut up the sideline after making a catch.

—First-year cornerback Peyton Thompson made a couple of nice plays. First he showed good closing speed and knocked down a sideline pass. Later, wide receiver Rashad Ross caught a long pass against Thompson. But the corner did not give up. He punched the ball out of the receiver’s arm and then chased it down in the end zone and scooped it up.

—Griffin finished off a short run to the right with a perfectly-executed slide. That drew some cheers from the crowd.

Chris Thompson with a couple of nice cuts after catching a short pass. If he is healthy he can be explosive. Can he beat out Seastrunk?

—In general, Griffin’s accuracy was better today. He did have to deal with a wet football yesterday but he will have to throw a wet ball during the season.

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The 2018 NFL schedule is here, but we still don't really know anything

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The 2018 NFL schedule is here, but we still don't really know anything

The NFL dropped the Redskins' 2018 regular-season schedule on Thursday and everybody will predict the team’s season-long record. 

It’s a fun exercise, and something the football world enjoys doing.

Myself included. 

But don’t read much, if anything, into the schedule right now. 

Every year, some teams look mighty in the offseason only to fall apart in the regular season. 

Need an example? Many predicted the Giants to be the beasts of the NFC East in 2017, and the Eagles to finish last in the NFC East. 

What actually happened? The Giants finished 3-13 and the Eagles won the Super Bowl. 

The NFL cannot be predicted year to year. It can hardly be predicted week to week. 

Last season, two December home games against the Broncos and Cardinals looked very daunting when the schedule came out. Instead, that was a two-game win streak. 

Enjoy the schedule release. It’s a fun time to guess what will happen in 2018.

But remember, once the games start, anything can happen. 

(For the record: My prediction is 9-7.)

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Redskins release official 2018 regular-season schedule

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Redskins release official 2018 regular-season schedule

The 2018 NFL regular-season schedule is finally here.

We’ve known who the Redskins will play in the 2018 season and where the games will be played since the regular season ended.

Now we know the when.

Here is the Redskins 2018 schedule; games are at 1:00 Eastern unless otherwise indicated.

The first thing that jumps out is the Thanksgiving game. This will be the third straight year that the Redskins have played on Thanksgiving. Two years ago they lost at Dallas and last year the got a win over the Giants at home. 

Three Thanksgiving games in a row for a team that is not the Lions or Cowboys, the two teams that traditionally host on Turkey Day, is not without precedent although it is unusual. Besides Dallas and Detroit, only two teams have played in three straight Thanksgiving games since the 1970 merger.

The Bears played every Thanksgiving from 1979-1981. The Cardinals also played three straight, but there is an asterisk there since they hosted the game instead of the Cowboys in 1975 and 1977. In between the played at Dallas on Thanksgiving.

Washington Redskins 2018 Regular-Season Schedule

Week 1: Sunday, 9/9. 4:05 PM at Arizona Cardinals
Week 2 9/16 Colts
Week 3 9/23 Packers
Week 4 BYE
Week 5 10/8 (Mon.) @Saints (8:15)
Week 6 10/14 Panthers
Week 7 10/21 Cowboys (4:25)
Week 8 10/28 @Giants
Week 9 11/4 Falcons
Week 10 11/11 @Bucs
Week 11 11/18 Texans
Week 12 11/22 (Thanksgiving) @Cowboys (4:30)
Week 13 12/3 (Mon.) @Eagles (8:15)
Week 14 12/9 Giants
Week 15 12/16 @Jaguars
Week 16 12/23 @Titans (Time TBD)
Week 17 12/30 Eagles

2018 REDSKINS SCHEDULE NOTES:

  • If the Redskins are going to take advantage of home cooking, they will need to get off to a good start. They have five home games in the first half of the season. After Week 9 they have just three home games and they face a stretch of four road games in five weeks in late November and December. Three of the teams in that stretch, the Eagles, Jaguars, and Titans, made the playoffs and won at least one game. The Eagles, of course, won it all. The other road game in that stretch is against the Cowboys, who finished 9-7 last year. 
     
  • The Redskins will open on the road for the first time since 2014 when they opened in Houston. This year they will have to travel west to Arizona and try to win to remove the goose egg in Jay Gruden’s 0-4 opening-game record as coach of the Redskins.
     
  • They get an early bye, in Week 4. That will be their earliest bye week since 2007 when the bye also came in Week 4. 
     
  • On the plus side, their two games in Florida come at times when hot weather is unlikely to be a factor. Their game in Tampa comes in November and the contest at Jacksonville comes in mid-December. 
     

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