The Washington Football Team returned to FedExField on Friday night, and with that practice's conclusion, marks about two weeks into training camp. That's enough time to get a clear view on what's happening on the field, and more importantly, what players will remain on it.
Some pictures are going from blurry to clear, and some Rorschach tests start to become singular images. Let's dive in.
- Montez Sweat - The only first-rounder from the 2019 draft still with the team, Sweat has been a force throughout camp. He has the speed to beat tackles off the snap, the power to control their hands at the point of contact and an emerging mean streak that's impossible to ignore. Sweat looks poised for a monster season.
- Temarrick Hemingway - A small school guy with a tough path to the NFL, at this moment Hemingway looks to have the No. 2 tight end role solidified. He's big at 6-foot-5 and 245 lbs. and has decent speed and hands. His willingness to block is obvious and he moves well at the line of scrimmage and working down the line on stretch plays. Logan Thomas is very secure in the top tight end spot, but Hemingway has moved ahead of the rest. Rookie John Bates probably holds the third TE spot.
- Torry McTyer - The bottom few spots of the cornerback position group are very much up for grabs, and McTyer seems ready to make a run at one of them. An undrafted guy out of UNLV, McTyer has played 27 games across three seasons in the league, but his performance at camp has caught WFT coach Ron Rivera's attention. "He's done a nice job. It's one of those that we're all curious, we've all talked about him and so he's got our interest," Rivera said. "We're looking forward to seeing him when we play our preseason games."
- William Jackson III - A big-money addition this offseason, Jackson missed Friday's practice as he works through a thigh contusion. It doesn't sound like a big deal but for a few days he also hasn't looked like the shutdown corner most expected when Washington signed him back in March. Jackson is a very good player, so when the on-field production seems lacking, it's hard not to wonder if a slight injury might be lingering.
- Sammis Reyes - Reyes hasn't practiced in a few days as he deals with a tweaked knee, and it's starting to seem like he could miss some time. Considering Reyes has never played football before on any level there's a reasonable level of speculation that the best path forward might be a stint on the injured reserve. That way he gets to stay on the roster and learn and watch without Washington risking losing him by placing him on the practice squad. Remember, putting a player on practice squad requires an outright release where other teams can make waiver claims. A trip to the IR eliminates that risk. Washington signed Reyes to its active roster a few months back so they could keep other intrigued teams away from the tight end.
- Covid - Rivera revealed earlier this week that the Washington Football Team is over the NFL's vaccination threshold. That means Washington gets to share locker rooms for all players and spend time in larger group meetings. All good news.
- Danny Johnson and Greg Stroman - The pair of corners have been on the Washington roster for much of the last three seasons, though now their roster spots look in some peril. Washington will certainly keep Jackson, Kendall Fuller and Benjamin St. Juste on the final roster, and Jimmy Moreland is probably the fourth corner. It will depend how the final 53 construction comes about, but if players like McTyer and Daryl Roberts make strong pushes, this could be a tough roster battle. What corners emerge fully healthy after three preseason games will make a big determination on the roster.