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Jamison Crowder open to contract extension with Redskins, per source

Jamison Crowder open to contract extension with Redskins, per source

Heading into 2018 in the final year of his rookie contract, Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder would be open to a contract extension this offseason, per a source with knowledge of the situation.

Crowder "likes it" playing in Washington and feels very comfortable with his role in head coach Jay Gruden's offense, per the source. 

In three years with the Redskins, Crowder has averaged about 750 receiving yards and four touchdowns per season. His best year came in 2016, when he grabbed 67 passes for 847 yards and seven touchdowns.

Expectations were high for Crowder coming into the 2017 season, and while he had a fine season, the year was not a big success. He ended 2017 with 66 catches for 789 yards and three touchdowns. All three marks were lower than 2016.

There are reasons for the statistical dip.

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Crowder played much of the year injured, dealing with hamstring and hip injuries that dated all the way back to training camp. Further, Crowder saw much more attention from opposing defenses in 2017 than he had in 2016 or 2015. 

"I think he was dealing with something early in the season. I think he had some soft tissue injuries here and there that may have slowed him down a little bit, but I think towards the end of the year he started feeling a lot better," Gruden said. "Probably didn’t get the production we all anticipated we would get and I think a lot of that has trickle-down effect with some of the players that we lost not only at receiver, tight end and running back but also at offensive line from time to time."

Much of that difference came from playing with Josh Doctson and Terrelle Pryor instead of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon. Crowder plays the slot receiver position, on the inside of offensive sets, and certainly benefits when there is more production coming from players on the outside. 

Still, Crowder finished 2017 as the Redskins leading receiver.

"I don’t have any concern," Gruden said of Crowder going forward.

In the past, Washington has moved to extend some standout players' contracts before they reach free agency. Typically, these players are drafted and developed by the Redskins. 

Last season, Chris Thompson and Morgan Moses were the latest Redskins players to get contract extensions from the club, and in the recent past, players like Jordan Reed, Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Williams all fit that bill. 

A fourth-round pick in 2015, Crowder would be eligible for free agency after the 2018 season. That could mean the chance at a big payday, especially if he's able to break through the 1,000 yard mark next season. 

For Crowder, however, there could also be value in a contract extension. The 5-foot-8 wideout from Duke has never made more than $1 million per season, and in 2018 will make about $850,000.

While that's good money in the real world, in the NFL, it's peanuts for a productive receiver. 

Last season, Pryor made $6 million and had just 20 catches for 240 yards. Doctson, playing on a first-round rookie deal, made $2.2 million and had 35 catches for 502 yards. 

An extension for Crowder would very likely come with a healthy pay raise, and while he wouldn't get to pursue free agency in 2019, he would have long-term financial security on a team he likes. 

For the Redskins, an extension could provide roster clarity and keep the cost down for a player of Crowder's talent. As it stands now, the Redskins only have Crowder, Doctson and seldom used Robert Davis and Maurice Harris under contract. Barring a collapse in 2018, Crowder's price would be much higher on the open free agent market than it would this offseason with an extension. 

While the slowdown in receiving production can be explained, his output as a punt returner draws more confusion. After two solid seasons returning punts, Crowder struggled in that area in 2017. Asked about punt returns for next season, Gruden allowed that changes could be coming. 

"He had a couple dropped, muffed punts and he had a couple fumbles and that’s something that we cannot have," the coach said. "We need to create big plays. We didn’t get it done this year. I’m not blaming Jamison. Maybe we have got to block better for him, give him better looks, but [it’s] something we have to address."

Still, Crowder's contractual value comes from his skill as a slot receiver, not a punt returner. Should he lose that gig in 2018, it will not have much impact on his free agent market the following season. 

The Redskins front office has done a good job of identifying "core Redskins" players they want to keep, and locking those players up before they get to free agency. If Jamison Crowder is one of those players, and there is plenty of evidence to suggest he should be, the young wideout might be next in line for an extension. 

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Need to Know: Redskins QB Alex Smith understands that expectations will be high immediately

Need to Know: Redskins QB Alex Smith understands that expectations will be high immediately

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, June 20, 36 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

Emptying the notebook from the offseason practices

—Last week I wrote that Gruden expects Alex Smith to be ready to win in Week 1. Smith understands those expectations and plans to meet them. “No, I don’t think you can rely on the fact that, ‘Oh, it’s the first year here.’ Nobody cares,” he said when asked about his transition into the new offense. “It’s not like in the fall, you guys are going to be like, ‘Ah, well, this is his first year here. We’ll give him a break.’ It just doesn’t work that way.” Of course, Smith is right. If the Redskins are 1-3 in October, nobody is going to cut them any slack if their veteran quarterback who got a contract with $71 million guaranteed is struggling with the new offense. 

—I didn’t count reps during the practices that were open to the media, but it seemed that they were giving DL Jonathan Allen a light workload. “I think he did a great job of rehabbing in the offseason,” said defensive coordinator Greg Manusky. “We were kind of a little bit hesitant early on when he was here just taking reps and stuff but looks like he’s just keeps on progressing from where he kind of left off last year and the sky’s the limit for him.” The Redskins essentially will be adding two first-round picks to their D-line with Allen’s return and the addition of Daron Payne in the first round this year. I would look for Allen to get a full workload when training camp starts. 

—There are questions about Kevin Hogan making the 53-man roster as the third quarterback. Jay Gruden had some rather tepid praise for him last week. “He’s done good,” he said. “I like Kevin. He’s a smart kid and he’s got some deceiving escape ability to him. He can run a little bit. We saw one today, he popped out of there for about a 20-yard gain. I like where he’s at.” But near the end of that practice, Hogan threw a red zone pass right into the arms of rookie CB Greg Stroman. If we see much more of that, the Redskins may keep a sixth wide receiver or tenth offensive lineman rather than a third quarterback. 

—When he is asked about the performance of undrafted rookies, Gruden usually declines to praise specific players so when he does pick out individuals it’s worth paying some attention. On Wednesday he said that WR Cam Simms and CB Danny Johnson “stood out” at their respective positions. Looking at it right now, there don’t appear to be roster spots available for either of them. But one or two undrafted players break through and make the roster every year and Simms and Johnson are two to watch. 

— “In the second year, we expect major strides for all first-year guys. I’ve said it before. So just understanding pro football, what it’s all about in your first year, you have the four preseason games and 16 regular season games,” Gruden said when asked about RB Samaje Perine. “It’s a grind, mentally. It’s all-day football, not like college where you only get 20 hours a week, so I think he understands the grind and our system a lot better.” The answer obviously applies to all of the 2017 draft picks. In particular, they will be counting on next steps from OLB Ryan Anderson, CB Fabian Moreau, WR Robert Davis, and CB Joshua Holsey. History tells us that some will take big steps, others will not.

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Former Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington was born on this date in 1978.

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 36
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 50
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 73

The Redskins last played a game 171 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 81 days. 

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2018 Redskins Training Camp Schedule: Dates, times, location, how to attend

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2018 Redskins Training Camp Schedule: Dates, times, location, how to attend

Redskins training camp is almost here, which means preseason football is not far off, with the 2018 NFL regular season coming into view.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Washington Redskins released its 2018 training camp schedule, set to begin July 26. Once again the activities will take place at Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, Va., the Redskins training camp venue since 2013.

The Redskins' 2018 training camp is sure to be an intriguing one. The Redskins have a new quarterback in Alex Smith, a new running back in Derrius Guice, and a litany of players returning from injury.

Here is everything you need to know about the 2018 Redskins training camp, from location to times, dates, ticket prices and more.

Who: The Washington Redskins

What: Redskins 2018 NFL Training Camp

Where: Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, Va.

When: July 26 until Aug. 14

When is Redskins training camp?

The Redskins training camp begins on Thursday, July 26, 2018.

What time does Redskins training camp start?

The typical schedule opens with a morning practice from 9:45-11:45 a.m. and an evening walkthrough from 4:40-5:40 p.m. Exceptions are noted below.

Where is the Redskins training camp located?

At the Bon Secours Training Center at 2401 W. Leigh St., Richmond, Va. 23220.

How much does it cost to attend the Redskins training camp?

The Redskins training camp is free and open to the public. For more information on logistics, head to the Redskins’ official training camp page. (https://www.redskins.com/schedule/training-camp/)

Redskins training camp schedule

Date — Camp Opens — Practice — Walkthrough — Camp Closes

Thurs. 7/26 — 8:30 a.m. — 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. — 4:40 to 5:40 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Fri. 7/27 — 8:30 a.m. — 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. — 4:40 to 5:40 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Sat. 7/28 — 8:30 a.m. — 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. — 4:40 to 5:40 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Sun. 7/29 — 8:30 a.m. — 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. — 4:40 to 5:40 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Tues. 7/31 — 8:30 a.m. — 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. — 4:40 to 5:40 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Wed. 8/1 — 8:30 a.m. — 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. — 4:40 to 5:40 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Thurs. 8/2 — 8:30 a.m. — 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. — 4:40 to 5:40 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Sat. 8/4 — 11:30 a.m. — 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. — N/A — 3:30 p.m.

Sun. 8/5 — 8:30 a.m. — 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. — 4:40 to 5:40 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Mon. 8/6 — 8:30 a.m. — 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. — 4:40 to 5:40 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Tues. 8/7 — 12:30 p.m. — 1:35 to 3:35 p.m. — N/A — 3:35 p.m.

Thurs. 8/9 — PRESEASON WEEK 1 AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 7:30 P.M.

Sat. 8/11 — 12:30 p.m. — 1:35 to 3:35 p.m. — N/A — 3:35 p.m.

*Sun. 8/12 — 12:30 p.m. — 1:35 to 3:35 p.m. — N/A — 3:35 p.m.

*Mon. 8/13 — 8:30 a.m. — 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. — 10:35 to 11:35 a.m. — 3:35 p.m.

*Tues. 8/14 —  12:30 p.m. — 1:35 to 3:35 p.m. — N/A — 3:35 p.m.

*The last three training camp dates will be a joint practice with the New York Jets

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