Here is what you need to know on this Friday, June 15, 41 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.
The offseason sets in
In a move that surprised no one, Jay Gruden canceled the final day of minicamp, which had been scheduled for yesterday.
Even though Gruden has canceled Day 3 of minicamp in each of the previous four seasons he was in Washington, some fans and analysts were grumbling about a team that hasn’t been good enough to win a playoff game since 2005 not taking advantage of a permitted day of practice time. But most NFL teams do it, saying it’s a reward for the players for working hard during the previous phases of the offseason program. I see the point of those who say they should practice the third day, but I don’t think that subtracting a day in helmets and shorts in June is going to add any more wins starting in September.
The cancellation did add a day to the real news vacuum that happens between now and the start of training camp. Not much will happen regarding the Redskins as the players will be on vacation and the coaches aren’t going to be at Redskins Park. Some players who live in the area will work out at the facility, but other than that, there won’t be much traffic on Redskins Park Drive.
There is very little on the NFL calendar between now and July 26, which is when camp opens. The rookie symposium, which used to take place in late June, isn’t held anymore.
There are a couple of interesting prospects in the NFL supplemental draft, which will take place in mid-July. That might be worth keeping an eye on as it approaches as the Redskins have 11 draft picks in 2019 and you can’t rule out them spending one of them on a supplemental pick.
July 16 is the deadline for players who got the franchise tag to agree to long-term deals with their teams. That day has been of great interest around these parts the past couple of years with the Kirk Cousins drama swirling around. But that is gone, and July 16 will be just another Monday.
The CBA allows a team to require its rookies and first-year players to report to camp early but the Redskins have not done that in the past (cue the grumbling about not taking advantage of permitted practice time). In any case, training camp will start on July 26 and run through August 14. The Jets will be there for joint practices the last three days, August 12-14.
Some publications will have their Redskins writers going on a hiatus, taking some vacation, or going on other assignments. Not here. JP Finlay and I, along with the rest of the NBC Sports Washington team, will be cranking out Redskins content every day, seven days a week. It’s a good time for some in-depth analysis, some reasoned speculation, and giving you everything you need to know to get ready for the 2018 season.
See you tomorrow!
Tandler on Twitter
I came across this comment on Chris Thompson I wrote about this time in 2014. I was right in that he was cut after training camp but wrong in that he did stick around for a while anyway. pic.twitter.com/eVtVE6UXJd— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) June 14, 2018
—Training camp starts (7/26) 41
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 55
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 78
The Redskins last played a game 164 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 86 days.
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