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Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, June 6, 50 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

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—This has been one of the quietest OTA periods in terms of quarterback drama we have seen in recent year. In 2012 there was the arrival of Robert Griffin III and the next year was all about “all in for Week 1.” In 2014 it was the arrival of a new coach in Jay Gruden. The following year there were questions about Griffin’s grip on the starting job and, indeed, it turned out that he would lose it to Kirk Cousins. In 2016 and 2017 Cousins’ franchise tag situation was a daily topic of discussion. There is another new QB this year, but Alex Smith doesn’t have the flash of Griffin and he’s under contract for the next five years. 

—I hope we get to see more one-on-one battles pitting pass catchers vs. pass defenders in the final open OTA today and in minicamp next week. I really want to see how Fabian Moreau can cover Josh Doctson and Paul Richardson, if Greg Stroman can match up with Jamison Crowder, and how Trey Quinn will do against veteran Orlando Scandrick. Those battles are the closest thing you have to “real” football during this no pads, no contact practices. 

—It has been interesting to see Josh Harvey-Clemons lining up at inside linebacker with the starters in the absence of Zach Brown. He still looks nearly as slender as he did as a rookie last year. If we are to believe the information given on the roster, Harvey-Clemons has put on four pounds since last year, going from 226 to 230 on his 6-4 frame. The talk has been that Harvey-Clemons will be a nickel linebacker but perhaps they are grooming him for a larger role. It will be something to keep an eye on in Richmond.

 

—This is the last OTA session open to the media. But next week’s minicamp is really the same thing as OTAs with the only difference being is that OTAs are voluntary and minicamp is mandatory. So next week the media will be there on Tuesday and Wednesday. They are allotted three days for minicamp but since he has been the head coach it it has been Gruden’s choice to end it after two days. What follows is six weeks off before the players report to Richmond for the start of training camp on July 26. 

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Timeline  

Today’s schedule: OTA practice 11:30; Jay Gruden press conference and player availability after practice, approx. 1:30

Days until:

—Minicamp (6/12) 6
—Training camp starts (7/26) 50
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 64

The Redskins last played a game 157 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 95 days. 

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