Here is what you need to know on this Monday, June 4, 52 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The Redskins week that was

I have been on vacation for the last week, enjoying the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Since I’ve been out of the loop, I’m going to change up the format of the Redskins week that was. Here are some of my thoughts on a couple of things that have transpired since I last put up a “live’ Need to Know:

Doctson talks

Last year, Josh Doctson came under some mild fire for not talking to the media often and, when he did, offering nothing but cliched answers. This possibly stemmed from some heat he took for missing nearly all of his rookie 2016 season with a mysterious Achilles injury. But his general silence was interpreted by many as a display of a lack of confidence in his game. Although Jay Gruden has denied that Doctson ever lacked confidence, his so-so 2017 season (35 rec./502 yards/6 TD) didn’t do much to dispel the talk. 

But in talking to the media after Wednesday’s OTA session—a bit of minor breaking news in and of itself—Doctson himself implied that he wasn’t as confident in his game as he needed to be last year. 

"The biggest thing is confidence level," Doctson said, noting that he feels his increasing as he continues to get settled in. "It's kind of surreal when you first get here, then last year was my first year playing. [Last year] kind of calmed it down and now I'm just back like I was at TCU."


Doctson’s confidence in himself is only part of the success equation for 2018. He has to gain the confidence of quarterback Alex Smith. That could grow as a result of plays like the one during the practice where Doctson snared a Smith pass while being well-guarded by Orlando Scandrick. We will see how this develops. 

Guice challenges Kelley

Rob Kelley was not at all surprised that the Redskins drafted Derrius Guice. He came into the 2017 season as the starter, but ankle, knee, and rib injuries limited him to seven games and 194 yards.

He sees that drafting Guice was the logical thing to do. 

“I hate to say it, but if I’m playing Madden and my running back is hurt, I’m going to get another running back,” he said on Wednesday. “You’ve got to keep the train going.”

Kelley has made it clear that he does not want to be at the end of that train. He looks trimmer and a step faster than he has in the past. He also got his signature dreadlocks removed and he now sports a more conservative hairstyle. 

The Redskins social media team noted the changes in Kelley and tweeted the following:

Guice saw the tweet and commented with a challenge:

So much for rookies being seen and not heard. 

Guice appears to be the direct opposite of Doctson in his first two years in the league when it comes to confidence. He is brimming with it. We will see how that affects his play on the field (and his relationships with his teammates). 

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Former Redskins three-time All-Pro offensive tackle Jim Lachey was born on this date in 1963.

Days until:

—Minicamp (6/12) 8
—Training camp starts (7/26) 52
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 66

The Redskins last played a game 155 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 97 days. 

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