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Redskins Depth Chart: Pass rush has talent, but does pass rush have enough talent?

Redskins Depth Chart: Pass rush has talent, but does pass rush have enough talent?

The Redskins depend on Ryan Kerrigan like few players in the NFL. In eight seasons in Washington, Kerrigan has never missed a game. Ever. 


He's one of the best players in the NFC, recording 60 sacks in his last five seasons, and is perpetually underrated in league circles despite making the last three Pro Bowls. Kerrigan is just one part of the puzzle, however, as the 'Skins need more pressure off the edge to make their defense an elite unit. 

Enter Montez Sweat. 

The Redskins traded up to the 26th overall pick in the first round to take Sweat, after taking Dwayne Haskins with the 15th overall pick. Sweat stands 6-foot-6, tested off the charts at the NFL Scouting Combine and logged more than 20 sacks and 30 tackles for loss in his last two seasons at Mississippi State. He can play, and while questions persist about a heart condition that caused him to slip to the back half of the first round, many talent evaluators think Sweat can be a game changing outside linebacker. 

After that, the Redskins have Ryan Anderson. A second-round pick two seasons ago from the University of Alabama, the output hasn't been particularly impressive. In two years, Anderson has two sacks and 32 tackles, though Pro Football Focus rated Anderson as the best run defender returning to the defense this season. Defensive coaches will talk about Anderson's strength, particularly setting the edge in the run game, but he needs to produce more as a pass rusher. 

Washington will have a major hole this season without Preston Smith rushing the passer. While he never got to a double-digit sack season, he was also a four-year starter that never missed a game. For years, Smith lined up opposite Kerrigan like clockwork. This year, it won't look like that. 

And beyond Kerrigan, Sweat and Anderson, the Redskins have lots of questions.

Jay Gruden has often talked glowingly about Cassanova McKinzy this offseason, and maybe he's a contributor this year. There's also seventh-round rookie Jordan Brailford. It would be quite optimistic to project McKinzy or Brailford as a significant contributor in 2019, but that doesn't mean it can't happen. 

It also seems entirely possible Washington adds another pass rusher this offseason. The team signed Pernell McPhee last year to bolster their experience on the outside. A similar short-term deal for a veteran in 2019 would not come as a shock. It wouldn't even be a surprise. 

When it comes to rushing the passer, the Redskins have a brute force in Ryan Kerrigan. He's a top notch player. Washington also gets a lot of push from the interior of their defensive line - Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne and Matt Ioannidis combined for more than 20 sacks last year. Montez Sweat has a mountain of potential too. 

Beyond that, the Skins need players to step up.

Last season, the Redskins ranked seventh in the NFL with 46 sacks. In 2017, the Redskins tied for seventh in the NFL with 42 sacks. In 2016, the Redskins tied for ninth in the NFL with 38 sacks. 

Getting sacks hasn't been the problem for the Redskins defense, but getting off the field in key third down situations has been trouble.

Change that in 2019, and the defense could change. For the better. 


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Chris Simms: Why Dwayne Haskins has 'Big Ben Roethlisberger-type talent'

Chris Simms: Why Dwayne Haskins has 'Big Ben Roethlisberger-type talent'

It did not take long for Dwayne Haskins to win approval from the media and the Redskins coaching staff in a short amount of time at OTAs. 

That excitement from the Redskins OTAs has reverberated across the country and made him the feature of NBC Sports' Chris Simms QB School series. There, the current NFL analyst and former NFL quarterback made big comparisons to the No. 15 overall pick Haskins to Super Bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger. 

Simms was enthralled with the skillset that Haskins possesses and his potential. Citing his arm talent and the small mechanics of the 22-year-old, Simms thinks he has all the tools to be a top-tier NFL QB.

"He reminds me a lot of a big Ben Roethlisberger with his style of football play. [Haskins] arm is special, there's no doubt about that," Simms said. 

Comparing a rookie QB to a two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback that has made six All-Pro teams is not too shabby. Roethlisberger has thrown for over 54,000 yards in his career with 363 touchdowns across his NFL career. They both wear No. 7, both played their college ball in Ohio, and both are known for their ability to hurl a football down the field. 

Some of the strong qualities of Haskins that Simms highlighted were his tight and quick arm motion, his controlled body rotation, and the accuracy down the field. At the same time, he pointed out that Haskins has a tendency to drop his elbow on passes, forcing his passes to sail high. 

"[Haskins] has Big Ben Roethlisberger-type talent and I know he's already wowed some people down there in Washington in his first few practices." 


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Redskins 2019 Training Camp Schedule: Dates, times, location, how to attend

Redskins 2019 Training Camp Schedule: Dates, times, location, how to attend

Before you blink Redskins training camp will be here, which means preseason football is not far off and the 2019 NFL regular season will come with it.

On Friday afternoon, the Washington Redskins released its 2019 training camp schedule, set to begin July 25. Training camp will take place at Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, Va. for the seventh straight year. 

This year is set to be the most intriguing training camp since Robert Griffin III was drafted by the team in 2012. Playing in his first NFL training camp first-round draft pick Dwayne Haskins will be the center of attention with the team's quarterback position still up in the air. There will be competition from trade acquisition Case Keenum and Redskins mainstay Colt McCoy. 

More to watch:

-Derrius Guice will be in the backfield practicing with Adrian Peterson for the first time.
-The return of the Alabama Wall in Darron Payne and Jonathan Allen.
-Which wide receiver(s) will step up into holes in the offense.

Here is everything you need to know about the 2019 Redskins training camp.

When is the Redskins 2019 training camp?

The Redskins 2019 training camp begins on Thursday, July 25 at 9:45 a.m. ET and runs to the team's final practice on Saturday, August 11. 

What time does the Redskins training camp start?

Most days of the Redskins training camp schedule starts with a practice at 9:45 a.m. ET with a late afternoon walkthrough at 4:40 p.m. ET.

Where is the Redskins training camp located?

The Redskins 2019 training camp is 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

Redskins training camp schedule

Date — Camp Opens — Practice — Walkthrough — Camp Closes

Thurs. 7/25 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Fri. 7/26 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Sat. 7/27 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Sun. 7/28 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Tues. 7/30 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Wed. 7/31 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Thurs. 8/1 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Fan Appreciation Day:
Sat. 8/3 — TBA — 1:00 p.m. — No Walkthrough — TBA

Sun. 8/4 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Mon. 8/5 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Tues. 8/6 — TBA — 1:35 p.m. — No Walkthrough — TBA


Sat. 8/10 — TBA — 1:35 p.m. — No Walkthrough — TBA

Sun. 8/11 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — No Walkthrough— TBA