Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, July 17, nine days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.
The five best pass catchers the Redskins will face in 2018
This week we’ll be looking at the best of what the Redskins will face during the 2018 season. Today the pass catchers are up. They are roughly ranked 2017 receiving yards, although I did some juggling based on offseason moves and other factors. Prior to this, we looked at the best teams and quarterbacks.
Julio Jones, Falcons—Somehow the perception is that he had an off year in 2017 even though he still had 1,444 yards receiving. His touchdowns were down; his total of three TDs was a career worst for a full season. Still, he’s a beast to try to cover and even if you have him perfectly covered he can still make the catch on you.
DeAndre Hopkins, Texans—Despite working with some shaky quarterbacks, Hopkins has managed to gain over 1,100 receiving yards in three of the last four seasons. He is a highlight show regular and his 13 touchdowns led the league in 2017.
Michael Thomas, Saints—The third-year player doesn’t have high name recognition outside of New Orleans and maybe fans of the other NFC South teams. Defensive coordinators certainly don’t sleep on him. Thomas is as consistent as they come, posting nine games with 80 or more receiving yards last season.
Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals—I keep wondering when he will show signs of his age (he’ll be 35 before the season starts). He didn’t last year, posting 109 receptions despite the fact that his quarterbacks were an aging Carson Palmer plus journeymen Blaine Gabbert and Drew Stanton.
Mike Evans, Buccaneers—At 6-5, he is able to physically beat most cornerbacks. Evans will turn 25 just before the season starts and he got a five-year, $82.5 million contract extension. He is worth every bit of it. If Jameis Winston gets a big contract (something that is up in the air right now), he owes a good chunk of it to Evans.
Best of the rest: T.Y. Hilton, Colts; Davante Adams, Packers; Alvin Kamara (RB), Saints; Zach Ertz (TE), Eagles
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—Training camp starts (7/26) 9
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 23
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 46
The Redskins last played a game 198 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 54 days.
In case you missed it
Bryce Harper is the 2018 Home Run Derby champion.
In his home ballpark, Harper put on a show Washington won't soon forget.
He ran through a division foe in the first round in Freddie Freeman, took out a strong, hefty lefty in the semifinals in Max Muncy and then hit nine home runs in 47 seconds in the final minute of the final round when it seemed like he had no chance. On the second swing of his 30 seconds of extra time, Harper launched a bomb to deep center field to win.
And while winning the Home Run Derby in his own ballpark is an impressive feat on its own, the numbers behind his victory make it all the more impressive.
The champ is here. pic.twitter.com/S6tVh7DCBj— MLB (@MLB) July 17, 2018
He is just the third hometown winner of the Home Run Derby in the history of the event. Todd Frazier did it most recently in 2016 in Cincinnati, and Ryne Sandberg won at Wrigley Field in Chicago in 1990.
Harper won each of the first two rounds with 13 homers. He didn't need his full time in either of the first two rounds.
446 & 441.
Harper's first two home runs of his first-round matchup against Freeman traveled farther than any of the Braves' superstar's dingers.
In front of his D.C. fans, Bryce Harper eliminated Freddie Freeman in the first round of the Home Run Derby with 13 home runs. Harper's first 2 home runs (446', 441') were longer than any Freddie Freeman hit in his round. pic.twitter.com/ix4WmqbzAv— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 17, 2018
In the semifinals, Harper only hit three homers in the first minute, but then blasted 10 in his next 11 swings. That's called efficiency.
Bryce Harper dialed it in halfway through his round.— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 17, 2018
Only hit 3 HR in the first minute and a half, then pounded 10 in his last 11 swings!
It's a Harper-Schwarber final. How fun is that?
In the first round, Harper hit five of the 10 longest home runs of anybody in the field.
I would say Bryce Harper delivered a show in the first round. pic.twitter.com/ICSUeyyAID— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) July 17, 2018
Harper hit 45 bombs en route to claiming the title. Here's a visual representation of all of them.
That's also how many dollars cheaper Nats tickets will be... oops!
brb ... apologizing to our finance department https://t.co/oljm8UBESf— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 17, 2018
That's John Wall's number and this is him celebrating his fellow D.C. sports superstar's victory.
Bryce Harper hit an absurd 19,058 feet of home runs during the 2018 Home Run Derby. That's more than the 5k you ran last year.
Bryce Harper hit 19,058 feet worth of home runs tonight.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 17, 2018
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