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Breakout potential: Can Will Compton make another big leap in '16?

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Breakout potential: Can Will Compton make another big leap in '16?

Over the next few days, Redskins Insider Tarik El-Bashir will take a look at three players—one from each unit—who could enjoy a breakout season in 2016. Up today …

Inside linebacker Will Compton

Age/experience: 26/3

2015 regular season stats: 96 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception and 1 fumble recovery.

2016 cap number: Exclusive rights free agent

In review: Compton began his third NFL season as the Redskins’ backup. After coming off the bench in New England to record a game-high 10 tackles, though, he was elevated to a full-time starter.

It was quite an accomplishment for an undrafted player whose career began on the practice squad. But it was also just the beginning of a productive second half for Compton, who started the final eight weeks of the regular season and playoff game against the Packers.

Compton earned praise from coaches and teammates for his ability to quickly process information, diagnose offenses, make checks and communicate play calls from the sideline—all critical responsibilities for the ‘Mike’ linebacker.

The Nebraska product also made plays. Lots of them. In fact, he ranked first or second in tackles eight times in the Redskins’ final 10 contests while battling some bumps and bruises. Compton notched a season-high for tackles (12) in Washington's Wild Card loss.

Despite beginning the season as a reserve, Compton went on to record 96 tackles, which was the second highest total on the team to Dashon Goldson’s 110. ProFootballFocus.com also credited Compton with 23 stops (solo tackles that constitute an offensive failure) and 11 missed tackles, which were tied for the third most on the team behind Goldson and Keenan Robinson.

Looking ahead: Compton (6-1, 230-pounds) made an enormous leap in his first season as a starter. In his eyes, though, it’s just the beginning.

“This was my first year and, in my opinion, I’m only scratching the surface,” said Compton, who can play both inside linebacker positions. “I can get a lot better in a lot of areas.”

He added: “I can’t wait to come back next year. It’ll be even better because I’ll get that much better. If anything, I’m hungrier to get into the offseason just because of the opportunity that can take place next year.”

As far as his contractual situation, Compton isn't concerned since an exclusive rights free agent has little leverage. 

“I either write my name on the paper or I can’t play next year.” he said with a chuckle. “Maybe they’ll be nice to me. You never know.”

Indeed, you do never know. As solidly as Compton performed, GM Scot McCloughan will be looking to make upgrades all over the place on defense and, it’s possible, if not likely, Compton will face stiff competition from a free agent or draft pick. But given how much he’s already had to overcome, it wouldn’t surprise me if he continued his upward trajectory and makes an even bigger impact in 2016.

“I always going to go about my business with a chip on my shoulder,” Compton said. “That’s how I came into this league. I can’t lose that edge or that mentality because that’s what got me to this point. I’m going to come ready to go next year. I’m going to have high expectations.”

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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

Thurs. 8/8 — PRESEASON WEEK 1 AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 7:30 P.M.

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

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

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