A few quick hits to get you going on this Monday morning.--Its always fun to come out to training camp and I certainly dont want to discourage anyone from doing so anytime there is an opportunity. But if one of the main reasons you go is to hear the pop of the pads you might want to skip the first two days of camp. Thats because per the new CBA pads cant be worn at practice for the first two days. So if you want to see some contact, well see on Saturday, July 28.--In case you missed it yesterday, I did a quick post on the relationship between Andrew Luck signing a new contractsomething Jim Irsay said is closeand RG3 getting a deal done. I think that everyone gets back to work today and that there will be an agreement in the next seven days.--Kentwan Balmer is the man on the bubble on the defensive line as was discussed here last week. I remembered something Haslett said last year when asked why they picked him up, heres the quote: I think as long as he is doing what hes supposed to do, he fits the look. He fits with what youre looking for and guys that are 6-5 that weigh 325, they just dont really fall out of trees. The guys athletic and he was a first round pick. Youd like to give him an opportunity.--The 53 looks at linebackers later this morning. I have 10 of them making it, perhaps too many. The article will be up in a while, let me know what you think.--Anthony Armstrong had two catches, including one for a TD, against the Giants in Week 1 last year. The next week he had two more receptions vs. the Cardinals. And then he caught just three passes the rest of the year. He did have a hamstring injury but, still, this was the greatest and most baffling disappearance since Amelia Earhart.Days until: Rookies report 7; training camp 17; preseason opener @ Bills; final cuts 54; Redskins @ Saints 62; home opener vs. Bengals 76
At the onset of the 2018 NFL season, few expected Josh Doctson and Jordan Reed to be among the most healthy players on the Redskins.
Both players dealt with injuries in their early careers, and had spotty training camp attendance in Richmond. And yet, 12 games into a season littered with other offensive injuries, Reed and Doctson had been largely healthy.
That changed in Sunday's thumping from the Giants. Reed strained his big toe, and might not return this season. It's particularly alarming to hear of as he had surgery on both feet last offseason. Doctson landed in concussion protocol after the Giants game, and his status will be updated Wednesday at practice.
The Redskins offense had not been productive with Reed and Doctson in the lineup, let alone out of it. Reed will certainly be out for Sunday's game in Jacksonville, and Doctson will be somebody to watch.
With these latest injuries, it's almost impossible to come up with a real depth chart for the offense. Here goes:
QB: Josh Johnson, Mark Sanchez, Colt McCoy
Note: Seriously, these are the QBs. McCoy is not healthy enough to play but the team is not placing him on season ending IR yet either.
RB: Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson, Byron Marshall, Kapri Bibbs, Samaje Perine
Note: Against New York, Marshall landed on the active roster ahead of Bibbs. It doesn’t make a ton of sense, but not much this season has.
WR: Jamison Crowder, Maurice Harris, Michael Floyd, Jehu Chesson
Note: With Doctson possibly out with a concussion, the Redskins don’t have enough WRs for the Jags game. If that happens, expect Simmie Cobbs to get called up from the practice squad. Darvin Kidsy is another option.
TE: Vernon Davis, Jeremy Sprinkle
Note: With Reed out the Redskins will likely call up J.P. Holtz from the practice squad. Matt Flanagan is another practice squad option, but he projected to be a fullback. Seeing as the third tight end plays a decent amount of snaps in the Redskins offense and special teams, the organization might look outside the team for help if Reed gets put to the injured reserve.
OL: Trent Williams, Chase Roullier, Morgan Moses, Tony Bergstrom, Luke Bowanko, Zac Kerin, Austin Howard, Ty Nsekhe, Kyle Fuller
Note: The Redskins really hope Bergstrom can get back on the field this week as the Austin Howard guard experiment went poorly. The team just added Fuller on Tuesday.
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You're going to feel absurd for reading the following sentence, but probably not as absurd as it felt to type the following sentence.
The Redskins, who are on their fourth option at QB, who made the '18 Giants look like the '72 Dolphins and who are large underdogs this weekend to the 4-9 Jaguars, actually still have a straightforward path to the playoffs.
Now, the word "straightforward" only applies to the path on paper, because realistically, there's nothing straightforward about fixing the litany of issues that are plaguing Washington at the moment.
Regardless, by losing on Monday night to the Seahawks, the Vikings blew a chance to separate themselves from a pack of NFC teams chasing(?) them and their final wild card spot. The Redskins are one of those teams, and here's how they could pass Minnesota to qualify for the postseason:
Vikings’ last three games: home vs. Miami, at Detroit, home vs. Chicago.— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) December 11, 2018
Washington’s last three games: at Jacksonville, at Tennessee, home vs. Eagles.
If Vikings lose once and Washington, somehow, wins out, Washington still makes the playoffs.#yesIknow#monkeystypingshakespeare
With the way the season is unfolding, you'd expect the Burgundy and Gold's playoff scenario to involve a bunch of teams losing a bunch of times in these final three weeks. The tweet above illustrates that's clearly not the case. They only need Minnesota to drop one more to go along with the Redskins winning out.
Of course, the Redskins stringing three straight plays together without committing a holding penalty feels like too much to ask for, so anyone expecting a three-game winning streak is either a bit crazy or a relative of Josh Johnson. But still, they're not out of the hunt quite yet. Somehow.
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