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Crowder, Grant could get extra opportunities vs. Dolphins

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Crowder, Grant could get extra opportunities vs. Dolphins

DeSean Jackson will take the field for the Redskins for the first time this year when they play the Dolphins in their NFL season opener on Sunday. The wide receiver, who led the team in receiving yards in 2014 with 1,169, sprained an AC joint going to the ground during joint practices with the Texans on August 6 in Richmond.

At the time Jay Gruden said that the injury would keep him out for one or two weeks. But Jackson did not play in any of the four preseason games and either did not practice or practiced on a limited basis for much of the time since then. Both Gruden and Jackson said that the light workload was being implemented as a precaution to make sure he is ready for the regular season.

It appears that Jackson is healthy. His name has not been on the injury report this week, meaning that he fully participated in practice. But he is not necessarily 100 percent ready to play a full game.

Gruden was asked on Thursday if Jackson would play the whole game against Miami.

“Yesterday’s practice was a great look,” he said. “It was really hot out there. You can see that he got winded a little bit. DeSean winded is not a very good DeSean. We’ve got to make sure he’s fresh. When he’s in there, he’s got to be ready to stretch the defense out, block when he needs to block but he won’t be very effective if he’s tired but I think he’s in good shape. He had a really good day today, really good today running around out there. I feel good about where he’s at. I also feel good about if he is a little tired, Ryan Grant and Andre Roberts and Jamison Crowder — I feel good about them coming in for him. Our depth at receiver is excellent, also.”

That sounds like a longer way of saying, “probably not”.

It will be interesting to see who gets the snaps when Jackson is on the sideline catching his breath. Last year the Redskins ran with three wide receivers 61 percent of the time so there will be two wide receivers out there with Pierre Garçon on the majority of the snaps. Who gets the action when Jackson is out?

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Andre Roberts is likely to be one of the receivers with Garçon. He can line up in the slot or outside. If he is in the slot that probably brings Grant into the game. Gruden has called Grant “his favorite” because he works hard and runs his pass routes exactly how they are supposed to be run. He is not going to stretch the defense out like Jackson can but perhaps he can move the chaings

Crowder is capable of getting deep and it seems that Gruden is anxious to see what he can do. The coach was asked about the Redskins’ progress toward the team’s stated goal of getting tougher and more physical. He brought up the draft and talked of bringing in 270-pound OLB Preston Smith, big, physical RB Matt Jones, and the 5-8, 185-lb. Crowder.

“Crowder is a tough sucker,” said Gruden. “He’s not big, but he’s tough.”

Jackson is likely to be in for most of the snaps and his snap count will increase over the next few weeks until he gets up to his usual workload. Crowder and Grant will need to take advantage of the limited opportunity in front of them. 

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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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