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CSNwashington.com's guide to Redskins training camp 2015

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CSNwashington.com's guide to Redskins training camp 2015

Planning to take a trip to Richmond for Redskins training camp? Here’s what you'll need to know before merging onto I-95 South.

When: July 30-Aug. 16. Scheduled days off are Aug. 4, Aug. 9 and Aug. 12-14 (The Redskins are at the Browns on Aug. 13). For a complete schedule with practice times, click here. For FAQs and other important details, click here.

Where: 2401 West Leigh Street, Richmond, Va., 23220. The Bon Secours Training Center and practice fields are located behind the Science Museum of Virginia. The team encourages fans to bring lawn chairs and blankets as there is no bleacher seating. Food is available for purchase on site.

Who: All 90 players on the Redskins’ offseason roster will participate. Players and coaches are typically available following for autographs following practice, schedule permitting.

Cost: Admission is free for all walkthroughs and practice sessions. Parking, however, costs $10 at all official city locations. Cash only. Lots open an hour before the first session.

Top 5 storylines: If you’ve been with us all offseason, you’ve probably read our Redskins offseason Q&A series as well as our depth chart series, which can be found here and here. If you’re looking for quick refresher, here are a few things you should keep an eye on: 

  1. Robert Griffin III has been the Redskins’ biggest story since he arrived in Washington four years ago. This year’s camp will be no different. After struggling through a couple of difficult seasons, he showed some signs of progress in June’s minicamp. But the question remains: can Griffin hold off challenges from Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy and enter the season as the unquestioned No. 1? He’ll make his opening argument in Richmond.

  2. Despite coming off a 4-12 season in Jay Gruden’s first year, there are only a few starting jobs up for grabs. Here are the battles to watch: Preston Smith vs. Trent Murphy at right outside linebacker and Duke Ihenacho and Jeron Johnson at strong safety. Could others emerge? Sure. Can cornerback DeAngelo Hall bounce back from a twice-torn Achilles and take back his starting job from Bashaud Breeland? It’s also possible right guard Spencer Long will be pushed by Josh LeRibeus and/or Arie Kouandjio, while slot receiver Andre Roberts could face a challenge from Jamison Crowder and/or Ryan Grant.  

  3. Although the Redskins haven’t had their first practice yet, there are some injury concerns to monitor. Left tackle Trent Williams (ankle), tight end Jordan Reed (knee), linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (knee) and Hall (Achilles) were non-participants during the offseason. Will their return to the field happen on Day 1 or will it be delayed? We should know the answer later Wednesday when Gruden addresses the media for the first time in over a month.

  4. For a more detailed look at the storylines and position battles on defense, click here for my preview. Click here for Rich Tandler's up-close look at the offense.

  5. J.J. Watt and the Texans visit Richmond for three joint practices with the Redskins Aug. 6-8. And they'll do so with HBO's cameras and boom mics in tow because, of course, Houston will be featured on this year's Hard Knocks. More important, the practices will give observers their first good look at the progress (or, perhaps the lack of it) being made by Griffin and the Redskins' defense under first year coordinator Joe Barry.  

That’s all for now. I’ve got a two-hour drive to make. See you in Richmond.

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Need to Know: A good sign for the Redskins’ running game?

Need to Know: A good sign for the Redskins’ running game?

Here is what you need to know on Sunday, August 19, five days before the Washington Redskins host the Broncos in their third preseason game. 

Talking points

A year ago, there was tremendous concern about the Redskins’ rushing game. In their first two preseason games in 2017 when the games were the Redskins’ first-team offense against the other team’s starters on defense, Washington gained 13 yards on 13 carries. In the first halves of those games, which were played mostly with players on both sides who would end up making the roster the total was 21 attempts for 20 yards. 

At the time, the company line was to downplay the problems. 

“I’m just not worried,” said Trent Williams.

“It’s going to take time and it’s going to take plus-one, plus-two, negative-one, then you get a plus-eight. And things to pop. It’s attrition. Nothing’s going to happen just because you want it to.”

As we now know, the Redskins rushing game never really got going. Certainly, injuries to backs Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson and to the entire offensive line contributed heavily to their No. 27 ranking in rushing yards. But a look at the preseason could indicate that the building blocks for an effective rushing game just weren’t in place. 

Things are looking better this year. In two preseason games, the Redskins have rushed for 216 yards. In the first halves of the games, they have 31 attempts for 109 yards. That’s not a great average (3.5 yards per carry) but it is a vast improvement on the sub-one yard per carrying average they had through two games last year. 

Let’s not get carried away here. Preseason numbers aren’t rock-solid indicators by any stretch and even if they were we are looking at a small sample size. Still, the preseason stats are what we have to look at right now. We will see how things develop.  

Bureau of statistics

In 2017 the Redskins averaged 123 rushing yards per game in their first five games. In their last 11 games, they averaged 76 per game. 

On the record

Jay Gruden on the returns of RBs Byron Marshall and Samaje Perine from ankle injuries: "There are no reports really, we'll just wait and see. Every injury is different, and we'll play it by ear and see how long it takes . . . The injury report will come out Week 1 on - when is it, Wednesday? And there you have it."

Comment: Yes, this really was Gruden and not Bill Belichick. The whole organization has been tighter with injury information in general this year. We’re getting a lot of descriptions like “lower leg” rather than ankle or toe. If that’s the way they want to do business that’s fine but be advised as a fan that you are not going to get much information. 

The agenda

Today: Practice at Redskins Park 1:50; Jay Gruden news conference and player availability after practice, approx. 3:00

Upcoming: Preseason Broncos @ Redskins (Aug. 24) 5 days; Final cut (Sept. 1) 13 days; Season opener @ Cardinals (Sept. 9) 21 days

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After releasing Martez Carter the Redskins are thin at running back

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After releasing Martez Carter the Redskins are thin at running back

The Redskins are very thin at running back right now. 

Today at practice the Redskins had three running backs on the field. Rob Kelley and Kapri Bibbs are fully healthy while Chris Thompson is limited as he recovers from a broken leg he suffered last November. 

Injuries have hit the depth at running back. The most recent casualty was Martez Carter, who was waived with an injury designation. 

The move was surprising since Carter had some good runs against the Jets during their preseason game on Thursday and he did not appear to be injured during the game. 

Coach Jay Gruden did not offer any more details as to what the injury to Carter was, only that he is no longer with the team. 

Also sidelined with lower leg injuries are Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall. According to media reports, Perine will be out one week and Marshall for two to four. Gruden would not confirm the timelines, saying only that they are undergoing treatment and the timetable for their returns in unknown. 

The Redskins will bring in some running backs to try out on Sunday. They will need at least one and probably two in order to get through the upcoming preseason game against the Broncos on Friday. 

In other personnel moves, the Redskins waived linebacker Jeff Knox and defensive end Jalen Wilkerson and signed offensive tackle Kendall Calhoun, defensive back Darius Hillary, and wide receiver Allenzae Staggers. 

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