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Grading the Redskins at the bye: Special teams

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Grading the Redskins at the bye: Special teams

Bye week grades: Special teams

Through seven games, the Redskins rank as one of the NFL’s most inconsistent teams—from week-to-week, quarter-to-quarter, heck, play-to-play. But at 3-4, they’re still in the thick of things as they catch a breather at the bye. It’s been an interesting couple of months, indeed, and over the next few days CSN Mid-Atlantic reporters Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler will hand out their first half grades, position-by-position.

Tandler: In the first part of the season it looked like it would be the same old, sorry story for the Redskins special teams as they gave up a game-winning punt return for a touchdown in Week 1 and a tone-setting blocked punt for a safety in Week 3. Since then, however, things have gone much better, in part because the kicking units don’t have to do as much. Kicker Dustin Hopkins, signed in Week 2, hammers almost three-quarters of his kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks. He has been nearly perfect on field goals, with just one miss in 12 attempts and that coming from beyond 50 yards. Punter Tress Way has been adequate but he still has a lot of work to do when it comes to placement and dropping kicks inside the 20. The Redskins do have an onside kick recovery, a 101-yard Rashad Ross return for a touchdown and a punt block for a TD on their ledger but it should be noted that the latter two plays took place at times when the Redskins were hopelessly behind. There’s a lot to figure out for a grade here so I’ll turn to the numbers crunchers at Football Outsiders. They have the Redskins with a special teams DVOA of 1.2 percent, 13th in the league. That’s a little better than average. With the big plays coming in meaningless situations, I can’t go with a B.

Grade: C+

El-Bashir: For the second straight year, the Redskins added a key specialist. Last year, it was punter Tress Way, who went on to lead the league in yards per punt as a rookie. This year, it’s been kicker Dustin Hopkins. Through seven games, Hopkins is 11 of 12 on field goals (91.7 percent, 11th best), including 2 of 3 from 50 or more yards out. He’s also recorded touchbacks on 71-percent of his kickoffs (6th best) and helped convert the first successful onside kick in the NFL this season against Tampa Bay. The coverage and punt protection units, meantime, have been better after allowing a punt return for a touchdown (Miami’s Jarvis Landry) and a blocked punt for a safety (vs. the Giants). The unit has also made some plays of late. In addition to the onside kick recovery, Jeron Johnson blocked a punt in the end zone vs. the Jets and Rashad Ross entered Sunday’s games leading the league in kickoff return yards (400), aided by his 101-yard touchdown return vs. the Giants. There’s still, however, much for Ben Kotwica’s unit to improve upon in the second half now that it seems to have adjusted to life without captains Niles Paul and Adam Hayward, who were lost to injury. One of those areas is the punt return game, where rookie Jamison Crowder ranks 28th (5.1 yards per return). Over the past few weeks, the unit has performed at a B level. But the wretched start drags down the first half grade.      

Grade: C.

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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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