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Need to Know: Assessing the Redskins' chances game by game

Need to Know: Assessing the Redskins' chances game by game

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, November 26, 8 days before the Washington Redskins play the Arizona Cardinals.


Today's schedule: Off day

Days until: Redskins @ Cardinals 8; Redskins @ Eagles 15; Panthers @ Redskins 23

Looking at the rest of the Redskins’ games

The Redskins have five games remaining on their schedule. Three wins would give them a record of 9-6-1 and a very good shot at the playoffs. More than three almost certainly has them playing in the postseason; two or fewer will have them in trouble.

Let’s take a look at the Redskins’ remaining five opponents and I’ll give my confidence level on the Redskins’ chances of beating each one of them.

For comparison, the Redskins are, as noted, 9-6-1 and their weighted DVOA through Week 11 is 12.7%, ranked 7th.

Cardinals, 4-5-1, DVOA -2.1%, 19th—Carson Palmer, who had a great 2015 season, has faded to a level somewhere below mediocrity, with a 61.5 percent completion rate and a passer rating of 83.6. But Cardinals running back David Johnson is perhaps the best running back in the league not named Zeke. I have concerns that Johnson will leave cleat marks all over the Redskins’ defense just like Elliott did. Confidence the Redskins will win: Moderately low


Eagles, 5-5, DVOA 24.3%, 2nd—Even the Football Outsiders guys have some issues with the Eagles’ DVOA standing. I think they are what their record says they are. Carson Wentz is learning, and head coach Doug Pederson is in over his head (not that he won’t improve over time). They do have a good defense but the Redskins as a team and Kirk Cousins in particular just seem to have their number with five straight wins over them. Confidence: Moderately high

Panthers, 4-6, DVOA -4.7%, 21st—Cam Newton has attempted only 6.9 runs per game, tied for lowest rate of his career. With the diminished threat of the run his 56.5 percent completion rate has become a glaring issue. The Panthers are still second in the NFL is rushing yards so they can take advantage of the Redskins’ defensive weakness. Confidence: Moderate

Bears, 2-8, DVOA -5.0 23rd—This team wasn’t very good to begin with and then an incredible rash of injuries has piled up as the season has gone on. The latest was to quarterback Jay Cutler, who may miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. In short, they’re a mess. Confidence: Very high


Giants, 7-3, DVOA 3.3% 15th—We’ll know more about the Giants when this soft part of their schedule (Bears last week, Browns this week) is over and they face three division leaders in the Steelers, Cowboys, and Lions. Right now I like the Redskins at home but I won’t have a very strong feeling until the game gets closer. Confidence: Moderate

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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


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

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