Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, June 7, six days before the Washington Redskins start their mandatory minicamp on June 13.
Today at Redskins Park: OTA practice 11:30; players available coming off the field after practice, approx. 1:30, press conferences by Jay Gruden and Matt Cavanaugh about 20 minutes after practice ends.
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 38
—Training camp starts (7/27) 50
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 64
—Season opener Eagles @ Redskins (9/10) 95
Players to watch during today’s OTA
Here are five players I’ll be keeping an eye on during today’s OTA practice session:
WR Josh Doctson—Yeah, I know that Jay Gruden said he sat out the last session of team drills last week just for rest, not due to any injury issues. But he needs the work and he should make the most out of every rep that he can get. Odds are that he is fine but I’d like to see for myself.
QB Nate Sudfeld—He started off the first OTA session with throws that scattered high and low but he settled down and started throwing better, especially when he was on the move. His main issue is consistency and he won’t be taken seriously as a possible future starter until he can start well, finish strong, and execute properly in between, day in and day out.
CB Josh Norman—He’s still learning to play more off coverage. I know that fans hate it but get your anger out of the way now because you’re going to see a lot of it. Playing off gives the corner the opportunity to watch both the quarterback and the receiver instead of just seeing the receiver’s face. It can be very effective for a corner with Norman’s length and athleticism. I’ll keep an eye on how he is adapting.
RB Samaje Perine—The fourth-round pick looked great in rookie camp but he mostly was competing against undrafted rookies and tryout players. His performance since lining up with the big boys has not been as eye popping. It’s nothing to be concerned about at this point but it would be good to see him shine if he is going to take on a major role in the offense this year.
ILB Zach Brown—His speed and athletic ability just make him fun to watch. He’ll make a few mistakes because he’s learning the defense and because he will be overly aggressive at times. It will be interesting to see how he is used and how he fits in with the rest of the defense.
Tandler on Twitter
They can continue to patch and continue to give up 5/rush on first down. The can be OK w/o true NT but need one to be top 12.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) June 6, 2017
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