Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, July 20, seven days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.
The Redskins last played a game 200 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 52 days.
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 21
—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 30
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 44
Answering Redskins fan questions
The Center position seems to be the question mark on the O-Line...what is Gruden thinking about it headed into training camp? #NTK— Zeke Ouellette (@zekeouellette) July 19, 2017
I also got virtually an identical question from Alan on Facebook so it leads here. Spencer Long is the starter, period, end of story. During the offseason, I asked both Jay Gruden and Bill Callahan about the backup center position. Both expressed hope that sixth-round pick Chase Roullier will be up to speed by the time the season starts. But if he’s not ready, I think they will have to find a veteran. Right now, the best available is Nick Mangold but I doubt he wants to sign up to be a backup. They will be keeping a close eye on the waiver wire for this year’s version of John Sullivan.
How about giving Colt all the 1st team reps in mini camp? @KirkCousins8 will understand. It's a business, gotta coach em up.— Jonathan Bostetter (@JStetters) July 19, 2017
I assume you mean training camp. And I suppose you could say the same thing but insert Nate Sudfeld instead of McCoy. In either case, the answer is no. First of all, the team wants to win. They need to get Cousins, to whom they are paying $24 million, ready to play with the first offense. He’s not going to prepare by throwing to Ryan Grant and passing behind a line with Vinston Painter on his blind side. Second, it would be a great way to drive away the rest of the team. They want to win, too. There are about 15 key players who are free agents in 2018. If the Redskins want to retain the quality players in that group they need to try to win in 2017 and let 2018 sort itself out when it gets here. Now, if it’s December and they are 3-11 it’s a different story.
Who are the likely starting ILBs this year and where do you rank them among MLBs in the league? #NTK— R R (@RohitianRR) July 19, 2017
They rotated them around during the offseason program and, as expected, no coach would address who starters might be in May or June. I think the way that it will play out is that Zach Brown will start at Will linebacker and Will Compton will be the Mike. Mason Foster will come in for nickel situations, something he did well last year after Su’a Cravens was injured. Some fans want to see Foster start with Brown but the coaches like to Compton’s football IQ and he is the only one of the three who has experience called defenses. All three will see plenty of action. Really no idea of how they rank but if the D-line is better the group at ILB will be better.
#NTK What's more likely a division title for Sean McVay's Rams or a Super Bowl championship for our beloved Redskins— John (@RedskinsRecon) July 19, 2017
I’ll play along here since John is a longtime Twitter friend. Let’s establish that neither is very likely to happen. Last I looked the Redskins were a 66-1 shot to win the Super Bowl. They might have a better shot than that but no better than about 50-1. The Rams, per Westgate Sporting Book, are 25-1 to win the NFC West. Seattle is the odds-on favorite in that division at 1-4 so they would have to have a down year for the Rams to win it. But I see that happening more easily than the Redskins making the playoffs (that’s very possible) and winning three or four more games on top of that. The Rams have a solid defense and if Jared Goff can generate enough of a threat to open up room for Todd Gurley they could win some games, maybe enough to steal a division title if Seattle has a down year. I just don’t think that the Redskins are there yet.
Tandler on Twitter
Kirk Cousins wasn't solely reliant on his weapons in Washington. He gained more yards on average through the air than any other QB last year pic.twitter.com/It2mTCA7bF— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) July 19, 2017
Yet the dink and dunk, high yardage total only due to YAC myth about Cousins is still very much alive. https://t.co/BDA9WLQT5d— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) July 19, 2017
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