Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, July 19, 8 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.
The Redskins last played a game 199 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 53 days.
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 22
—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 31
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 45
Redskins hot topics
—We don’t take down posts for other than extraordinary reasons so this post from yesterday where I criticized the Redskins for their handling of the Kirk Cousins contract situation is still up. But after Cousins spoke on 106.7 The Fan yesterday some of my points were rendered invalid. Cousins said that he was given a heads up that Bruce Allen would talk about some details about the team’s contract proposal. So it doesn’t seem that Allen’s deadline statement will poison future talks. And their chance to sign Cousins for the long term is not gone. He apparently is more than willing to talk contract after the season. I’ve been wrong before, I’ll be wrong again, and I was wrong on those points in that post.
—Now that Cousins is going to be playing out the year on the franchise tag, should there be concerns that the contract matter will become a distraction? It wasn’t much of one last season when he was playing essentially under the same circumstances but they were mostly steady all year. Their longest losing streak was two games and that came twice. If the Redskins should hit a losing streak of three games or longer you have to think that there will be some noise. It shouldn’t be too serious since Cousins is the master of deflecting contract talk and players generally don’t comment on other players’ money. But it won’t be pretty and the team will have to deal with it.
—Moving away from Cousins to things that would help him be successful, I can’t wait to see how the Redskins’ running game shapes up this year. In some ways, they didn’t have a good running game last year, finishing in the lower half of the league in rushing yards (21st). But they were in the top 10 in rushing TDs with 17 and yards per attempt with 4.5. Those numbers indicate that they perhaps should have run the ball more often than they did. Perhaps with the addition of rookie Samaje Perine to Rob Kelley, who performed well in half a season last year, the Redskins might add to their 379 rushing attempts (27th in the league). Jay Gruden isn’t going to go to a ground and pound attack but I believe the Redskins will run a few more times per game.
—The Redskins report to Richmond one week from today, with practice commencing the day after. It seems that they like the 90 players who will be on the field at the Bon Secours facility. They last made a roster move on June 7, when they released DB Shak Randolph and signed DB Lou Young. That was during the third week of OTAs. We will see how long into camp this roster stability lasts.
Tandler on Twitter
Not only is Cousins taking the high road, he’s elevating the road that the organization was taking. Not an easy thing to do.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) July 18, 2017
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