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Need to Know: Rookie camp notes—Seventh-round CB Holsey has a shot

Need to Know: Rookie camp notes—Seventh-round CB Holsey has a shot

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, May 15, nine days before the Redskins start OTAs on May 24.


It’s been 134 days since the Redskins played a game. Their season opener against the Eagles at FedEx Field is in 118 days.

Days until:

—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 9
—Training camp starts (7/27) 73
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 87

Thoughts and observations after rookie camp

RB Samaje Perine showed some explosion and good moves during rookie camp. Will the Redskins profit from a two-back attack with Perine and Rob Kelley carrying the load? Kelley could benefit by staying fresh. In a part-time role in the first seven weeks of the season he averaged 6.1 yards per carry. In his first five games as the starter he averaged a very respectable 4.43 per rushing attempt. In the final four games down the stretch, Weeks 14-17, he averaged 3.2 yards per carry. It’s not right to put all that on Kelley—in a couple of those games, the loss to the Panthers in particular, he simply had nowhere to run. Still, being fresher as the season goes on could benefit Kelley.

—We’ve all heard Jay Gruden sing the praises of Kelley. He was impressed with Perine as well. “I like guys who come in here and love football and he does,” Gruden said when asked about Perine on Saturday. “He’s a very smart guy. You can tell that he’s going to be a very hard worker and, of course, he runs hard. You can’t see that in shorts, obviously, but you could see that his pad level is always down, he’s got good vision, he’s got good feet in the hole and he caught the ball well.”

—I didn’t mention seventh-round pick CB Josh Holsey in my minicamp observations because I was looking at something else when he made a nice play on a ball that others in the media mentioned. I did have a chance to talk to him after practice and I will run a post on the Auburn product in the next couple of days. Even though his 5-10 height listing might be generous, he has a shot at sticking around if they keep six cornerbacks. The status of third-round pick Fabian Moreau is up in the air due to his pectoral injury and that could leave the door open for Holsey. If he gets his chance he might not ever give up his spot.

—I couldn’t watch sixth-round WR Robert Davis run a lot of routes but he seemed to be comfortable when he did. Sometimes tall receivers coming out of college don’t run good routes because they can just physically dominate the corner and make the catch. But it looked like Davis, who is 6-3, worked on his complete game while at Georgia State. After he was drafted he told us that he is a good run blocker because running was about all his high school teams did. Blocking is Ryan Grant’s strong suit and it would not be a shock to see Davis push Grant for his job. A long way to go still but that will be something to watch closely.

—How fast is the offseason moving along? Minicamp is in less than a month. It starts on June 13 and runs for two or three days. After that it’s six weeks off before they reconvene in Richmond on July 27.

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One crazy stat that connects Dwayne Haskins with Cam Newton, but also Mark Sanchez

One crazy stat that connects Dwayne Haskins with Cam Newton, but also Mark Sanchez

The Redskins selected Dwayne Haskins with the 15th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. While his record at Ohio State was impressive, Haskins didn't log many starts. 

Washington head coach Jay Gruden talked about Haskins back in March during the league meetings, before the Burgundy and Gold drafted the quarterback, and said that because he played just one year in college he would need significant time to learn the NFL game. 

"You would like a guy to play more than a year to see how he’s developed over the years. Haskins has a unique skillset. He’s big, strong and can really throw it," Gruden said. Then, "Is he going to be ready for the first year?"

After OTAs and minicamp, it's obvious Haskins has all the talent needed to play quarterback in the NFL. He's made touch throws and he's rifled balls into tight windows. At the same time, he seemed confused in spots about play calls and struggled with the speed of the pass rush. 

All of that is normal for a player with just 14 starts. But it's that number, the one year of starting experience in college, that makes one statistic stand out about Haskins. 

That's some serious company, both good, bad and ugly. 

As a rookie in 2011, Cam Newton went 6-10 with 35 total TDs and 17 interceptions, not to mention a Rookie of the Year trophy. His running prowess made up for average numbers in the pass game. The more important comparison for Redskins fans is that Newton eventually developed into an NFL MVP and got the Panthers to the Super Bowl. 

For Mark Sanchez, the rookie numbers and the career comparison aren't as kind. Sanchez threw 12 TDs and 20 INTs in 15 games as a rookie, though he was at the helm as the Jets got to two straight AFC title games. Still, for his career, Sanchez threw more INTs than TDs and could not keep a starting job after his rookie contract. 

Trubisky is a different deal. He's only started 26 games since being the second overall pick in the 2017 draft with a record of 15-11. He's thrown 31 touchdowns against 19 interceptions, and run for another five scores. It's hard to describe Trubisky's game. At times he's terribly inaccurate, but in other spots, he looks like a future Pro Bowler. 

Newton is the sure thing, Sanchez is the poor outcome. Trubisky is still to be determined. 

For Haskins, it's not good company or bad company. With only 14 starts at Ohio State before the Redskins drafted Haskins, it's just the company he's in.


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Packers' Davante Adams has high praise for rookie Darnell Savage

Packers' Davante Adams has high praise for rookie Darnell Savage

Darnell Savage was the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect

Darnell Savage has been getting a lot of buzz since the Packers traded up to the 21st overall pick to select him in the 2019 NFL Draft, and his teammates are on board.

The Maryland star was one of the draft's biggest risers, and it was well warranted.

The Packers' Instagram account posted a video of Savage Wednesday, and his teammate Davante Adams chimed in.

“The boy gonna be special,” Adams wrote.

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“He’s going to be that guy — I can tell," Adams said, via Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal. "We definitely got a steal." “I know we got him early, but I still think that he could have gone even earlier just based on what he’s doing out there. He plays like a vet, he knows how to practice, and he’s smart, man.

Savage will face the Redskins in Week 14 when the Burgundy and Gold head up to Lambeau Field on December 8 for the matchup against the Packers.