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.
—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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