Here is what you need to know on this Friday, July 22, six days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.
—The Redskins last played a game 194 days ago. It will be 52 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.
—Days until: Preseason opener @ Falcons 20; Final roster cut 43; Cowboys @ Redskins 58
Three and out
—It’s not just the expectations that come with being the fifth overall in the draft that make it necessary for Brandon Scherff to be a very, very good guard. Financial considerations are at play. His cap number this year is $4.8 million, making him the second-highest paid offensive lineman on the team. That goes up to $6.7 million in the last year of his contract. The fifth-year option for 2019 will be expensive. This year the option for an offensive lineman cost over $11 million. The number is sure to go up between now and when the Redskins will exercise it. He will have to be the caliber of an annual, automatic Pro Bowl selection to justify that money. There is no reason to think that he won't get there but it needs to happen.
—I’ve pretty much given up trying to sort out the inside linebacker picture before we get into camp. Mason Foster and Will Compton will start. I’m pretty sure that Terence Garvin will make the team due to his special teams prowess. Beyond that, you can throw Perry Riley, Martrel Spaight, Adam Hayward, and Stephen Daniels in a hat and draw out two names and I could make a case for them to make the team. And I’m not counting Su’a Cravens, who will make the team but may or may not be counted as an inside linebacker. It’s going to be some fierce competition.
—On the other end of the uncertainty spectrum are the wide receivers. That depth chart appears to be set in stone. They will carry six and they will be Garçon, Jackson, Crowder, Doctson, Grant, and Ross. The only potential drama will come when the regular season starts and the coaches have to decide if Grant or Ross will be active. If Ross proves to be valuable as a returner it could be him most of the time; if not, Grant will dress and Ross will sit. There can always be surprises but I'm going to look for them elsewhere.
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