Each time the Redskins practice, you can look for Redskins Playbook - breaking down the top three storylines for the day. On Thursday, the Redskins practice at 1 p.m., and the whole team is now fully focused on the Monday night game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. A chance for Washington to start the NFL season with a win, and prove that the 2015 NFC East title was no fluke.
- On again, off again - At practice on Monday, optimism reigned as rookie first-round pick Josh Doctson practiced in pads. After practice, the rook sounded a bit guarded when asked if he would be able to play against the Steelers. Wednesday the 'Skins held Doctson out of some portions of practice, and afterwards, coach Jay Gruden said, "We’re still taking Josh slowly. He did some individuals work and some other stuff so we’ll have to wait and see." On a positive note though, Gruden added that Doctson did not suffer a setback, but that it was a "unique" situation.
- Band back together - In two games with their intended starting offensive line last season, the Redskins looked like a power running team. That line - Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses - plowed the way for more than 340 rush yards in two games. Things came unglued when Lauvao was lost for the year in the third game of the season, and fell apart when Lichtensteiger went down later in the season. But for now, and especially Monday night, that unit is back together. That should be good news for Matt Jones and the 'Skins offense.
- Lauvao, in particular - The 6-foot-3, 325 lbs. mauler looked on his way to a Pro Bowl year early in 2015, dominating the line of scrimmage next to Trent Williams. Though he started training camp on the PUP list, once Lauvao came back, it was obvious to onlookers that he gave Washington their best chance at left guard as he routinely got strong push against the second unit. Gruden seems excited to have his left guard back too, "Both performance and health Shawn has done an excellent job. We weren’t sure how Shawn was going to recover from his feet issues and he’s come back in a big way."