More than twenty players left Redskins Park over the weekend without plans to come back as general manager Scot McCloughan trimmed the team from 75 players down to 53. Washington gets back on the field Monday morning at 10:50 a.m. and the vibe at practice will be much different as the regular season is one week away. Here's what to watch for:
- This is serious - After a lengthy training camp in Richmond and four preseason games, finally, the Redskins get to focus on a regular season foe in the Pittsburgh Steelers. Washington enters the 2016 season on a positive note after winning the NFC East in 2015, but the team has plenty of questions as well. Can the offense keep up the pace established in the second half of the 2015 season? Will the defense improve after an uneven year? The Steelers game will be the 'Skins first chance to prove that last season was no fluke, and that tone gets set today.
- All eyes on RB - Since his shoulder injury in the preseason, the word on Redskins running back Matt Jones is that he will be ready to go for Week 1 against Pittsburgh. Coaches and Jones himself have said for two weeks that the Steelers game should not be a concern for the 'Skins starting running back, and it will be important to get the second-year man out of Florida on the practice field soon. It might not be Monday, but Washington needs Jones on the field and handling some sort of contact by Tuesday or Wednesday to ensure the team can count on him for the first regular season game.
- What about the rook - On Sunday the Redskins published a Vine video of first-round rookie WR Josh Doctson running routes in pads and a helmet. After not appearing at all in the preseason, head coach Jay Gruden said that Doctson might be ready to go against the Steelers. If the rookie is going to play, he needs to hit the practice field soon. No matter how talented Docston might be, every rookie needs snaps with the offense to learn all the things that come with an NFL offense.
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