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Should the Redskins draft a quarterback in 2016?


Should the Redskins draft a quarterback in 2016?

In less than a year, the Redskins completed a stunning turnaround, ascending from a laughingstock in 2014 to a division champion in 2015. But now comes the difficult part: taking that all-important next step and improving from a franchise that was fortunate to get into the playoffs to one that can do some damage once it gets there. And that work begins right now for Jay Gruden, Scot McCloughan and the players.

In the coming weeks, Redskins reporters Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler will examine the 25 biggest questions facing the Redskins as another offseason gets rolling.

No. 6

Should the Redskins draft a quarterback?

El-Bashir: Even though the Redskins just found their quarterback of the present—Kirk Cousins—it’s not too early to start thinking a few years down the road.

Remember when Mike Shanahan and Co. drafted Cousins 100 spots behind Robert Griffin III in 2012? The decision didn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense at the time, but it sure paid off in 2015. Indeed, it’s a good idea to have talent in the pipeline, particularly at the game’s most important position.

As the Redskins’ roster stands right now, they’ve got a starter that needs a new contract (Cousins), a 29-year-old backup (Colt McCoy) who needs a new contract, too, and a former first round pick (Griffin) that’s widely expected to be released next month.

The safe bet is Cousins returning as the No. 1 on a long-term contract, McCoy coming back as the No. 2 on another one-year deal and Griffin, who was inactive for all but one game last season, signing elsewhere. In that scenario, the Redskins would be in an envious spot with a reliable and improving starter in Cousins, a competent and experienced backup in McCoy and a spot available for a mid-to-late-round pick who can be groomed to potentially replace McCoy in 2017.

That, to me, would be the ideal situation. But I’d also like to be clear about this: I don’t consider drafting a developmental quarterback to be a priority, not this year, anyway. If the best player on the Redskins’ draft board from the fourth round on is a quarterback and GM Scot McCloughan sees value/potential, then go ahead. Otherwise, it can wait. 

Tandler: I’m pretty much in agreement with Tarik right up to the final paragraph. Although I’m not 100 percent sure that McCoy won’t want to head elsewhere to try to get a shot at a starting quarterback job, either he or another player like him will fill the No. 2 job. And Griffin will be gone.

But I do place a greater urgency on finding a young quarterback to develop than does Mr. El-Bashir. I don’t think it would be a good idea to wait a year to start the development process. Let’s say Scot McCloughan bypasses a late-round signal caller who is on the board. That means that the Redskins go into 2016 with Kirk Cousins, McCoy, and, well, nobody. Sure, they would sign someone off of the street as an extra arm, either an older retread like McCoy or a younger player, perhaps an undrafted free agent.

But they will need to coach up the third arm, have him ready to participate in practice, ready to play in the preseason and, most important, ready to come into a game or come into a game.

If you’re going to go to all of that effort and invest all of that time, shouldn’t it be on someone you plan to keep around for a long while? Someone in whom you invested a draft pick?

The bottom line is this—you have to draft your developmental quarterback a year before you think that McCoy is going to leave. He needs at least a year of, well, development under his belt before you can confidently put him into a game. Getting him this year would be solid succession planning for next year and beyond.

To be sure, McCloughan doesn’t need to reach for a quarterback. But if the right guy is there in the right round he shouldn’t hesitate to grab him. 

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Chris Simms: Why Dwayne Haskins has 'Big Ben Roethlisberger-type talent'

Chris Simms: Why Dwayne Haskins has 'Big Ben Roethlisberger-type talent'

It did not take long for Dwayne Haskins to win approval from the media and the Redskins coaching staff in a short amount of time at OTAs. 

That excitement from the Redskins OTAs has reverberated across the country and made him the feature of NBC Sports' Chris Simms QB School series. There, the current NFL analyst and former NFL quarterback made big comparisons to the No. 15 overall pick Haskins to Super Bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger. 

Simms was enthralled with the skillset that Haskins possesses and his potential. Citing his arm talent and the small mechanics of the 22-year-old, Simms thinks he has all the tools to be a top-tier NFL QB.

"He reminds me a lot of a big Ben Roethlisberger with his style of football play. [Haskins] arm is special, there's no doubt about that," Simms said. 

Comparing a rookie QB to a two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback that has made six All-Pro teams is not too shabby. Roethlisberger has thrown for over 54,000 yards in his career with 363 touchdowns across his NFL career. They both wear No. 7, both played their college ball in Ohio, and both are known for their ability to hurl a football down the field. 

Some of the strong qualities of Haskins that Simms highlighted were his tight and quick arm motion, his controlled body rotation, and the accuracy down the field. At the same time, he pointed out that Haskins has a tendency to drop his elbow on passes, forcing his passes to sail high. 

"[Haskins] has Big Ben Roethlisberger-type talent and I know he's already wowed some people down there in Washington in his first few practices." 


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Redskins 2019 Training Camp Schedule: Dates, times, location, how to attend

Redskins 2019 Training Camp Schedule: Dates, times, location, how to attend

Before you blink Redskins training camp will be here, which means preseason football is not far off and the 2019 NFL regular season will come with it.

On Friday afternoon, the Washington Redskins released its 2019 training camp schedule, set to begin July 25. Training camp will take place at Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, Va. for the seventh straight year. 

This year is set to be the most intriguing training camp since Robert Griffin III was drafted by the team in 2012. Playing in his first NFL training camp first-round draft pick Dwayne Haskins will be the center of attention with the team's quarterback position still up in the air. There will be competition from trade acquisition Case Keenum and Redskins mainstay Colt McCoy. 

More to watch:

-Derrius Guice will be in the backfield practicing with Adrian Peterson for the first time.
-The return of the Alabama Wall in Darron Payne and Jonathan Allen.
-Which wide receiver(s) will step up into holes in the offense.

Here is everything you need to know about the 2019 Redskins training camp.

When is the Redskins 2019 training camp?

The Redskins 2019 training camp begins on Thursday, July 25 at 9:45 a.m. ET and runs to the team's final practice on Saturday, August 11. 

What time does the Redskins training camp start?

Most days of the Redskins training camp schedule starts with a practice at 9:45 a.m. ET with a late afternoon walkthrough at 4:40 p.m. ET.

Where is the Redskins training camp located?

The Redskins 2019 training camp is located at the Bon Secours Training Center at 2401 W. Leigh St., Richmond, Va. 23220.

How much does it cost to attend the Redskins training camp?

The Redskins training camp is free and open to the public. For more information on logistics, head to the Redskins’ official training camp page

Redskins training camp schedule

Date — Camp Opens — Practice — Walkthrough — Camp Closes

Thurs. 7/25 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Fri. 7/26 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Sat. 7/27 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Sun. 7/28 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Tues. 7/30 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Wed. 7/31 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Thurs. 8/1 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Fan Appreciation Day:
Sat. 8/3 — TBA — 1:00 p.m. — No Walkthrough — TBA

Sun. 8/4 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Mon. 8/5 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — 4:40 p.m. — TBA

Tues. 8/6 — TBA — 1:35 p.m. — No Walkthrough — TBA


Sat. 8/10 — TBA — 1:35 p.m. — No Walkthrough — TBA

Sun. 8/11 — TBA — 9:45 a.m. — No Walkthrough— TBA