The Redskins rookies will report to Redskins Park on Monday, July 16 to start preparation for the 2012 season. This early reporting is something new from the CBA that was signed last August. There are some questions about this new addition to the NFL calendar and we dug up a few answers.Nobody has come up with a name for it yet so well call it rookie camp even though more players than just rookies can participate. Any player on the roster who does not have a year of credited service in the league can report. So the group at Redskins Park will consist of the players they just drafted and the rookie free agents plus players who have received some NFL paychecks but have not been on the roster enough to qualify for a year of NFL service. This means that players like like Aldrick Robinson and Doug Worthington, who were on the practice squad for most of last season before moving up to the active roster late in the year, will be there.Only players under contract can report so as of this moment that means that quarterback Robert Griffin III and guard Josh LeRibeus are out until they sign their rookie deals. While there is every reason to believe that due to the pay scale in the CBA both deals will get done in time, a contract is not done until its done. Those situations will bear watching.The July 16 start date for the rookie camp was the Redskins choice. They could have started as early as July 5. No teams started that early; the Bills were the first, they had their rookies report yesterday. Some teams are having the rookies come in just a few days before the start of camp. There are 13 teams, including the Giants, Vikings, and Saints, who are choosing not to take advantage of the rule. Their rookies are reporting the same day as the veterans.The rookie program consists of both classroom and on-field work. The practices are limited in time and pads and contact are not permitted.Fans should not expect to have a burst of coverage coming out of this rookie camp. It is not open to the public and there is no time for the media to either observe players or . The next time we are going to be at Redskins Park is on July 25, the day the veterans report to camp and the day before the first full-squad practices.
Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 19, three days before the Washington Redskins start OTAs.
The Redskins week that was
Five key upcoming free agent decisions for the Redskins—Some may say it’s too early to talk about 2019 free agents but the key to Redskins keeping their own players has been to lock them up before they hit free agency. It will be interesting to see what unfolds between now and the start of the season regarding Preston Smith, Jamison Crowder, and a few others.
Redskins 2017 draft picks who must step up this season—While the focus is on the newly acquired draft picks and free agents if the Redskins are going to improve this year some of the players already on the team will need to contribute more. The bulk of the members of that club are from the 2017 draft class. Who will this year’s versions for Kendall Fuller and Matt Ioannidis?
A post-draft look at the possible Redskins defense three years from now—I was a little wary of posting a look three years down the road but after I wrote it I’m glad I did. And the posts did fairly well (you can find the post on the offense here) so that was a bonus. The best thing I found out while putting this together was the possible 2021 defensive; you can find it at the bottom of the post).
Redskins rookie camp practice report—The draft picks and other rookies get introduced to the NFL game, the rookies get introduced to the coaches, the media, and each other, and everybody (at least all of the draft picks) looks good. There are a few good takeaways to be had—Troy Apke’s makeup speed, Trey Quin’s ability to put a DB on the ground—the real action starts when they put the pads on down in Richmond.
Tweet of the week
Three notes from rookie camp: Guice is a hustler, first in line for every drill, Gruden said he was first one with playbook open in the meeting room and a ball of fire. If he’s at all productive he will be a big-time fan favorite. 1/3— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) May 11, 2018
Perhaps I was late to the party. It looks like Guice already is a fan favorite and the hype train is starting to roll. He’s not anywhere near where RGIII was in 2012 but the dynamic is the same.
It easy for everything to be great now. Guice is hustling and being a leader among the rookies and all is well. All of those red-hot draft day rumors about his character have vanished. The test will come if he fumbles at a key moment in a regular season game or if he has a three-week stretch where he averages 3.1 yards per carry. Then his upbeat personality might not play as well. Or it might not be as upbeat. And if he doesn’t take criticism well things could deteriorate further.
This is not a prediction that things will not go well for Guice, just that the road could get bumpy. It often does for NFL rookies.
Former Redskins linebacker London Fletcher was born on this date in 1975.
—Minicamp (6/12) 25
—Training camp starts (7/26) 69
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 83
The Redskins last played a game 138 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 114 days.
In case you missed it
- Predicting best- and worst-case stats for Redskins on defense
- The Redskins need to beat the Cowboys in 2018
- A post-draft look at the possible Redskins defense three years from now
We’re previewing every game of the 2018 season with a look forward and a look back. Up today, it’s the two games against Cowboys.
Week 7 October 21, FedEx Field
Week 12 Thanksgiving, November 22, AT&T Stadium
2017 Cowboys: 9-7, second in NFC East
Projected 2018 wins per Westgate SuperBook: 8.5
Early line: Week 7 Redskins -1, Week 12 Cowboys -6
Key additions: LB Leighton Vander Esch, WR Allen Hurns
Key losses: WR Dez Bryant, TE Jason Witten, LB Anthony Hitchens, G Jonathan Cooper
Notable: Witten retired shortly after the draft to become the lead analyst on Monday night football and Bryant was cut a month after free agency started.
- How will quarterback Dak Prescott respond to the loss of his security blanket tight end Witten?
- And regardless of the availability of his targets, is Prescott more like the QB he was his rookie year (7.3 adjusted net yard/attempt) or what he was last year (6.0 ANY/A)?
- Was the 14.5-sack season by Demarcus Lawrence, who had nine sacks in his first three years on the league, a contract-year fluke or something he can produce consistently?
Cowboys lead all-time series 70-44-2; Dallas has won the last four in a row and six of the last seven.
The first time: October 9, 1960, Griffith Stadium—Ralph Guglielmi completed just 10 passes, but they were good for 257 yards and a touchdown in the Redskins’ win. Bobby Khayat provided the margin of the 26-14 victory by kicking four field goals.
The last time: November 30, 2017, AT&T Stadium—The wheels were starting to fall off of the 2017 Redskins when they took the field for this Thursday night game. The Cowboys, who had scored a total of just 22 points in their previous three games, scored 17 unanswered in the second quarter to take command of the game. They were able to keep the Redskins at arm’s length the rest of the way thanks in no small part to old friend Alfred Morris rushing for 127 yards and a touchdown. The game was really as close as the 38-17 final indicated.
The best time: NFC Championship Game, January 22, 1983, RFK Stadium—Looking to avenge their only defeat of the year and advance to Super Bowl XVII, the Redskins jumped out to a 14-3 halftime lead over the hated Cowboys on the strength of John Riggins’ running and Joe Theismann’s passing. Adding to the delight of the frenzied crowd was the fact that Dexter Manley had knocked Danny White, Dallas’ starting quarterback, out of the game and any Cowboy comeback would have to come from the arm of the untested Gary Hogeboom.
There were echoes of Clint Longley as Hogeboom moved his team up and down the field and Dallas cut the home team’s lead to 21-17 going into the fourth quarter. It would take two key defensive plays put the Redskins in the Super Bowl.
The first, less remembered play was Mel Kauffman’s leaping, over-the-shoulder interception of a Hogeboom pass that set up a 29-yard Mark Moseley field goal. The seven-point lead was better, but the crowd was still uneasy. Relief—and ecstasy—would come on Dallas' next play from scrimmage.
From the Dallas 20, Darryl Grant sensed a screen pass, a play that had worked well for Dallas earlier in the game. He stopped rushing and drifted off to the right side, around the 10 yard line. Manley, sensing another quarterback kill, went right after Hogeboom and tipped his pass high in the air. Grant caught it and high-stepped the 10 yards into the end zone as a roar of sonic boom proportions exploded from the RFK stands. That made the final Redskins 31, Cowboys 14
The worst time: November 5, 1989, RFK Stadium—The Cowboys came into Washington winless in its previous eight games and they would not win another game the rest of the season. But the Redskins let Paul Palmer run wild as the Dallas back gained 110 yards on 18 carries, including a 47-yard jaunt to set up the game’s only touchdown in Dallas’ 13-3 win.
“It’s a real low point for us,” Joe Gibbs said afterward, speaking not only for himself and the team but Redskins fans everywhere. The loss turned out to be especially brutal as the Redskins finished the season 10-6 but out of the playoffs on tiebreakers.
Redskins schedule series
More 2018 Redskins
- 53-man roster: Three up, three down
- The draft: Grading the Redskins' draft
- The future: Redskins should get 4 additional picks in 2019 draft
- The buzz: Redskins part ways with long-time executive