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 Tuesday, October 16, five days before the Washington Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys.
A better 3-2
For the third straight year, the Redskins are 3-2 after five games. As you know, they did not make the playoffs after either of the last two seasons. But they are in better shape in the standings now than they were in 2016 or 2017. Last year they were in second place in the division, a game and a half behind the 5-1 Eagles. They were worse off two years ago as they were in third place behind the 3-1 Eagles and the Cowboys, who were 4-1.
It’s still very early, but it’s better to be in first place nearly a third of the way into the season than it is to be in second or third place and being in a position where you have to chase one or two teams.
Take it away
The Redskins had three takeaways against the Panthers—the fumble recovery on the punt, Josh Norman’s interception, and the fumble forced by Norman and recovered by Mason Foster. They did not give the ball away. The last time they got at least three takeaways without giving the ball up was on Christmas Eve, 2016 in Chicago. Perhaps not coincidentally, that is the last game in which Norman had an interception until Sunday.
After being either even or in the positive in takeaway ratio in four of their five games this year, the Redskins are now tied for fourth in the NFL with a plus-four turnover margin. If they can stay on the even or plus side from week to week they will have a very good chance at being successful.
Rushing D much improved
After finishing 32nd in the NFL in rushing yards allowed in 2017, the Redskins are currently sixth, giving up an average of 90.2 yards per game. The improvement has come even though they have faced premiere running backs David Johnson, Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram, and Christian McCaffrey. They have allowed no more than 104 yards on the ground in any of their five games. Last year's opponents ran for 127 yards or more 10 times. Their defense will be tested on Sunday against the Cowboys, who average 147 rushing yards per game on the ground, second in the NFL.
Looking in the mirror
When the Redskins take a look at the Cowboys they might feel like they are watching themselves. Both teams run the ball well, although Ezekiel Elliott is more consistent than Adrian Peterson. Alex Smith has better passing stats than Dak Prescott but both teams are in the bottom third of the league in passing yards. The defenses on both teams are strong. Washington is sixth in yardage allowed per game and the Cowboys are fifth.
And both teams have started off the season alternating wins and losses. Dallas started with a loss to the Panthers then beat the Giants, lost to the Seahawks, won over the Lions, suffered an OT loss to the Texans and then thumped the Jaguars. It will be an interesting match up on Sunday.
Today: Off day, no media availability
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During the Redskins-Panthers Week 6 matchup, the FedEx Field end zones ditched their usual gold trim for some pink instead. As it turns out, burgundy and pink go quite well together.
The reason for the change was to celebrate the Redskins Breast Cancer Awareness game as well as the 20th anniversary of Tanya Snyder's THINK-PINK! campaign.
Mrs. Snyder started the movement two decades ago by passing out 8,000 handmade pink ribbons at the team's stadium meant to remind people that early detection of breast cancer can make a major difference.
Now, her campaign has gone league-wide and is the reason you see so many players wearing pink in October, fans waving pink towels in the stands and other awareness-raising initiatives throughout the NFL.
"Very, very, very proud," Snyder said while handing out ribbons before the Washington-Carolina game. "We're not finished, but we are making a difference with early detection. So I'm beaming."
For more information on Snyder and the NFL's breast cancer efforts, head to redskins.com/thinkpink. And for more details about the events held at FedEx Field during Week 6, check out the video above.
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