Well, the first walkthrough of training camp 2015 is in the books. Next up is the first full practice of camp at 3 p.m.—and it promises to be a hot one.
Here are the five things I’ll be looking for/monitoring:
1-The big story of the day, of course, is former Saints’ pass rusher Junior Galette, who is scheduled to meet with Redskins brass today in Richmond. Galette, 27, is immensely talented and productive, having racked up 22 sacks the past two seasons. It’s also likely the Redskins could also get him at a bargain rate, relatively speaking. But he’s got baggage—a lot of it, as Rich Tandler detailed this morning.
Just because Galette is visiting Richmond doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll sign. He would, however, represent an upgrade over youngsters Trent Murphy and Preston Smith, who are battling for the right to start across from Ryan Kerrigan.
2-How does Robert Griffin III look in his first practice? He extended his edge over Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy this offseason, and Jay Gruden says he’s excited about Griffin’s progress. But…and there’s usually a “but” when talking about Griffin considering his struggles the past two seasons, everyone would benefit greatly from Griffin enjoying a solid camp. And it all begins today.
3-There are two battles on the defensive side of the ball that get underway in a few hours—Murphy vs. Smith, which I mentioned earlier, and, at strong safety, Duke Ihenacho vs. Jeron Johnson. Who lines up with the first team? Can anything be gleaned from the rotation?
4-DeAngelo Hall is 31 and coming off an Achilles that he ruptured twice. He was a non-participant this offseason and he agreed to remove a $1 million guarantee from his contract, which means his $4 million salary is only guaranteed if he makes the 53-man roster. Hall said after the walkthrough that he’s full go and does not expect to be limited once the practices begin later today. He'll be aiming to win back his starting job from Bashaud Breeland.
5-As for the other players coming off injury, I’ll be keeping a close eye on them, too. Trent Williams (ankle) said he’s fine and will be good to go later. He also said he’s managed to keep off the weight that he dropped earlier this offseason by eating better. Ryan Kerrigan (knee) also told me that he’ll be full go. I didn’t get a chance to catch up with Jordan Reed (knee), but Gruden said Wednesday that he’s been medically cleared to practice.
But keep this in mind: Just because a guy is cleared, that doesn't mean he'll be allowed to do everything. We’ll start getting some definitive answers soon.