Washington Redskins: Taking a Peek Into Training Camp
The Washington Redskins were well on their way to the postseason for the first time since the 2015 season last year. It all took a turn for the worst when Houston Texas defensive end J.J. Watt sacked quarterback Alex Smith in the third quarter in a Week 11 game.
Washington’s record was 6-3 at the time and they were also winning the game. The Redskins lost that game 23-21 and they finished with a 7-9 record. Washington was also in third place in the NFC East.
Smith broke his leg and he was out for the season. Alex Smith was acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs that offseason because Kirk Cousins was not re-signed. Cousins signed with the Minnesota Vikings for three years. Smith technically has a few years left on his contract but he is most likely finished with his NFL playing career.
With all of that being said, Washington traded for quarterback Case Keenum from the Denver Broncos in the offseason. They also drafted quarterback Dwayne Haskins from Ohio State with the 15th overall pick. They will compete for the starting quarterback job. However, Keenum should be the starter because Haskins won’t have enough playmakers to throw to on the outside.
It would not be a surprise to see Head Coach Jay Gruden and ownership smash heads on the starting quarterback situation. Gruden is entering his sixth season as head coach of this football team. It could potentially be his last if they don’t get to the playoffs this season.
Adrian Peterson will be the starting running back, but it is very possible he does not see a lot of carries. The Redskins will probably like to use some fresh legs more often. Derrius Guice could be a player to watch in the backfield. He is electric, but Guice missed all of his rookie season because of a Torn ACL in a preseason game last season.
Chris Thompson Jr. will most likely make the roster because he is excellent at catching passes out of the backfield. The battle for the final running back spot on the roster will be intriguing between Samaje Perine, Byron Marshall, and rookies Craig Reynolds and Bryce Love.
Elijah Wellman is the only fullback on the roster and it will be interesting to see if Washington decides to keep a fullback on the roster.
Wide receiver is by far the weakest position on this roster. Josh Doctson hasn’t been the primary receiver that they have hoped for but he will be one of the top wide receivers on the depth chart again. Doctson is also a very solid blocker in the run game.
Jeremy Sprinkle will most likely be the third tight end on the roster. Matt Flanagan could be the other threat to potential take a roster spot at the tight end position and so could J.P. Holtz and rookie Donald Parham.
The offensive line position is going to be an interesting position for the Washington Redskins. The potential starting offensive line is Trent Williams at left tackle, Ereck Flowers at left guard, Chase Roullier at center, Brandon Scherff at right guard, and Morgan Moses at right tackle.
There could be a ton of jostling for the backup positions. Rookies Wes Martin, Ross Pierschbacher, Brian Wallace, Blake Hance, and Gerald Foster could make the roster. Other players like Tony Bergstrom, Geron Christian, and Tyler Catalina could also make the roster.
Washington plays a 3-4 defensive scheme and it was probably the strength of this team last season. The Redskins defense got tired late in the season when the offense started to sputter.
Mason Foster and Jon Bostic will be the starting inside linebackers. Ryan Kerrigan will be one of the starting outside linebackers. Rookie Montez Sweat and Ryan Anderson will compete for the other starting outside linebacker spot.
Shaun Dion Hamilton, rookie Cole Holcomb, and Josh Harvey-Clemons will be competing for back up spots at inside linebacker. Marquis Flowers will most likely be the other outside linebacker on the roster. Rookies Jordan Brailford and C.J. Blunt, along with Cassanova McKinzy will compete for a potential spot on the roster at outside linebacker.
Josh Norman is the only sure-fire bet as the starting cornerback on this roster. The battle who plays opposite him will be interesting. Teams picked apart the other side of Norman last season. Quinton Dunbar saw his struggles in 2018.
Fabian Moreau is projected to be the other starter at corner. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Greg Stroman will most likely make the roster. Rookies Jimmy Moreland and Deion Harris will compete for the final spot on the roster at corner along with Adonis Alexander and Danny Johnson.
Tress Way will be the punter and Dustin Hopkins will be the kicker. Nick Sundberg and Andrew East will compete for the long snapper spot on the roster. Greg Roman will be the main kick off and punt returner.
Training camp for the Washington Redskins will begin on Thursday, July 25. Then their first preseason game will be against the Cleveland Browns on the road on Thursday, August 8. Finally, Washington will begin the regular season on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, September 8.
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