The new-look Washington Redskins are back on the field after the team’s offseason training activities commenced Tuesday. Wednesday the media will get a first glimpse of a roster that experienced some significant turnover during the offseason.
The Post provides live updates throughout the practice session (so save this page and refresh often after practice gets underway) and will conclude today with the top takeaways and observations.
Note: Practice has wrapped, we’ll be back later with the top takeways from Wednesday.
Next man up at ILB
With Zach Brown not working with the team, Josh Harvey-Clemons has been getting more run.
Some 7-on-7 takeaways
Punt returner intrigue
Jamison Crowder’s struggles with fumbling returns opened the door for a fresh look at the role. While Coach Jay Gruden has said Crowder remains the incumbent, he will have competition.
A few players not participating
As of now, there appear to be a few players sitting out the practice session.
The running back rotation
One of the key training camp story lines will be how Washington’s running back rotation shakes out. At the start, it appears the team will make Derrius Guice work to get the top spot in the pecking order, which is not an unusual approach to rookies.
Alex Smith is in action
Kirk Cousins has left the team, but Creed has not
The former Redskins quarterback was a big fan of the band, but while he has departed, his musical imprint appears to have remained.
All caught up? Get an in-depth look at running back Derrius Guice with Kimberley A. Martin’s profile of one of the NFL’s most intriguing rookies.
Why did Derrius Guice’s draft-day fall hurt so badly? Start at ‘The Bottom’
By Kimberley A. Martin
Hidden among the overgrown grass and aboveground cement vaults arranged in haphazard fashion at Zachary Public Cemetery lies the beginning of Derrius Guice’s story.
The cemetery, which sits at the intersection of Mt. Pleasant Zachary Road and Louisiana Highway 964, is home to the final resting place of his father, Derrick Keith Guice Sr. He was cut down by a barrage of bullets in 2003, at the age of 27, following an argument with another man inside a Denny’s restaurant. (Read More)
Five things to watch in the upcoming weeks of OTAs
By Kareem Copeland
Alex Smith and the passing game: The Redskins traded cornerback Kendall Fuller and a third-round pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for quarterback Alex Smith. The 13-year veteran is coming off a career year where he threw for 4,042 yards and 26 touchdowns with five interceptions. The team also brought in speedy receiver Paul Richardson via free agency and gave him a five-year, $40 million deal. Coach Jay Gruden is known for his prowess in the passing game, and the Redskins need to get that facet of the offense clicking as quickly as possible.
Rookie showcase: Washington hopes its top two draft picks will have an immediate impact on its two biggest weakness from 2017 — stopping the run and running the ball. Alabama defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne was widely considered the top run stopper in the draft, and the Redskins took him with the No. 13 overall pick. LSU running back Derrius Guice slipped to No. 59 overall, but the Redskins gave him a first-round grade and many analysts rated him the second-best back in the draft. Both will have every opportunity to start from Day 1. Fifth-round defensive lineman Tim Settle could find himself in the rotation early, as well.
Opportunities abound: A young group of recently drafted players are expected to take the next step and compete to be Week 1 starters. Second-year center Chase Roullier is already believed to have won the job after his rookie performance deemed former starter Spencer Long expendable in free agency. Long signed with the Jets this offseason. The top two cornerback positions behind Josh Norman are open, after Bashaud Breeland left in free agency and Fuller was traded away. Ten-year veteran Orlando Scandrick was signed in free agency, while 2017 third-round pick Fabian Moreau and fourth-year veteran Quinton Dunbar are also expected to compete for the open slots. Safety Montae Nicholson, the 2017 fourth-round pick, could push returning starter Deshazor Everett for the No. 1 slot on the depth chart.
Guarding the left: The Redskins were strangely quiet in addressing the left guard spot during the offseason. Starter Shawn Lauvao didn’t re-sign until May and it seemed like the organization was ready to move on from the oft-injured eight-year veteran. The team routinely said Arie Koundjio could handle the position, but he recently suffered a quad injury that required surgery and now is out of the season. There’s also been talk that tackle Ty Nsekhe could slide to left guard and win the job.
Injury watch: Tackles Trent Williams (knee) and Morgan Moses (ankle) are not expected to participate after surgeries, but should be ready for training camp. Tight end Jordan Reed (hamstring, toe) also is scheduled to be ready for training camp. Keep an eye out for status updates of defensive lineman Jonathan Allen (Lisfranc sprain), linebacker Mason Foster (shoulder) and running backs Rob Kelley (ankle, knee) and Chris Thompson (fractured right fibula).
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