The Redskins training camp is officially in session and as usual, Washington is heading into camp with some drama. Unfortunately for Washington, a key player is holding out and another is dealing with an injury. Even though it may seem bad, the Redskins also have some interesting story lines heading into the 2019-20 season, many of which will gain clarity throughout camp.
During OTA’s, Redskins fans were hit with a bombshell: franchise left tackle Trent Williams is holding out for a new deal and seems to be unhappy with the Redskins medical staff. Williams has been the cornerstone of the Redskins offensive line since 2010. The news of Williams holding out came as a surprise to most since he is due to make $11 million in 2019 and $12.6 million in 2020. Williams is getting up their in age (31 years old) and he’s dealt with a lot of injuries – so resigning him may be a risk.
However whenever Williams is suited up for Washington, their offense is noticeably better. With Washington currently having a little less than $9 million in cap space and about $35 million in cap space next year, the Redskins has a difficult decision to make regarding his future.
@Redskins fans, don’t take Trent Williams absence for granted.
W/Silverback 🦍 in the lineup the past 2 seasons the offense saw a:
🔸3% boost in pass success rate
🔸6% jump in explosive plays
🔸2% drop in sack rate
🔸14% increase in yards per attempt #Redskins #HTTR pic.twitter.com/RzYdFURhHC
— Nathan Coleman (@JhawkChalk89) July 19, 2019
One of the most talked-about offseason stories for Washington is the return of running back Derrius Guice. As many people know, Guice tore his ACL in training camp last season and ended his season before it could start. He recovered well and participated in this year’s OTA’s and showed fans why he was a second-round pick last year.
Just as fans started to get excited about Guice, reports came out that he has a hamstring injury. Luckily, just before the start of camp, head coach Jay Gruden declared Guice to be cleared and not limited. However, whether or not Guice is truly 100% healthy remains to be seen, but the fact that he’s on the field is a great sign.
The main storyline that Redskins fans will follow is the quarterback competition. Many fans will root for Dwayne Haskins to be under center week one but they may not get their wish. Case Keenum is a quality starter in the NFL and has the experience edge over Haskins. Having this competition is best for Washington since they will have two guys trying their best to either prove they can still be a starter or prove they should not have been passed on during the draft. Washington will have one of the more interesting quarterback competitions and the Redskins should be fine with whoever wins.
The Washington Redskins receiving corps has been far from stellar over the past several years. Incoming rookies Terry McLaurin and Kelvin Harmon want to change that stereotype. Both players were excellent in college and hope their talents show in the next level. McLaurin was Haskins’s favorite target in college and Harmon was a playmaking machine at North Carolina State. Both players could potentially start some games if they prove they are ready or if other receivers get injured.
Out Route from Redskins Rookie WR Kelvin Harmon
⬅️ Outside Release
👋🏾 Swipe the Off-Hand Jam (x2) to Put the CB on Top
🔄 Break Inside to Force a Speed Turn
🔙 CB Turns His Back = Break Out pic.twitter.com/3RNHRRdufR
— Coach Dan Casey (@CoachDanCasey) July 22, 2019