Redskins Training Camp 2018: News & Notes

Chris Lingebach
July 25, 2018 - 6:26 pm
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Jay Gruden christened Redskins Training Camp 2018, which officially opens in Richmond on Thursday, with his ceremonial first press conference of the new season.

Hope springs eternal and optimism abounds, as the slates are wiped clean for what promises to be one of the deepest Redskins rosters of the Gruden era. The Redskins enter camp with battles at five key positions, the fiercest of which should play out at running back and middle linebacker.

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Gruden is 0-4 in season openers and has flipped the script in Richmond this year, shifting contact practices to mornings for the first time in his Redskins coaching tenure.

106.7 The Fan columnist Rick Snider predicts a 1,200-yard rookie season for second-round pick Derrius Guice.

"Who's the odd man out in the crowded backfield?" he asks. "I wouldn't cut Rob Kelley just yet after a solid offseason."

The Redskins made their first roster move of training camp on Wednesday, announcing they'd waived third-year running back Keith Marshall with an injury settlement and signed free agent defensive back Prince Charles Iworah, a seventh-round pick (Western Kentucky) in 2016. Iworah appeared in one game for the 49ers in his rookie season, and after spending most of 2017 on injured reserve, was released in Dec. 2017. He signed a futures contract with Kansas City in Jan. 2018 and was later waived in May.

Coincidentally enough, Iworah – selected 249th overall – came off the board just seven picks after Marshall, selected 242nd overall by the Redskins in 2016. Now Iworah takes Marshall's roster spot.

The gloomy weather has followed the Redskins down to the capital city.

Two Redskins defenders, lineman Stacy McGee and second-year corner Josh Holsey, will open camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP)  and non-football injury (NFI) lists, respectively. The latter suffered a freak accident prior to camp. McGee is still recovering from offseason groin surgery. Either could be activated at any time.

Despite concerns about third-year receiver Josh Doctson undergoing an MRI on his Achilles' – the same trouble spot on the body that limited him to just two games his rookie season – Gruden insists Doctson is fine and is expected to be a full participant in camp.

Veterans Jordan Reed, Morgan Moses and Ty Nsekhe, along with rookie Shaun Dion Hamilton – a gifted college linebacker beset by injuries (torn ACL, fractured kneecap), whom the Redskins selected in the sixth round – will be on specific plans designed to keep them healthy throughout training camp, Gruden says. Additionally, Nsekhe will remain at tackle, despite earlier beliefs he may push Shawn Lauvao for the starting job at left guard.

Let the games begin!

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