By Mark Gallagher
The Redskins open training camp this Thursday, July 25, in Richmond.
Here’s a thumbnail summary of the 2019 team:
Coach: Jay Gruden (sixth year)
Biggest newcomers: The Giants decided Landon Collins was not worth paying as an elite safety, so they let him walk in free agency. He power-walked right over to the division-rival Redskins, a team that clearly believed he is a special player, as they gave him a six-year deal worth $84 million.
With QB Alex Smith (leg) expected to miss the entire season, Case Keenum was imported and Dwayne Haskins was taken in the first round of the draft.
The Redskins also added offensive tackle Ereck Flowers, the former Giants first-round washout, and he is slated to start at guard.
Biggest losses: Pass-rushing LB Preston Smith signed a four-year, $52 million contract with the Packers, and that hurts. Both starting safeties, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and D.J. Swearington, left via free agency, as did LB Zach Brown, who signed with the rival Eagles. Reliable slot receiver Jamison Crowder hooked on with the Jets. None of these losses were staggering, but all were contributors last season.
Camp outlook: There figures to be a bona fide quarterback competition this summer. Haskins is the new guy, and there is great anticipation surrounding him. He will likely start at some point as a rookie, perhaps right away. If he is deemed not ready, Keenum and veteran Colt McCoy will battle for the starting job. McCoy, though, was sidelined in the spring following two surgeries on his broken leg.
While the offense sorts things out, this defense will use camp to gear up as one of the NFL’s most rugged units, with rookie Montez Sweat added to the mix as a pass-rusher.
Aug. 8 at Browns
Aug. 15 vs. Bengals
Aug. 22 at Falcons
Aug. 29 vs. Ravens