By: Jakob Vaughan
The Washington Capitals have now set the bar high for other D.C. teams and their fan bases. Making the Stanley Cup Finals has put teams like the Redskins, who have added a lot of new pieces to their roster, on notice. This past week, last years starting running back Rob Kelley said he has been cutting weight and told reporters that he is not stressing over the full room of running back prospects competing for the starting job.
The Redskins back field is stacked with talent as they drafted Derrius Guice and have returning veterans like Chris Thompson, Robert Kelley, Keith Marshall and Samaje Perine – who all will be fighting for playing time. The wide receiver position is the one spot on the field that fans should be worried about this year. The Redskins traded for quarterback Alex Smith, who is a veteran and has been in MVP talks in recent years. However, now he is in the Redskins system and needs wide receivers he can count on.
Wide receiver Josh Doctson has not lived up to the hype and belief the coaching staff had in him when they drafted him in the 2016. Josh Doctson said earlier this week that he feels as if he has rediscovered his old TCU self and looks to bring that renewed feeling onto the field for the Redskins this season.
The Redskins have started their second week of OTAs and brought in University of Richmond tight end Garrett Hudson while waiving wide receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El. Veteran linebacker Zach Brown is still a no show for the team, but one year pro defensive tackle Jonathan Allen has been looking very good and complete.
. Veteran tight end Jordan Reed who has been dealing with injuries the past couple of seasons. He has been doing agility drills during OTAs, which is a great sign of what is to come for the Redskins as considering he is one of the best tight ends in the league when he is healthy and can compete.
Rookies Geron Christian and John King have both been receiving first team reps at left and right tackle as veteran starters Williams and Moses are not present. Cornerback DeAngelo Hall attended OTAs during the second week, but was a spectator and did not participate.
As the running backs participated in the drills this week the order from 1st string to 3rd string was: Robert Kelley, Samaje Perine and Derrius Guice, which is the same order as the first week of OTAs for the Redskins.
As the second week of OTAs for the Redskins came to an end, so did Dennis Greene’s time with the team. Greene resigned after 17 years with the team and this report was confirmed by a team spokesman. Dennis was the president of business operations when the involvement of a 2013 cheerleader photo shoot during a trip to Costa Rica with the team occurred. As ticket sales for the team started to decline Dennis Greene told sponsors he had incentives for them that included taking a trip with the cheerleaders. The Redskins invited fans to watch the cheerleaders pose topless during the photo shoot. After being made to pose topless for a photo shoot the cheerleaders were forced to be the dates of the male suite holders and sponsors as they went out to the nightclub. Dennis Greene resigned and is no longer a part of the organization as owner Dan Snyder will begin to rebuild the image of the team and is considering launching a campaign for a new stadium, however the organizations stadium deal with FedEx is through 2027.