As the Washington Redskins begin training camp, they are dealing with some nagging injuries to start camp. Today, first round pick DT Da’Ron Payne rolled up his name and will miss the next two to three weeks.
Although not a serious injury, the Redskins have to be a bit depressed about the injury. Payne, who is expected to start on the defensive front alongside fellow former Crimson Tide and first round pick Jonathan Allen, will miss two to three critical weeks in developing within the Redskins defensive scheme. Payne is expected to be a in a boot for week. Through summer sessions and the first few days of training camp, Payne had been working with the first unit on the defensive front.
LB Ryan Anderson missed todays practice due to back spasms. Anderson, the 2017 second round pick, is expected to compete for significant playing time at linebacker.
On the positive front, the Redskins seemingly have a healthy Jordan Reed in camp. Reed, who has the ability, skills, and proof to be the top tight end in football, has been hampered by injuries the last few seasons. He has never started a full season, and in fact, has never reach double digits in game started since being drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft. He had bones removed in his toes over the off-season and has indicated that he feels “100 times better.” Reed will be absolutely critical to the Redskins passing attack under new quarterback Alex Smith. They are a much better football team when Reed is in the game and he will more than likely become a favorite target for Smith.
Good news continues to be reported about second round pick RB Derrius Guice. Guice could quickly become a fantasy football favorite, as he is expected to be the started and be heavily relied on in Jay Gruden’s offense. Guice has bee impressive in the passing game as well, opening up further threats from the powerful running back. Guice will join Chris Thompson, who returns from injury, in the Redskins backfield. Otherwise, remaining running back spots will be battled for between Robert Kelly, Kapri Bibbs, Martez Carter, Samaje Perine, and Byron Marshall. Clearly, Perine has an upper hand on a third running back spot. The question will be, how many running backs will the Redskins carry on the final 53 roster.
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