Quinn: A lot of plays, a lot of picking up, especially the first night, but I’m usually pretty good with learning the plays and stuff. I mean I studied for probably three hours the night before just to make sure I was caught up with everything and ready to go out and get in the huddle.
But nearly 40 years after his father improbably burst onto the NFL scene, Vinny Papale is determined to carve his own path to becoming a professional athlete. The former Delaware wide receiver has received multiple rookie minicamp invites, including one with the Washington Redskins this weekend at Redskins Park, where he is one of 44 tryout players hoping to impress coaches enough to earn a roster spot.
Despite Smith’s words, there are players attending minicamp that have yet to sign a contract (as of post time), including Sweat and Terry McLaurin, who still plan to attend this weekend despite being unsigned - leaving them at a greater risk of lost wages if they’re injured.
The Redskins were in first place in the NFC East when they woke up on Thanksgiving morning last November, which has to count for something in an exercise like this. Then there’s the draft, where Washington -- perhaps to the surprise of the Football Cognoscenti -- acquitted itself extremely well. First-round picks Dwayne Haskins and Montez Sweat should both be Year 1 starters. Another potential breakout candidate is running back Derrius Guice, the 2018 second-round pick who was earning rave reviews before a knee injury wiped away his rookie season. Washington might not profile as a Super Bowl contender, but the ‘Skins very well could be hanging around the playoff picture come mid-December.
With Ty Nsekhe now in Buffalo, the Redskins don’t have a great swing tackle option. Add in his ability to back-up the interior and he would make a fair amount of sense.
Peterson is coming off a 1,042 yards and 7 rushing touchdown season, and the Redskins should start the season with him as the lead back. The fact that Peterson was that successful a year ago is even more impressive when you consider that the Redskins started 4 different QBs and had a revolving door of offensive linemen.