RICHMOND (WAVY) – For the first time this training camp, the Washington Redskins put on the shoulder pads Saturday evening. Even with thunderstorms rolling through the area, the team managed to get in their afternoon session.
Noticeably still absent from the field is the team’s first-round draft pick, receiver Josh Doctson, who’s still nursing an injured achilles tendon. The injury, which Doctson sustained back in June, has kept him on the sideline, but head coach Jay Gruden expects the 22nd overall pick to make his return very soon.
“This thing is a sensitive issue for him and he’s the one that’s got to ultimately say,” said Gruden on Saturday. “He says he feels good and he ‘s walking around without the boot right now. I think it’s just a matter of as we gradually push him, how it responds and that’s what we have to deal with. Hopefully this tendonitis doesn’t re-occur.”
Meanwhile, the guy who will be throwing Docton the ball this season is facing a little more pressure these days. Though Kirk Cousins has not yet been signed to a long-term deal, he’ll be expected to match, if not surpass, his break-out 2015 season in which he set the franchise record with 4,166 passing yards and led the Redskins to the NFC East title.
He’ll have one of the best, if not the best, receiving corps in the country, with all-pro Desean Jackson, veteran Pierre Garcon, Jamison Crowder, and tight ends Jordan Reed and Niles Paul. That being said, he knows nothing is guaranteed.
“We’ll find out as we go,” Cousins said on Thursday. “Right now it’s just all talk, but there’s no doubt that you have more comfort when you’ve played and been the starter and been out there and had experiences. What we went through last year I think has helped me now having confidence going forward. You know, hopefully it translates into a great offense and a lot of production, but it’s just talk right now until you go out there and prove it.”