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Redskins Return Core in 2016

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Posted at 12:39 AM, Jul 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-28 00:39:39-04
(Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

(Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Richmond, Va. – The Redskins don’t open training camp until Thursday morning. But Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, the first “tackle” of camp was recorded.

High winds and heavy rain caused damage to the goal posts on the practice fields of the Bon Secours Redskins Training Center in Richmond. As long as the uprights are upright for camp, gusts will be welcome. Because “winds of change” are relatively non-existent for the Redskins in 2016.

“We feel good about all our position groups getting better and better and better,” Washington head coach Jay Gruden told reporters Wednesday. “The young guys developing in-house and not having to go out on the street and sign eight or nine free agents like we did my first year.”

This offseason, instead of letting the ink dry on new contracts for new players, the Redskins only needed to worry about finding the ink to print enough NFC East Division Champions merchandise. And as Washington opens camp as the hunted, not the hunters – Gruden is hunting for the right words, good words, to say about the depth of his team.

“Secondary, linebackers, pass rush, pass blocking, run blocking, our backs did a lot better,” Gruden said. “Quarterbacks are obviously a lot more confident. The receiving corps has been excellent. Tight ends, I can’t say enough about them. So we feel good about all our position groups getting better and better and better.”

So the 2016 Washington Redskins have stability. Everywhere except the goal posts.