Redskins wake-up: 3 things to watch

July, 23, 2014
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Areas surrounding the Washington Redskins I'll monitor today:
  1. It’s reporting day for the Redskins, who begin their first season under new coach Jay Gruden. Their first practice is at 8:30 a.m. ET Thursday. Today, Gruden will address the media for the first time in camp. We might talk to some players, too, including quarterback Robert Griffin III. Gruden is scheduled to talk to the media at 4 p.m. ET. If any players talk, and it's still an if at this point, they'd do so afterward.
  2. We’ll find out who will open camp on the physically unable to perform list. There’s still no word on whether receiver Leonard Hankerson (knee) or defensive end Jason Hatcher (knee) will open on PUP. It's hard to imagine Hankerson being ready to start camp on time, considering they had no idea in mid-June when he’d be ready. But we’ll learn more Wednesday afternoon. There will be updates, too, on corners Tracy Porter (shoulder) and Richard Crawford (knee).
  3. It's funny how different life is entering camp this season for Griffin compared to 2012. There was so much last season surrounding his knee and then there were the constant contradictions in what he said and what Mike Shanahan would say. This season, Griffin enters with one big question: Can he return to the dynamic playmaker he was in 2012? To do so, he must advance his game -- as he has been working to do this offseason. But we won’t know a whole lot right away. If we do talk to him, we’ll get a chance to do Wednesday is ask him about his mindset entering camp, especially in contrast to 2013. From talking to him this offseason, whether privately or in a news conference, it's easy to see he is much more relaxed and himself after a trying 2013.

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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