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How have the Redskins been preparing compared to others?
Cataclyst A.: What have other players have been doing during the offseason in comparison to the Redskins? How are the rest of the NFC East handling things on their own, are they really working as hard as our guys?
JC: Few things motivate a full team of players more than a coaching change at the NFL level. Every man on the 90-man roster is now battling for a job, whether that’s a starting spot, a job on the 53-man roster, or a practice squad position, the level of competition has been ratcheted up a lot.
That’s part of the reason that the Redskins appear to be working hard this offseason. They’re also probably motivated by last year’s losing campaign and don’t want to repeat that. I’ve seen a lot of big-time workouts from the Redskins whether that’s been Daron Payne working out by pushing a truck or Dwayne Haskins apparently putting in work with some of his receivers. They’re hungry, and the work ethic they’re demonstrating is certainly a good sign.
As for how the Redskins compare to the rest of the NFL, it’s hard to know exactly solely because of the global pandemic we’re currently in. From what I’ve seen, I would say that they seem to be working about as hard or harder than the other teams in the league. But teams like the New York Giants, under new head coach Joe Judge, are doing their best to match the ‘Skins, and Saquon Barkley is continuing to build up strength.
I think the ‘Skins are on the right track. And I think the new coaching staff has played a role in that. Hopefully, they’ll keep working hard. And hopefully, their work and improvements will show on the field.