Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 7/24/12

Training camp starts Thursday for the Washington Redskins and I expect to see many of you out there. It will be the first time we've seen the full team since their season finale, on the first of January. As a training camp preview, we'll go over some of the players and battles you'll want to watch for.


  • Robert Griffin III – Just watching how they plan to use him; bootlegs, deep balls…the OPTION! Many will be looking on to how RGIII works from under center, but I want to see how well he throws intermediately deep passes, especially over the middle. The offense is still Shanahan based and while they will play to RGIII’s strengths, it’s a much different offense that he ran at Baylor.
  • Jarvis Jenkins battling health and Adam Carriker for the starting role, opposite Stephen Bowen. Jenkins was a bully on the field, this time last year. He’ll have to do that again this season, but don’t expect Carriker to flop over and hand it to him.
  • The kicker battle! How exciting! This could be one of the tightest competitions of the offseason. Last year, the Skins challenged Graham Gano with Shane Graham. This year, they brought in Neil Rakers to again, push Gano to the next level.
  • While the kick returner won’t be decided till after the preseason, Mike Shanahan has come out and said that whoever hold down that position will also have to contribute at wide receiver as well. That means Brandon Banks, Terrence Austin and Aldrick Robinson will have to earn a roster spot as the 6th wide receiver. Who’s the most consistent, explosive and productive? These little things, AS WIDE RECEIVERS, will go a long way in deciding who is the Redskins’ returner will be.
  • Both second and third receiver positions are also up for grabs. There’s a three way battle for the starting role, opposite Pierre Garcon, between Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson and Josh Morgan. Anthony Armstrong is also looking to crack the top three by taking advantage of his speed and jump-ball ability. This will be a very tough competition to decipher from the sideline, but it’s still worth watching.
  • Other battles: Both safety positions are waiting for someone to take the lead. Other than keeping track of who gets the most reps, it again, will be tough to know whose producing. The competition between Tim Hightower and Roy Helu in training camp won’t matter much either. Even RGIII has Tim Hightower as the starter, if healthy.

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