Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, May 22, 64 days before Redskins start training camp.
Rak ready to roll?
It looks like Brian Orakpo has been given the all clear and he should participate fully in OTA’s and minicamp over the next month.
In Richmond on Monday Bruce Allen was asked about Orakpo and the condition of his left pectoral muscle, which he tore for the second time in less than nine months last September. The general manager said that Orakpo was practicing in the OTA’s that were taking place that that very moment, presumably in the right outside linebacker spot he has occupied since the Redskins drafted him in the first round in 2009.
This dovetails with Orakpo’s pronouncements that he is “100 percent” and that he is “ready to wreak havoc” around the NFC East and the league in general.
Still, some remain skeptical that Orakpo is fully healthy. The uncertainty probably stems from the fact that he seemed to be ready to roll last year after suffering the first torn pec in the 2011 season finale. But after just one game plus a few plays he was done for the season.
Orakpo said that the second tear was not related to the first and that it was just a “freak accident”. He now has had nine months to recover and he appears to be ready to go.
There is no need to tell anyone who has been paying attention how important a big season by Orakpo would be to the Redskins. Even though they brought some new talent into the secondary and are getting Brandon Meriweather back from a knee injury, the unit is likely to remain shaky for at least part of the year. A strong pass rush from Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan will go a long way towards helping the pass defense while the back four gets set.
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Days until: Minicamp 20; Training camp 64; Preseason opener @ Titans 78