A few quick thoughts to get your Thursday morning going:
--Lost in the RG3 and LeRibeus signings yesterday was a report that cornerback Chase Minnifield will start the season on the physically unable to perform list. I had someone ask me on Twitter how Minnifield, who had microfracture surgery on his knee earlier this year, could play so well in minicamp and then end up on PUP for training camp. We don’t know for sure and we won’t until we have a chance to ask Mike Shanahan about it until next week. It’s possible that he had a setback. Or it’s possible that the team doctors looked at the fact that the pounding of training camp, with two-a-days and full pads, is more severe than the two-hour minicamp practices in no pads with no contact and decided to give the knee more time to heal.
--I’m all for bold talk about winning the division and making the playoffs at this time of year. But there should be a rule that you can’t use the word “dynasty” unless you’re talking about ancient Chinese history or something like that if your franchise has never, ever won a Super Bowl. Yes, Mike Vick went there saying, “I think we have a chance to develop a dynasty.” Wow, from “Dream Team” to “dynasty” without even making the playoffs in between.
--We are fortunate that the negotiations between the Redskins and Ben Dogra, RG3’s agent, were conducted between the two parties and not in the media. That is not the case in the process of the Colts and Andrew Luck trying to get his deal done, at least not on the team’s side. Yesterday team owner Jim Irsay made what was at least his third public pronouncement on the state of the negotiations, saying again that a deal is “close” and there is “no doubt” that it will get done before training camp opens. Irsay then went on to explain that “close” doesn’t necessarily mean an agreement is imminent or anything. He said “no doubt about it” twice in he span of three sentences. But until there is a piece of paper with both parties’ signatures on it, there is always “doubt”.
Days until: Training camp 7; preseason opener 21; RG3 vs. Luck at FedEx Field 37; final cuts 44; Redskins @ Saints 52; home opener vs. Bengals 66