Seasonal Events | August 16, 2016
Fresh off a Super Bowl victory, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will be retired this upcoming season. Meanwhile, the runner-up in that final game a season ago, Cameron Newton of the Carolina Panthers, will continue his quest for the title of best QB in the game. Starting behind center for Washington at 2016 Redskins training camp is veteran Kirk Cousins, who just accepted the one-year franchise tag after a productive season a year ago. At 2016 Baltimore Ravens training camp, in the quarterback-driven league of today’s NFL, is pro bowler Joe Flacco.
With the season set to begin, Jason Reid of ESPN.com offered the following as 2016 Redskins Training camp gets ready to head into the NFL’s opening weekend.
“With Cousins leading the offense, things have been good recently. He was the biggest reason the Redskins won the NFC East last season despite ranking 28th in the league in defense and 30th in yards per rush at only 3.7. Cousins, 27, led the NFL with a 69.8 completion percentage, becoming the first Redskins quarterback to lead the league in that stat since Sonny Jurgensen did it in 1970. Cousins ranked sixth in total QBR and eighth in yards per attempt, and he set Redskins single-season marks for passing yards (4,166) and completions (379).”
Baltimore entered training camp behind the leadership of Joe Flacco in a division expected to be dominated at the top by the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals. Here is what Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com had to report after Baltimore’s first preseason game concluded:
“Much of the attention was on rookie left tackle and No. 6 overall pick Ronnie Stanley in Thursday’s preseason opener. While Stanley impressed with his eagerness to play after sustaining an injury, not to mention his strong blocking, he wasn’t the only Ravens rookie to stand out in their debut. Fourth-round cornerback Tavon Young, fourth-round offensive tackle Alex Lewis, fourth-round defensive tackle Willie Henry, fourth-round running back Kenneth Dixon, fifth-round outside linebacker Matt Judon and undrafted linebacker Patrick Onwuasor also all made plays. Baltimore was excited about its rookie class coming out of the draft, and that momentum carried throughout the summer workouts.”
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