Jay Gruden sideline

Jay Gruden, shown here on the sidelines during a home game last season, is entering his sixth season as head coach of the Washington Redskins.--Times-Mirror/Chuck Moore

Following a 7-9 mark in 2018, the Washington Redskins open training camp for the 2019 season Thursday morning in Richmond.

LAST YEAR: Almost everything went right for Redskins on way to 6-3 record. Then injuries derailed their season. Alex Smith broke his right leg in gruesome fashion, leading to steady decline in QB play as attrition battered rest of roster. Defense that was ranked first in NFL early struggled to stop anyone. Losing six of final seven games didn't cost coach Jay Gruden his job, but put pressure on for next season.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: QBs Dwayne Haskins and Case Keenum, S Landon Collins, LB Montez Sweat, WR Terry McLaurin, OL Ereck Flowers, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, inside linebackers coach Rob Ryan.

IMPORTANT LOSSES: WR Jamison Crowder, OT Ty Nsekhe, LB Zach Brown, LB Preston Smith, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

CAMP NEEDS: Get healthy and figure out who starts at QB. Redskins were so banged-up on offensive line during offseason workouts that they prioritized 7-on-7 drills. LT Trent Williams' uncertain status over contract hangs over camp. But primary focus will be on competition between Haskins, Keenum and Colt McCoy for Week 1 starter.

EXPECTATIONS: Redskins have been between 7-9 and 9-7 in Gruden's past four seasons. Anything from 6-10 to 10-6 is possible given questions at QB and uncertainty elsewhere. Playoff appearance would be Washington's first since 2015, but perhaps this is learning year for Haskins as rookie with big expectations of becoming eventual face of franchise.

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Chris McHale

The Redskins were just mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.

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