With the team opening its 2019 campaign Sunday in Philadelphia, Redskins.com asked five players about their offseason goals, what methods they used in pursuit of these aspirations, and, most importantly, whether or not they accomplished what they strived for from the end of last season until now. Here's what we found out:
Outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan
Coming off his eighth NFL season (all with the Redskins) and a third consecutive Pro Bowl appearance, Kerrigan understands that taking care of his body is more critical now than ever.
For that reason, the veteran pass-rusher put a greater emphasis on flexibility and mobility. Earlier in his career, he'd stretch and use the foam roller for about 30 minutes after practice. Now that process is "pushing an hour." His at-home routine has also changed. Instead of lounging around, he'll decompress in his hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, watch some film and get to bed as early as possible.
"You just got to invest more time and really just plan out your day so that you can be at your best," Kerrigan said.
On the field, his goals remain the same: get to the quarterback as quickly and efficiently as possible.
"I’m always trying to get better and be more consistent with my angle to the quarterback," he said. "The more steps you take that aren’t efficient in getting to him [are] costing yourself."
Center Chase Roullier
In preparing for his third season as a Redskin, Roullier aimed to "become more of a student of the game." Specifically, the Redskins starting center leaned on past film to understand certain tendencies of opposing teams.
"Rotation to safeties, different alignments of defensive linemen, linebackers," he said.
At times, Roullier even relied on some of his defensive teammates for advice.
"They have the ability to tell you their little tricks that then tells you what other tricks are of other defenders around the league."
Take a look at photos from Redskins practice on Monday September 5, 2019 before they take on the Philadelphia Eagles.
Punter Tress Way
Following one of the best seasons of his career, Way focused in on trying to give returners even less space to operate throughout the preseason. That meant honing in on his accuracy -- he worked on landing punts outside of the numbers on both sides of the field -- and disguising his kicks in a way that would make it less clear as to where he was going with the ball. Way said he has leaned on new special teams coordinator Nate Kaczor to help further develop these skills.
"[Coach Kaczor] would set up four cones from 40 yards to 50 yards ... and make a square until the point where I got pretty comfortable with it and I didn't need the box," Way said.
Safety Deshazor Everett
Though Everett didn't accomplish what he wanted most heading into the 2019 regular season opener -- to become a defensive starter -- he feels like he made strides in the offseason and throughout the summer. Entering his fifth year in the NFL, the 2018 special teams captain believes his offseason work with former Redskin safety Ryan Clark at Traction, a sports performance company based in Louisiana, helped with his anticipation and footwork.
"Coming out of breaks, reading stands, those were big technique things that we worked on over there," Everett said, adding that "understanding spacing, understanding what the offense likes to do" also played a big role.
Wide Receiver Kelvin Harmon
After three years at NC State, the 2019 sixth-round draft pick is continuing to acclimate to life in the NFL, both from a mental and physical standpoint.
A big part of the transition, he said, has involved learning from others around him: "Focusing in the meeting room, asking a lot of questions, asking the older guys a lot of questions."
Beyond relying on teammates and analyzing his own film, Harmon has also studied the physicality of All-Pros DeAndre Hopkins and Michael Thomas, both of whom he models his game after.