Ready or not, training camp is here, which means the start of the NFL season is just around the corner. '
But before all of that comes the hard work, position battles and roster cuts that will shape the team for the season to come.
For the Washington Redskins, this year's training camp is the first steps towards defending their NFC East crown.
Training camp is the first time everyone from rookies to veterans, new additions and roster hopefuls come together under the team banner. After just a week and a half of work, there is still a lot to be decided, but there's enough to discern whose stock is on the rise and whose stock could be trending downward.
Here's a look at whose stock is up and whose stock is down in training camp.
Depth at guard has been hard to come by, but at least the Redskins have Josh LeRibeus, who offers hope that the offensive line can function should either Kory Lichtensteiger or Chris Chester go down with injury.
Heaven forbid if both go down, as it may for the Redskins to have to throw Adam Gettis into the mix.
Gettis has all the physical tools to be a quality lineman, but he seems to get hung up thinking about where he should be rather than simply going there or knowing instinctively where he is supposed to be.
Unfortunately for Gettis, he's been sidelined due to injury and relegated to strength and conditioning drills, which take sorely needed time away from learning the position.
Though he had just 11 catches in 2012, wide receiver Aldrick Robinson could be in for a big 2013, if only because he is healthy and, when healthy, a serious deep threat. With Pierre Garcon given some rest on Thursday, Robinson got the call as the top target in offensive drills.
Rich Campbell of The Washington Times noted the changes in Robinson's play that could lead to a much bigger role this season.
He's improved at catching the ball in traffic, adjusting to the ball in the air and using his body to shield the defender from the pass.
There is no doubt that Josh Wilson will start the season as one of the two starting corners, but there is reason to question whether he'll hold onto the job for the entire season.
Wilson may end up proving more useful as a return man than as a starting cornerback.
Wilson, like a lot of the Redskin corners, has struggled a bit in drills, allowing the likes of Lance Lewis to make one-handed grabs over him and Nick Williams to get wide open in so-so field conditions following the rain.
As if he really needed anymore of a boost than his eight-touchdown season last year, Santana Moss is out to prove that age is just a number at receiver. Moss has made one-handed grabs over the much younger E.J. Biggers and made him look bad on double moves.
The best part, as Mike Jones of The Washington Post conveys, is his message to secondary coach Raheem Morris, “I can’t be covered. I can’t be covered.”
Moss seeing a resurgence this late in his career is great, especially with a lot riding on the youth movement consisting of Leonard Hankerson and Aldrick Robinson.
No one on the Redskins roster is likely to supplant DeAngelo Hall as the team's top corner, but there may be cause for concern, as he was spotted wearing a walking boot at Tuesday's practice.
It may not be a serious injury, but there's no telling if it will hinder Hall's work heading into the season. Nor will we immediately know what impact his absence may have on the defensive scheme.
Mark Maske of The Washington Post reported that there are no signs of fractures or an Achilles tear, but Hall did sprain some ligaments.
With rookie running backs Jawan Jamison and Chris Thompson nursing injuries and proving to small to endure the blocking necessary in the Redskins offense, Roy Helu saw his stock jump precipitously.
It helps that he's been around a couple of seasons and has the great speed to complement Alfred Morris' more physical running style.
Helu struggled through last season, which he spent on injured reserve with injuries ranging from a persistent turf toe to a knee problem. Thus far, he's been healthy and making hard cuts at full speed. If nothing else, he'll be a great boost to the offense and an immediate upgrade over Evan Royster.
Dealing with an injury and the presence of two versatile rookie safeties, Brandon Meriweather finds himself in a bit of a predicament early on in training camp.
Meriweather is the best veteran safety the Redskins have—if you buy into potential over time spent on the field. But his absence has given Bacarri Rambo and Phillip Thomas ample time to get up to speed with the defense, which might allow one of these newcomers the chance to sneak into the starting safety job.
If anyone needed a boost from training camp, at least as veterans go, it was Fred Davis.
Davis saw his breakout season cut short in 2011 when he was suspended for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He saw his 2012 campaign cut short when he tore his Achilles midway through the season.
A one-year show-me deal has Davis on high alert and itching to prove he's among the NFL's best tight ends.
Even though his speed is well documented, Davis blew by slower defensive backs, safeties DeJon Gomes and Reed Doughty, for impressive catches, including one in which he laid out to grab a poorly thrown ball.
Someone with Davis' physical gifts could easily coast through training camp, but he's on a mission to be considered elite and earn the money associated with it.