The Redskins suffered the first on-field injury of training camp Saturday when backup linebacker Jonathan Goff aggravated the right knee injury that caused him to miss all of last season.Its unclear how Goff was hurt, but he went down during 11-on 11-drills as he dropped back in coverage. He suffered a torn ACL in the same knee before the season opener last season as a member of the Giants.Goff, 26, is expected to serve as backup to inside linebackers London Fletcher and Perry Riley. He started 16 games for New York in 2010.We dont know anything yet, said Coach Mike Shanahan, who confirmed that it was his right knee. Well do an MRI sometime this evening.Goff did not return to practice, but was able to walk from the field to the locker room without assistance or a pronounced limp.Some other notes from Shanahans post-practice news conference:Guard Kory Lichtensteiger, who is working his way back from torn ligaments in his right knee, did not participate in the afternoon session. Shanahan said he did not suffer a setback after looking solid Thursday and Friday.We just gave him the third day off and not overwork him, the coach said. He had a couple good days.Asked to assess rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III through three days of camp, Shanahan said, Good.Every day is a learning experience, he added. The more reps you get, the better you feel about the system, the better you feel about NFL defenses, your teammates, what they can do, that they cant do. They say its the hardest position to play in all of sports. I really believe it is, because theres so much to learn.Wide receiver Pierre Garon, who signed a five-year, 42 million contract in March, has impressed the coaching staff with his strength, speed and work ethic. During a cornerback vs. wide receiver drill Saturday, Garon raced past DeAngelo Hall and hauled in an over-the-shoulder pass from Griffin.Theres no question he can be a No. 1 receiver, Shanahan said. Ive been very impressed with the way hes practiced and handled himself since hes been here. Hes got a ton of ability. Ive been very happy. Dezmon Briscoe joined the team after getting claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay on Friday afternoon. Shanahan said Briscoe impressed him on film, and after getting a positive recommendation from defensive backs coach Raheem Morris, who was the Buccaneers head coach last season, he decided to give him a look.Briscoe scored six touchdowns last season, one more than any receiver on the Redskins (Jabar Gaffney, who is no longer with the team).Ive looked at him on film and I liked him, Shanahan said of Briscoe. Look at how many touchdown catches he had last year, what he did in college, good size, so we gave him a chance to compete and see what he can do.Shanahan also sounded somewhat annoyed that tackle Jammal Brown has decided to wait until Tuesday to get his hip examined in New York by his personal doctor.I just know its a little unusual you have to wait a few days to have an MRI, Shanahan said.The Redskins are off Sunday.
ASHBURN, VA--The Redskins need to do some shuffling on their offensive line. They hope that they can keep up their performance in one particular area.
Washington is fourth best in the NFL when it comes to giving up sacks. Kirk Cousins has been sacked on four of his 124 pass attempts, a rate of 3.1 percent. Around the league quarterbacks are sacked on 5.5 percent of pass attempts.
Per Pro Football Focus, Morgan Moses is responsible for two of the sacks but that perhaps isn’t fair. One of them had to have been the sack that Cousins took on the last play of the first half as the clock ran out. On that play Cousins was supposed to get rid of the ball immediately and Moses blocked Jason Pierre Paul accordingly. He had no idea that Cousins was going to move around.
The low sack total is no surprise. Last year the Redskins were fifth in the NFL with a sacks against rate of 4.6 percent. That likely is a big reason they elected not to make changes on the line during the offseason.
It should be noted that sacks are not all on the offensive line. Although you rarely see a QB charged with one, Cousins should have been on the play discussed above. Jordan Reed was responsible for a sack against the Cowboys, although one can wonder about a play design that has Reed responsible for blocking a defensive end.
The quarterback also should get credit for sack prevention. Cousins does get rid of the ball quickly, perhaps too quickly sometimes. Occasionally that results in a missed opportunity for a big play but it does keep him off of the ground.
After a very wet day of practice on Wednesday, the Redskins will head inside to the practice bubble for Thursday's session. There is plenty to watch before the 'Skins face off against the Browns on Sunday. Here's what we'll be watching:
- Questions remain at LG - Jay Gruden has been very hesitant to commit to Arie Kouandjio at left guard. With John Sullivan in town and working to get ready at center, and the possibility of Trent Williams remaining at left guard left a little bit open, this week has hardly been a testament to the organization's belief in the second-year man out of Alabama. If Sullivan can go - and that's a big if - then it seems the 'Skins would like to play him at center and Spencer Long at left guard.
- DeSean back? - Speed WR DeSean Jackson missed Wednesday's practice, and it's becoming a pattern. He also missed practice last Wednesday. What Gruden cares about - Jackson has been good to go for all three games despite battling knee and ankle injuries. The team expects Jackson to again be fine for the Browns game.
- Back to Reed - After a breakout season in 2015, expectations for tight end Jordan Reed skyrocketed this offseason when the team and player agreed to a nearly $50 million contract extension. Through three games Reed's numbers have been impressive - 16 catches for 190 yards - but Reed is yet to get into the end zone for Washington. Gruden said opposing defenses have been banging Reed at the line of scrimmage and deploying more zone defenses to stop him inside the 20.
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