DeAngelo Hall expects Sundays game against the undefeated Falcons to be the stiffest challenge the Redskins defense has encountered in 2012.Its also a prime opportunity for the veteran cornerback to bounce back from an uneven performance against the Buccaneers.Definitely, he said, this is the biggest test we will have faced so far this season.Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan leads the league in passer rating (112.1) and is second in passing touchdowns (11). Wide receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones each have three touchdown receptions, as does tight end Tony Gonzalez. And then theres 247-pound running back Michael Turner, whos 15thin rushing yards with 257.Combined, they form a formidable offense thats scoring 31 points per game (3rd).Its going to take all of us, Hall said. Their offense is rolling. Theyre clicking. At certain points in the season, it happens like that, where everything goes right.It will be our offense being to sustain drives and our pass rush being able to get in Ryans face, Hall added. It will be us in the back being able to cover. Its the linebackers dropping into zone or playing man if they have to. Its not one guy shutting someone down.That all said, Hall knows the spotlight will be on himself and fellow cornerback Josh Wilson. Not only because of big-play ability that White, Jones and Gonzalez possess, but also because both got burned by big plays on Tampa Bay scoring drives Sunday as the Bucs rallied from a 15-point deficit. You can play 60 perfect snaps, then one bad judge of a ball and the sky is falling down, Hall said. Its part of it. Wilson gave up a play, hey, go out there and make a play. I gave up a play, hey, got to go out there and make a play now. Luckily, we were able to pull the game and so it didnt feel as bad coming out with the win. You can always critique things a little easier when you win.The consensus in the Redskins locker room is that the defense took a small step forward in Tampa. But there's clearly still much room for improvement from a unit that's yielded 11 passing touchdowns (32nd), 8.8 yards per pass attempt (30th) and 30.8 points per game (27th).We have to be better, Hall said. We all know that.
Forget JoJo and Jordan from The Bachelorette. Don't aspire to be Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. And, as tremendous as they were, stop obsessing over Jim and Pam from The Office.
The couple that you should want to emulate, the pairing that is perfect, and the duo that is absolutely, certifiably #GOALS, is Redskins rookie T.J. Thorpe and his girlfriend Kayla Cason. And they have the footage to prove why they're everything you and your significant other should strive to be.
The now viral video, which was filmed on Friday before Washington's 21-16 victory against the Bills, captures a pregame ritual that Thorpe and Cason have participated in since their college days, according to Redskins.com. Prepare to swoon:
Heart eyes pic.twitter.com/4OH98wLhhB— Kaysav✨ (@kaylaaa_x333) August 27, 2016
"For me it’s something that’s just regular, since I care about her," Thorpe told Jake Kring-Schreifels of the team's website. “For it to do what it did, I was like, 'We can’t be the only people in the world with a handshake.'"
Judging by that moment, despite what he hopes to be a long future at wideout in the NFL, in Cason, Thorpe may have already made his best catch.
As the debate grows over Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit during the national anthem and protest the way people of color are being treated in America, Jay Gruden and a few Redskins were asked Monday for their opinion on the matter. Here are some excerpts from what they had to say (watch the video above for their full comments):
Gruden: "We take very much pride in our relationship with the military... For three minutes for us to take our helmet off and stand up and give respect is how we treat it here with the Redskins."
David Bruton: "Every man has their own opinion, what they wanna do. Regardless of what's going on in the world, we still are in the nation of the free... For me, I realize that, without a free country, we wouldn't be playing this game that we love."
Kedric Golston: "I don't know Colin, I can't speak for his beliefs. I stand out of respect for the men and women that have given the ultimate sacrifice, their lives, for the freedom that we enjoy."
Ricky Jean-Francois: "I don't really have a clue, I've been seeing it on TV, I've been seeing it on Twitter, but I don't know exactly what he's done... He was a good guy when he was with me [in San Francisco]. He's a good guy, good kid."
Josh Doctson was placed on the physically unable to perform list on July 28. That means the Redskins' potential-filled first-round pick hasn't done much of anything when it comes to football for the past 32 days.
That down time may finally be coming to an end, however, according to a tweet he sent out on Monday night.
While that post is far from any official news regarding his availablity for practice or the regular season opener on Sep. 12, it had to give Washington fans something to smile about as it popped up on timelines everywhere, as he seems to indicate he's ready to make his return to the team.
Earlier Monday, CSN's Redskins Insider J.P. Finlay noted that the former TCU wideout was in a helmet and making progress in his rehab from the pesky foot injury that's ailed him. Jay Gruden, meanwhile, said in his press conference that Doctson looked "very good."
In his tweet, Doctson apologized for his prolonged absence. If he's able to add his athleticism and penchant for making defensive backs look foolish when the ball's in the air, though, Gruden, Kirk Cousins and the rest of the Burgundy and Gold will surely forgive him.
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