DeAngelo Hall said that the Redskins defense has a secondary full of misfits when speaking to the media yesterday. He said it with a smile but there was more truth in his statement than he or anyone else might care to admit. Here is the background of some players who should be major contributors to in the secondary this year:Brandon MeriweatherHes with his third team in the past 12 months. Meriweather has had a few brushes with the law including a recent 180-day suspended jail sentence in connection with a DUI charge.Tanard JacksonAfter coming off of a one-year suspension for violating the leagues substance abuse policy, Jackson signed a contract extension with the Bucs last October. They cut him in April.Madieu WilliamsHe played sparingly in San Francisco last year after they signed him as a free agent.DeJon GomesA fifth-round draft pickReed DoughtyAny time he is in the lineup, Redskins fans point the finger at him anytime the opposition makes a big play. Sometimes its warranted, sometimes its not.Cedric GriffinHe tore the ACL in his left knee playing in the NFC title game for the Vikings in January of 2010. He rehabbed and was back later that calendar year for Minnesotas Week 5 game. Then, in Week 5, he tore the ACL on his right knee.Josh WilsonWhen he signed as a free agent last year, the Redskins were his third team in three years. After the 2009 season Seattle traded him to Baltimore and the Ravens let him go as a free agent at the end of 2010.Raheem MorrisThe secondary coach was one of the youngest head coaches in NFL history at the age of 32 when the Bucs promoted from position coach straight to head coach after firing Jon Gruden. He probably was one of the youngest head coaches ever fired after Tampa Bay lost its last 10 games of last seasonAlthough Hall has been a staple in the Redskins secondary for a while, he fits the misfit mold as well. He complained his way out of Atlanta after the 2007 season. The Raiders gave up a second-round pick to get him and gave him seven-year, 70 million contract. They cut him halfway into the first year of the deal.The misfits label may or may not stick, but the shoe certainly does fit.
Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, December 6, three days before the Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles.
—Today's schedule: Joe Barry news conference 12:40; Practice 1:05; Jay Gruden and Sean McVay news conferences and open locker room after practice approx. 3:00
—Days until: Panthers @ Redskins 11; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 16; Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 24
Injuries of note vs. Cardinals:
Out: G Long (concussion), S Blackmon (concussion), DE Baker (ankle), DE Jean Francois (knee/foot), G Lauvao (groin)
Limited: TE Reed (shoulder), G Scherff (ankle
Wednesday injury report
QB Kirk Cousins—It’s on his shoulders. Not just this game but the entire playoff run. He can’t have an off day, not even one like the Arizona game where he was off for just part of the game. Cousins doesn’t have to be perfect on every throw but for this team to win he has to be very good every quarter.
OT Trent Williams—Back from his four-game suspension, Williams can’t miss a beat in returning to his All-Pro form. Any mistake, much less any sacks allowed, will open him up to further criticism that he left the team in a bad spot.
WR DeSean Jackson—The dynamic here has become more intriguing since media reports of mutual interest between Jackson and his former team have emerged. Jackson has done his thing the last two games, catching passes for long gains. But if he is going to be of value down the stretch (and of value to any other team next year) he is going to need to get his hands on some shorter and intermediate passes as well.
OLB Preston Smith—He was a regular on this list until he came up big against the Vikings. But he has since disappeared again and needs to come on strong for the team’s stretch run.
ILB Will Compton—He has been coming under fire lately for ineffective play, including missed tackles and being out of position on occasion. The Redskins need him to raise the level of his game if they are going to land in the postseason.
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As Jay Gruden stepped to the podium to read the injury report, he warned, “This will be a while.”
He was right, as he rattled off one the longest injury reports of the season.
Out were G Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion), DE Chris Baker (ankle), DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee/foot), DE Anthony Lanier (lower leg), G Shawn Lauvao (groin), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), and S Donte Whitner (illness).
Of that group, all but Jean Francois, Lanier, and Nsekhe are starters. Between them and the limited players listed below it was difficult for the Redskin to conduct a normal practice.
“It was a challenge,” said Gruden of getting through it. “Practice was modified quite a bit today. We did more walkthrough today than we ever have on a Wednesday.”
“Sometimes you have to taper back just a hair to make it through practice, try to get the mental reps in with walkthrough and then hopefully the physical part will come maybe tomorrow. Friday we can open them up a bit.”
Limited in practice were TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), OLB Preston Smith (groin), ILB Will Compton (hip), G Brandon Scherff (ankle), and TE Derek Carrier (knee).
READ MORE: FULL UPDATE ON JORDAN REED
Reed returned to practice for the first time since suffering a Grade 3 sprain to the AC joint in his left shoulder in the game against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. He missed the game in Arizona. While his limited participation was a good sign for his return it’ is way too early in the week to say with any degree of certainty that he will be playing against the Eagles.