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Special teams (finally) get a passing grade

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Special teams (finally) get a passing grade

Special teamsGrade vs. Bengals: BComment:For the first time this season, the Redskins special teams units did not experience any major miscues. In fact, they were an asset.Sav Roccas seven punts were uneventful and that, alone, represents significant progress. One, in fact, set up Washingtons first touchdown when Roccas 58-yarder was downed inside in the one-yard line by Niles Paul. A play later, linebacker Rob Jackson intercepted Andy Daltons screen pass in the Bengals end zone to knot the game 7-7.Brandon Banks averaged 33 yards per return on kick off returns, including a 55-yarder in the second quarter to set up the Redskins at the Bengals 48-yard line. Eight plays later, Billy Cundiff kicked a 36-yard field goal to pull the Redskins to within 24-10.The field goal was Cundiffs only attempt on the afternoon, but it halted Cincinnati's momentum and sent the Redskins into the locker room believing a comeback was possible.One of the games biggest plays also was produced by the one of the Redskins special teams units.Leading 14-7, Marvin Lewis and the Bengals went for the jugular. But the visitors fake field goal attempt was foiled by safety Madieu Williams.Williams stayed home and when the direct snap with to holder Kevin Huber, Williams was waiting. After all the heat special teams coach Danny Smith received the first two weeks, he should be commended for his units performance Sunday.Now, it must become a habit.

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Redskins' Josh Norman elected alternate NFLPA rep weeks after criticizing union

Redskins' Josh Norman elected alternate NFLPA rep weeks after criticizing union

NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith made a visit to Redskins Park today, and the team elected their union representatives.

Kedric Golston will serve another year as the team's liason to the union. Three alternates were elected as well: Kirk Cousins (an alternate last season), Will Compton and, surprisingly, Josh Norman. 

Norman was critical of Smith and the union in an ESPN piece in August. "[The NFL] is a dictatorship, and [NFLPA director] DeMaurice [Smith] is in cahoots with those guys," he claimed. 

The cornerback's election today marks what would appear to be a turn of events. 

"We always love to have veteran leadership as player representatives, and this team is no different with Kirk and Kedric returning," Smith told CSN Mid-Atlantic. "As for Josh, we love players who are both smart and passionate, and he, as well as the other players, fit that bill."

MORE REDSKINS: Cravens declared NFL Clutch Performer of the Week

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Josh Norman fined for rough play against Giants

Josh Norman fined for rough play against Giants

Nearly a week after the Redskins win over the Giants, news broke that Washington CB Josh Norman has been fined for roughness in the New York victory.

UPDATE: Per ProFootballTalk, the fine was for a fourth quarter hit on Sterling Shepard and being a repeat offender.

For much of the Redskins-Giants game, Norman covered Odell Beckham almost exclusively. Not many moments stand out for being particularly physical save for a play early in the game when Beckham jumped in the end zone. The motion took him above Norman, but rather than letting Beckham come down to the ground, the corner grabbed and carried the receiver for a few yards.

Norman was flagged for roughness on a hit against Giants receiver Sterling Shepard. It's likely that hit triggered the fine. It's also worth pointing out that referees gave Norman a specific warning before the game about rough play, so it's possible being flagged for roughness despite the warning made an impact in the league offices as well. 

There is one other physical moment that stands out from the Giants/Redskins matchup - when Beckham violently swung his helmet at the Giants' kicking net. Beckham got the worst of the altercation though as the net flew back at him and socked him in the face.

Expect many questions about the fine to come.