A few quick hits to get your Thursday morning going:--Ryan Kerrigan, who was the Redskins defensive iron man last year as he played all 1,056 defensive snaps, talked to the local paper in his college town of West Lafayette, Indiana. He downplayed not missing a play, saying Its my job . . . Thats how I want it to be. Kerrigans goal in 2012? I have to be more consistent.--The more I look at the Redskins numbers in 2011 the more I think that they were undone by their minus-14 turnover differential. They were only outgained by 50 yards over the course of the season (gained 5,387, allowed 5,437) but they were outscored by 79 points (288 scored, 367 allowed). A team that is about even in net yardage will usually be about even in net points if the turnovers are about even. But the 24 interceptions thrown by Rex Grossman and John Beck and the 11 fumbles lost did them in.--Although the Redskins have kicked the tires on former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon it would be surprising if they pulled the trigger and gave up what probably would be a mid-round pick in 2013 to take him in todays supplemental draft. There was a report out there that Robert Griffin III was pushing the organization to take Gordon. Whether thats true or not, Griffin is the rookie QB, not the GM. I think Mike Shanahan will go into the season with the receivers he has.--I predicted that the secondary will undergo some major upheaval in my article yesterday. I have them releasing three players who were on the roster for most of last year including two who saw a substantial amount of playing time, and a draft pick.Days until: Rookies report 4; training camp 14; preseason opener @ Bills; RG3 vs. Luck at FedEx Field 44; final cuts 51; Redskins @ Saints 59; home opener vs Bengals 73
RICHMOND - Jordan Reed will start Redskins training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
The team's PR informed the media that Reed is experiencing pain and soreness in one of his big toes. The move to PUP was characterized as precautionary and they want to ensure that issues don't linger into the regular season.
DeAngelo Hall, Houston Bates, and practice squadder Kendal Thompson will join Reed on the PUP list.
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For Reed, an integral part of the Redskins offense, there is a long history of injuries. In 2016, he missed time with a separated shoulder and a concussion.
Before Redskins fans freak out, remember Reed took part in minicamp and looked dominant. The PUP list also allows the Redskins to activate Reed once he's capable of practicing.
Reed did not take part in voluntary OTAs with the Redskins in May, but was a full participant with the team at June's minicamp.
Asked about injured players taking part in practice during Wednesday's press conference, head coach Jay Gruden opened up:
I think the injured guys are injured guys. We’re never going to change how we treat them. It’s the trainers’ job to tell us when they can go. I’m not going to keep a guy out of practice just because I think he might be injured. It’s up to the trainers and up to that player to let me know whether they can go or not. But like you said, we do have a luxury of having 88 or 87 healthy bodies where we can practice and function without somebody who is injured. That’s the trainers’ job.
Expect much more on this development.
Talked w one source close to #Redskins - Reed opening on PUP was 'very' unexpected— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayCSN) July 26, 2017
RICHMOND - Jay Gruden expects the same effort and production from Kirk Cousins, regardless of the now two-year long contract saga between the quarterback and the Redskins.
"The thing about Kirk is you’re never worried about his preparation. It’s not going to vary from day in to day out," the coach said. "He’s not going to come in and be a different guy every day. He’s the same guy every day. [He’s] a great competitor, wants to get better."
Talks between Cousins' represenatives and the Redskins seemed more congenial this offseason, though the result remained the same. Cousins will be paid $24 million this year on the franchise tag, after making $20 million in 2016 on the same tag.
Redskins team president Bruce Allen explained in a statment that his organization made an offer to Cousins that included $53 million guaranteed. Considering the funny money nature of NFL deals, the offer really only guaranteed another season at about $28 million for Cousins before a series of advantageous terms for the franchise. The deal had no chance of completion considering Cousins' leverage.
Still, Gruden thinks his quarterback will deliver.
"He has a lot of room for improvement and he wants to be coached and it’s fun to coach him."
If Gruden sounds confident in Cousins' ability to compartmentalize, he should. The quarterback did just that last season, passing for nearly 5,000 yards with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
The Redskins, and Cousins, struggled in the red zone in 2016, and that's something Gruden wants to see improved.
"The contract status will take care of itself eventually, hopefully, but right now it is what it is and we’re happy to have him for 2017."
Long-term deal, or not, it's time for Gruden to coach and Cousins to quarterback.
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