A few quick thoughts to get your Thursday morning going:--Lost in the RG3 and LeRibeus signings yesterday was a report that cornerback Chase Minnifield will start the season on the physically unable to perform list. I had someone ask me on Twitter how Minnifield, who had microfracture surgery on his knee earlier this year, could play so well in minicamp and then end up on PUP for training camp. We dont know for sure and we wont until we have a chance to ask Mike Shanahan about it until next week. Its possible that he had a setback. Or its possible that the team doctors looked at the fact that the pounding of training camp, with two-a-days and full pads, is more severe than the two-hour minicamp practices in no pads with no contact and decided to give the knee more time to heal.--Im all for bold talk about winning the division and making the playoffs at this time of year. But there should be a rule that you cant use the word dynasty unless youre talking about ancient Chinese history or something like that if your franchise has never, ever won a Super Bowl. Yes, Mike Vick went there saying, I think we have a chance to develop a dynasty. Wow, from Dream Team to dynasty without even making the playoffs in between.--We are fortunate that the negotiations between the Redskins and Ben Dogra, RG3s agent, were conducted between the two parties and not in the media. That is not the case in the process of the Colts and Andrew Luck trying to get his deal done, at least not on the teams side. Yesterday team owner Jim Irsay made what was at least his third public pronouncement on the state of the negotiations, saying again that a deal is close and there is no doubt that it will get done before training camp opens. Irsay then went on to explain that close doesnt necessarily mean an agreement is imminent or anything. He said no doubt about it twice in he span of three sentences. But until there is a piece of paper with both parties signatures on it, there is always doubt.Days until: Training camp 7; preseason opener 21; RG3 vs. Luck at FedEx Field 37; final cuts 44; Redskins @ Saints 52; home opener vs. Bengals 66
Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, September 23, one day before the Washington Redskins play the Raiders at FedEx Field.
Today’s schedule: No media availability
—Monday night Redskins @ Chiefs (10/2) 9
—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (10/23) 30
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 36
The Redskins week that was
Cravens officially won't return in 2017—This was the news that the Redskins had put Cravens on the reserve/left team list, which meant he can’t come back during the 2017 season. While we might hear something more on this before the end of December, the story is on hold until 2018. If Cravens does come back, he would start the second year of his rookie contract. The deal essentially is on hold until he returns (if he does, of course).
5 observations on the Redskins win over the Rams—The top takeaway was “you have to run the ball to run the ball.” Yes, it’s an obvious statement but the logic of it seems to escape Jay Gruden from time to time, as it did Sean McVay. Since Gruden came to Washington the Redskins are 3-19 when they rush for fewer than 90 yards and 1-14 when they attempt fewer than 20 runs. They committed to the run on Sunday and 229 rushing yards later they had the win.
Strong start for Smith but Redskins want to see more—Preston Smith has frustrated coaches with his inconsistency ever since arriving as a second-round pick in 2015. So, it’s too early to start thinking he’s going to have a breakout year after he started off with two sacks in two games. Still, a hot start is a key component to a breakout year and we’ll see if he keeps it up against tough opposition in the next two weeks.
First look at Redskins vs. Raiders—A Bay Area writer says that the Raiders’ offense is “doing whatever it wants” during the team’s 2-0 start. They are fourth in the NFL in total offense but they have that status primarily due to piling up 430 yards against the tanking Jets. I have no doubt that they will move the ball tomorrow night but I’m not so sure the will do whatever they want against an improved Washington defense.
Jay Gruden updates a lengthy injury report—When Gruden rattled off the injury list during his Monday press conference he listed seven players who were “day-to-day” with various injuries sustained during their physical win over the Rams. Six days later, it will be a surprise if any of them are out against the Rams tomorrow. Perhaps the most impressive injury return was that of Mason Foster. During the game, his shoulder was dislocated. He popped it back in and didn’t miss a snap. On Wednesday, less than 72 hours later, he was at practice giving some solid shoves to a blocking sled.
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The Redskins had a tough, physical game against the Rams last Sunday and it shows on the team’s injury report. Five players are listed as questionable for the coming game against the Raiders at FedEx Field.
TE Jordan Reed (chest), RB Rob Kelley (ribs), ILB Mason Foster (shoulder), S Montae Nicholson (shoulder), and CB Josh Norman (shoulder) are the players who are questionable.
Of those players, Reed was the only one to miss a practice this week. He was out on Wednesday and was back on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday. The Pro Bowl tight end told reporters in the locker room that he will be in the lineup on Sunday.
There is particular concern about Kelley’s injury. He is likely to start as he usually does. But CSN is reporting that the team will have four running backs on the game day active list instead of the three they went with in Weeks 1 and 2. Mack Brown will dress for the Redskins after being inactive in both previous games.
MORE REDSKINS: A STRONG START FOR SMITH BUT MORE IS NEEDED