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Five things we learned from Redskins 27-23 loss to Cowboys

Five things we learned from Redskins 27-23 loss to Cowboys

Here are five things we learned during the Redskins 27-23 loss to the Cowboys.

—Kirk Cousins has some work to do before he is like the guy who got hot enough at the end of last season to earn $20 million this season as the team’s franchise player. He is missing receivers at key times. In two games they have been in the red zone nine times and they have scored three touchdowns. That’s a 33 percent conversion rate. One of the reasons for their success last year was their 58 percent red zone success rate. And the red zone failures don’t even count two wide open receivers that Cousins overthrew from outside of the red zone, missing touchdown opportunities. It just hasn’t been a good couple of games for Cousins.

—The Redskins lost because they let an inferior team hang around the whole game and they paid for their inability to finish them off. It’s a familiar story. Last year at FedEx Field against the Cowboys they lost after they failed to take advantage of some opportunities and the Cowboys made the plays at the end to win it. It doesn’t appear that the team has made any progress since then.

—Josh Doctson still has a lot of work to do but it looks like he could be the real deal. He was wide open on his one catch, a 57-yarder. Cousins tried to hit him with a couple of fades in the end zone; Doctson really didn’t have a chance on either one of them. You’ll see more and more of him in the coming weeks.

—Josh Norman is a keeper. After all of the controversy during the week the cornerback was on in on six tackles, knocked down two passes, and forced a fumble. If everyone played as well as he has the Redskins wouldn’t have any problems.

—But the rest of the Redskins defense needs some work. I’m not sure if it was scheme or players not being where they were supposed to be but any time the Cowboys wanted to pick up a first down on the slant to Dez Bryant it seemed like they could. Dak Prescott had a clear land to Bryant on several key occasions.  

—The last thing we learned is that the Redskins don’t know how to do things the easy way. Following the tough game against the Steelers on Monday they don’t have a game against a 2015 playoff team until the play the Bengals in London on October 30. They have squandered part of that opportunity and unless the quarterback plays together it will be gone before they know it.

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Redskins' Doug Williams presents a special jersey to family of Jim Vance

Redskins' Doug Williams presents a special jersey to family of Jim Vance

On July 22, legendary D.C. broadcaster Jim Vance died at the age of 75.

During the first day of training camp on Thursday, Washington Redskins VP of player personnel Doug Williams, presented NBC4 sports reporter Carol Maloney with a gift for Vance's family.


The gesture by the Redskins was one filled with much respect for the award-winning anchor.

Vance was a staple for many D.C. locals, being a full-time anchor since 1972 for NBC4. 

Last summer, Vance revealed he had been diagnosed with cancer but never stopped working. 

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LIVE Redskins training camp practice report: Day 1

LIVE Redskins training camp practice report: Day 1

RICHMOND—The Redskins took the field for their first practice of the season. Jordan Reed is missing as was the usual stifling heat at the Bon Secours training center.It's warm but the humidity is down from the normal late-July sauna here. 

Here are my observations from practice as it unfolds. Come back and refresh often for the latest:

—Jamison Crowder still appears to be the No. 1 punt returner. Also fielding kicks off of the leg of Tress Way were Maurice Harris, Chris Thompson, and Will Blackmon. 

—The Redskins are practicing without pads per collective bargaining rules. A few are wearing shells. 

—New tight end EJ Bibbs just introduced himself to Vernon Davis as they were getting ready for some individual drills. Reminds me of a few year ago when a just acquired player was participating in stretching and they brought his contract out onto the field for him to sign. He wouldn’t have been able to practice otherwise. 

—Kirk Cousins just acknowledged a fan lined up near the sideline. ‘How’s it going, Derrick?” Derrick’s friends were properly impressed. 

—Maurice Harris showed good form in catching a Cousins pass over the middle against no defense. Nothing spectacular but but a good job reaching forward to pull in a pass that was ahead of him. 

—Harris with another nice catch, this time guarded over the middle by Will Blackmon. He is off to a good start in competing for playing time.

—Torian Gray is admonishing his defensive backs to “wake up, wake up.” On one rep he wanted Tevin Homer to “drive to the ball.”

—It looked like Josh Doctson had a step on Bashaud Breeland on a deep pass but the CB recovered and knocked the pass away. 

—A few plays later Doctson got deep again, this time against Quinton Dunbar. This time the CB couldn’t catch up and Doctson hauled in the pass.

—In the early going in 11 on 11, Will Compton and Mason Foster are the inside LBs with the first team and Joey Mbu is at nose tackle. Both situations could change over the course of the next few weeks. 

—Nice cut by Keith Marshall on a run around right end. He planted his foot and cut upfield with some serious burst. He’s a dark horse when it comes to making the roster but I’m keeping an eye on him. 

—Cousins with a dart to Terrelle Pryor along the sideline. A sharp and accurate throw. 

—Rain is approaching but it should hold off until practice is over. Meanwhile, the clouds and breeze are cooling things down. Nobody is complaining.  

—Pryor was assigned to block Josh Norman on a running play. Norman made a business decision not to contest the block and there was light contact as Norman backed down the field.

—Rookie Robert Davis made a solid back-shoulder catch on the sideline. I’m not sure if Colt McCoy intended for the pass to be back shoulder but that was where it went and Davis reached to make the grab. 

—What was that? Nate Sudfeld heaved one downfield to nobody in particular. Kendall Fuller got an easy interception, his second of the day. 

—That is from Richmond for today. Come on back tomorrow, we’ll do it again.