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Gruden: Safety a position of 'great concern' for Redskins


Gruden: Safety a position of 'great concern' for Redskins

The Redskins have been searching for solutions at safety for nearly a decade so it should be no surprise that Jay Gruden said that the position is an area of “great concern” at this point in the offseason.

Safety has been one of the focal points in free agency, although they brought in just one new player, David Bruton, formerly of the Broncos. They re-signed Duke Ihenacho, who was a restricted free agent, and cut both Dashon Goldson and Jeron Johnson.

Injuries and inexperience at the position are major concerns with all three of the top safeties.

“When you think about it, Duke (wrist) and Bruton (leg), who we just signed, are coming off of injuries,” Gruden said this morning at the NFL owners meetings. “D Hall (toe) had an injury last year and it’s really the first time he’s played safety. We moved [Deshazor] Everett there into safety also and he’s never really played.”

But if they can stay healthy Gruden likes the top three at the position.

“If we can keep him on the field I feel like D Hall can be as good a safety prospect as there is,” he said. “I love Duke, he plays with great passion and energy and I think David, coming in from Denver, can add some great pop also. That’s three safeties we really like but we have to address the depth issue . . . I think two of those three guys will ride up to the challenge and then adding more depth would be helpful.”

Obviously, depth will be important if your safeties have a tendency to end up on the shelf with injuries. Gruden mentioned Everett, who made saw some snaps at cornerback as rookie last year, and Will Blackmon, a veteran corner who could fill in at safety as well.

Gruden indicated that the door is not closed to a return for Goldson, who was released after being unable to come to an agreement on a reduction in his $8 million salary. The Redskins will continue to monitor the free agent market and will look to the draft for help.

Also in the picture is Kyshoen Jarrett, who played well last year is a rookie but suffered an injury in the season finale. It appears that there is some nerve damage and Gruden said that Jarrett did not have much strength in his arm. The timetable for his recovery is uncertain. 

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Need to Know: First look at Redskins vs. Raiders

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Need to Know: First look at Redskins vs. Raiders

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, September 20, four days before the Washington Redskins play the Raiders at FedEx Field.


Today’s schedule: Practice 1:45; Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins press conferences, open locker room after practice, approx. 3:30

Days until:

—Monday night Redskins @ Chiefs (10/2) 12
—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (11/23) 23
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 39

First look at Redskins vs. Raiders

—This tweet seems a bit audacious. It’s from Vic Tafur, who writes about the Raiders for the pay site The Athletic.

They are second in the NFL in offensive yards and first in points scored. Oakland is fourth in rushing yards and 13th in passing yards. QB Derek Carr is third in the NFL with a stellar 126.5 passer rating and Marshawn Lynch has a bruising 121 yards rushing. They’re good but I would reserve phrases like “doing whatever they want” for teams like the Greatest Show on Turf or the ’07 Patriots. The Raiders aren’t there yet.

—Defensively, the Raiders are just OK, especially considering they have played a Titans team that is solid but not an offensive juggernaut and the putrid Jets. They are 17th in yards given up and tied for 11th in points allowed. They haven’t intercepted a pass although they have two fumble recoveries. They have five sacks, one more than a Redskins team that talks a lot about a need to get to the quarterback. Khalil Mack has one sack and Bruce Irvin hasn't tallied one yet. But they could explode at any time and the Redskins' pass protection will need to be on point. 

—Carr and Kirk Cousins have very similar numbers in the two seasons plus two games that they both have been starters. One area where Carr has an edge is in the touchdown passes column. Carr has 65 while Cousins has just 46. The Raiders have some quality receivers in Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper. But Cousins could throw to DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon up until this season and Washington also has tight end Jordan Reed. It’s at least a wash in terms of quality of targets if not an advantage to the Redskins. It is something that Carr has solved that Cousins has not. Carr’s ability to get the ball into the end zone helped him become the NFL’s highest-paid player, albeit temporarily.

—Although the Raiders’ offense is not going to make history, the Redskins still need to be prepared to be in a shootout on Sunday night. To be sure, the Redskins defense has improved but it’s hard to see the Raiders scoring less than somewhere in the mid to upper twenties. That means that the Redskins will have to score at least as many points as they did against the Rams, maybe more. They started and ended well in LA; to win next Sunday they probably won’t be able to get away with zero second-half points until after the two-minute warning.

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Giants TE grabs crotch, immediately introduced to NFL's celebration rules

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Giants TE grabs crotch, immediately introduced to NFL's celebration rules

It took the New York Giants a full game and another quarter before they scored their first touchdown of the 2017-18 NFL season.

Giants rookie Evan Engram was the recipient of their first touchdown of the season, scoring the first of his career on Monday Night Football.

Naturally he began to celebrate his accomplishment, but perhaps his celebration was too natural. 


In the clip, right in front of the cameraman, the 23-year-old proceeds to dance with a finishing move crotch grab in the midst of his teammates.

Apparently the loosened NFL celebration rules from this off-season did not take out any sexually suggestive actions. 

It resulted in a 15-yard penalty on the ensuing kick-off for the Giants.

With the ball then kicked out of bounds the Lions had the ball at their own 45-yard line.


Likely the grab will give Engram a fine from the NFL.

Last season Antonio Brown was fined for a similar celebration, by twerking following a score.

The touchdown remains the only time New York has found the end-zone through two games.

With only 13 points it is the lowest scoring two game start in 70 years for the franchise.