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Need to Know: Five pivotal games on the Redskins' 2017 schedule

Need to Know: Five pivotal games on the Redskins' 2017 schedule

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, April 21, six days before the April 27 NFL draft.

Timeline

Days until:

—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 21
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 33
—Training camp starts (7/27) 97
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 142

Five pivotal games on the Redskins’ schedule

There are games during a season that can turn things in one direction or another. Here are five likely pivot points in the Redskins’ 2017 schedule.

Week 3 vs. Raiders—This is their first game against a 2016 playoff team and it’s at home on Sunday night. Last year the Raiders did what the Redskins want to do, go from a middle of the pack team (Oakland was 7-9 in 2015) to a true contender (12-4 last year). These are the kind of games they need to win to get to where they want to be.

Week 6 vs. 49ers—There probably will be fewer than a dozen Redskins in this game who were with the organization when Kyle Shanahan was the offensive coordinator here on the roster for this game so there’s not much extra juice on the home team’s side. But you’d better bet that Shanahan will be working a little later to try to prepare for this one and that Pierre Garçon will have a little extra spring in his step. The Redskins had better be on high upset alert for this one.

Week 8 vs. Cowboys—They had their chances against the Cowboys twice last year but they ended up 0-2 against them. If they can’t beat their main rivals they won’t have much of a chance of improving in 2017. This is their first shot at Dak, Zeke, and company and it’s at home.

Week 12 (Thanksgiving) vs. Giants—They did split against New York last year but their season-ending loss was a dagger. The team will approach the stretch run of the season in a much better frame of mind of they can shake that nightmare of a loss with a win on national TV.

Week 15 vs. Cardinals—Arizona was 7-8-1 last year with one of their wins coming against the Redskins. That one was in Glendale, this one is at FedEx. This is another yardstick game for the Redskins. If they are better than they were last year it’s a game they should win.

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Redskins activate TE Reed off of the PUP list

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Redskins activate TE Reed off of the PUP list

 

The Redskins have struggled on offense in the preseason. The good news is that they are getting one of their best offensive players back to work.

The team announced that tight end Jordan Reed has been activated off the physically unable to perform list (PUP). He was placed on the list at the start of training camp with a toe injury.

At first coach Jay Gruden indicated that the injury would be a short-term problem but as it turns out he spent 24 days on the PUP list.

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Reed made the Pro Bowl last year despite missing a total of four games with a shoulder injury and with a concussion, He caught 66 passes for 686 yards and six touchdowns.

His removal from the list means that he can start practicing with the team immediately. Reed would be eligible to play in the Redskins’ preseason game against the Bengals next Sunday. However, given how cautious the team has been with his injury and his value to the offense it seems likely that he will not take the field for a game until the Redskins’ season opener against the Eagles on September 10.

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Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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WWE icon Jim Ross really loves Redskins running back Samaje Perine

WWE icon Jim Ross really loves Redskins running back Samaje Perine

Redskins fans don't quite know what they're going to get out of rooking running back Semaje Perine, but legendary WWE icon Jim Ross certainly does. 

Ross, a University of Oklahoma fan, saw a lot of Perine when he was a star on the Sooners. 

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Ross recently went on CSN to let the people know what, exactly, they were getting from the Oklahoma product. Here's the list of accolades, in no particular order, that Ross has for Perine:

- Restaurant quality running back

- tougher than a 2$ steak 

- a man's man

- all man (which is different than being a man's man, somehow)

- a yard wide (?)

You can see the whole thing here, with Ross coming in at the 1:22 mark. 

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