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Need to Know: A learning process for Amerson

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Need to Know: A learning process for Amerson

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, September 27, two days before the Redskins visit the Raiders.

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Five things you need to know about from Redskins Park.

1. According to FootballZebras.com, Bill Leavy will be the referee for Sunday’s game in Oakland. He worked two Redskins games last year, the one at FedEx Field against the Falcons (a 24-17 loss) and the Thanksgiving Day game in Dallas (a 38-31 win). In both games he called more penalties against the home team than he did against the visitors.

2. It doesn’t look like Jordan Reed will be able to go in Oakland. Today in the locker room he said that his bruised quad hurt all the time and was even worse when he bent his knee. It seems like he’ll need the bye week to recover. That might be OK even if Fred Davis, who was limited in practice for a second straight day with an ankle injury. Logan Paulsen might be the best guy to start and play most of the snaps against the Raiders if the Redskins intend to run the ball early and often.

3. Rob Jackson was in the locker room today and he’s very happy that his four-game suspension is almost over. He will be able to rejoin the team on Monday. Since his suspension was under the substance abuse policy (and not under the PED policy) he has been able to work out with strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright and attend meetings at Redskins Park. “Hopefully it won't be too hard,” he said when asked if it would be hard to knock off the rust. “What me and Ray been doing out there kept me in pretty good shape and movement, side to side, lateral things like that.”

4. The field at O.co Coliseum (yes, that’s actually the name of the place now) will have a dirt infield at one end since the Oakland A’s, the Raiders’ co-tenants there, are still playing. Ryan Kerrigan knows that the Redskins will just have to deal with it. “I really don't know what to expect,” he said. I haven't played on any dirt since I played high school baseball. We're all dealing with the same elements so it's not an excuse if your first step isn't as good or you lose your footing. It's the same footing for the offensive line and tight ends we'll be going against so we can't really use that as an excuse.”

5. David Amerson had a rookie-type day with some nice plays mixed in with some “what was he thinking” plays. ““Yeah, I think it’s a learning process,” said Jim Haslett when asked about Amerson’s development. “Remember he’s a junior coming out, a young guy, this is really his senior year in college, so you’re going to have some of those. Obviously we don’t want to have them. We have got to eliminate those things. To be a good defense, to get back to where this football team needs to be, we’ve got to cut all those out.”

Stat of the day

—Alfred Morris has 225 yards rushing this year. Through three games in 2013 he had 263 yards on the ground. Morris currently is on pace to rush for 1,200 yards.

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Timeline

—Days until: Redskins @ Raiders 2; Redskins @ Cowboys 16; Bears @ Redskins 23

—Today’s schedule: Practice 11:50; player availability and Mike Shanahan news conference after practice (approx. 1:00); Note: The Redskins will leave for California later today.

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Redskins bring former starting center back to active roster

Redskins bring former starting center back to active roster

The Redskins officially brought Kory Lichtensteiger back to the active roster, and while the move is now for depth, it could have other ramifications down the road. 

The move is on the NFL's transaction report for Saturday. To make room for Lichtensteiger, the team released defensive lineman A.J. Francis. 

Dealing with injuries up and down the line of scrimmage, Lichtensteiger's return could give the offensive front more flexibility. When Lichtensteiger got injured Week 3 and sent to the injured reserve, third-year pro Spencer Long stepped in and performed well at center. Last week in Arizona, Long sustained a concussion.

That injury opened the door for John Sullivan, who will start this week in Philadelphia with Long ruled out. Sullivan was brought in as a backup to Long once Lichtensteiger was put on IR. With Long now in the NFL concussion protocol, the Redskins need another center should Sullivan get hurt. Alas, Lichtensteiger's return from the IR. 

Left guard Shawn Lauvao also sustained an injured groin, and that's where things could get interesting. Long is capable of playing guard, as is Lichtensteiger in a pinch. Should Lauvao's injury persist, Lichtensteiger might be able to help there.

Against the Eagles, the plan certainly appears to be second-year man Arie Kouandjio starting in place of Lauvao. Kouandjio made one earlier start this season - Week 4 against Cleveland - and the results were mixed.

If Kouandjio stumbles and Lauvao needs more time, Lichtensteiger's return to the roster gives Jay Gruden and Bill Callahan more flexibility, especially when Long returns from injury.

In fact, once the team has Long, Lichtensteiger and Sullivan healthy, there could be a bit of a logjam roster-wise on the offensive line, but considering all the injuries, bumps and bruises that are part of O-line life by the last four games of the season, the Redskins staff likely won't mind figuring that out. 

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Redskins vs Eagles Preview: 5 things to know as Washington gets desperate

Redskins vs Eagles Preview: 5 things to know as Washington gets desperate

Losers of two straight games and for the first time in a month outside of the playoff picture, a desperate Redskins squad travels to Philadelphia for a 1 p.m. game on Sunday. All the action kicks off on CSN with Redskins Kickoff at noon, but to get ready for the action, here are five storylines to watch:

  1. Getting back to good, or at least decent - Two weeks ago the Redskins seemed like a dangerous playoff squad with a strong offense and an improving defense. After two straight losses where Joe Barry's defense has given up 62 total points, the questions are mounting for Washington. Can the defense get stops on 3rd down? Generate a turnover? The good news for the Redskins is that the Eagles are struggggggling. Their offense has not score more than 15 points in three straight weeks. 
  2. Feed the fat one - After giving Rob Kelley just 28 carries in the last two games, Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay owned up to the Redskins lack of run game, "I definitely feel like I could’ve been more patient on some of those early down and distances where you get a little bit pass-heavy. And that’s something that as a decision-maker and as a coordinator, I have to do a better job." In a Week 6 win Kelley and Matt Jones piled up more than 200 rush yards against the Eagles. The 'Skins offense likely won't feature Jones, but expect McVay to feed Fat Rob plenty on Sunday.
  3. Playing in pain - The Redskins offense features a number of dynamic playmaking threats, but arguably the best is tight end Jordan Reed. On Thanksgiving in Dallas, Reed separated his left shoulder, and though he finished that game he was forced out of action in Arizona. Expect Reed to be back Sunday, and expect Kirk Cousins to look for him early and often. On the season, Reed has more than 600 receiving yards and five TDs.
  4. If it ain't broke - Kirk Cousins has had more success against the Eagles than any other team in the NFC East. In four career games against Philly, COusins averages 336 yards per game passing to go with a 101.3 QB rating. He's thrown 10 touchdowns against the Eagles to just two interceptions. The biggest win of his career came last year when Cousins and the 'Skins clinched the NFC East title at Lincoln Financial Field. Cousins suceeds against the Eagles, and there's no reason it should stop Sunday. 
  5. Don't fly away - Rumors are starting to circulate that the Eagles would like to bring back DeSean Jackson next season. It's well known that Jackson will probably hit free agency after this season, and if Philly did pursuit their former playmaker, it would make sense. But between now and then, Jackson has another opportunity to torch his former team and help the Skins pursue a Wild Card bid at the same time. In his past two games, Jackson and COusins have connected on deep patterns, and there's little reason to tbink the same won't happen Sunday.

Numbers & Notes

  • If tight end Vernon Davis catches three passes he will become the 12th tight end in NFL history to record 500 career receptions.
  • With two more catches, wide receiver Jamison Crowder will set a single-season career high in receptions. He caught 59 passes in 2015.
  • If the Redskins win would mark five straight victories against the Eagles for the Redskins for the first time since a six-game winning streak in the series across the 1981-84 seasons.

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