Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, October 6, three days before the Washington Redskins go up the road to play the Ravens in Baltimore.
—Today's schedule: Joe Barry press conference 12:40; Practice 1:00; Jay Gruden news conference and player availability after practice, approx. 3 p.m.
—Days until: Eagles @ Redskins 10; Redskins @ Lions 17; Redskins vs. Bengals in London 24
Notes and quotes from around Redskins Park
—Mason Foster does think there is some level of a rivalry between Redskins and Ravens fans. “Each game is a big game but when you're playing your next door neighbor in anything it's big,” he said. “You might see them around, it's like families are split.”
—Will Compton said that an emphasis in practice has been to get all of the defenders around the ball during a play. “We had more of a sense of urgency today in preaching that when the play ends we should all be in the same frame,” said Compton. “We're going to get it right.”
—Josh Norman always comes through with a good quote. This is his description of his upcoming matchup with Ravens receiver Steve Smith, who was Norman’s teammate for a season with the Panthers:. “A lion against a lion, a dog against a dog, a beast against a beast.”
—Another one from Norman when asked to describe Smith: “That guy, he'll take your heart away if you allow him to.
—Jay Gruden was asked if he thought that Bashaud Breeland, who missed the Browns game with an ankle injury, could play against the Ravens. “Oh, yeah, there’s a chance,” he said. “He’s close.”
—New Redskins safety Donte Whitner clearly is still salty about being released by the Browns on April 2, well after he had a chance of getting any type of big or even modest money as a free agent. “Nothing against those guys but the way that they released me and waited so long to do so I feel that they had a personal vendetta,” he said. He also referred to his release as “a slap in the face”. Too bad the Redskins already played the Browns.
—Does Kirk Cousins think his play is getting better? “I just think it’s week to week, it’s day to day,” he said. “I don’t know that you ever say, ‘I’m starting to play well now’ or ‘I wasn’t playing well then.’ I mean, it’s just, who knows. You can win two games in a row, if you lose this week, now it’s, ‘Cousins isn’t playing well and doesn’t know what he’s doing.’ So I just take it one game at a time.”
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The #Redskins likely will end up paying Kendall Reyes $64,864 for each of the 37 snaps he took with the teams ($1 mm bonus $1.4mm salary)— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) October 5, 2016
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