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Need to Know: Cofield wants to see 'turbo' Meriweather

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Need to Know: Cofield wants to see 'turbo' Meriweather

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, September 13, two days before the Redskins play the Packers at Lambeau Field.

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1. Yesterday I looked at how some quarterbacks who suffered late-season ACL injuries fared early in their comebacks. It is interesting to note that running back Adrian Peterson took a while to get rolling in his comeback from a Christmas Eve 2011 ACL tear. He had just one 100-yard performance in the first six games of the season. But in their seventh game go went for 153 against the Cardinals and had just one sub-100 yard game the rest of the way.

2. A lot of TV viewers saw Robert Griffin III and the Redskins struggle through their season opener against the Eagles. The telecast set a record for an first-week Monday night game on ESPN with an 11.9 rating

3. Here’s what Barry Cofield had to say about Brandon Meriweather, who should be able to play for the first time this year on Sunday.

That game he played last year, it was like he had a star in Mario Brothers. He was running through everything, he was invincible. He was in turbo speed and we were all regular people. So if he can give us half of that, that'll be great. He's going to be hungry, he's a smart guy, he's been in meetings the whole time. If he can get out there and get healthy and get his confidence back I think he'll help make us a better defense.

4. DeAngelo Hall was fined $20,000 for his horse collar tackle of DeSean Jackson on Monday. That’s a pretty good chunk of money but it pales in comparison to the $65,750 he was fined last year for a horse collar ($20,000), a late hit ($5,750), and getting in a dispute with a referee ($30,000). However, his 2013 fine is coming out of a significantly slimmer paycheck. Last year Hall’s salary was $7 million but after being released in a cap move he came back for about $2.25 million. He’ll still be able to manage to get by but I’m sure his accountant is recommending that he try to avoid getting hit for more fines as the year goes on.

5. How much did the early hole the Redskins got into against the Eagles affect their game plan? A lot, according to Kyle Shanahan:

No, we really never got to do our game plan, to tell you the truth. We had some stuff in there early, but it wasn’t just that that we didn’t get to do, we didn’t get to do about 90 percent of our game plan. It turned into a two-minute drill pretty fast. In the first half, we wanted to set some things up, which is kind of what we always do in our offense, but when you can’t get a first down, we really weren’t able to set anything up, and we didn’t want to just come out and just run it to run it.


Stat of the day
—The Packers are a homegrown operation. Of the 53 players on their roster, 50 have never played a down for another NFL team. Of those players, 33 were drafted by the Packers and they signed nine as undrafted free agents.
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Timeline

—Redskins LB Darryl Tapp was born on this day in 1984

—Days until: Redskins @ Packers 2; Lions @ Redskins 9; Redskins @ Raiders 16

—Today’s schedule: Practice 11:50; Mike Shanahan press conference and player availability after practice (approx. 1:30)

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Jordan Reed one of four Redskins to begin training camp on PUP list

Jordan Reed one of four Redskins to begin training camp on PUP list

RICHMOND - Jordan Reed will start Redskins training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. 

The team's PR informed the media that Reed is experiencing pain and soreness in one of his big toes. The move to PUP was characterized as precautionary and they want to ensure that issues don't linger into the regular season. 

DeAngelo Hall, Houston Bates, and practice squadder Kendal Thompson will join Reed on the PUP list. 

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For Reed, an integral part of the Redskins offense, there is a long history of injuries. In 2016, he missed time with a separated shoulder and a concussion.

Before Redskins fans freak out, remember Reed took part in minicamp and looked dominant. The PUP list also allows the Redskins to activate Reed once he's capable of practicing. 

Reed did not take part in voluntary OTAs with the Redskins in May, but was a full participant with the team at June's minicamp. 

Asked about injured players taking part in practice during Wednesday's press conference, head coach Jay Gruden opened up:

I think the injured guys are injured guys. We’re never going to change how we treat them. It’s the trainers’ job to tell us when they can go. I’m not going to keep a guy out of practice just because I think he might be injured. It’s up to the trainers and up to that player to let me know whether they can go or not. But like you said, we do have a luxury of having 88 or 87 healthy bodies where we can practice and function without somebody who is injured. That’s the trainers’ job​.

Expect much more on this development.

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Expectations won't change for Kirk Cousins, regardless of contract status

Expectations won't change for Kirk Cousins, regardless of contract status

RICHMOND - Jay Gruden expects the same effort and production from Kirk Cousins, regardless of the now two-year long contract saga between the quarterback and the Redskins.

"The thing about Kirk is you’re never worried about his preparation. It’s not going to vary from day in to day out," the coach said. "He’s not going to come in and be a different guy every day. He’s the same guy every day. [He’s] a great competitor, wants to get better."

Talks between Cousins' represenatives and the Redskins seemed more congenial this offseason, though the result remained the same. Cousins will be paid $24 million this year on the franchise tag, after making $20 million in 2016 on the same tag. 

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Redskins team president Bruce Allen explained in a statment that his organization made an offer to Cousins that included $53 million guaranteed. Considering the funny money nature of NFL deals, the offer really only guaranteed another season at about $28 million for Cousins before a series of advantageous terms for the franchise. The deal had no chance of completion considering Cousins' leverage.

Still, Gruden thinks his quarterback will deliver. 

"He has a lot of room for improvement and he wants to be coached and it’s fun to coach him."

If Gruden sounds confident in Cousins' ability to compartmentalize, he should. The quarterback did just that last season, passing for nearly 5,000 yards with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. 

The Redskins, and Cousins, struggled in the red zone in 2016, and that's something Gruden wants to see improved. 

"The contract status will take care of itself eventually, hopefully, but right now it is what it is and we’re happy to have him for 2017."

Long-term deal, or not, it's time for Gruden to coach and Cousins to quarterback.

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