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Need to Know: First thoughts on Redskins vs. Browns—Too obvious to be a trap

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Need to Know: First thoughts on Redskins vs. Browns—Too obvious to be a trap

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, September 28, four days before the Washington Redskins host the Cleveland Browns.

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Today's schedule: Practice 1:00; Kirk Cousins and Jay Gruden news conferences and player availability after practice, approx. 3 p.m.

Days until: Redskins @ Ravens 11; Eagles @ Redskins 18; Redskins vs. Bengals in London 33

First thoughts on Redskins vs. Browns

—This game is so much a trap that it’s not a trap. It is way too obvious that the Redskins have to be careful not to overlook a Cleveland team that went to Miami and took the Dolphins to overtime last Sunday. The danger of taking them lightly and getting upset is staring them right in the face. The Redskins may lose but not because they were caught off guard.

—It also should be painfully obvious to the Redskins that they have to be careful not to beaten by a rookie quarterback who was taken in the middle rounds. Actually, Cody Kessler was taken ahead of Dak Prescott. Kessler was a third-round pick and he played pretty well against the Miami, completing 64 percent of his passing with no interceptions and a respectable passer rating of 85.9. Certainly Prescott has more talent around him, particularly on the offensive line. But Kessler has some ability and could be dangerous.

—Kessler’s primary target is Terrelle Pryor, the quarterback turned receiver who got it done in a few different ways against the Dolphins, catching eight passes for 144 yards and taking 14 snaps at quarterback. Pryor went three of five passing and ran for 21 yards. His primary role will remain as a receiver and while he's not good enough to warrant Josh Norman one-on-one coverage he is talented enough to do some damage.

—Kessler has a good pair of running backs to hand off to. Primary back Isiah Crowell is second in the NFL with 274 yards rushing. He tore off an 85-yard run against the Ravens, a run that considerably helps his average of 6.1 yards per carry. Duke Johnson is averaging 6.4 yards per attempt on his 16 carries.

—The crowd that screams about wanting the Redskins to run the ball more might remain angry after this game. It looks like the air is the best way to go about attacking the Browns. They are 20th in the league allowing 7.4 yards per pass attempt and 13th allowing 3.9 yards per rushing attempt.

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Redskins injury report: Jordan Reed out of practice, six are limited

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Redskins injury report: Jordan Reed out of practice, six are limited

There were a lot of wounded Redskins on the practice field on Wednesday as the team started preparations for their game against the Raiders on Sunday.

One injured player was not on the field. Jordan Reed was out with a chest injury. Obviously, there is concern but Jay Gruden said that it is too early to rule him out of the game.

A half dozen players were limited including RB Rob Kelley (rib), S Montae Nicholson (shoulder), CB Josh Norman (shoulder), OT Morgan Moses (ankle), S Deshazor Everett (knee), and LB Mason Foster (shoulder).

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While none of the injuries seems particularly serious, they still could affect each player’s status for the game.

Foster suffered a separated shoulder during the game, popped it back in, and continued without missing a snap. He said that said that he was letting the athletic trainers handle it. “I’m going in, getting my treatment, doing what they tell me to do,” he said.

Kelley suffered a rib cartilage injury in the second quarter on Sunday. He said that the pain was very high that day but that it has subsided since. The starting running back said that

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Terrelle Pryor issues polite but firm request to Rams safety to avoid hitting knees

Terrelle Pryor issues polite but firm request to Rams safety to avoid hitting knees

Football players prefer to regulate their sport without fines and penalties, and in 2017, social media can be a platform for any and all declarations.

After Terrelle Pryor took a direct hit to his right knee in the Redskins win over the Rams, the receiver reached out to L.A. safety Cody Davis via Twitter with a polite, but firm, message. 

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Standing 6'6", Pryor is one of the tallest receivers in the league. It makes sense he doesn't like getting hit in the knees, as any skilly player doesn't, but particularly with the increased height that could mean more safeties are coming in low on him.

Through two games Pryor has eight catches for 97 yards. The season hasn't started particularly strong for Pryor, though the 6-foot-5, 240 lb. wideout remains confident that his production will increase. 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden did not go as far as Pryor, but does believe his team's pass game is "very close" to firing on all cylinders. QB Kirk Cousins threw for nearly 5,000 yards last season, but through two games this year, his statistics have been subpar. 

To beat the undefeated Raiders, the Redskins will need a dominant performance from Pryor. He sounds like he's up for the job.

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