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Need to Know: Five Redskins who are under pressure against the Giants


Need to Know: Five Redskins who are under pressure against the Giants

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, September 24, one day before the Washington Redskins visit the New York Giants.


Today's schedule: Walkthrough at Redskins Park before departing for New York; no media availability

Days until: Browns @ Redskins 8; Redskins @ Ravens 15; Eagles @ Redskins 23

Five Redskins who will the under pressure on Sunday

QB Kirk Cousins—He’s on this list every week in Sharpie until he comes through in the red zone and on third down. A lot of other aspects of this team need to improve for them to become a consistent winner but the list starts with the $20 million man.

RB Matt Jones—I get the feeling that the Redskins coaches may overcompensate for their lack of run play calls in the first two games. That would mean a heavy workload for Jones. He will need to remain effective (4.3 yards/carry) and continue to hold on to the ball.

CB Josh Norman—It looks like he will end up on Odell Beckham Jr. the vast majority of the snaps. Fans who wanted this matchup to happen may regret getting what they asked for. Last year Beckham caught six passes for 76 yards and a touchdown against the Panthers and he beat Norman a few other times but Eli Manning either didn’t see him or didn’t have time to get the ball to him. Norman has been playing well but if he is going to demonstrate that he is indeed the best cornerback on the planet it’s time for him to start proving it.

S David Bruton—Bruton has had the whole litany of problems this year—missed tackles, bad angles, wrong place at the wrong time. He has Duke Ihenacho waiting in the wings and if he doesn’t pull it together soon Bruton could find himself watching while Ihenacho plays.

CB Dashaun Phillips—With the return of Victor Cruz, the Giants line up with three quality receivers on most plays. If Phillips doesn’t play well he will be exposed by Beckham, Cruz, or rookie Sterling Shepard. Quinton Dunbar did pretty well matched up with Beckham at FedEx Field last November and he could come in to replace Phillips.

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Updating Redskins' injury list after loss to Cardinals

Updating Redskins' injury list after loss to Cardinals

GLENDALE, AZ—The Redskins went into today’s game against the Cardinals somewhat banged up and they exit with a couple of additional injury concerns in the form of concussions.

Center Spencer Long left the game in the second quarter. Initially it was announced that he had been evaluated for a concussion but that he had been cleared. But after halftime the word came down that he had been retested and it was determined that he does have a concussion. Long has entered the concussion protocol.

Veteran John Sullivan, picked up earlier this season when Kory Lichtensteiger went on injured reserve, filled in a center the rest of the way. He is a capable fill-in but if Long is out he would be the only available center. The Redskins might have to sign a center if it looks like Long will be out of action against the Eagles.

In the fourth quarter safety Will Blackmon left the game. According to Redskins coach Jay Gruden he was being evaluated for a concussion and a stinger. His exact status is unknown. Gruden will give more information during a conference call with reporters on Monday.


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Josh Norman on his crucial fourth-quarter penalty vs. Larry Fitzgerald

Josh Norman on his crucial fourth-quarter penalty vs. Larry Fitzgerald

GLENDALE, AZ—The Redskins had a couple of chances to stop what would eventually turn into the Cardinals’ game-clinching drive in the fourth quarter. The first one came when they went for it on fourth and one at their own 34. It was a gutsy call by Arizona coach Bruce Arians and David Johnson make him look smart by popping off a 14-yard run.

The Cards earned that one. But it looked as though they got something of a gift a few plays later when Josh Norman was flagged holding receiver Larry Fitzgerald. It was a borderline call, granting Arizona a gift third and five conversion. Two plays later Carson Palmer went in for the kill, throwing a 42-yard touchdown pass to J.J. Nelson.

On the field, Norman seemed to be none too pleased with the penalty flag. He said after the game that he thinks that Fitzgerald may have stolen a flag.

“He [Fitzgerald] was within five yards. Larry is a wily vet,” said Norman. “I'd been doing it all game, kind of . . . He breaks out and I go for the ball and the flag got thrown. We'd like to see that not happen in that situation because there was some good position, some good leverage. And a flag came out.

“It is what it is. You can't blame a call on that, blame a call on this. It's whatever, man.”

Norman is right. The Redskins blew plenty of chances to take control of the game and the blame can be spread around on both sides of the ball. But the flag will loom large as the Redskins try to shake off this loss and get ready for the Eagles next week.