Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, August 15, five days before Washington Redskins play the Detroit Lions at FedEx Field.
Work to do
The Redskins played pretty well against the Browns on Thursday. As training camp resumes, however, some players still have a lot to do to get ready for the start of the season just over four weeks away.
TE Jordan Reed—With Niles Paul definitely out for the season and Logan Paulsen possibly out, Reed has to do what he has to do to stay on the field. That means stretching properly and avoiding unnecessary contact. No matter who else the Redskins might sign he needs to be The Man with availability to match his ability.
QB Robert Griffin III—He was good on Thursday but he needs to work to get better. For example, the long pass that Pierre Garçon dropped was thrown late; had coverage been a little tighter it could have made a difference. It's about consistency and refinement and that takes practice and film study.
CB DeAngelo Hall—They don’t work on tackling much in training camp but Hall needs to figure out some way not to get embarrassed like he did when Brian Hartline caught a short pass and turned it into a first down after some bad tackling technique on the part of Hall.
OL Josh LeRibeus—His best chance to make the team is being able to play as the backup center should anything happen to Kory Lichtensteiger. But he had all kinds of issues in the middle on Thursday night playing mostly against backups. He needs to spend as much extra time with Bill Callahan as he can.
OLB Junior Galette—Preston Smith and Trent Murphy both played well with Smith getting a sack and Murphy getting three pressures. Those two are Galette’s main competition for playing time and he has yet to even take the field for a full practice. If Galette wants to get off to a fast start and earn the big 2016 contract he wants he needs to get moving.
—Today’s schedule: Practice (Fan appreciation day) 1:35
—It’s been 230 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 29 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.
—Days until: Preseason Lions @ Redskins 5; final cuts 21; Redskins @ Giants Thursday night 40
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Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, September 26, six days before the Washington Redskins play Chiefs in Kansas City.
Today’s schedule: No media availability
—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (10/23) 27
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 33
Last look at Redskins vs. Raiders
—I could fill up this entire post with numbers that demonstrate just how dominant the Redskins defense was on Sunday. Here’s one that impressed me—with the exception of two series that started with turnovers deep in Washington territory, the Raiders ran one play on the Redskins’ side of the field. Early in the second quarter, Derek Carr threw a short pass that Marshawn Lynch turned into an eight-yard gain to the Washington 48. On the next play, Kendall Fuller picked off Carr’s pass. That was it until Jamison Crowder muffed a punt, giving Oakland the ball at the Washington 21 with 47 seconds left in the third quarter.
—Kirk Cousins passed for over 350 yards with three or more touchdowns and no interceptions for the fourth time as a Redskin. It is the first time Washington quarterback to do that more than once; Joe Theismann did it in 1982 and 1983. Colt McCoy and Mark Rypien did it once each. Cousins is the only one of the group to complete over 80 percent of his passes in such a game; he was 25 of 30, 83.3 percent.
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—Again, there are plenty of numbers but what set this game apart was the confidence and attitude on display, particularly on defense. The images that stick in my mind are plays like D.J. Swearinger leveling Marshawn Lynch, Preston Smith just dismissing a Lynch stiff arm to get the stop on third and two, Montae Nicholson getting a textbook legal hit on Michael Crabtree and Zach Brown sending ball carriers to the ground with a vengeance.
—Some are wondering if Mack Brown should be the main backup at running back when Rob Kelley returns from his rib injury, which could be this week. Samaje Perine seemed to miss some openings and at times he seemed to go down with a one-arm tackle. And he fumbled the ball away. But on Sunday night Jay Gruden said that once Kelley is back, Perine will be the backup and Brown is likely to return to the game-day inactive list.
—Let this sink in for a minute—prior to last night’s Cowboys-Cardinals game, the Redskins were fifth in the NFL in rushing attempts (90) and sixth in rushing yards (409). They are on pace to have 480 rushing attempts for 2,180 yards. Last year they ran it 379 times for 1,696 yards.
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