Here is what you need to know on this Friday, August 30, 10 days before the Redskins open up their season against the Eagles at FedEx Field.
Five things from Redskins Park:
1. The next day and a half will be nerve racking for a few dozen players who are on the bubble. Some of the players who will be cut already know that they are likely to be released. Some have a pretty good idea that they will be but are holding out hope that they somehow will stay around. And some will be floored by being told to go see the coach and bring their iPads even though they were fourth string on the depth chart all during training camp. In any case, it’s a process that any coach will tell you is the worst part of his job.
2. In some cases tomorrow, no news will be good news. I remember Logan Paulsen talking about his experience on cutdown day when he was an undrafted rookie in 2010. He said that nobody came up and told him that he had made the team but when the deadline came and went and he still had not received a visit from The Turk he figured he was safe. He was and now he’s entering his fourth season.
3. Despite Chris Thompson’s scintillating 69-yard punt return against the Bucs last night I’m not 100 percent convinced that he will be the punt returner against the Eagles. I think Mike Shanahan would like to be able to trust Thompson with the job but his fumbles and general awkwardness in fielding some punts have to spook the coach to some extent. Perhaps he will put Santana Moss back there against the Eagles and for the first few weeks of the season while Thompson fields a thousand or so punts off of the JUGS machine and carry’s a football with him everywhere he goes to remind him not to fumble. Then Thompson goes out there in Week 4 or maybe after the bye and starts returning the punts.
4. I don’t want to wade too deeply into the settlement of the NFL concussion lawsuit but I do have a couple of points here. While the $765 million the league will pay out over the next 17 years represents just a small portion of its profits the purpose of the suit and settlement were not to sock it to the owners, it was to provide medical care and financial compensation to players who saw the quality of their post-retirement lives adversely affected by concussions. If it’s enough to do that then it was enough. Also important is the element of time. The plaintiffs could have gone to trial and maybe the could have received a huge settlement. But that could take years in court meaning more years without treatment and a number of the players might no longer be around to see any benefits.
5. Operation Patience has not quite become Mission Accomplished. Not yet anyway. We will have to wait until Monday to find out that Shanahan has named Robert Griffin III the starting quarterback against the Eagles on Sept. 9. There is a little bit more process to go through, some “concerns” that coach and quarterback need to discuss. It’s part Shanahan showing who’s boss and forcing Griffin to extend his patience a little farther and part taking some time to make sure he has one last chance to talk to his quarterback about the problems he will face if he doesn’t better protect himself when danger is near. Remember in training camp when it took an extra day for Shanahan to OK Griffin to do 11 on 11 drills? Didn’t think so. There are no serious game preparations going on until Wednesday anyway so a few more days to nail down the starting quarterback won’t matter.
Stat of the day
The Redskins allowed opponents to convert just 10 of 50 third down situations during the preseason. That’s 20 percent compared to a whopping (and league worst) 44.2 percent last year. It should be noted that of the 16 quarters they played only two were against quarterbacks who are likely to see NFL action this year in Jake Locker of the Titans and the Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger.
—Days until: Final cuts 1; Eagles @ Redskins 10; Redskins @ Packers 16
—Today’s schedule: No availability
Royster with real talk about being on the bubble
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— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 30, 2013