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Need to Know: Redskins Park notes--Gruden will make first cuts quickly

Need to Know: Redskins Park notes--Gruden will make first cuts quickly

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, August 22, one day before the Redskins play their third preseason game against the Ravens.

Redskins Park quick hits

The buzz around Redskins Park on Thursday.

—The cut from 90 to 75 has to be done by 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Mike Shanahan generally waited until the deadline to make his cuts, bringing back players to practice after the third preseason game. Redskins coach Jay Gruden will not make players wait and wonder. He will take care of business on Sunday. "Right now the plan is they'll be off Sunday and then for practice we'll hopefully get all the cuts done Sunday on the day off,” he said.

—Sorry I didn’t get this up earlier, here is my spot on PFT Live with Mike Florio from Tuesday, talking about the Redskins, RG3, Alfred Morris and more. I come in at about the 8:00 mark.

—This via Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com: To teams went undefeated in the preseason last year. The Redskins went on to a 3-13 nightmare of a season. The Seahawks went 13-3 and won it all. Maybe someday someone will believe me when I saw that the results of preseason games are meaningless.

—Even if Robert Malone makes the Redskins as the punter, which seems likely, he should rent, maybe week to week. Here’s what Gruden said after bringing in punter Tress Way. “We’ve got the extra spot so why not bring another guy in? And that could be the case quite often throughout the year, depending on how we're doing at the position,” he said. Not exactly a ringing vote of confidence for Mr. Malone.

—Gruden was asked if they have decided how many players they would keep at each position and if deciding on the 53 was a matter of filling in the slots. “There's a varying number that could be at a lot of positions, whether it's three or four running backs or five running backs, could be six, seven wideouts, nine linemen, 10 lineman, six D-linemen, 7 D-linemen,” he said.

—The Ravens’ top three cornerbacks are all out for Saturday’s game. We will see if Robert Griffin III and company can take advantage.

—You may have seen some tweets saying that Lache Seastrunk was not at practice along with some speculation that a strained arch he was suffering from in Richmond had come back. As it turned out, he was not there due to a personal matter. Over the weekend he tweeted that his grandmother had passed away.

If you have any questions about what's going on at Redskins Park, hit me up in the comments. I'll answer all questions as soon as I can get to them. And I'm always on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.
Per Gruden, Moses and Long will work on right side of line, could get 1st team snaps vs Ravens. Hmmm. http://t.co/3CS8kVtIEU #RedskinsTalk

— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 21, 2014
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Timeline

Today’s schedule: Walkthrough at Andrews Air Force Base (closed to public and media) 10 a.m.; Welcome home luncheon at National Harbor noon; Jay Gruden remarks following

—It’s been 236 days since the Redskins played a game; in 16 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Final cuts 8; Home opener vs. Jaguars 23; Redskins @ Eagles 30

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When asked to vote for top 20 players, Pierre Garcon just wrote 'Kirk Cousins' 20 times

When asked to vote for top 20 players, Pierre Garcon just wrote 'Kirk Cousins' 20 times

Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon just filled out his ballot for the annual NFL Top 100 Players list.

Let's just say it's pretty one-dimensional. 

Straight like that

A photo posted by Pierre Garcon (@pierregarcon) on

As you can see, the form asks guys to rank who they consider the top 20 players in the league. But instead of naming 20 different players, Garcon voted for the same player 20 times. Talk about stuffing the ballot box. 

No surprise, but he's hyping his quarterback Kirk Cousins. 

Cousins is having a career year with the Redskins. His stock has soared over the last three weeks especially. Take a look at his numbers in that span: 84 completions on 116 attempts for 1,086 yards (72 percent), eight touchdowns and zero interceptions. 

Those efforts earned the Michigan State product NFC Offensive Player of the Month honors. And more importantly, Cousins has the Redskins in favorable position to make the playoffs for the second year in a row.

So far this season, Garcon has caught 52 passes from Cousins for 636 yards and two scores. 

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Redskins promote CB Phillips from practice squad, waive Bruton Jr. and Clausell

Redskins promote CB Phillips from practice squad, waive Bruton Jr. and Clausell

The Redskins made a couple of roster moves just before departing for Arizona to play the Cardinals.

They signed cornerback Dashaun Phillips from the practice squad and cut offensive tackle Blaine Clausell. The Redskins also waived safety David Bruton Jr. off of injured reserve.

Phillips was the Redskins’ nickel corner for the first three games of the season, and he made four tackles and recovered a fumble. But they moved rookie Kendall Fuller up into the slot corner role in Week 4 and Phillips spent several weeks on the inactive list before being waived on November 12 and added to the practice squad three days later.

The moves became known after Redskins coach Jay Gruden had spoken to the media for the day so we can only speculate as to the reasoning behind them. Actually, the release of Clausell isn’t hard to figure out. He was signed after Trent Williams started his four-game suspension and with Williams set to return on Monday and the other options at backup tackle healthy there was no point in keeping him around.

Phillips is likely going to Arizona as an insurance policy. The Cardinals like to spread the field with a lot of wide receivers. They will want to have five cornerbacks active. They do have Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland, Fuller, Quinton Dunbar, and Greg Toler. But Breeland is listed as questionable with an ankle injury and they Redskins don’t want to take any chance of being caught short-handed at cornerback if he suffers a setback. That’s especially true when they don’t need to bring an extra tackle along.

Depending on how things shake out injury-wise against the Cardinals there is a good chance that we could see Phillips on the waiver wire once again as a roster spot will be needed for Williams.

Bruton started the first four games of the season at safety before going on injured reserve with a concussion. This past offseason he signed a three-year, $9 million free agent contract with $3.4 million full guaranteed. There will be a deal cap hit of approximately $1.7 million in 2017 to account for the prorated bonus.