Here is what you need to know on this Monday, September 21, three days before the Redskins travel to East Rutherford, New Jersey to play the Giants.
Redskins vs. Rams news, notes, and numbers
—The Redskins rushed for 182 yards against the Rams, following up gaining 161 on the ground last week against the Dolphins. This is only the third time they have opened a season with consecutive games with over 150 yards on the ground. The other times were 1952 (I don’t even remember that year) and 2012.
—The rushing yardage is allowing the Redskins to control the clock. For the second straight week they had over 37 minutes of possession time. The last time they did that was in Weeks 2-3 of the 1992 season.
—Matt Jones’ 39-yard touchdown run was the Redskins’ longest scoring run since 2012. I think most of you remember that 76-yard RG3 run against the Vikings.
—As of this morning, based on a small but not meaningless sample size, the Redskins are No. 1 in the NFL in both rushing yards and in total defense.
—It was a good day for new kicker Dustin Hopkins. He booted a 46-yard field goal and kicked off five times. Four of the kicks went through the end zone. One was returned but that kick was eight yards deep and it was returned to the 20. It’s only one game but Hopkins gave the Redskins exactly what they were looking for when the made the change from Kai Forbath.
—Jay Gruden said that the Redskins would not use last year’s 24-0 loss to the Rams as motivation for today’s rematch. But not everyone listened. Trent Williams was asked about it and said, “I watched the whole thing last night.”
—"I understand people got us ranked [No] 32,” said DL Ricky Jean Francios .”Please leave us there. These guys in the locker room believe something else.” (h/t Master Tesfatsion of the Post)
—Today’s schedule: Practice 4:14; Jay Gruden news conference and player availability after practice.
—Days until: Redskins @ Giants Thursday night 3; Eagles @ Redskins 13; Redskins @ Falcons 20
In case you missed it
TE Jordan Reed (shoulder)—The word heroic is thrown around too often when talking about what athletes do, in light if what, say, first responders do every day. But Reed playing in the second half out of the Dallas game with a third-degree AC joint sprain certainly was remarkable. But Gruden said that Reed won’t have sufficient range of motion in the shoulder or range of motion to be able to go against the Cardinals.
DE Anthony Lanier (leg)—The reserve lineman missed the second half of the Dallas game with a leg contusion. Gruden said he was kicked in the lower leg against the Cowboys and the swelling is still an issue.
LS Nick Sundberg (back)—He tweaked his back in the weight room before the Packers game and missed that game and the one against the Cowboys. He was a full go in practice all week and will return against the Cardinals.
G Brandon Scherff (ankle)—He has been limited in practice during the week but it seems certain that he will go against the Cardinals.
T Ty Nsekhe (ankle)—Ditto comment on Scherff above.
CB Bashaud Breeland (ankle)—He suffered the injury in practice this week and he was limited in practice on Thursday.
RB Chris Thompson (illness)—He was limited in practice during the week but he said in the locker room he will have his usual role on Sunday.
Also questionable for the Redskins: ILB Terence Garvin (shoulder) and DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee)
Check back for the Cardinals injury update after they release their report later this afternoon.
After separating his shoulder against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, Jordan Reed has officially been ruled out for the Redskins game in Arizona.
Friday, coach Jay Gruden said Reed doesn't have sufficient range of motion to play against the Cardinals but remains hopeful he'll be healthy for the following game against the Eagles. Reed estimated that range was at about 30 percent Monday.
The decision to sit Reed against the Cardinals comes with little surprise. The 'Skins star tight end did not practice all week, even after having a few extra days to rest after the game last Thursday.
Playing without Reed is obviously a blow to the Washington offense, but No. 2 tight end Vernon Davis has been a strong development for Gruden's team this year. Thursday, Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay said that while losing Reed is a blow to the unit, the team can run almost all of the same plays and sets with Davis that they can with Reed.
"Fortunately you’re in a situation where you feel really good about your tight end in Vernon Davis where he’s playing at an extremely high level in both phases in the run and in the pass game," McVay said.
As good as Davis has been, he's not the dynamic threat Reed presents. In the second half against Dallas — while playing with the injured shoulder — Reed hauled in two touchdowns and played arguably the best football of his career.
On the season Reed has 59 catches for 630 yards and five touchdowns despite missing two games earlier this year dealing with a concussion.
Davis has played in all 11 games this season and has 31 catches for 450 yards and two TDs.
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