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Need to Know: The Redskins are controlling the clock

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Need to Know: The Redskins are controlling the clock

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)

Timeline

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

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Who will surprise, who will play NT

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Who will surprise, who will play NT

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 27, 17 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp on June 13.

Timeline

It’s been 146 days since the Redskins played a game. Their season opener against the Eagles at FedEx Field is in 106 days.

Days until:

—Redskins minicamp (6/13) 17
—Training camp starts (7/27) 61
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 75

The Redskins week that was

Here are some of the most popular post from the last week on www.CSNmidatlantic.com and on www.RealRedskins.com

How well will the Redskins' defense adjust to six new starters? The Redskins unquestionably got an infusion of defensive talent but as we have seen in the past that does not guarantee better results. Throw a new defensive coordinator into the mix and it could take some time for this unit to reach its full potential. I think that there will be struggles early in the season and a better (but not dominant) unit by the time November rolls around.

Which Redskins will surprise in 2017? Every player carries expectations into the season. Some will be better than we believe right now (think of what many thought Vernon Davis would do last year) and some will play worse (Josh Doctson). I take out the crystal ball to figure out who will exceed expectations and who will fall below them.

Don't count out 3rd straight franchise tag for Cousins—Yes, Bruce Allen said that he is willing to franchise tag Kirk Cousins for a third time next year, a move that would cost $34 million for one season. But I think that’s a total bluff; the Redskins’ salary cap situation for 2018 would make such a move very difficult for them to pull off. The best hope for Cousins being a Redskin in 2018 is getting him signed to a long-term contract by July 15 of this year. The tone of the conversation regarding a new deal has been positive lately but the team must come up with a serious offer for a deal to happen.

For Redskins, finding a nose tackle needs to be a priority—Well, it’s up to Jim Tomsula to “make” a nose tackle. Phil Taylor is a true NT and he will get a shot. But he hasn’t played a snap since 2014. Undrafted free agent Ondre Pipkins also has nose tackle size at 6-3, 325. But he is a long shot, as are the Redskins’ chances of being significantly better against the run if they don’t find someone, anyone to be an adequate solution as the nose tackle.

Did Vernon Davis make the NFL change celebration rules? Although I prefer the John Riggins way of celebrating a touchdown—hand the ball to the referee because you’ve been in the end zone before and you expect to be back again soon—elaborate celebrations don’t bother me. After a TD in a game I’m covering I’m focused on writing about the scoring drive. When I’m watching at home, my attention goes to Twitter or to the refrigerator. I do think that it was dumb for the Redskins to lose 15 yards of field position because Vernon Davis put a jump shot over the crossbar so that’s why I’m glad that the NFL changed the celebration rules.

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85-year-old woman unafraid to coach Kirk Cousins

85-year-old woman unafraid to coach Kirk Cousins

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is always open to some coaching no matter who it comes from. On Friday that coaching came from Veronica, an 85-year old woman who works at Congressional Country Club and is a die-hard Redskins fan.

Cousins posted a picture of the pair together on his Instagram account Friday afternoon. 

Veronica made some solid suggestions, especially the one about him getting the ball out of his hands quicker. 

Despite the rocky contract situation with the team, there's no question that Cousins loves the passionate Redskins fan base. 

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