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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Cousins on the rise

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Cousins on the rise

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, June 25, 33 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 167 days ago. It will be 79 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Franchise tag contract deadline 20; Preseason opener @ Falcons 47; Final roster cut 70

Five of the most popular posts from the Redskins week that was

Redskins roster projection, offense (and defense)—While the core of the roster is set, there are still up to a dozen spots up for grabs. A few more might emerge if injuries hit and then there is competition to get one of the 10 practice squad jobs. There are now four spots that can go to players with more than two accrued seasons (there were two last year) so all but a handful of players who are likely to be released will be eligible.

New photos reportedly show 'Skins' Thanksgiving unis—I’m not big into uniforms but I know that a lot of you are. It looks like Thanksgiving will feature five teams wearing uniforms that don’t look like what they usually wear and then the Redskins in familiar garb.

'Skins assistant on Cousins: 'He’s not going to hold back'—The highlight of the offseason practices that the media could watch was when Kirk Cousins completed a long pass and then turned to look at us along the sideline yelling, “Celebrate! You love that!” It was a bit hokey but it was Cousins showing that it’s now his team. It already was by December of last year but he clearly has put his stamp on the 2016 Redskins.

Can Cousins be 'better than any young QB'?—An NFL assistant coach said that he thinks that it’s possible that when we look back in 10 years we’ll view Cousins as a more productive, more successful player than even Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson. I’m not sure that will end up being the case but I’m not going to reject it out of hand. If he does end up doing it that would mean he would have some comeback playoff wins, a couple of Super Bowl trips, and a lot of division titles. It would be a fun ride.

NTK: Five Redskins with a lot at stake in 2016—All NFL players are under pressure but some are under more than others. These five players not only carry a lot of responsibility for the success of the 2016 Redskins on their backs but they also have some personal pressure stemming from pending contract situations.

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Jay Gruden presser recap: Enough is on Chris Thompson's plate already

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Jay Gruden presser recap: Enough is on Chris Thompson's plate already

Here is a recap of Jay Gruden’s press conference on Wednesday:

—The injuries are covered in a separate post here. Jordan Reed was the only non-participant. Gruden said his status is “wait and see.”

—Gruden doesn’t see them playing Chris Thompson more than they do now. He noted that in addition to being the third-down back he also returns kicks and comes in on second and long plays. “It’s important for us to keep him healthy,” said Gruden. “He’s not a guy that I personally want to give him 30 carries a game.”

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—In a year, Matt Ioannidis has gone from being on the practice squad to being a key member of the defensive line. Gruden was impressed with his play against the Rams. “Against the Rams, he played very well,” he said. “He had pressured the quarterback four or five times, he hawked down Tavon Austin on a jet sweep, which was a big play on the first play of the game. If he gets out of there, it could’ve been a 70-yard touchdown.” Gruden said that work in the weight room with help from fellow DL Ziggy Hood helped in Ioannidis’ transformation.

—Gruden said that the Rams game might have been the best of Jordan Reed's career despite gaining just 48 receiving yards on six catches. “Yeah, Jordan was awesome,” he said. “I thought he had the best all-around game he’s had in a while. I think, not just route-running, but blocking. He was outstanding in blocking. Had a key block on the touchdown Chris Thompson had on the second series of the game, was physical and did a great job.”

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—The Su’a Cravens situation was dismissed rather quickly. The Redskins will not be adding another safety to the roster. “No, we have Fish [Smithson] already as our fifth guy on the practice squad and he’s doing a good job, so we’re OK at safety spot,” said Gruden. “As far as Su’a’ is concerned, we just have to put it behind us, move forward and let him take care of his personal life and let us take care of this season.”

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Redskins injury report: Jordan Reed out of practice, six are limited

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Redskins injury report: Jordan Reed out of practice, six are limited

There were a lot of wounded Redskins on the practice field on Wednesday as the team started preparations for their game against the Raiders on Sunday.

One injured player was not on the field. Jordan Reed was out with a chest injury. Obviously, there is concern but Jay Gruden said that it is too early to rule him out of the game.

A half dozen players were limited: RB Rob Kelley (rib), S Montae Nicholson (shoulder), CB Josh Norman (shoulder), OT Morgan Moses (ankle), S Deshazor Everett (knee), and LB Mason Foster (shoulder).

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While none of the injuries seems particularly serious, they still could affect each player’s status for the game.

Foster suffered a separated shoulder during the game, popped it back in, and continued without missing a snap. He said that said that he was letting the athletic trainers handle it. “I’m going in, getting my treatment, doing what they tell me to do,” he said.

Kelley suffered a rib cartilage injury in the second quarter on Sunday. He said that the pain was very high that day but that it has subsided since.

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Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.