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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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Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

As Jay Gruden stepped to the podium to read the injury report, he warned, “This will be a while.”

He was right, as he rattled off one the longest injury reports of the season.

Out were G Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion), DE Chris Baker (ankle), DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee/foot), DE Anthony Lanier (lower leg), G Shawn Lauvao (groin), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), and S Donte Whitner (illness).

Of that group, all but Jean Francois, Lanier, and Nsekhe are starters. Between them and the limited players listed below it was difficult for the Redskin to conduct a normal practice.

“It was a challenge,” said Gruden of getting through it. “Practice was modified quite a bit today. We did more walkthrough today than we ever have on a Wednesday.”

“Sometimes you have to taper back just a hair to make it through practice, try to get the mental reps in with walkthrough and then hopefully the physical part will come maybe tomorrow. Friday we can open them up a bit.”

Limited in practice were TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), OLB Preston Smith (groin), ILB Will Compton (hip), G Brandon Scherff (ankle), and TE Derek Carrier (knee).

Reed returned to practice for the first time since suffering a Grade 3 sprain to the AC joint in his left shoulder in the game against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. He missed the game in Arizona. While his limited participation was a good sign for his return it’ is way too early in the week to say with any degree of certainty that he will be playing against the Eagles.

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Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

RGIII is finally getting another chance to play.

Plagued by injury after injury — most recently breaking a bone in his left shoulder in the Brown’s 29-10 loss to the Eagles in their season opener — the former Redskin is set to start for Cleveland against the Bengals on Sunday, ESPN’s Dan Graziano reports.

Griffin was cleared for contact last week after missing the majority of the Browns’ 0-12 season, and the team is coming off a bye week after its last loss to the Giants over Thanksgiving weekend.

In 2015, Kirk Cousins replaced Griffin as starting quarterback, and the Redskins released him at the end of the season. He signed a two-year, $15 million contract with Cleveland in March.  

In Griffin’s absence, the Browns have relied on Cody Kessler and Josh McCown, who boast a 65.5 and 54.5 completion percentage, respectively. The two combine for just 12 touchdowns this season.

Will Griffin be the key to ending the Browns’ winless season? We’ll find out Sunday.

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